Snehasish: “I feel that SA should have bowled and tested their ability to defend scores. There might not be lot to gain by just winning a series against a second string Indian side. ” A few are saying, it’s rational but so is their decision.
India Playing XI: 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
South Africa Playing XI: 1 Quinton de Kock, 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Dwaine Pretorius, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Lungi Ngidi 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi.
Rishabh Pant, India Captain: We were looking to bowl. We are focusing on the process and not thinking of this as a must-win game. Our aim is to up the run-rate in the middle overs. We are playing with the same team.
Temba Bavuma, South Africa Captain: We’re playing to our strengths. We are not sure how the wicket will play because of the lack of stats. We heard from the domestic games that the wicket gets better and 180 is par. Rabada, Parnell, Reeza miss out. Jansen, Quinton, and Ngidi return. Rabada and Parnell are both injured, so Jansen and Ngidi come in. Quinton is fit to play and we are glad to have him.
6:30 pm: South Africa win the toss and choose to bowl
Pitch and Conditions: Deep Dasgupta says this is a bigger ground, square boundaries in the 60-metre range. The wicket has seen big scores but today’s pitch is grassy which will assist the bowlers. There are cracks but because of the grass, he expects spongy bounce. Dew is not much of a factor, and chasing teams have done very well.
Milan : “ENG hit 96 runs in last 5 overs. crazy crazy “
Joydeepsinghgil: “England will be make 500 runs today in odi [against Netherlands] and buttler going to break the eoin Morgan 17 sixes record in an innings meanwhile” Jos’ got 13 now. Liam’s 42 off 12 which is just as crazy.
Those of you in the US can watch this game live on ESPN+ in English or in Hindi.
D Shah: “I feel either Arshdeep or Umran should get 2 matches in place of Avesh. All the WC probables should be match ready and not only when any injury happens. “
Ruturaj Gaikwad interview with Star Sports: The wicket was good in the last game, the ball was not swinging or seaming much. So I thought I could give a good start and was happy with the progression of the innings. [Playing on the backfoot] It’s not a change but if we play at a high level for a while, one has to improve consistently. But it hasn’t been a mindset change, I’m just working on it normally. [Team being aggressive from ball-1] The aggressive mindset doesn’t demand too many changes. All of us back each other and play to our strengths, being fearless and natural is key. That does not mean reckless though.
More good news as the Indian players are warming up in the outfield. The broader picture is the series continues to be on the line. Usually, 5-match series and their ebbs and flows are discussed in Tests. But it’s happening in a T20I series this time around. The momentum is with India but South Africa have the gumption, particularly in the middle order. You can read more about the teams in the preview.
6 pm: A warm welcome to you is part of an odd couple with on-and-off rain at Rajkot. The covers are being removed which is an improving sign. The clouds are hanging low but the rain has stopped. As Hemant, our correspondent from the ground notifies, two super soppers are on the job. So, fingers crossed the play starts on time.