Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
Our Prediction is India to win
Host India eye a strong start in the T20I series against South Africa
India to win!
Host India will be looking to get off to a good start when they face South Africa in the second game of the T20I series at Mohali on Wednesday. Indian Captain Virat Kohli will be hoping that the side can maintain winning momentum after completing a clean sweep over West Indies in the T20I series played in the Caribbean. The home side will be keen to play their strongest XI in this game. On the other hand, New-look South Africa will be keen to spring a surprise in this T20I series. With the previous being abandoned, Captain Quinton de Kock will be hoping that the side can deliver a good show in this game.
The home side managed to inflict a whitewash over West Indies in the T20I series played in the Caribbean. Host India have been a formidable unit in their home conditions and will be keen to their winning streak in this series.’ In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to produce the bulk of the runs in this game. Since September 2017, Sharma has topped the batting charts for India in the T20 format. Opening batsman has accumulated 1049 runs in 33 matches at an average of 34.96. During this period, he has scored three centuries and six half-centuries. His opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan, also has delivered credible performances for India in the T20 cricket. Left-hander has been a consistent performer with the bat and accumulated 898 runs in 30 matches since September 2017. Dhawan will be desperate to find form with the bat after he struggled to produce runs in the T20I series played against West Indies. Indian Captain Virat Kohli was the standout performer for India in the T20I series against West Indies. Since September 2017, Kohli has accumulated 539 runs in 20 matches with one century to his name. The 30-year old will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in this series. Manish Pandey once again failed to make an impression with the bat in the three-match T20I series played against West Indies. The team management might select Shreyas Iyer in place of Manish Pandey after youngster delivered splendid performances in the one-day series played against West Indies. Hardik Pandya, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya will be given the responsibility to produce quick runs at the back end of the innings. Pant delivered excellent performances for India in the previous T20I series played in the Caribbean. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Ravendra Jadeja to make early inroads with the new-ball.
Possible XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Ravendra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
Virat Kohli, Washington Sundar, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, NA Saini, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan
In the shortest format of the game, the visitors will go into this series without the services of experienced middle-order batsman Faf du Plessis, who was not picked by the selection committee. Cricket South Africa (CSA) appointed wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock as the captain for South Africa for the three-match T20I series against India. In the batting department, the team will be depending on the likes of Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller to provide the bulk of scoring. Since January 2019, Rassie van der Dussen has been in splendid form and scored 184 runs in 5 matches at an average of 36.80. He will be keen to deliver consist scores for the side in this T20I series. Opening batsman Reeza Hendricks has done well for South Africa in the T20 format. All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo will be slotted into the playing XI in place of Dwaine Pretorius In the bowling department, the team will be heavily relying on the experience of pace bowler Kagiso Rabada to make the inroads, whereas he will be supported by left-arm Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi and pacers Anrich Nortje and Beuran Hendricks
Quinton de Kock (captain &wk), Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Temba Bavuma, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala/Dwaine Pretorius
Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin
Traditionally, the pitch at Mohali does provide assistance to the quick bowlers. The batsman will need to stay at the crease to produce runs on this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is expected to have clear skies throughout the day.
Traditionally, the pitch at Mohali does provide assistance to the quick bowlers. The batsman will need to stay at the crease to produce runs on this surface.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to make use of early pitch conditions and restrict the opposing team to a modest score. Average score at this venue is around 160 to 170 runs. Venue Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali is going to host the second T20I between India and South Africa. The home side will take heart from the fact that they have won their two games played at this venue. South Africa have not played a T20I game at Mohali.
After analysis of both the teams, Host India will be favorites to this game against South Africa. The home side seemed to have all bases covered in the batting and bowling department. Virat Kohl-led unit will be tough to beat in their home conditions. Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect India to register a comfortable win over South Africa at Mohali.
India to win!