INDIA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2022
India will have to come up with a better bowling performance to contain the visitors. © BCCI
Take a few steps from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneshwar, and a large vibrant sign with images of players from India and South Africa – and the Chief Minister – will catch your eye. Drive a few more miles into town and towards Cuttack where the second T20I will take place on Sunday, and you’ll see more welcome gestures. Some even extended the heat to match officials.
After the bombardment received in Delhi, bowlers may be hoping for the hospitality to trickle down to the conditions as well, but that’s unlikely at Barabati Stadium. Last time India played a T20I there [December 2017], Rohit Sharma exclaimed, in typical wry fashion, that the dew didn’t make a difference as it lasted all 40 overs. The reality of that night was that India juggled better with a full bowling performance headlined by a four-iron from Yuzvendra Chahal.
While the focus will be squarely on bowlers to improve their game – admitted as much by Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the eve of the game – it will also be interesting to see if India beats with the same type of unusual abandon on what could be a slow surface. .
For South Africa, the expectation will largely be to produce more of the same since their record night two days ago. Starting with the rubbing of the green in favor of Temba Bavuma in the draw, with dew likely to have an erratic impact.
When: India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I, Saturday June 12, 7:00 p.m. IST,
Where: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
What to expect: An excruciatingly wet evening. It is expected to reach 95%, which should lead to dew in play. Barabati grounds have traditionally been slower regardless of format, so spinners from both teams should do better than their forgettable outings in Delhi.
The hosts fell under the pump to defend a total of over 200 in the opener, but that defeat was a collective bowling failure. Expect them to stick with the same combination.
Likely eleventh: Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan
Aiden Markram is still out with Covid, not that a batting order that worked so well in Delhi needs to be disrupted. Either way, the half that was needed to pursue South Africa’s record goal. But Keshav Maharaj, although unlucky in the first game, could make way for Lungi Ngidi.
Likely eleventh:Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (c), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Did you know:
– Shreyas Iyer is India’s best run-getter in T20I this year (265 runs in 5 innings). Ishan Kishan is close second (252 races).
– Quinton de Kock vs India in T20Is: 4 rounds | 159 tracks | SR143.20
What they said:
“It was a big win the other night and we’ll take a lot of confidence from that, but it’s a brand new venue with new conditions.” –wayne parnell on the Barabati stadium, where only two T20Is were played.
“We discussed what was wrong. It was only the first game of the series and everyone is coming out of the IPL, and almost everyone in the team had a good season (in IPL). We just talked about what needs to be done in Game 2 and where we can improve. It wasn’t a big discussion because anyone can have a day off. As a unit bowling, we had the day off, and we just want to come back to the next game.” – Bhuvneshwar Kumar