The First T20 match of the 3 match Mastercard T20 Trophy between India and South Africa will be played at the Greenfield International Cricket Stadium in Kerala. The match will start at 7:00 PM IST.
Going in to the series against South Africa, Team India’s confidence will be high after the Australian series win. The South Africa series will be the last series for India playing before leaving for Australia. A great opportunity for the Indian side to fine tune and brush up things before the T20 World Cup, this is a fitting time to figure out a few permutations and combinations.
Experimenting with players who didn’t get the chance to play in the playing 11, performers like Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar will get a probability to play in this first match. Starting this series with a win will further enhance their confidence and keep their spirits elevated going in to mission Melbourne 2022. An extremely great practice ground for the Indian team before the T20 World Cup, this series is nevertheless going to be a competitive and a mouth-watering one.
TFG Fantasy Stars for IND vs SA
Rahul is a fine talent and a sweet timer of a cricket ball. Whenever he makes contact with the ball it always seems that he has extra time on his hand to play the ball. He has played 64 T20 International matches, scored 2029 runs, with a batting average of 38.3 and a strike rate of 141.1 in his T20 career so far. He plays delectable square cuts on the off-side, straight past the bowler proficiently well. He uses his wrist skilfully to manoeuvre the ball in to gaps and has the capacity to hit the big shorts from time to time.
Rohit Sharma is a stalwart of Indian cricket and the opposition bowlers have nowhere to hide when he is on song. He has played 139 T20 International matches, scored 3694 runs, with a batting average of 32.4 and, a strike rate of 141.2 in his T20 career so far. He can play the pick-up and pull well over the leg side and can cram the ball through the off side. His point sweep shorts through square leg in front of off side are extraordinary.
Kohli fondly known as king Kohli is a player par excellence. He can play a powerful pull short through mid -wicket and can hit a glorious lofted extra cover drive over extra cover. He has played 107 T20 International matches, scored 3660 runs, with a batting average of 50.8 and a strike rate of 138.1 in his T20 career so far. His inside outshot with the spin over the off side is remarkable and there is no better sight in world cricket than to watch him bat. When in full flow the rocket arm fielder will give you the run for your money.
Reeza Hendricks has played 48 T20 International matches, scored 1372 runs, a batting average of 29.8 and a strike rate of 125.4 in his T20 career so far. Reeza Hendricks is a technically sound player can play on-drive exceptionally well straight down the ground. A competent player of fast bowling, he mostly relies on timing the ball, which in no way signifies his deficiency in power game as he most certainly has a very prominent power game in place.
Temba Bavuma is predominantly a touch player who carries the ball into gaps. He has played 25 T20 International matches, scored 562 runs, a batting average of 26.8 and with a strike rate of 120.6 in his T20 career so far. A Swift fielder and a class player Temba is undoubtedly the backbone of the south African batting line up.
Rilee Rossouw can hit the bones out of a cricket ball and doesn’t need a second Invitation to bank the ball out of the ground. He has played 18 T20 Internationals matches, scored 458 runs, a batting average of 35.2 and a strike rate of 145.9 in his T20 career so far. He plays significant shorts over long-off and long-on as well.
Possible 11: IND
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Possible 11: SA
Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Daved Miller, Quinton de Kock, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell.
TFG Picks for IND vs SA