India vs South Africa, 3rd T20-I
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
September 22nd, 2019
7:00 PM IST
After an enthralling second T20 between India and South Africa in Dharamsala, the action shifts to the Chinnaswamy as both sides look for a win to gather momentum heading into the all-important Test series. In spite of Quinton de Kock’s fifty in the previous game, India cruised to a seven-wicket win with Virat Kohli putting on a chasing masterclass. Both teams are expected to ring in the changes with next year’s ICC T20 World Cup being the next assignment as they look to identify their best combination and personnel. Considering the reputation of the Chinnaswamy Stadium, a high-scoring thriller is on the card with some of the best players in the world taking it to the field on Sunday.
A flat-track is on offer with scores of 180 being a must on this surface. The short boundaries go against the spinners although there is some turn to exploit. Change of pace is key on such a surface while the new ball bowlers should also get some swing upfront.
The weather forecast doesn’t look promising with rain on the cards for the entire duration of the match. If a match does happen, new ball bowlers should be supported by the overcast conditions with the spinners also coming into play later in the day
Injuries: No injury concerns were reported from either side
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are neck and neck in terms of most runs in T20-Is. Both of them are well aware of the conditions in Bengaluru with Rohit even scoring his first double hundred at this very venue. Both of them are must-haves for this game along with Quinton de Kock and Hardik Pandya as well. Rassie van der Dussen, who has been the standout player in the white-ball formats for South Africa this year, is one to watch out for while Dwaine Pretorius’ all-round ability could earn some fantasy points as well. Kagiso Rabada and Deepak Chahar warranty a place in the side owing to reputation and form respectively. South Africa’s new lead spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi should pick a wicket or two and ideally complete the fantasy team for this much-awaited clash.
1. Rohit Sharma
2. Hardik Pandya
3. Kagiso Rabada
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Quinton de Kock, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
Rassie van der Dussen, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
Reeza Hendricks, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
Virat Kohli, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
Rohit Sharma, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
Dwaine Pretorius, Points: 22-24, Grade: B
Tabraiz Shamsi, Points: 24-26, Grade: B
Hardik Pandya, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Rahul Chahar, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Kagiso Rabada, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
Deepak Chahar, Points: 28-30, Grade: B