If the Dharamsala pitch was India's version of the Wanderers' surface, Cuttack's was an impression of the back of the moon. It was carved with cracks, which prompted Faf du Plessis to use South Africa's specialist spinner early. Imran Tahir bowled the second over and with his second legitimate ball found one of the crevices. The ball jumped up off it, from short of a good length, and startled Rohit Sharma, whose bat was knocked out of his hands.
Angry young man
No-one does irritated quite like Virat Kohli and he had good reason to be when he was run-out on the first ball he faced. Kohli correctly took a single after he hit the ball to deep midwicket but Rohit wanted more. He persuaded Kohli to chance Chris Morris' arm but the throw was fast and flat and AB de Villiers only had to get the bails off to find Kohli well short of his ground. To his credit, Kohli did not even wait for the replay before walking off but he made no secret of his dissatisfaction with Rohit.
Angrier young man
KohlI did not have to wait too long to see Rohit get his comeuppance. Three overs later, Rohit decided to take a single off an Albie Morkel ball that he pushed to point but underestimated David Miller's athleticism. The fielder swooped in on the ball and with one stump to aim at, managed a direct hit while on the move. Rohit had no chance of getting back and joined Kohli in the dressing room.
Nothing going right
Without much to defend, India had to take every chance that came their way and thought they had done that when Shikhar Dhawan pulled off a direct hit in an attempt to run-out JP Duminy. The batsman had set off for a run as soon as he drove the ball to the left of Dhawan, who had fumbled the previous ball and was under pressure, but recovered well. Dhawan was down quickly and released accurately to break the stumps at the bowler's end. The Indian fielders celebrations were cut short when they realised Duminy was home safe and their slim hopes of staying in the series were quelled.
Forty-four thousand, seven-hundred and ninety (44,790) people filled the Barabati Stadium, as it said on the television, to watch the first T20 international to be played at the venue but they were not happy with what they saw. They sat through India's batting collapse but could not bear watching South Africa canter to a win, and showed it. With nine overs left in the match and South Africa just 29 runs from a series win, fans threw plastic bottles, some of them as large as two litres, onto the playing surface. Play was stopped, the fielders took refuge near the middle of the field, where the bottles could not reach them and even Duminy and Farhaan Behardien sat down for a break while things settled. It took 27 minutes before play could resume but play was stopped again after two overs and this time the players went off the field.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent