Cuttack, Oct 5: Indian captain MS Dhoni was unlucky with the toss again as his South African counterpart Faf du Plessis called it right in the 2nd Twenty20 International here at Barabati Stadium on Monday night.
In the opening T20I, which India lost by 7 wickets, Du Plessis had won the toss. A specially-minted coin with the images of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela is being used for the entire series and the South African skipper said he would want to keep that gold coin with him after calling out "tails" and winning.
As in the first T20I, Du Plessis sent India to bat in humid conditions. There were few cracks on the pitch and India brought in veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for left-arm paceman S Aravind. South Africa too made a change with fast bowler Marchant de Lange making way for all-rounder Albie Morkel.
When Dhoni was asked about losing 2 consecutive tosses, he said, "I haven't won the toss in a while, and it is accumulating. There was a period when I lost 29 out of 32 tosses. I am inching closer to that mark, but not there yet."
"We were winning a lot of games at the time, but the bowlers were disappointed we were playing a lot of Tests in India, and they didn't want to bowl first," he added.
An "indecisive" Du Plessis said, "I'm quite indecisive, to be honest, but we'll bowl first, just because there might be dew later on."
This is a 3-match series with the final match scheduled for October 8 (Thursday) in Kolkata.