India vs South Africa 2022, 2nd T20I: Preview – Pitch Report, Probable XI & Match Prediction

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India will take on South Africa in the second T20 International (T20I) of the ongoing five-match series at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday.

Both sides recently met in the opening match at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, where the visitors handed a 7-wicket defeat to ‘Men in Blue’.

Indian batters performed well in the match, especially Ishan Kishan (76), as the hosts posted 211/4 in their 20 overs. However, the David Miller-Russie van der Dussen carnage did wonders for Proteas as they scripted a memorable victory to go 1-0 up in the series.

The home team, under the new leadership of Rishabh Pant, would be aiming to bounce back in the second T20I. On the other hand, the tourists would be looking to register back-to-back triumphs.

Head-to-Head record:

Played: 16 | IND won: 09 | SA won: 07 | No result: 0

Pitch report:

Traditionally, the tracks at Barabati have been on the slower side irrespective of the format, so the spinners are expected to have a dominant evening. There will be an ample amount of humidity that shall drag dew into play.

Probable XIs:

India: Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (c), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Match Prediction:

Case 1:

  • IND wins the toss and bowls first
  • Powerplay score: 35-40
  • South Africa total: 130-140

Case 2:

  • SA wins the toss and bowls first
  • Powerplay score: 40-45
  • India total: 140-150

Team batting second to win the contest.

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