The South African team is on a roll. They have defeated the Indian team in the past 5 international matches against them. India lost the two test matches, then the 3 ODIs in South Africa, and this became the 6th loss straight. Also, India had a very rare opportunity to make a world record for most consecutive wins but South Africa chose to spoil the party. So, India VS South Africa 2022 2nd T20I happens today at Cuttack. Who will win the second game? Will India be able to make a comeback? Here is an in-depth look at the same:
Preview of the Indian Team for India VS South Africa 2022:
The Indian team did a phenomenal job with the bat in the first T20I. The only drawback they had was with the ball and on the field. The current Indian team has some amazing fielders and fielding is more of a mindset thing. So, it is sure that the team will come back strongly on the field. The bowling unit just needs one suggestive change. It is the replacement of Avesh Khan with Umran Malik.
I witnessed a video of Umran Malik clocking 163.7 kmph in the nets. If that is the case, why is the management skeptical of playing this pace sensation? Avesh Khan hasn’t done anything wrong either but the cricket community is waiting to witness this prodigy from Jammu and Kashmir.
Also, the team needs to have a word with Shreyas Iyer. Iyer wasn’t the free-flowing Iyer that we know. He does very well at the number 3 position in absence of Virat. The South African team did not test him with the short balls or the bouncers and hence his discomfort wasn’t visible. But knowing the fact that Iyer is a thinker of his game he will have devised a plan for playing the short ball.
The Indian Squad is as follows:
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.
The expected playing XI is as follows:
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.
The only suggestive change in my playing XI is the replacement of Avesh Khan with Umran Malik.
Preview of the South African Team for India VS South Africa 2022:
The South African team has also done very well in recent times. The senior players have stepped up and performed. The example of David Miller can be taken from the last game itself. The other senior players such as Quinton De Kock, Rassie Van Der Dussen, and Temba Bavuma have also done well.
The bowling department was taken to the cleaners last time by the Indian batters. The world also wanted to witness Tristan Stubbs bat. But his chance never came. It will be great to see if the South African team floats him up the order.
The South African Squad is as follows:
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.
The expected playing XI is as follows:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Tristan Stubbs, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorious, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje.
The Pitch and Weather Report are as follows:
The match is to be played at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Orrisa. The pitch at Barabati stadium has been very unpredictable. The last 4 batting scorecards look as follows:
|180/3 (20 Overs)||India|
|96/4 (17.2 Overs)||South Africa|
|92 (17.1 Overs)||India|
|87 (16 Overs)||Sri Lanka|
The pitch is expected to help the spinners and the pacers as well. A good contest between bat and ball can be witnessed at India VS South Africa 2022, 2nd T20I.
Top Performer of the Match in India VS South Africa 2022, 2nd T20I:
Hardik is expected to do very well in the upcoming game. Hardik gave us a glimpse of his red-hot form in the past game against South Africa. He scored 30+ of merely 12 balls. He was hitting the balls out of the park for fun. He is coming from a good recovery and time off the pitch. His performance in the TATA IPL 2022 season was worth-talking about. The same has been drafted into the Indian blue jersey.
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