The T20 series between South Africa and India has reached its business end as the last fixture is scheduled to take place on Thursday at Wanderers Stadium. With a win in the 2nd T20, the Proteas are ahead in the series and would like to keep things the same way.
A win in the 2nd T20 will be a huge boost in the confidence of South Africa for the 3rd fixture and they will be eyeing to wipe out the visitors. The top bookmakers in India have amazing odds with them for this match.
Team India had witnessed a poor start to the T20 series but they have the quality of players who can bounce back and score a win in the last fixture.
Coetzee picked up 3 wickets in the previous fixture and has picked up 6 wickets in 4 T20i this year.
The betting tip is...
Gerald Coetzee to pick 2.5+ wickets
South Africa’s decision to bow first after winning the toss worked in favour of them as the top order of the opposition of decimated quite easily.
Marco Jansen and Lizaad Williams gave a good start to the team by picking up a single wicket each. Gerald Coetzee picked up 3 wickets in 3.3 overs at an economy of 9.14.
Due to interruptions by rains, the target was reduced and the Proteas batters were given 15 overs to complete the chase. Reeza Hendricks (49 off 27) and skipper Aisen Markram (30 off 17) gave a good start to the team. David Miller (17 off 12) and Andile Phehlukwayo (10 off 4) finished the game in the lower order.
The Proteas won’t be making any changes to their winning combination.
Predicted Lineup: Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Matthew Breetzke, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Gerald Coetzee, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams
The top order of the Indian batting lineup was back in the pavilion too soon and without any major contribution. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill lost their wicket without scoring a single run.
Tilak Varma (29 off 20) and skipper Suryakumar Yadav (56 off 36) provided the required momentum to the team. However, the highlight of the day was Rinku Singh who scored his maiden half-century and overall scored 68 off 39 at a strike rate of 174.36.
On the bowling front, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav picked up a single wicket each. Mukesh Kumar picked up 2 wickets in 3 overs but displayed an economy of 11.33. A slow start from the bowling unit was the primary reason for India’s loss in the 2nd T20.
Team India might use Ruturaj Gaikwad at the top order for the last T20 fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Suryakumar Yadav, Jitesh Sharma, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar
In the 2nd T20, team India was seen struggling with their top order and the bowling unit. South Africa’s bowling attack was in the right direction and the batters did a good job by giving the team a good start while chasing the score.
We predict a win for South Africa because the team looks well-balanced and has a home advantage.