As the first Twenty20 International game was called off, both India and South Africa are looking forward to the second game of three-match Twenty20 Internationals in Mohali on Wednesday, September 18.
The series is going to be important for both the sides in their preparations for the T20 World Cup next year. Both India and South Africa have given the chances to the youngsters to build up a strong team for the mega event.
The host, India, are the stronger side in this series. They are coming off a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies in their backyard and would like to carry the winning momentum on. However, they are yet to experiment in one or two spots of the playing eleven. While their batting order is well known, they will try Manish Pandey or Shreyas Iyer in the number 4 position. The series will be crucial for them to seal the deal. However, the team management will look at Rishabh Pant’s performance as well as how much improvement he can show.
While India will get the service of Hardik Pandya in the series, bowling department is relatively new for India. They have dropped their first choice spinners - Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and gave the chance to Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar with the likes of Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to give depth in the batting. The pace department is also new with the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini. The series will be crucial for them too.
On the other hand, South Africa will play with a relatively young and inexperienced side led by Quinton de Kock. They will try to leave behind their poor performance in England in the World Cup and prepare for the future in the absence of veteran players like Dale Steyn, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla.
South Africa have named three new faces in the squad - Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje. With these new faces, there will be Quinton de Kock, David Miller and Kagiso Rabada to balance the side. However, it will be tough for them to beat a rather experienced India side, who are considered dangerous in their own backyard.
Probable Playing XI
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (C), Rassie van der Dussen (VC), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
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