India vs South Africa – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs South Africa taking place? Sunday, September 22nd (14:30 UK time)

Where is India vs South Africa taking place? M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

What is the expected weather for India vs South Africa? 25c with a small chance of rain and 70% humidity

What channel is India vs South Africa on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream India vs South Africa? This match will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for India vs South Africa? Tickets for this match can be purchased here

LAST MEETING
India beat South Africa by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • India got off to a strong start in this three-match T20 series as after the first match was washed out, they comfortably won the second match by seven wickets thanks to an economical bowling display and an unbeaten 72 by skipper Virat Kohli.
  • As they continue to experiment ahead of the T20 World Cup next year, they have been fielding as many as four all-rounders to strengthen both their batting and bowling with Washington Sundar especially making an impact opening the bowling with his off-spin.
  • They have plenty of options if they decide to change things around at all but the likelihood is that they name an unchanged side for this as they aim to seal the series, and they showed that relentless drive in the recent series in the Caribbean.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa are unlikely to overreact to the defeat in the second T20 match in Mohali as they too are very much a work in progress as they bed some new players in and Quinton de Kock becomes accustomed to leading the team.
  • They only lost five wickets in the last match but could only manage a relatively tame total of 149 which was nowhere near enough to really test the hosts and that was largely due to the lack of big-hitting in their middle order as all their batsmen other than De Kock struggled to score much quicker than a run a ball.
  • They will have to take a much bolder approach if they bat first here which will mean taking more risks as India looked comfortable against their bowling attack which may see a change as Junior Dala is a candidate to come into the side.

THE PREDICTION

India were comfortable winners last time out and they will be highly motivated to seal another series win here. Both teams continue to experiment and test different personnel and tactics but they are unlikely to make many changes as they look to find some form and give their players a chance to produce. The lack of big-hitting in the South African line-up is a major concern and their bowlers do not possess the same threat that the hosts’ attack does. That should see Virat Kohli’s men pick up yet another victory and seal the T20 series.

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