Details: Sunday 18 February
01:30 PM IST
1st T20, South Africa vs India
India Vs South Africa 1st T20 will be played on 18 february 2018 at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The three-Test series was a hard-fought affair that went the way of South Africa 2-1. Then came the series of six one-day internationals, and it was all about Virat Kohli and the Indian spin twins, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. South Africa were not at their strongest, with AB de Villiers missing the first three games, and Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock going out after the first and the second ODIs respectively. Even then, South Africa wouldn’t have anticipated a scoreline of 5-1 in India’s favour.
Between them, Yadav and Chahal picked up 33 of the 53 South African wickets to fall. If that pegged the batsmen back, the South African bowlers were put to the sword by the Indian top-order batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan was good, with one century and two half-centuries, and Rohit Sharma took care of the fifth ODI with his 115 from the top of the order. But Kohli batted at another level altogether. Even as India lost the Test series, he topped the batting charts with 286 runs, and it was more of the same in the ODIs, as he hit 112, 46*, 160*, 75, 36 and 129* for an incredible 558 runs from six games at an average of 186, all at a strike rate of 99.46.
South Africa are again going to be without some of the men they would ideally want in their XIs: du Plessis and de Kock are still out, there’s no Hashim Amla or Kagiso Rabada around, and Imran Tahir has also been left out, while JP Duminy has been promoted as captain. Linda Zondi, the Cricket South Africa National Selection Panel Convener, explained that some of the changes were made keeping in mind South Africa’s upcoming Test series at home against Australia. “It is necessary for us to rest some of the players who have featured in virtually all our international matches so far this summer. These include Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram among the batsmen as well as most of our frontline fast bowlers. AB de Villiers has missed quite a lot of cricket this summer so he will play in the T20 series,” said Zondi.
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Sunday should be partly cloudy in Johannesburg, with it generally being warm and a tad humid. Batting was tough in Johannesburg, Pithc is slow and spinner is pretty happy with this.
Venue Stats T20:
Total matches 5
Matches won batting first 1
Matches won bowling first 4
Average 1st Inns scores 174
Average 2nd Inns scores 158
Highest total recorded WI 236/6 (19.2 Ov) vs RSA
Lowest total recorded RSA 113/10 (19.3 Ov)vs SL
Highest score chased WI 236/6 (19.2 Ov) vs RSA
Lowest score defended RSA 153/7 (20 Ov)vs Pak
South Africa SQUAD: JP Duminy (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, JJ Smuts.
India Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat.
Suresh Raina is back in team and will play.
Lokesh Rahul is back in team and might be play.
Axar Patel get a game as a All Rounder.
JP Duminy has been promoted as captain.
JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks and Dane Paterson is back in team and will Play.
Juniour Dala added in Squad and will play.
Aaron Phangiso, Christiaan Jonker added in the squad might be play but chances are less.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Suresh Raina, Lokesh Rahul/Ajinkya Rahane/Shreyas Iyer/Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Tabraiz Shamsi/Aaron Phangiso, Junior Dala.
AB de Villiers
South Africa vs India HEAD TO HEAD IN T20’S:
Matches Played: 10
India won: 6
South Africa won: 4
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT INDIA VS SOUTH AFRICA 1st T20: