India will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on South Africa in the second T20I of the ongoing five-match series at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium on Sunday (June 12). India lost the series opener by seven wickets to Proteas in New Delhi after failing to defend a solid 211 runs and will hope to put on a better show with the ball on Sunday.
In the absence of KL Rahul and regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant captained the Indian team for the first time in his career but failed to get off to a winning start. Hitting first, India got off to a flying start and capitalized on fly-half Ishan Kishan’s brilliant 76 on 48 along with crucial shots from Pant and Hardik Pandya to post 211 points on the board.
However, the bowlers failed to defend the aggregate and were taken to the cleaners by Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, who slammed unbeaten half-centuries each to help South Africa win with five balls to go. resell. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel – India’s two death-over specialists both conceded 43 runs each in their 4-over quota.
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The duo was torn apart by Miller and Van der Dussen who showed no mercy to the Indian bowlers. While South Africa will be looking to claim their second straight win after winning the series opener in New Delhi, India will be hoping to get back to winning ways and tie the series 1-1.
After the failed bowling attack in the opener, the hosts might want to make some changes. India have youngsters Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh in their squad who both impressed in the recently concluded IPL 2022 and can make their dream debuts.
While Umran can consistently hit over 150 mph, Arshdeep has been exceptional in the kills with his accurate yorkers. India may also consider bringing Deepak Hooda into the lineup to add more stability to their batting lineup. But it remains to be seen who will put Hooda in the roster if he plays.
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India vs South Africa, 2nd prediction T20I:
India were expected to comfortably defend the total of 211 points in the series opener in New Delhi, but their bowling attack was met by Miller and Van der Dussen, who made it a cakewalk for the Proteas. India will hope not to repeat those mistakes this time around and should even the series 1-1 on Sunday.
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