The opening T20I of the three-match T20I series between the hosts India and the visitors South Africa at Dharamshala had the no result. Rain took away all the chances as the captains even didn’t meet for the toss.
On Wednesday (18th September), they will play the second match of this series at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium (Mohali, Chandigarh). It is the penultimate game of this series where the winner will move to the most secure place in this series.
Before this Mohali T20I between India and South Africa, here we are with some important previews related to this match.
In this T20I series, both India and South Africa have given chances to the many youngsters and newcomers. Like the other teams, both these teams have also started their preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which is just more than one year away to begin.
Though India have never won against South Africa at home as the visitors have won all the two T20Is against the hosts India, India are favourite for this T20I series. However, both teams have to fight with the lack of experiences.
As Hardik Pandya has returned to the national squad, he is likely to feature in this game. Shreyas Iyer may return to the T20I squad, who played the last T20I in December 2017. In the last ODI series against Windies in West Indies, Iyer performed impressively. Also, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are likely to open the innings, so KL Rahul may miss this squad. Otherwise, the team is likely much similar that featured in the last T20I series against Windies in the USA and West Indies.
Meanwhile, it will be South Africa’s first international game since the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. The visitors can miss Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir like experienced players in this series.
The first match of this T20I series didn’t even start due to rain washout. However, according to the weather forecast, Mohali has a very rare chance to interrupt the T20I due to raining. In the evening, the temperature is likely to maintain 25-30 degree Celsius.
i) Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has already scored 6,956 runs in T20 career. By adding 44 more runs, Dhawan will become the fourth Indian cricketer and 15th overall cricketer to score 7,000 T20 runs.
ii) Indian pace-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya has taken 13 T20I wickets at home. Among the Indian pacers, only Jasprit Bumrah (24 wickets) and Ashish Nehra (14 wickets) have taken more home T20I wickets than Hardik. So, Hardik is two more wickets away to become the second most wicket-taker as an Indian pacer in the home T20I history.
iii) South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has scored 4,936 T20 runs. The left-handed batsman is 64 runs away to complete his 5,000 T20 runs. He will become the sixth South African cricketer to score 5,000 T20 runs.