Teams have turned their attention to the shortest and most entertaining version of the game following the end of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 and in the lead-up to the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2024.
This T20I series between South Africa and India becomes even more important for both teams, whose ODI World Cup campaign ended in despair, as every T20I match a team plays from now on will be played with their World Cup strategy in mind. The top bookmakers in India have amazing odds with them.
On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, the second Twenty20 International match of their three-match series will take place at St. George's Park in Gqueberha, South Africa. Since batters always find it tough to play on African pitches, we expect this series to feature a more equal duel between the bat and the ball.
Jaiswal has a career average of 33.64 in T20Is with a strike rate of over 160.
The betting tip is...
Yashavi Jaiswal to score 29.5+ runs
With youthful, talented bowlers and powerful hitters throughout the order, the Proteas team that will take on India in the second Twenty20 international format appears to be quite strong. While experienced pacer Lungi Ngidi was ruled out of the series two days earlier due to injury, senior bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were rested.
This means that Marco Jansen, a young man himself, will be in charge of the bowling attack. With Markram starting alongside Reeza Hednricks, the batting looks explosive as well. Ferreira and Stubbs are youngsters to keep an eye out for.
South Africa will go with their strongest XI for this encounter.
Predicted Lineup: Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Donovan Ferreira, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Lizaad Williams, and Tabraiz Shamsi
Given how young this Indian team is, the majority of its players will be visiting Africa for the first time in their careers. Although the players on this side are young, they have plenty of experience playing in this format because they are all vital members of their respective Indian Premier League teams.
The players will, in our opinion, adapt to the conditions as soon as possible, which is usually the main difficulty for visiting teams in South Africa. In this series, the Men in Blue's main bowler will be Mohammad Siraj.
Likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharna have been rested for the T20Is.
Predicted Lineup: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rinku Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Siraj, and Mukesh Kumar
With both sides being equally strong and both of them looking for a new dawn in their cricketing world, we expect this match to be nothing short of a cracker.
The players on both sides will be excited to play in this series but for different reasons. For South Africa, this series is a chance to recoup and forget their World Cup semi-final exit, whereas, for the Indian players, this series would be really exciting as most of them will be playing overseas for the first time in their careers.
The home advantage might favor South Africa a bit, but the Indians know very well how to use their opponent's advantages to their benefit.