The 2nd T20 match of the 3 match Mastercard T20 Trophy between India and South Africa will be played at the Barsapara cricket Stadium in Guwahati Assam. The match will start at 7:00 PM IST.
In the 1st T20 played in Kerala, India won the toss and chose to field. The Indian bowlers decimated the South African top order, reducing the team to just 9 runs for five wickets in 3.2 overs. They left no chance for South Africa to come back into the match and finally bid them goodbye with just 106 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.
When India came out to bat the team did not have a good start as they lost Rohit Sharma of the very first ball that he faced. After that Kohli came out to bat and was out in the 2ndover of the innings for just 3 runs. KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav had a good partnership together and finished the game in 16. 4 overs.
The Kerala wicket was not a normal T20 wicket as the ball was swinging prodigiously and it became difficult for the batsmen to stick around on this type of a wicket. The field felt like a test wicket then a T20. I observed the wicket at Kerala was giving undue advantage to the fast bowlers as the ball was doing way more than it should be doing in a T20 match. Normally, there should be swing for 3 to 4 overs then there should be true bounce so that the ball comes onto the bat well for the batsman to play shots.
TFG Fantasy Stars for IND vs SA
KL Rahul times the ball as smooth as silk and plays a picture perfect cover drive, beautiful flick shots through the leg side. This lovely player of spin bowling has played 65 T20 International matches, scored 2080 runs, with a batting average of 39.2 and a strike rate of 139.2.
Rohit Sharma is a pure delight to watch. He has played 140 T20 International matches, scored 3694 runs, with a batting average of 31.57 and a strike rate of 141.05 in his T20 career so far. He Plays impressive cut shot on the off side and cover drive well over the covers of a good length ball.
Virat Kohli is the most technically correct batsman in the current Indian setup. He plays the on-drive gloriously well straight down the ground and he can play an off drive to die for through the off side. He has a knack to play a delicate late cut against the spinners between third man and first slip. Virat has played 108 T20 International matches, scored 3663 runs, with a batting average of 50.18 and a strike rate of 137.71.
Quinton de Kock has played 70 T20 Internationals matches, scored 1895 runs, a batting average of 30.6 and a strike rate of 133.1 in his T20 career so far. when Quinton de Kock bats he looks a class act who can play the cut shot powerfully through the offside and can also play the pull shot well through square leg and plays the inside out shot mighty well against spin bowling.
Temba Bavuma plays the front foot punch impressively down the ground in front of the wickets. He has played 26 T20 International matches, scored 562 runs, a batting average of 25.5 and with a strike rate of 119.6 in his T20 career so far. If the opposition bowlers provide him with room outside off stump he will keep on cutting you all day through the off side and through backward point he can dish out a good sweep shot through mid -wicket.
David Miller can play shots all around the dial specially his love for playing the drive through cover drive is cherished one. Miller has played 105 T20 International matches, scored 1944 runs, a batting average of 31.9 and with a strike rate of 141.9 in his T20 career so far. He can also play a thumping pull shot through mid -wicket and deposit the ball over long-on and long-off with spin. If he settles down the opposition can kiss goodbye to the match.
Possible 11: IND
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh.