South Africa vs. India
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8:30 AM (Punjab Cricket Association Stadium)
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India and South Africa will play the second T20 International of their 3-match series at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. The first match was washed-out meaning that the series is still level.
India have been very impressive across all 3 formats over the past 12 months and with the T20 World Cup in 2020, the team is looking at finding the best combination for that tournament. Key players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested which allows the management to test players such as Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar. This Indian pace bowling unit lacks experience so it will be important for the spinners to perform extremely well. Jadeja and Krunal have both been playing well so India will be confident about that aspect of the game. As usual, the Indian batting looks strong with the big names including Kohli, Dhawan, and Rohit all playing. Even with an inexperienced pace bowling unit, India still look very strong as they enter this match.
On the other side of the coin, South Africa have been playing poorly for the past few months and the team has had a major transformation following the disaster at the World Cup. Quinton de Kock will be captain for this series with players like Dumminy retiring recently. The spin bowling department has also been weakened for South Africa with Imran Tahir no longer playing international cricket. Tabraiz Shamsi will be the spinner for this match. South Africa will heavily rely on the likes Rabada and Nortje as the pace bowling unit is the only area which has experience. This is expected to be a tough match for South Africa as they have an inexperienced side and they are playing against a powerhouse team away from home.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick India to win this match. India look a very strong unit and they should have enough quality to defeat a South African team that is very new to international cricket.