After yet another disappointing bowling performance that helped South Africa take a 2-0 lead in the series, India are on the brink of a shocking T20 series loss at home since 2015 as South Africa look to wrap up the series in style.
The batting by India in the 2nd T20 was even more disappointing than the 1st game as Ruturaj was dismissed in the opening over by Kagiso Rabada. Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer tried to accelerate the scoring but Kishan was caught in the deep of a sharp Anrich Nortje bouncer. Dinesh Kartik and Harshal Patel saved some face as India got to a respectable total of 148 runs.
In reply, a terrific Bhuvneshwar Kumar spell reduced South Africa to 39/3 before Henrich Klassen had other ideas. He, along with Temba Bavuma snatched the momentum from India and gave South Africa their second consecutive win in the T20 series.
India seriously need to fix their bowling issues ahead of the Vizag game. Chahal and Axar Patel leaked runs and it took off all the pressure created by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Avesh Khan, to some extent. Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi are waiting in the wings and they are bound to get their chance in the 3rd T20.
The batting too looks vulnerable and Gaikwad needs to get the runs as soon as this game. Ishan Kishan threw his wicket away after a good score in the first game and Rishabh Pant, on expected lines, threw his wicket away when it was needed the most and a bit of common sense would help his and the team’s cause.
South Africa, on the other hand, are having a near perfect series so far. As if De kock wasn’t a thorn in their flesh, Heinrich Klassen came in and catered the Indian bowling all around the barabati and put South Africa on the brink of another series win against India in India.
Key player battles
Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Rassie van der Dussen
After he wrapped up Dussen in Cuttack, Bhuvi will be keen to make it 2 in 2 against this robust middle order batsman.
Kagiso Rabada vs Rishabh Pant
Pant would like a big score and KG would like to add to his misery. A riveting battle awaits
Wayne Parnell vs Dinesh Kartik
Parnell would like to contain India’s best finisher currently as Kartik would once again look to finish big at the death.
We predict South Africa to win the game and wrap up the series as India have been caught napping in all departments in both the T20 games.
South Africa is predicted as the winner for the match. Players to watch out for will be :
Ishan Kishan – He would be the highest run scorer in the match as Vizag has always been helpful for the batters with the short leg side boundaries and the ball coming on nicely.
Wayne Parnell – We predict Parnell to pick up the maximum number of wickets in the game as his unorthodox action and skiddy pace makes it difficult for batsmen to pick him.
David Miller – The South African southpaw, as per our prediction will smash the most number of sixes in the match as he has had a great time in the IPL and the first two games.
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Predicted Playing XI :
Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan
Temba Bavuma , Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Kehav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dwayne Pretorious, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Heinrich Klassen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
Match : India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I.
Event : South Africa Tour Of India, 2022.
Venue : Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA- VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Date : 14th June 2022.
TIme : 7:00 PM IST.
Lotus Fair Prediction : South Africa is Lotus Fair’s Prediction To win.