The second match of the five-match T20 series between Team India and South Africa will be played at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack at 7 pm today. In the first match of the series, South Africa defeated the Indian team by 7 wickets. There has been a clash between the two teams on this ground in the past as well. In 2015, the only T20 match between these two teams, South Africa had defeated India by 6 wickets.
Now after almost 7 years both the teams will face each other. Batting first, after losing the toss, India made 211 for four wickets in the first match. Ishan Kishan scored the highest 76 runs for India. In reply, South Africa achieved the target in 19.1 overs for the loss of 3 wickets.
Both teams had played 16 matches so far bilaterally. India is slightly ahead in head-to-head encounters. India has won 9 matches while South Africa has 7.
The Cuttack pitch can help the bowlers. Especially here spin bowlers are going to dominate and they will also get a turn. Yuzvendra Chahal took 4 wickets against Sri Lanka in India’s last T20 match here. In the first match, the batsmen of both the teams scored a lot, but they can be tested in today’s match. Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been the most successful bowler on this ground. Chahal has taken 4 wickets on this ground. At the same time, Hardik Pandya has 3 wickets in his name.
Summer is at its peak right now. In such a situation, the day temperature in Cuttack is expected to be in the range of 35-38 degrees Celsius. At the same time, it will come down to 28 degrees Celsius at night. It will be hot in the afternoon. No rain is expected.
David Miller played a brilliant inning of 64 and Resie van der Dussen 75 for South Africa. Both of them added 131 runs in the fourth wicket partnership and gave their team an easy victory.
Team India captain Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya sweated profusely on Saturday. The spectators who came to watch the match practice were making noise on his every shot.
For the second T20, South Africa hardly make any changes in their playing XI, but Team India can make a change. Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s speed was very low in the first match. Also, both of them were badly hit. In such a situation, Umran Malik can get a chance. If the pitch is flat, Umran can trouble the batsmen with his fast deliveries.
With each match that I watch, my love for the game just increases. All I dream of is to join my passion for writing with that of the game and pen down the live-action.
As a person, I am a quick learner and work well in a team for that is what wins the series.