Right after the conclusion of nail-biting series between India and Australia. In which India won by 2-1. The men in blue now ready to take on South Africa for the three-match T20I series. Let us Look at the details of IND Vs SA 1st T20I.
This series will mark as the preparations for the T20I World Cup in Australia next month. The first match of the series between India and South Africa. It will be played at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on September 28.
The full strength Indian team will play in this series, except star all-rounder Hardik Pandya and will look to balance the squad ahead of the big tournament the following month.
Rohit Sharma as expected will lead the India side as the team is looking to find a solution of the death overs headache.
Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel’s return also didn’t help the side saving boundaries during the final few overs, which is a sign of worry. Harshal conceded 49 runs in first T20I, while Bumrah leaked 50 in his 4-over spell in the third and final T20 against Australia.
But, the experienced captain and coach duo of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid will try to work on this area. The most and surely find a remedy before the next month’s event.
South Africa is a strong too, and the point to keep in mind is they never lost a series against India since 2018.
IND Vs SA 1st T20I: Pitch Report
The Greenfield International Stadium only hosted 2 matches so far. The highest score recorded in the T20I is 173 by West Indies in 2019 game against India.
Players to watch out for
Rohit Sharma, who set the tone with the bat for India in the rain-halted second T20I. In which he smashed an unbeaten 46 off 20. The fans are also expecting him to perform on the same level and even he wants to do that.
Suryakumar Yadav, the player who impressed the most in the recent times will again look to dominate in this series as well. He is the currently the highest-ranked Indian batter in the ICC T20I rankings. The kind of form he is carrying now-a-days will be a key factor for India in this series.
The pace attack will be led by Jasprit Bumrah and Deepak Chahar. While Axar Patel, who took 8 wickets in the 3 games and won player of the series will be the all-rounder to watch for in the series.
The top-scorer for South Africa in the June 2022 series. Heinrich Klaassen against India will again be a player India should be prepare for.
Highest-wicket takers for South Africa this year Lungi Ngidi (13) and Tabraiz Shamsi (12) also can be the players the men of blue should be aware about.
IND Vs SA 1st T20I: Who will win?
India will play the 1st T20 as the favourites due to home condition and in-form batters.
But, as said, South Africa is not a weak team either and it will be close encounter for sure.
So, according to you who will the 1st T20I between India and South, share your thoughts with us by commenting down below.
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