South Africa Tour Of India 2022, IND Playing XI vs SA (Predicted), 2nd T20I

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South Africa Tour Of India 2022, IND Playing XI vs SA (Predicted), 2nd T20I. India will meet the Proteas on 2nd October in the 2nd T20I at 7 pm in Barsapara Cricket Stadium (Dr Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium), Guwahati. India is eying their first T20 series win against South Africa at home. India beat South Africa by 8 wickets in the inaugural game of the series to take a lead of 1-0.

India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav scored half-centuries while chasing 107 runs target after pacers Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar reduced the Proteas to 9/5. A win in the 2nd T20I against the visitors can give Rohit Sharma his 7th consecutive T20I series win as a captain. But he has a tough task to make it happen in absence of the lead bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who is ruled out due to injury.

Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Getty Images)

Resistance from Aiden Markram (25) and Wayne Parnell (24) followed by classy innings from Keshav Maharaj (41) helped South Africa to set a target of 107 runs. Indian top order chased the target with 8 wickets and 20 balls in hand after half-centuries from KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav.

With the win, India now has 23 wins in one calendar year (most by any team). They haven’t lost the last 8 T20I series (7 wins, 1 draw). So it will be difficult for Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma to keep their record of not losing a series on Indian soil.

Arshdeep Singh (Image Credits: Twitter)
Arshdeep Singh (Image Credits: Twitter)

The 8-wicket win in the 1st T20I showed India’s combined efforts from the batting and bowling department. Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh’s swings, Ravichandran Ashwin’s economical bowling, Harshal Patel’s variations followed by KL Rahul’s calculated knock, and in-form Suryakumar Yadav’s fiery inning gave India a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series.

Rohit Sharma will expect this to continue in the remaining games and in Australia to win the ICC 2022 T20I World Cup. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open the innings. KL Rahul’s strike rate is below 120 in the last 9 games. Virat Kohli has 1 century and 3 half centuries in his last 9 games. But he also has 3 single-digit figures in these games. Though the form is back, he is yet to match up with consistency.

Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav
Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo: Twitter)

Suryakumar Yadav is the leading run-scorer of this year with the most number of sixes. He has 732 runs with 45 sixes at a strike rate of 180.29. In the absence of Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant will both get these games as a preparation for the 2022 T20I World Cup.

India suffered a massive heartbreak after Jasprit Bumrah got ruled out from the rest of the series and the T20 World Cup. Deepak Chahar will continue with Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel. Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh destroyed Proteas’ top and middle order in the first three overs of the first game. Arshdeep Singh took 3 wickets in his first over to rattle SA to 9 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image: Twitter

Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel will be the spin options after conceding just 3 runs per over collectively in the first game. Mohammad Siraj has been added as a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah.

Arshdeep Singh picked up 3 wickets while Deepak Chahar and Harshal Patel managed 2 wickets each to halt the tourists to a low total. Ravichandran Ashwin, who didn’t manage to pick a wicket, was the most economical bowler, conceding only 8 runs in 4 overs with a maiden.

South Africa Tour Of India 2022, IND Playing XI vs SA (Predicted), 2nd T20I

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma will be the skipper of India in the T20I series against South Africa and will lead the team in the 2nd T20I as well. He will be open in the match. He would want to get back to scoring runs after being dismissed without scoring in the 1st T20I against Proteas. He played only 2 balls before edging one to Quinton de Kock off Kagiso Rabada.

The right-handed batter failed to score a good knock in the 1st T20I against Australia as he got out for just 11 runs. He started well with a six and a four but got out soon. In the 2nd T20I against Australia, Rohit Sharma played a captain’s innings by leading from the front and also won MOM for his outstanding 20 balls unbeaten 46. His innings were laced with 4 fours and as many sixes as India successfully chased the 91 runs target in an 8 overs-curtailed match due to wet outfield. In the 3rd T20I, he scored 17 runs off 14 balls before Pat Cummins dismissed him.

KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. Pic Credits: Twitter

KL Rahul will be the other opener for the team in the 2nd T20I against Proteas unless India opts to play Shreyas Iyer. Although KL Rahul was the top run-getter in the 1st T20I against Proteas, he took 56 balls to score an unbeaten 51. He was involved in a 93-run unbroken partnership with Suryakumar Yadav (50* off 33) in the 1st T20I as India chased down the target of 107 in the 17th over.

The right-handed batter slammed a wonderful knock in the 1st T20I against Australia. He slammed 55 runs off 35 balls, smashing 3 sixes and 4 boundaries. KL Rahul scored only 10 off 6 balls including a six before he was bowled by Adam Zampa in the 2nd T20I. He failed again in the 3rd T20I against Australia, scoring only 1 run off 4 balls before edging one to Matthew Wade off Daniel Sams.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Virat Kohli might be the no.3 batter for the team in the 2nd T20I against Proteas unless he is rested. He scored only 3 off 9 balls before edging one to Quinton de Kock off Anrich Nortje in the 1st T20I against Proteas. The right-handed batsman got out for just 2 runs in the 1st T20I against Australia.

He was looking good in the 2nd T20I before being bowled by Adam Zampa after scoring 11 off 6 balls including 2 boundaries. He scored 63 off 48 balls in the 3rd T20I and was involved in a 104-run 3rd wicket partnership with Suryakumar Yadav as India successfully chased 187 against Australia.

For Virat Kohli, his ton against Afghanistan in an Asia Cup Super 4 match was relieving, to say the least. After over 1000 days, Virat Kohli scored a ton in international cricket. His 122* off 61 balls against Afghanistan was also the highest-ever individual score in T20I cricket by an Indian. The former Indian skipper scored 276 runs in five innings at an average of 92 in Asia Cup 2022.

Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

Suryakumar Yadav might be a middle-order batsman for India in the 2nd T20I match against Proteas. He continued his stellar form in the 1st T20I against Proteas, scoring an unbeaten 50 off 33 balls which included 5 fours and 3 sixes.

He has moved up to No. 2 in the latest ICC rankings and is the highest run-getter in T20Is in 2022. In only his 2nd year in T20Is, he has amassed 732 runs averaging 40.67 at a strike rate of 180.3 in 21 T20Is in 2022.

The right-handed batsman shattered a brilliant knock of 46 runs off 25 balls in the 1st T20I game against Australia. At a strike rate of 184+, Suryakumar Yadav shattered 4 sixes in the match. He was lbw in the 2nd T20I off Adam Zampa. He was out for a first-ball duck in that game before bagging a Man of the Match performance by top scoring with 69 off 36 balls in the 3rd T20I against Australia.

He was the 2nd highest run-getter of the series after Cameron Green (118) with 115 runs averaging 38.33. Suryakumar Yadav revealed he wasn’t well during the previous night as the medical team scrambled to treat him ahead of the series decider.

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Pic Credits: Twitter

Rishabh Pant- the Team India keeper-batter has scored 934 runs in 60 T20I matches at an average of 23.95 and a strike rate of 126.22. He will be the sole left-hander batter in the playing XI. He will feature in the 2nd T20I but he wasn’t required to bat in the 1st T20I. He played 1 T20I against Australia but didn’t bat.

Rishabh Pant had managed just 58 runs in the previous series against South Africa at a mediocre average of 14.5 and an equally poor strike rate of 105.45. Rishabh Pant has struggled with the bat in the previous T20I series against South Africa, having registered scores of 29, 5, 6, 17, and 1*.

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik (Image Credits: Twitter)
Dinesh Karthik (Image Credits: Twitter)

Dinesh Karthik may play alongside Rishabh Pant in the 2nd T20I against Proteas. He wasn’t required to bat in the 1st T20I against Proteas. In the opening T20I game against the Aussies, Dinesh Karthik got out after scoring just 6 runs off 5 balls. He did a good job behind the stumps, picking crucial catches.

Both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik played the 2nd T20I but the former wasn’t required to bat while the finisher Dinesh Karthik hit a four and a six to remain unbeaten on 10 off 2 balls hitting the winning runs. Rishabh Pant was dropped for the 3rd T20I, while Dinesh Karthik scored 1 off 1 and remained unbeaten in the 3rd T20I against Australia.

Axar Patel

Axar Patel
Axar Patel Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Axar Patel might be another all-rounder for the Indian team in the 2nd T20I against Proteas. In the 1st T20I against Proteas, he returned with figures of 1/16 in 4 overs.

The left-arm spinner picked the most 3 wickets for the team in the 1st T20I against Australia. In his 4 overs, Axar Patel conceded just 17 runs and picked 3 wickets for the team. With the bat, he could only score 5 runs though. He picked the crucial scalps of Aaron Finch, Cameron Green and Josh Inglis.

Axar Patel continued his rich vein of form in the 2nd T20I against the Aussies by picking the scalps of Glenn Maxwell and Tim David. Both were bowled. His figures read 2-0-13-2. In the 3rd T20I, he recorded figures of 4-0-33-3. He picked the wickets of Aaron Finch, Josh Inglis, and Matthew Wade and also affected the run-out of Glenn Maxwell. He was the leading wicket-taker in the series with 8 wickets in 3 T20Is at an average of 7.88.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finally got a game after a while in the 1st T20I against Proteas in Hardik Pandya’s absence. He was economical but was wicketless returning with figures of 4-1-8-0 in the 1st T20I. Ravichandran Ashwin was retained for the New Zealand home series after the conclusion of the 2021 T20I World Cup (where he returned to the T20I setup after 4 years) and was dropped later.

And after a gap of eight months, he was brought back for the 5-match T20Is against hosts West Indies, where he picked 3 scalps in as many games.  He also picked 2 scalps in 2 Asia Cup 2022 games.

Arshdeep Singh

Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh. (Photo: Twitter)

Arshdeep Singh, the young Indian pacer became one of the major highlights of Asia Cup 2022, for both right and wrong reasons. The Punjab bowler, who made his international debut in the T20I against England this year, has played 11 T20I matches and scalped 14 wickets so far averaging 20.14. He was MOM against Proteas in the 1st T20I, returning with figures of 3/32 which included wickets of Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, and David Miller. All were bowled.

During the Asia Cup Super 4 clash against Pakistan, Arshdeep Singh dropped a relatively easy catch on Asif Ali, following which he had to face a lot of flak on social media. India lost to Pakistan as Arshdeep Singh failed to defend seven runs in the last over. He was rested for the Australia series but would play the Proteas series in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India missed Arshdeep Singh’s services in the series against Australia as Harshal Patel has proved to be extremely expensive on the comeback from injury.

Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar reported at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for conditioning-related work during the course of the home series against Australia and South Africa. Arshdeep Singh missed out on the series against Australia, while Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not feature in the series against South Africa.

Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel. (Photo: Twitter)

Harshal Patel returned with figures of 2/26 in 4 overs in the 1st T20I against Proteas. He picked the scalps of Aiden Markram (25) and Keshav Maharaj (41) as he broke crucial partnerships.

Upon his return from an injury suffered before Asia Cup 2022, Harshal Patel played 3 T20Is against Australia in the series and picked 1 wicket only. Moreover, he also conceded a lot of runs. In the 1st T20I, he was carted away for 49 runs in his 4 overs. In the 2nd T20I, he conceded 32 runs in his 2 overs. He did a bit well in the 3rd T20I against Australia, picking 1/18 in 2 overs including the wicket of Tim David. He would want to do well in the 1st T20I against Proteas.

Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar, PC- BCCI
Deepak Chahar, PC- BCCI

Deepak Chahar picked the crucial scalps of Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma (0) and big hitter Tristan Stubbs (0) in the 1st T20I against Proteas, returning with figures of 2/24 in 4 overs. He will have added responsibility on his shoulders particularly with Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out of the series.

Deepak Chahar was the Man of the Match in the 1st ODI against Zimbabwe, picking career-best 3/27 in a fantastic 7-over spell after returning to the XI after a long injury layoff but was dropped for the 2nd ODI. In the 3rd ODI, he returned with figures of 2/75.



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