(Match Preview, Playing XI, H2H Record, Ground Stats, Weather Report, Pitch Report and Match Prediction)
Match Preview: (By Vishnu)
Hello and welcome to the match preview of the second T20 International between India and South Africa in Barabati Stadium, Cuttack which will be played on 12th June.
India lost the first T20 and was eluded from making the world record. However, they will be looking to level up the series on the Sunday night. The batting was splendid from the team in blue in the last game. Everyone chipped in and played crucial innings. Ishan and Gaikwad provided them the platform. The middle order fired as well with Pandya providing a strong finish and India ended on a 211-run total. However, the bowling let them down. Bhuvneshwar started well and other bowlers too chipped in with wickets till the halfway mark but after that it was a batting masterclass from the two proteas batsmen. India will be hoping a better bowling performance in the upcoming match.
South Africa won the 1st T20 which was a run-fest. They did not start well on a mammoth chase but Pretorious (who was promoted to no.3) provided them momentum with few lusty blows. Harshal sent him packing and India was all over them at the halfway mark. Then, enter “killer Miller” .He took the game away from India’s grasp and just like his recent prowess’s in the recently concluded IPL, he won the game for his team and was awarded with POTM. Rassie did his part as well and finished on 75*.Earlier, it was their bowling which allowed the opposition to make a mammoth score. None of the bowlers looked good except a returning Parnell. The spinners were taken to the cleaners. South Africa too will want a better bowling effort specially from the spinners on this slower deck.
India Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(C) (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya(VC), Venkatesh Iyer, Y Chahal, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
South Africa Squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.
Total Matches: 18
India Won: 9
South Africa Won: 7
No Result: 2
H2H Record at Barabati Stadium:
Total Matches : 1
India Won : 0
South Africa Won : 1
According to experts, during the match time, the temperature will remain around 31°C and humidity will be 63%. The speed of the wind will be around 16 km/h and the sky will be cloudy.
The pitch at the Barabati Stadium is on the slower side. The spinner will enjoy bowling on it and it will be a much tougher surface to bat from the previous one. The team batting first will look to make around 170 runs and defend it.
Match: South Africa will win