India won the second T20I in Mohali, rather comfortably with seven wickets in hand. As the action moves down south to Bengaluru, India are still the team to beat. South Africa need to improve drastically to level the series on Sunday.
All eyes will however, be on the team compositions. Both sides will look to find their best playing XI as they move towards the World Cup next year. That said, this match should be a close encounter.
The prolonged worry for India is the form of Rishabh Pant at number four. With seven single-digit scores in his last ten T20Is, he has been short of runs. Additionally, his poor shot selection throws a lot of doubts over Pant.
Otherwise, this Indian side looks settled. Runs for Shikhar Dhawan at the top is a luxury, while Virat Kohli continues to pile big scores. The Indian captain should be a good pick for your side. Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya offer flexibility to the Indian side. And, to your fantasy side!
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Barring captain Quinton de Kock, South Africa XI looked like amateurs in Mohali. Temba Bavuma’s snail-pace innings only increased the scrutiny over him. Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller need to be at their best and improve their scores.
Andile Phehlukwayo and Bjorn Fortuin were the only ones to come out of Mohali with heads held high. Kagiso Rabada is yet to hit top form, but is always a good choice. Keep an eye on Junior Dala, who could be slotted into the playing XI.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Hardik Pandya showed good T20 bowling skills in the second T20I. On a smaller ground, his six-hitting skills could come into play.
Shreyas Iyer has slotted seamlessly into the Indian side. His ability to keep calm could even earn a promotion to no. 4.
Quinton de Kock enjoyed his captaincy debut and now comes to his former IPL home ground. His aggression could suit the ground dimensions and earn a lot of boundaries.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Washington Sundar 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Deepak Chahar 11 Khaleel Ahmed
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (C & WK) 2 Reeza Hendricks 3 Temba Bavuma 4 Rassie van der Dussen 5 David Miller 6 Andile Phehlukwayo 7 Dwaine Pretorius 8 Bjorn Fortuin 9 Kagiso Rabada 10 Junior Dala 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
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