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T20 World Cup 2022: High on confidence after 2 wins, India eye victory against South Africa at Perth

Mohammad Bilal
Mohammad BilalOct 29, 2022 | 15:00

T20 World Cup 2022: High on confidence after 2 wins, India eye victory against South Africa at Perth

India plays South Africa in the third fixture of ICC T20 World Cup at Optus Stadium, Australia. Photo: BCCI

Team India is riding high on two back-to-back victories over their arch-rivals Pakistan and Netherlands. In their third fixture of T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma's men will face Temba Bavuma's South Africa, a side India has defeated twice this year in T20I series.

But since this is a World Cup match, anything can happen. Moreover, India had defeated South Africa on Indian soil. This time the match is in Australia, and the conditions are completely different. Pacers have been dominant on Australian pitches and teams are struggling to even cross 180. Plus, South African team looks in good form.

Strengths of the South Africa team: The South Africa team will also be high on confidence after their recent win over Bangladesh by 104 runs.

  • Team's left-handed batter Rile Rossouw hit his first ever century in T20I cricket. This was only the 10th century in T20 World Cup history since 2007. Rossouw, along with Quinton-De Kock amassed a partnerip of 168 runs, which is the highest in T20I history. 
  • Secondly, South Africa's pace attack is also world class with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Dwaine Pretorius. In the spin department, the team has Tabrez Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj who have been delivering for the team in the T20I matches.
  • On the batting front, they have the quality of Quinton De Kock, Rile Rossouw, David Miller and Aiden Markram.
    South African captain Temba Bavuma shakes hands with Rohit Sharma after a T20I match. Photo: Getty Images

     

Weakness of the SA team: One of the biggest worries for South Africa in this match would be the form of skipper Temba Bavuma. Bavuma has been getting dismissed on single digits in at least last seven games. This is a worrying sign for the team that seeks to seal a place in semi-final.

  • Moreover, the batting line-up lacks depth because of lack of allrounders lower down the order.

The Indian camp: The Rohit Sharma led side is having a good time in Australia and they have defeated Pakistan in a thriller in their first match of T20 World Cup. India then went on to comfortably defeat Netherlands 56 runs. 

  • Team's batters inlcuding Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and now even Rohit Sharma are in good form. In the last fixture, Yadav also hit his first fifty of the this year's World Cup.
  • Dinesh Karthik lower down the order adds more depth to the batting and the side looks balanced.
  • On the bowling front, team's pace attack has seen an uplift in this World Cup  and is looking far better it did during the Asia Cup. Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami are looking in good form. 
  • In the spin department, Axar Patel and R Ashwin are also doing fine and can be curcial in big matches.
  • The only worry for the team is the poor form of opener KL Rahul, who is struggling with the bat these days. Rahul's average in the last 10 matches isn't poor at 31.44, but his failure to perform against strong opposition is what is worrying the team. 
  • Overall, on paper, the Indian team has an upper hand against South Africa in the game. 

India's probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh.

South Africa's probable XI: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, Tristan Stubbs, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi.

The match will take place at Optus Stadium at 4.30 pm. It will broadcast LIVE on Star Network and will also be streamed LIVE on Disney+Hotstar.

Last updated: October 29, 2022 | 15:00
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