IND vs SA 2nd T20: Team India, desperate to take lead with victory, pressure on Rishabh Pant for better performance:The opening of the three-match T20 series between India and South Africa was disappointing for the audience. The first match of Dharamshala fell due to rain.
Not a single ball was bowled in this match due to rain. The second match of the series (India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I) will be played in Mohali on Wednesday. Virat Kohli-led Team India will try to take an edge in the series, winning the match. This match will also be very important for wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant.
Pant has failed to take advantage of the opportunities in the last few matches and the pressure on him to perform better is increasing. Apart from Pant, there will be pressure on other young players of the team to prove their ability by performing well in the series. The match will start at 7 pm.
Captain Virat Kohli has already made his own detailed plan in view of next year’s T20 World Cup. Captain Kohli has told what he expects from the youth in the team. Virat has made it clear that when he got down to play international cricket he did not expect to get much chances and he believes that the current young players will also have to prove themselves in limited occasions. Also includes 21-year-old Pant.
He has gained enough experience due to debut in February 2017. The team management has made it clear that this wicket-keeper batsman cannot repeat his mistakes continuously and if he does, he will have to bear the brunt. Kohli has so far kept the option of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) back in the team open and in such a situation, pressure is mounting on Pant to do justice to his talent.
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Apart from Pant, spinners Rahul Chahar and Washington Sundar will also be under pressure. Both these bowlers have been preferred over the star spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the second consecutive series. India have to play more than 20 matches before the World Cup and in such a situation the team wants their batting to be strong.
For this, the eighth, ninth and 10th batsmen will have to score more runs regularly, which has never been a strong side of India. Will the long batting order affect India’s ability to take wickets, we will also get the answer in the coming time only. Apart from this, the series is also important for Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey who have been included in the team to strengthen the middle order.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan will also have a chance to play big innings. This opener had failed to perform as expected on the West Indies tour. Dhawan enjoys a lot in Mohali’s ground. It was at this ground that he made an innings of 187 runs while making his Test debut, while he scored 143 runs in the One Day International match against Australia last year but Team India had to face defeat. On the other hand, it will not be easy for South Africa to defeat India, which has been in good rhythm for some time.
The South African team going through the transition will be desperate to get on the field after the match rain in Dharamsala. If Kagiso Rabada-led South Africa’s bowling attack is to stop Indian batsmen, especially captain Kohli, then they will have to bowl brilliantly. Kohli played one of the best innings of his career in the last T20 at this ground in March 2016 and gave India a place in the semi-finals of the World T20.
India vs SA Possible 11 Player (Dream11 Team)
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khalil Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
South Africa: Quinton Decak (captain), Racy van der Dussen, Tenba Bavuma, Jr. Dala, Björn Fortin, Buren Hendrix, Reeja Hendrix, David Miller, Enrich Nortje, Andile Fehlukwayo, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabrez Shamsi and George Linde.