Youth Vs Experience
Our prediction is India to win the 1st T20I Match!
India will take on South Africa in a three-match T20I series between September 15 and September 22.
After an underwhelming World Cup 2019, starts an era without their seasoned white ballplayers like Amla, Duminy, Tahir and with the departure of their Ottis Gibson Proteas start their new chapter. With Du Plessis not available for this T20 Series, the captaincy honors fall on the shoulders of Quinton De Kock. South Africa go into this series with about 20-odd T20I games to play before the showpiece event next year. The second-highest run-getter in the history of Ranji Trophy, Amol Muzumdar is their interim batting coach.
India has conquered all the challenges thrown at them with a clean swipe of T20, ODI and Test series in the recently concluded tour of West Indies. They never looked troubled, as they wrapped the Test series 2-0 with big margins of 318 and 257 runs. After the first ODI got rained off, India won the second match by 59 runs and the third ODI by 6 wickets. And what many thought would be a closely contested format, turned lopsided as India crushed the West Indies in their most favored format, T20’s with a comprehensive 3-0 margin.
First choice fast bowlers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Bumrah have been rested as India continue their hunt for backup fast bowling options for T20 world cup. MS Dhoni continues to make himself unavailable for the selection. India would be very much happy with the return of their all-rounder Hardik Pandya and will bolster an already strong looking batting order.
The Top order picks themselves and will be among runs once again. The spin duo of Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar are given another opportunity to showcase their skills. Deepak Chahar, who picked 3 wickets for 4 runs in 3 overs will be sharing the new ball with Navdeep Saini who had an impressive outing picking 5 wickets in the Caribbean shores.
Rohit Sharma: When all the talks revolve around his place in the Test squad, Sharma his too good a player to forget his task in hands. Having rested for 3rd T20, he already had match-winning scores of 24 and 67 in first two T20’s in Caribbean tour.
Manish Pandey: He just injected momentum with his 213 runs from 3 innings which eventually pushed his KPL team to a step before the finals from the bottom of the table. He would hope to get his chances in this opening encounter.
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kholi (C), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini
They definitely lack experience, but there is plenty of talent in that lineup. The Skipper will have Hendricks as his opening partner, who has a fair bit of international experience with white-ball cricket. Hendricks scored the most runs (230 in 5 Innings) in the recently concluded ODI series against India A. Bavuma a test specialist for Proteas should adapt to this format sooner.
Van Der Dussen is fast-forwarding himself as one of the consistent players going around in white-ball cricket. Having played many matches here, Miller would bank on his IPL experience to help his team’s cause. Linde, a last-minute addition for this series after his performance of 5 wickets and handy 70 runs in India A series. Andile has shown his all-round abilities against India. Pace looks good with Nortje and Dala picking 11 wickets between them in the India A series. Rabada needs no introduction and his Yorker to remove Russell in a super over is fresh in memory. Shamsi has a big shoe to fill and he will feel the pressure from Indian batsman.
Rassie Van Der Dussen: After an impressive World cup with an aggregate of 311 runs from 6 innings, the middle-order batsman backed it up with 202 runs from 5 innings in the recently concluded Global T20 in Canada. His numbers are pretty good and will look to take responsibility in the absence of Faf Du Plessis.
Quinton De Kock: His 305 from 9 innings in the World cup does not do any justice to the talent he possesses in the white-ball format. His recent visit to this part of the world would be a memorable one, as he scored 529 in the IPL. But the pressure of captaincy will have its say.
Quinton De Kock (C & Wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie Van Der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala
The picturesque stadium in India offers plenty for both Bat and Ball. Last time when these two teams played here, a score of 200 was chased.
With the pitch not going to change much, the team winning the toss will look to chase the targets rather than batting first.
India goes into the series as clear favorites and any result other than 3-0 will be a disappointment. The contest will be between Proteas Pace and India’s top order. Quinton De Kock was clear in mentioning that his team’s fight matters more than the result. T20I springs surprise always and let us see what is in store for us!