The third T20 of the 5-match series between India and South Africa will be played at Dr. Y.S.R. ACA VDCA cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, starting 7:00 PM IST.
In the second T20 international played between India and South Africa the Indian team did not have any noteworthy partnership with the bat resulting in a massive flop show.
The Indian team lost their first wicket at the score of 3, as Ruturaj Gaikwad was caught in front of the wicket bowled by Kagiso Rabada. The team was rocked from the beginning and could not establish any sort of momentum in the innings. If not for Dinesh Karthik the Indian team would have been bundled out for less than a hundred and thirty. Thanks to Karthik’s strike in the last two overs of the innings, India managed to get a hundred and forty-eight in their allotted 20 overs.
Like the first match of the series, Indians yet again picked up the top four wicket very quickly but failed to hit the stumps at regular intervals and again ended up giving runs generously to the other side. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal are the bowlers who are in some form; the rest are stagnantly passive. Quick changes need to be made to the bowling attack, like dropping Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan to be bring in Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.
These necessary changes in the bowling line up of India will mostly push the Indian team to win this third T20 International. These two players should be able to find a way to pick up wickets out there in the middle because if they lose this match they will hand over the series to South Africa.
On the other hand, the South African team will be looking to carry on the momentum, the energy and skilful execution that they have displayed while winning the first two matches of the series.
TFG Fantasy Stars for IND vs SA
Shreyas Iyer has played 37 T20 International matches, scored 947 runs, with a batting average of 36.7 and a strike rate of 141.1. Iyer is a stupendous player to watch and can play some perfect cover drives, thumping pull shots through square leg and is quick with his footwork. He can play spin and pace both with equal competence.
Ishan Kishan, a swashbuckling batsman to watch who can tear a bowling attack apart, has played 11 T20 International matches and scored 365 runs with a batting average of 36.5 and a strike rate of 127.6. Ishan is very impressive through the offside and the legside and has the craft to change the game in a jiffy.
Rishabh Pant has played 45 T20 International matches, scored 717 runs, with a batting average of 23.9 and a strike rate of 126.9. Rishabh can hit the ball terrifyingly hard and send it spiralling down the ground. Even a short glimpse of his bating is pure entertainment and he is terrific with the gloves.
Heinrich Klaasen, a classy player to watch who can play both off the front foot and off the back foot with equal competence, is an extremely good player of spin and pace bowling. Klaasen has played 28 T20 Internationals matches and scored 449 runs with a batting average of 22.4 and a strike rate of 142.1. He is a cricketer who enjoys to strike the ball all over the ground.
Rassie van der Dussen, the man who smashes the leather off a cricket ball and can bring a bowler to his knees, has played 36 T20 International matches and scored 1009 runs, with a batting average of 40.36 and a strike rate of 131.72. Dussen is a player par excellence. When he gets going he can be a nightmare for a bowler.
David Miller, a dasher of a cricket ball who can smash it into bits, has played 97 T20 International matches, scored 1870 runs, with a batting average of 33.39 and a strike rate of 142.1. If this muscular man and electric fielder settles down at the crease he can murder any type of bowling.
Possible 11: IND
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
Possible 11: SA
Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen , Daved Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell.