#India and #South #Africa will look for a winning start in the 1st match of the #T20I series.
After winning their 1st ever ODI series on the South African soil, Kohli and Co will aim to start the T20I series on a winning note.
With Kohli in amazing form, India looks favourites to win the T20I series. But India needs their openers to fire in this match, Rohit Sharma has played just 1 good innings in ODIs, in this 1st T2OI match his form will be crucial for the visitors.
On the other hand Shikhar Dhawan will aim to continue his decent form at the other end. Dhawan played well in the ODI series and it is the time to repeat the same in this T20 series.
With middle order struggling to get quick runs, Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Skipper Kohli will have to guide India. These three are the players to watch out for.
Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya did have great ODI series but they will be aiming to make a mark in this 3 match T20I series.
MS Dhoni has been criticised for not playing a innings at quick pace, which is the requirement of this shortest format. He needs to deliver as a India’s most experienced wicket keeper batsmen, otherwise his place in the T20I side is in danger.
Hardik Pandya needs to deliver as well; his form with bat is concern for India. He has decent bowling form but he needs to deliver as all rounder.
Players like Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik are making their comeback into the Indian T20 side, they should use this opportunity and play well to cement their place in the T20 side.
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are good partners because of IPL; they both play for the Chennai Super Kings. It will be a delight to watch these two bat together after a long time.
The bowlers are in amazing form, they just need to continue their dominance in front of the South African batsmen.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his well deserved rest, he will be roaring to go again with Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah has been the T20 specialist for India, but now he is the all format bowler. He bowled well in the test matches and in the ODI series.
Now in this T20I series, he will have to deliver once more.
India are in stronger position to win the T20I series also. Kohli and his men have the physiological edge over South Africa.
Likely Playing XI for Team India –
Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul will make the batting deep for India.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik/KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.
On the other hand the hosts will get a new captain named Jean Paul Duminy.
In the absence of Faf Du Plessis, JP Duminy will have to lead the side to victory.
Adien Markram, still the only South African captain to win the ICC tournament ended up in the losing side, will JP Duminy manage to win the first match and the series?
South Africa needs their batsmen to step up, with no Amla in the batting order the responsibility will be on the new skipper JP Duminy.
This side is a young side for South Africa, only AB De Villers, Chris Morris and David Miller are the experienced players.
Players like Aaron Phangiso have the experience of playing IPL, he needs to use that experience.
South Africa will miss Morne Mokel, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada in their bowling department. They are the bowlers with decent form.
With spinners going for plenty in the One Day International series, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi will have to deliver.
These two spinners had a very bad ODI series, it will be interesting to watch how these two perform tomorrow.
The 1st of the 3 T20I series will start on Sunday 18th February 2018 at New Stadium in Johannesburg.
Likely Playing of South Africa –
JP Duminy(C), Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, AB De Villers, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Heinrich Klaasen, Junior Dala, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Will South Africa will start the series on a winning note? Or can India dominate the T20I series as well?
The answer will be brought to you tomorrow at 6 PM IST, 12.30 PM GMT and 2.30 PM Local.
The live telecast will be done on Sony Ten Networks and live Streaming will be also possible, thanks to the SonyLiv and Hotstar mobile applications.