India is on the verge of sinking its first T20I series defeat at home in Visakhapatnam three years later against South Africa. India has not clicked as a complete unit in both matches so far. The batting line-up failed to replicate the success of the first match, bowling the first and second match in the final ten overs.
Opener Ruturaj Gayakwad needs to find form. It is important that he find the form for his team and his position on the side. Ishaan Kishan has performed well in both matches and looks forward to maintaining his momentum in the third match. Gaikwad was dismissed for just one run in the second T20I and scored 23 in the first game.
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South Africa is scratching its head on what India can do to stop the middle-order firing. Think Tanks may consider allowing Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh to make their debut and play one of the two players. He might consider bringing in Deepak Hooda as an extra spinner and the extra option he gives as a batter. However, that does mean he has to drop Shreyas Iyer, who looks good in touch. India is unlikely to take that step.
India predicts XI for 3rd T20I:
Beginners: Ruthuraj Gayakwad, Ishaan Kishan
Middle order: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain / wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya
Power-hitters: Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik
Spinners: Akshar Patel, Yujuvendra Chahal
Fast bowlers: Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik
Change in XI: Umran Malik to replace Avesh Khan
India predict XI for 3rd T20I against South Africa: Ruthuraj Gaikwad, Ishaan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akshar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik