Super Sixes SRL | IND vs SA - Preview, Form Guide, Predicted XI, Key Players
After all sorts of exciting results across the last few rounds of the Super Sixes SRL, today we are about to witness an expectedly sensational game between India and South Africa. Last time the two teams met, India emerged victorious as openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma fired all the way.
In the last five matches of the tournament, India have managed to win only two games, losing the other three. However, the remarkable display of batting by the youngsters and Rohit Sharma, followed by the recent rise of Virat Kohli, is a good sign for the Men In Blue. Their performances are more than what results can display. In the last head to head Super Sixes fixture against South Africa, India were led by the opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the that had left South Africa in tatters. The recent loss against England, on Saturday, was a setback for India but the team would be eying to bounce back on Sunday against the Proteas.
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As India have won two and lost three encounters in their recent form guide, South Africa, too, have the same record in a somewhat different order. Let me tell you that besides their much-celebrated opener and captain Quinton de Kock and some lower-order hitting by David Miller and Henrich Klaasen, the Proteas ain’t too huge a T20I giant, however, the talent that flows in the team is undeniable especially in their recent performances against India. Don’t be too surprised if South Africa devour the Men in Blue in the upcoming encounter.
Game Day Watch
South Africa will come to the Wednesday encounter against India with a most recent six-wicket victory over Australia in a rather low-scoring encounter. For the Proteas, it was the lower-middle order contributions from Dwaine Pretorius and David Miller that helped them put a total of 129/4 on the board. But it was actually Kagiso Rabada’s mighty 4-wicket haul that defended their low total successfully against the Aussies.
India, on the other hand, had a setback in the previous fixture against England, on Friday, as they lost to Eoin Morgan and co. by five wickets. Veteran batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli helped India post a total of 162/6 on the board and the bowlers had managed the English batsmen fairly well in the chase. However, a last-minute charge by Ben Stokes left Jasprit Bumrah bamboozled and handed India a loss.
A Sportsbet favourite, Rishabh Pant’s reckless hitting in down the order has become an integral part of India’s victories in the ongoing Super Sixes contest lately. The youngster has added a spark, an absolute T20 delight, to the lower order of India’s batting unit. And then there’s Virat Kohli who has come back to form and there’s no way we can downplay that threat. So, dear fans, brace yourself for another such show from the young Delhi Capitals batsman and the Indian captain doing the trick for India against a challenging Proteas pace attack, spearheaded by Rabada.
For the Proteas, it is definitely their captain Quinton who has always consolidated nad accelerated the innings for South Africa and holds the key in the team’s performance. Even though his 17-ball 19 in the previous game against New Zealand wasn’t as huge, it’s almost silly to underestimate QDK’s capability, especially when the opposition is India. Besides, Miller looked in good touch in the previous game, so expect some to-notch lower-order hitting as Miller weaves his magic with the willow against Bumrah and his brigade.
There’s no doubt on the fact that Jasprit Bumrah, with his yorkers and unique action, is the greatest weapon that India’s bowling attack possesses. He is frugal in terms of runs conceded, he is a genuine wicket-taker. So, no doubt that the Proteas batsmen, especially the openers, need to look out for him. Besides, Bumrah enjoys the partnership of Navdeep Saini, who has become a regular for India in the limited-overs setup and could check some runs at the Powerplay.
No prizes for guessing that Kagiso Rabada, who bagged four wickets against Australia in the previous game, will be a threat that Indian batsmen would love to overcome and South Africa will use their best bet to their best of advantage. Rabada is a wicket-taker through and through, so while he’s around for his four-over quota, the Indian brigade better be aware. Apart from the bowling spearhead, don’t forget that there’s a certain Imran Tahir who is legendary in the shortest format of the game. So there’s your challenge, Virat Kohli and co.!
When to watch: May 31, 2020, 3 PM
Where to watch: SportsCafe and Sportsbet.io
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c) Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir