IND vs SA: The first match of the three T20 series between India and South Africa will be played in Dharamshala today. The city has been raining heavily since this morning. The Meteorological Department has predicted rain throughout the day. At the same time, the stadium management has said that there are adequate arrangements for drainage from the grounds. If the rain stops till 5 pm, then the entire match is likely. The match will start at 7 pm.
- The match will be broadcast on Star Sports Network from 7:00 pm
- India beat West Indies in last three matches at home
The Indian team will be eyeing their fourth consecutive win in T20. He had defeated the West Indies in the last three games. Team India got their last defeat against Australia this year. On the other hand, the South African team would also like to register a fourth consecutive win. He defeated Sri Lanka in the last three matches. His last defeat was against Pakistan in February.
Both teams face to face in Dharamshala after four years
Both teams will play at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala after four years. The last time the South African team beat India by 7 wickets was on 2 October 2015. Team India would also like to avenge that defeat. Eight matches were played on this ground. In this, the team that scored runs twice only won. The team batting four matches won first. Two matches did not yield results.
India vs South Africa head to head
A total of 13 T20s have taken place between the two teams so far, the Indian team winning 8. South Africa had success in 5 matches. Two matches were played between the two in India. The South African team won both matches. The last time both teams met face to face in Newlands. The Indian team had then won that match by 7 wickets.
Weather and Pitch Report: In Dharamshala it may rain in the evening at the time of match. The temperature will be around 17 to 23 degree Celsius. The pitch on this ground helps fast bowlers. The team batting first has an average score of 140 runs. At the same time, the average score in the run chase is 140 runs.
Dhoni will not play in the series against South Africa
Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not play in this series. He was also not in the team in the tour of West Indies. Dhoni played his last T20 against Australia in February. He was the captain of Team India playing series against South Africa in 2015.
Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli: The two most important batsmen of the Indian team, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were the team’s highest run-scorer in the last series against the West Indies. Kohli scored 106 runs in 3 matches. During this time, his average was 35.33. He had hit a half-century. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma scored 91 runs in 2 matches. His average was 45.50. Rohit had played a half-century.
Lack of consistency in Rishabh Pant: Wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant scored 302 runs for India in 18 T20s at an average of 21.57. His name is only two half-centuries. Pant had scored 0, 4 and an unbeaten 65 in three T20s during the Windies tour. He had then hit a half-century after 5 matches. They lose wickets in the beginning of batting in an attempt to hit shots quickly.
South Africa’s strength
Rasi van der Dussen: Dusen, who replaced AB de Villiers in the middle order, has proved his utility. He scored 253 runs in 7 T20s at an average of 36.14. Dusen scored 34 and 64 runs in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. Dusen had scored two half-centuries in the ODI World Cup. He is known for batting fast as well as batting.
Lack of experienced spinner: South African team will miss the lack of an experienced spinner due to Imran Tahir not in the team. In his place, left-handed Tabrez Shamsi will take charge of the spinner department. Shamsi took just 10 wickets in 14 T20s. He has played three T20s against India, but proved to be a failure during this period. During this time he had two successes.
Possible Playing XI Team of IND vs SA (IND vs SA Dream11 Teams)
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khalil Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
South Africa: Quinton Deacock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Born Fortun, Buren Hendricks, Reeja Hendrix, David Miller, Enrich Nortje, Andile Fehlukwayo, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabrez Shamsi, JJ Smuts, Rasi van der Dusen.