After the washout in the first T20I in Dharamsala, Team India played the second T20I in Mohali, which turned out to be a well-planned day for them. The Indian bowlers did everything they could to control the Proteas batting line-up and managed to limit them to 149 runs in their 20 overs. Indian batting as always began with firepower, Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan opened the innings for men in blue, and the rest of the game was Indian skipper’s delightful batting show. The same resulted in India winning the match by 7 wickets and it gave India the lead in the series by 1-0.
India plays South Africa in the third and final T20I of this series at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on September 22, 2019. The match is set to start at 7.00 PM IST. The weather report says there is a chance of rain this Sunday evening in Bengaluru and play might get disrupted, but the match is expected to start on time.
Chinnaswamy Stadium is known as bowlers’ graveyard for its flat track and when it comes to T20 cricket its one of the best stadiums in India and it is a batting paradise. The average first innings score at this batting heaven is 185 which is achievable at 9.5 runs per over. The team which is going to bat first must set up a target of over 200 runs for having a fighting chance to win the match.
Recent Form and Head-to-Head
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
India: W – NR – W – W – W
South Africa: L – NR – W – W – T
Matches Played: 15
India wins: 9
South Africa wins: 5
No Result: 1
Tale of the fact
The Indian skipper is the adopted son of Bengaluru and who definitely is the fans favourite, both the fans and the skipper will forward to make this homecoming a memorable one. With 25 more T20I matches for India to play prior T20 World Cup in 2020, India will not try something unusual like giving a chance to the rest because the road is long and everyone will soon get chances to prove their worth.
On the other hand, Quinton de Kock who didn’t have a good captaincy debut will be looking to make things go well for his team. For South Africa, they must try to win this game and draw the T20I series as it will boost-up the confidence of their players in this transition period which is going on for them.
Looking at the impact created by Anil Kumble and Yuzvendra Chahal in IPL, India will likely go with one change in their playing XI as it will be crucial to have a leg-spin option in M. Chinnaswamy pitch. Rahul Chahar will likely replace Washington Sundar in the eleven. South Africa might go with an unchanged playing XI.
India’s predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
South Africa’s predicted playing XI: Quinton de Kock (C)(WK), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Dream XI team
Wicket-keepers: Quinton de Kock
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorius
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Tabraiz Shamsi
Captain Options: Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock or Rohit Sharma and David Miller.
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