The third and the final T20I between India and South Africa in Bangalore could be largely affected due to rain. As per weather forecast, there are chances of rain throughout the match. A heavy thunderstorm is expected after 11 PM but till then, rain threat looms large and rain can have its say during the 3rd T20I.
Earlier, the first T20I of the series in Dharamsala was washed out due to heavy rain. There was no play possible. In fact, heavy rains saw water collecting in the playing area and there were no chances of play even if the rain would have stopped.
But in Bangalore, play will resume as soon as the rain ends and it will not take much time for the ground staff to make the ground fit for play as M Chinnaswamy Stadium has the best drainage system, thanks to SubAir system that was installed in 2017.
The spectators would hope that the rain stays away in the city so as there could be a complete match. Should the rain washout the third T20I, India will win the T20I series by virtue of winning the second T20I that took place in Mohali.
Chasing a target of 150, India did not have a good start as they last the wicket of Rohit Sharma early. Virat Kohli joined forces with Shikhar Dhawan to propel the team ahead, sharing 61 runs for the second wicket. He remained unbeaten on 72* to lead the team to a win.
Going into the third T20I, India are expected to make at least one change as Rahul Chahar is expected to replace Washington Sundar so as the leggie gets at least one chance in the series. He had made his debut in the third T20I on the tour of West Indies. KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Khaleel Ahmed are expected to sit out of playing XI.
South Africa are expected to play with the same playing XI, which will mean Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks and George Linde will sit out.