Shivani Shukla ∙ Oct 1 2022, 3:30 PM

IND vs SA Match Preview, Key Players, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

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The second T20I of the three-match series between India and South Africa will take place at Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati, Assam on Sunday, October 2nd. 

The hosts are 1-0 up in the series after they won the series opener by 8 wickets at Thiruvananthapuram. The fast-bowling duo of Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar made the new ball talk on a green surface as South Africa recovered from a dreadful start to finish with 106-8 after putting to bat first.

In reply, Suryakumar Yadav, the most feared T20 batters at the moment wreaked havoc on the Proteas bowlers and belted them all around the park. KL Rahul played a second fiddle to Mumbai batter as the duo completed their half centuries to set up an easy 8 wickets win for the Men in Blue. 

The Temba Bavuma-led side would look to spark a turnaround with a better batting display and win the game to keep the three-match series alive. Rohit Sharma's men, on the other hand, would be eager to take an unassailable lead in the series. All in all, a cracking T20 beckons at Guwahati. 

Key Players 

  • Virat Kohli: Though the former India captain failed to fire with the bat in the opening T20I, we back him to make a strong comeback in this match. He recently played a whirlwind knock of 63 runs against Australia to take his side home. 
  • Suryakumar Yadav: He is one of the most destructive batters of the current time. The 32-year-old clobbered an unbeaten fifty in the series opener, that too on a tricky pitch of Thiruvananthapuram and remains the key batter to keep an eye on. 
  • Aiden Markram: Amidst all the ruins and chaos in the opening T20I, Markram stood tall with dogged determination and played a valuable knock of 25 runs off 24 balls to help South Africa escape batting embarrassment. 
  • Wayne Parnell: The South Africa all-rounder scored 24 runs while batting and conceded only 14 runs with the ball in the opening T20I. He has been in a good form lately and is expected to come good in the upcoming fixture. 
  • Arshdeep Singh: The emerging pace star of India brought the South African batters on their knees, having bagged three wickets while conceding just 32 runs in his four overs' quota.

Match Details

  • Venue: Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati, Assam 
  • Date & Time: 2nd October at 7:00 PM IST. 
  • Live Broadcast: Star Sports Network 
  • Live Commentary: CREX  
Pitch Report: 

The Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati has a batting-friendly surface that will keep the batters interested throughout the match. Pacers may get some help in the second half of the game, while spinners will be crucial in the middle overs. Chasing should be the ideal choice for the toss-winning captain. 

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock
Batters: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rilee Rossouw
All-Rounders: Aiden Markram, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj 

Captain: KL Rahul
Vice-Captain: Aiden Markram

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