It hasn’t been an ideal start to the five-match T20I series for Team India. While they were chasing a world record in the series opener in Delhi, they would have ideally wanted to level the series in Cuttack. However, on both occasions, the Rishabh Pant-led Indian team failed to register a win.
The action now shifts to Visakhapatnam where India would play to remain alive in the series while South Africa would want to continue on the winning momentum and clinch the series with two matches to go. Prior to the 3rd India vs South Africa T20I at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy International Cricket Stadium, here is a look at what numbers suggest might happen in this match.
1. Toss Prediction
Two matches have happened in this series so far and on both occasions, it is the South African captain Temba Bavuma who has won it. Even in the last five T20Is before the ongoing series, India did not have the best results with the toss. So predicting South Africa to win the toss in Visakhapatnam.
2. Win Probability
While India had the better head-to-head record before the start of the series and have been enjoying the home advantage, South Africa have been pretty clinical in both their wins so far. Going by the way, the Proteas have played so far predicting South Africa to win this match. India’s bowling hasn’t got going which might force them to make some changes. The actual result will depend on whether the other players who get a chance perform as per expectation.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is South Africa. They have registered two dominant wins and a quick turnaround for the third game of the series means they can just start from where they left off in Cuttack.
4. Powerplay Score
India scored 51 in the first match of the series in Delhi in the powerplay. They then scored 42 in the first six overs in Cuttack. Their average powerplay score in this series comes down to 46.5. South Africa on the other hand scored 61 during the fielding restrictions in the series opener while they reached 29 in the powerplay in the second game. Their average powerplay score is 45. So predicting both teams to cross the 45-run mark in the powerplay.
5. Average Score
The two T20Is played at this venue previously were low-scoring affairs with the first innings score being 82 and 126 respectively. On both occasions, the team batting second registered a win. The average first innings score in T20Is at this venue is 104.
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