The third and the final T20I between India and South Africa will be taking place on Sunday will be taking place at the iconic Chinnaswamy on Sunday. After a brilliant run-chase, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli will be eyeing for a series whitewash now against the Proteas. Although the South Africans failed to do much in the second T20I, they have some finishers who can challenge the Indian bowler, despite them failing in the last game.
South Africa’s Bjorn Fortuin and India’s Deepak Chahar are eyeing to seal their spot in their respective teams. especially for next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. As this match will be the best opportunity for some of the youngsters like Junior Dala and Khaleel Ahmed to prove their worth in the team.
The Chinnaswamy has often been termed as a batting paradise along with the short boundaries which can be huge trouble for the bowlers. The renovation of the drainage system at the stadium a couple of years ago has seen the surface play a touch slower from IPL 2017. 170-180 is still par on this surface, but the rain forecast for Sunday threatens the possibility of the game. With a high-scoring encounter on the cards, here are some predictions for the game:
India might make a couple of changes in the bowling unit as Rahul Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed might get back in the playing XI. With Deepak Chahar doing a phenomenal job in Mohali, Navdeep Saini can be seen making way for Khaleel. The batting unit looks very settled with Dhawan and Rohit being one of the best opening pairs in white-ball cricket. Adding Kohli to the equation, it would be a daunting task for Kagiso Rabada and other African bowlers to get rid of the top order. Rishabh Pant will be seen batting at number four with an eye towards the future while Hardik Pandya will be performing the finish duties.
Predicted XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed.
Junior Dala is expected to replace the fiery pacer Anrich Nortje. The rest of the playing XI expected to be the same. Temba Bavuma’s debut was bittersweet but will be key in the top order with Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks expected to come up with a good performance on Sunday. Rassie van der Dussen is another player will be key in the middle order along with the veteran, David Miller. Andile Phehlukwayo’s all-around will be playing a crucial role in death overs.
Predicted XI: Reeza Henddrick, Quinton de Kock (C&WK), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius/ George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Born Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagison Rabada and Junior Dala/ Anrich Nortje
Fantasy XI Prediction
Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Rassie van der Dussen, Hardik Pandya (vc), George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Tabriaz Shamsi, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed.