Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
February 18, Sunday; 13:30 native, 18:00 IST
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India enter the ultimate leg of their South African safari—the three-match T20 Worldwide sequence—with loads of confidence and a real alternative to safe one other limited-overs sequence win within the rainbow nation. They are going to be fielding their first-choice personnel (Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav), every of whom loved an excellent one-day sequence, and as has been the case with India over the past 12 months, they’ve just about each base coated even for the shortest format of the game. Then you have got an achieved Twenty20 participant, Suresh Raina, becoming a member of the ranks together with the supremely proficient Lokesh Rahul, who will look to make amends for his detached Take a look at outings in Centurion and Johannesburg.
The identical can, nevertheless, not be stated about South Africa regardless of the presence of Jean-Paul Duminy, who will as soon as once more be the captain having additionally led in opposition to Bangladesh, AB de Villiers and David Miller within the batting division and a few high quality all-rounders (Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo). For starters, these gamers haven’t been in good kind, the bowling assault is comparatively inexperienced and South Africa’s major focus is already on the upcoming four-Take a look at sequence at house in opposition to Australia. Which isn’t to say that the gamers named within the T20 squad will take this sequence calmly. However the absence of Hashim Amla, who has been rested forward of that all-important Take a look at sequence, and Quinton de Kock as a consequence of a left wrist damage is prone to be felt by the Proteas, notably due to the standard of their opponent.
This T20 sequence kicks off on the Wanderers, which is a batsmen-friendly, high-scoring venue the place you may anticipate one other run fest. And run fests, make no mistake, are very a lot the norm right here. Just a little greater than three years in the past, West Indies efficiently chased down a seemingly insurmountable goal of 232 and a 12 months later, one other 200-plus goal (205, exactly) was chased down by Australia in opposition to South Africa. So, you may anticipate the captain successful the toss to choose to bowl first and put strain on the aspect batting first. The climate forecast is for a bathe with thunderstorms within the morning, however the remainder of the day is predicted to be clear.
SA: WWLWL (from left to proper, final 5 accomplished T20Is)
India vs South Africa 1st T20 enjoying XI
The Proteas are prone to have two debutants tomorrow, with Klaasen probably continued with from the one-day aspect and Junior Dala additionally being handed his Twenty20 Worldwide debut. The batting line-up wears a formidable look even amid query marks over the type of de Villiers, Duminy and Miller.
Attainable SA enjoying XI for first T20: 1 Jean-Paul Duminy (c), 2 Reeza Hendricks, three Jon-Jon Smuts, four AB de Villiers, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 7 Dane Paterson, eight Chris Morris, 9 Andile Phehlukwayo, 10 Aaron Phangiso/Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Junior Dala
India’s batting line-up is prone to be just about the identical from the ODIs and the guests would possibly embody solely 5 specialist batsmen together with MS Dhoni. A five-man bowling assault that includes skilful, achieved T20 bowlers will permit them to tie down the South Africa batsmen.
Attainable India enjoying 11 for the primary T20: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, three Shikhar Dhawan, four Suresh Raina/Lokesh Rahul, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, eight Jasprit Bumrah, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Jaydev Unadkat
India, given their personnel, latest kind and frame of mind, will begin this T20 sequence as agency favourites. However the nature of this format is such that one good innings from a batsman or one good spell from a bowler can flip the match on its head. And South Africa have greater than a handful of influence gamers who’re good for this format.