India v South Africa 2nd T20I is scheduled to be played at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on the 2nd of October.
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The 1st T20I pitch in Thiruvananthapuram shocked everyone.
It assisted the Indian new ball bowlers Arshdeep and Chahar as there was a lot of swing on offer.
South African batters were not really sure of what a good total would be on that pitch, in no time there were 9-5! [Via sportz18.com]
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Only Aiden Markram could reach double figures among South Africa’s top 6 which included four ducks and three golden ducks.
For South Africa to even cross 100 was a significant achievement, they scraped their way to 106 in the end.
It was not a straightforward chase for India with the ball still swinging around dramatically.
The top order batters faced some difficulties but India eventually chased down the total of 107 quite comfortable, thanks to brilliant knocks by KL Rahul and SKY.
South Africa’s batters will need to significantly improve if they are to stand a chance in this second match.
Reeza Hendricks was left out of the side following the return of skipper Temba Bavuma but could be recalled to the starting XI with Rilee Rossouw most likely to drop out.
Ngidi has been bowling extremely well over the last couple of months and his slower ball can be a real wicket-taking option, he could replace Anrich Nortje.
South Africa would continue to go in with two spinners given their plans for the upcoming T20 World Cup but if they can trust Markram to be their second spinner.
Marco Jansen can be a really good addition to the team and chip in with both bat and ball.
At the moment, only one out of Wayne Parnell, Marco Jansen and Dwaine Pretorius appears likely to play in the 2nd T20.
India v South Afria 2nd T20I – Probable Playing XIs
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell/Marco Jansen/Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje/Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi