Under-performing spinners, erratic opener and poor display – captain Rishabh Pant will have many on mind when India take on booming South Africa in their third T20 on Tuesday as they try to keep the five-match series alive.
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The hosts came to this series in 12 consecutive matches but South Africa took the wind out of India’s sails with two assured victories. The Pant is now struggling on multiple fronts and it will take a hard effort to fill all the holes with just one day between match two and three. If bowling India disappointed in the first match, a bad batting show cost them the second match and now they have their backs to the wall.
what or what: India with South Africa, third T20I
When: June 14 (Tuesday)
where: DrACA-VDCA Cricket Ground, Visakhapatnam
time: 7 p.m. (Indochina time)
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India’s hits left much to be desired with the openers failing to give the team a good start in powerplay.
While Ishan Kishan has done well so far, Ruturaj Gaikwad (23, 1) dragged the team down with questions about his technique against quality pacers and his ability to impose pace early on.
Shreyas Iyer also looked weak against fast bowlers, and although he started off at the start, he wasn’t able to capitalize on his run rate or push, putting pressure on the next line of middle-ranking hitters.
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Hardik Pandya, who was in great shape with the Gujarat Titans in the IPL, produced some big hits when the team was comfortable in the first T20 but couldn’t move forward on the two-step Cuttack path.
He also failed to impress the ball and leaked 49 passes in his four hits in the two games.
captain pant under scanner
Coming up to the captain, Bant (29, 5) hasn’t shot himself yet. He only has three 50s in a 45 T20I with an average of 23.9 and a strike rate of 126.6.
As someone described as a future leader, Pant did not inspire enough confidence in his leadership abilities.
His decision to promote Aksar Patel in place of his designated playmaker and match-two veteran Dinesh Karthik was baffling, to say the least.
With the World Cup finals looming in Australia later this year, much to expect from the wiki owner, who can win matches on his own and will look to produce an inspiring display on Tuesday.
An uninspiring show by Chahal and Aksar
In bowling, the double-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel was a huge disappointment as they went for 75 and 59 in six and five overs in the two games and would likely drop the ax on one of them in the third match.
Chahal, who was the IPL’s purple cap holder, was put under the pump with the likes of David Miller, Rasi van der Dousen and Heinrich Claassen taking in a bowling walker.
With the duo fluctuating, we must see if team management gives youngster Ravi Bishnoi or founder Venkatesh Iyer, who also opens up to the IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders, a chance in the middle.
The host, with the exception of Bovneshwar Kumar, seemed bereft of ideas of breakthroughs as India picked just four wickets in the opening match and six in the second with Meerut’s leading plea causing most of the damage.
Indian bowlers tend to forgo running in a pile or two which results in a complete undoing of the work done in previous overs and will need to toughen their playing to salvage hopes of salvaging the series.
The Indian think tank may also be looking to unleash Imran Malik’s pace in South Africa or appoint Arshdeep Singh to replace Avesh Khan, who has taken no small part in the series.
On the other hand, South Africa looked like a well-oiled machine with both shooters and strikers working in partnerships.
If Miller and van der Dusen took him a fine show in the first T20, returning man Claassen proved the difference on Sunday with his fluent 81-round innings on a tricky little gate.
Skipper Temba Bavuma also played the perfect chip for Classen for the SA recovery scenario.
In bowling, the likes of Kajisu Rabada and Enrich Norte Wayne Parnell all fished in one bundle.
India: Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Imran, Arshepde
South Africa: Tempa Pavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (week), Risa Hendrix, Heinrich Klassen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Njedi, Anrish Norte, Wayne Parnell, Dwayne Pretorius, Cajesu Rabada, Tabriz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs van der Dawson, Marco Janssen
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