Can South Africa’s inexperienced squad put the clinical performance to level the series?
We predict India will win this match!
The third and final match of the T-20 series between India and South Africa will be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday.
The opening encounter of the series had been abandoned without a ball being bowled. However, in the second game, skipper Virat Kohli's unbeaten 72 guided India to a seven-wicket victory over South Africa at Mohali to put them one up in the three-game T20 series. Sikhar Dhawan also played impact knock of 40 runs at the top of the order and provided solid platform. Earlier in bowling, Deepak Chahar used all his skills; he picked two wickets, While Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, and Navdeep Saini all claimed solitary scalps to restrict the opponent to the below-par score of 150 runs. India’s strength is there top-order batting who has consistently performed over the last couple of year. Hence, Virat Kohli led team would be eying for another clinical performance to win the series.
On the other hand, after being comprehensively beaten on all three fronts in the last game, South Africa will hope for a much-improved performance against the strong Indian team. They are a very good side in T-20, but they didn't play up to potential. Skipper Quinton de Kock got to a good start in the powerplay and provided good platform upfront. He scored 52 runs. However, there was very little assistance from other end and hence they failed to put up the decent score on board. Temba Bavuma also scored 49 runs but he consumed 43 deliveries, which is well below the T-20 standard. Bowlers also failed to restrict the runs on batting-friendly pitch. In the last match of the series, a lot would depend on the Skipper Quinton de Kock. He will be desperate to score big and win the match for the side.
The Indian team will be feeling very confident after their convincing win in the last game. In recent times, India's success is heavily relying on their top three batting order batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli. Skipper Virat Kohli is leading the team from the front; he scored 339 runs from last 8 innings at an average of 67.80. While Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma also average more than 30.00 in the last year.
In the middle order, Rishabh Pant wasted the opportunity in the last game. He is a destructive T-20 player and will be keen score big. He needs to play fearless but smart cricket. Shreyas Iyer looked solid in his short inning in the previous game. He provides great stability in the middle order. India also possesses two of the most quality all-rounder in ODI – Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. Both can be very destructive with bat and extremely effective with a bowl. On top, they are the best fielders in the Indian side.
On the bowling front, all the bowlers did a great job and picked wickets at a regular interval in the previous game. Deepak Chahar has led the pace attack quite remarkably in the last game. He picked 2 crucial wickets. Jadeja, Pandya, and W Sunder also bowled brilliantly.
Key Players: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya
Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, NA Saini, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Virat Kohli
Proteas will be looking for clinical performance in all three facets of the game to get a win and level the series.
In the last game, batsmen failed to convert the start to a big one. Opener Reeza Hendricks has been leading T-20 scorer for the side in last year; he scored 271 runs from 8 games at an average of 33.87. However, he failed quickly in last game and would be keen to provide solid start along with the partner Quinton De Kock. Skipper Quinton De Kock has been the most experienced T-20 player in the squad and his experience will be very vital to guide the youngster under pressure situation. He scored 939 runs from 37 International T-20 games.
Middle-order batsman Var der Dussen has been in great form in recent times, he is also the second-best T-20 scorer for the Proteas in last year, scored 254 from last 8 games. He would like continuing his batting form against India. David Miller the most destructive south African T-20 batsmen failed to make an impact in the last game, his finishing touch is very important for the side in the most important game of the series.
Bowling unit comprises Kagiso Rabada, AL Phehlukwayo and Anrich Nortje looked very ordinary and the Indian batsmen faced very little resistance from the protease bowlers. They need to be more accurate to restrict the batting heavy Indian side from scoring big.
Key Players - Quinton De Kock, Reeza Hendricks, and Kagiso Rabada
David Miller, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje
|Q de Kock||52||37||8||0||140.54|
Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, B Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin
The weather in Bengaluru on Sunday is cloudy and also there is also the forecast for thunderstorms during the match time.
Short boundaries and high altitude make the Chinnaswamy track a heaven for batters in the limited-overs formats. Many big scores have been posted and chased down with immense ease. There is a very short margin for errors and hence bowlers need to be very accurate.
Overall 4 out of the last 6 T-20s were won by the side batting first. The records are in favor of the batting second team.
So, we anticipate the team winning the toss would look to bowl first.
The Indian team has got very experienced and formidable batting line-up. On the other hand, South African got many youngsters in the squad who got very less experience of playing T-20 games at the national level. Additionally, India got a very impressive record against South Africa in recent times. We expect it to be a thrilling contest but India will have an advantage considering the recent form and match-winners in the side.
We predict India will win this match!