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IND vs SA Live: India vs South Africa Live: Although Team India generally practice closed doors, for a change, they decided to hold an open session. Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was packed to the brim as international cricket returned to Odisha after three years. Follow IND vs SA 2nd T20 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

In the last few years or so, India coaches and captains have been very secretive about their practice drills. MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and even Rohit Sharma had never liked having crowd around during practice sessions. Hence, the BCCI always made it restricted only to media.

IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

But it changed on Saturday for the first time in many years. With cricket returning to Odisha, the BCCI gave them the treat of watching their favourite cricketers practice. The likes of Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and others had a centre wicket practice under floodlights at the Barabati Stadium.

Young pace sensation Umran Malik was the other teat as crowd thronged to Barabati Stadium where tickets have already been sold out.

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IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant & Co begin practice at HOT & HUMID Barabati Stadium, FOCUS on Arshdeep Singh & Umran Malik: Follow Live Updates

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IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya begin preparations 

  • The hot and humid conditions in Cuttack will be a challenging aspect for the Indian Team.
  • Keeping that in mind, India opted for an afternoon session. It helped them deal with the afternoon heat while also getting to practice under floodlights.
  • Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya were amongst the first ones to begin batting practice on the centre wicket, adjacent to the match pitch.
  • They were followed by Shreyas Iyer, who will be aiming to put up a good score in the South Africa series.
  • Part of the warm session also included Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and others.

IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

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IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

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After a humiliating 7-wicket defeat in the 1st T20, India will be looking to bounce back. The bowling flopped big time even though Indian batters did enough to score 211/4.

Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar admitted that India did not bowl well against South Africa in the first match. No bowlers had a good economy rate. Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar himself struggled.

”Our bowling did not go off well and let him down. If we did well then you would have hailed his decision-making skills. I’m sure he will do well. We are aware that we didn’t bowl well in the first match. So we hope to improve, bowl well and level the series. We still have four matches to go, we have matches in hands to bounce back,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar said at the pre-match press conference.

IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

India Squad for South Africa: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Captain, wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

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IND vs SA Live: For a change, BCCI opens door to crowd to watch Rishabh Pant & Co practice, packed Barabati Stadium welcome Team India: Check pics

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