The Indian cricket team is in hot waters after the second straight defeat at the hands of South Africa in the India VS South Africa T20I homes series. The Proteas lead the series 2-0. If India wants to stay in the hunt, the team must win the 3rd T20I that will take place today. The Rishabh Pant-led team will be keen on making a point. The young Indian brigade will now have a test of their character. Here is an in-depth preview of the 3rd T20I between South Africa and India:
Location and Pitch Report:
The 3rd T20I between India and South Africa will take place at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag. This stadium has previously held many international, IPL, and domestic matches. The ground held a T20I two years back. And as of today, it has seen only 2 T20I games. Both these games were low-scoring encounters. The average 1st innings score in the 13 IPL matches that have been held at this ground is 157.
The ground is not the ideal one for the batters. The bowlers obtain uneven bounce from it and this makes the lives of the batters hell! However, a fresh pitch has been deployed at the ground and it is expected to help the batters.
Preview of the Indian Team for India VS South Africa 2022:
The Indian team is under the pump. The batters underperformed in the last game. The bowlers did try to build pressure but the score was very mediocre. The first game saw the batters do very well but the bowlers were lacking. This time around a complete team performance can be expected from the men in blue. The team boasts of a consecutive unbeaten streak in the shortest format at home. The team will be keen to keep that up.
Pace sensation Umran Malik of Arshdeep Singh will be interested to take the ball in hand. They can be roped in, in the place of Avesh Khan. Avesh Khan has been decent but the team does need to try out the other options. The flip coin of the story can be the fact that the management is trying not to expose Umran Malik.
Indian Squad for India VS South Africa 2022 T20I Series:
Rishabh Pant (Captain)(wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
Expected Playing XI for India:
Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Captain and Wicket Keeper), Hardik Pandya (Vice-Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Preview of the South African Team for India VS South Africa 2022:
The South African team is on the rise. Their old heroes are back in recognition. Rassie Van Der Dussen, the one who wasn’t getting a chance due to the presence of ABD, FAF, and other senior pros has made his wait, worth it. David Miller, the most seasoned player on this team has found his old touchback. Quinton De Kock has stepped up.
All the relatively dormant players have come back to life and are ruling the roster. It will be great to see Anrich Nortje and KG Rabada bowling in tandem once again. The team has neutralized the batters like Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant effectively.
South Africa Squad for India VS South Africa 2022 T20I Series:
Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.
Expected Playing XI:
Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.
The Top Performer of the Game:
Quinton De Kock:
Quinton De Kock is expected to go all-guns-blazing today. He will go all-out attack on the opposition as the South Africans have nothing to lose. And there is nothing more dangerous than a free-spirited Quinton De Kock. De Kock hasn’t got a very big score in the series but he is timing the ball to perfection. De Kock will open the batting alongside Temba Bavuma and this is exactly why he has time. Here is a look at his T20 stats:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the Top Performer in India VS South Africa 2022:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed signs of form in the last game. He was spitting flame the other evening. There is nothing more threatful to watch than an in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the swing that he produces. He becomes the right-handers’ nightmare when he brings the ball back in. Of the 10 wickets that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken in the T20Is this year, 7 have come in the powerplay.
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