Date: 12 June 2022
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
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Both teams reach Cuttack after a free-flowing run fest for the second match of the five-game T20I series. Indians started off strong with Ishan Kishan smashing an incredible 76 along with Shreyas Iyer’s 36. But in the end, it was Hardik Pandya’s late-game cameo that helped the Men in Blue post a massive total of 212. But the South Africans stole away the first game as David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen built an incredible 132-run partnership to chase the mammoth total with seven-wicket in hand.
The pitch in the Barabati Stadium is a bit slower and hence wouldn’t set the stage for another batting spectacle like in New Delhi on Thursday. The spinners could have a larger role here as Yuzvendra Chahal took a four-wicket haul in Cuttack. But with high humidity and the subsequent dew factor will keep the bowlers under constant pressure and the team winning the toss would bowl first.
The Men in Blue failed to consolidate on their incredible start as they couldn’t execute their bowling plans properly. Five out of the six bowlers went on to concede over ten runs in their spell. But on the batting end, India had a solid performance where each batter scored at a great speed to build a massive total.
Probable Playing XI:
Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan
Like India, South Africans also had disappointing bowling performances as their three bowlers gave away over 10 runs in their spell. Keshav Maharaj had one of his worst performances as he conceded 43 runs while picking up only one wicket. But David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen stole the show for the Proteas as they reduced their team from a small batting collapse.
Probable Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
The game in Cuttack will be heavily dependent on the toss as dew could have a major impact on the result. Both teams had a similar performance in the first game and hence picking a winner would be difficult. But India has still had a slight advantage because of the familiarity with the conditions and hence will register their first win of the series.