Monday, May 29, 2023

Bengaluru gears up for series decider as bad weather threatens to play

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If we need an ad for a five-match bilateral T20I series, and a 74-match IPL behind, this is it.

Closed at 2-2, this series has been South Africa’s highest successful chase, and their lowest T20I total; India’s biggest win over South Africa, a career-best for six players, a return for a veteran who was part of India’s first T20I in 2006. It has great batting performance and clever bowling and if there’s any criticism, it’s probably only a tiny bit of that spin, but that’s just nit-picky.

We’ve seen the hosts go down 2-0 with a middle order that looked like it just couldn’t get it together, and then coming back to win their last two, with the finishers who should win. They dominated a very spectacular attack. India have the momentum but South Africa have enough reasons to snatch it. South Africa came into this series on the back of a hugely successful T20I run and won 11 of their last 12 matches. They found unlikely heroes and continued in the first two games, underlining that they had a team effort and not a galaxy of superstars. Inevitably a few have emerged in this series.

The biggest one, of course, is Dinesh Karthik, who has played cricket in the T20I era and developed his game to match the evolution of the format. He has become a finisher and is eyeing the T20 World Cup for his real finish. Then there is Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who directs his own script to write the opening passage of the play, and Hardik Pandya, who should definitely be set to lead India soon. Ishan Kishan has also impressed.

For South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen won the first two matches, while some considered them T20I match-winners, and found places in an XI with two all-rounders and two specialist spinners. His team structure is showing signs of creativity that was once lacking, and his T20 approach has become more innovative. But their frontline bowlers have been lacking and that could be where the series can be won or lost. Players like Kagiso Rabada, who has performed brilliantly in the IPL and Enrique Nortje, who is returning from injury, can have their say on this. Or they might not be able to make it because Bengaluru’s weather hasn’t been looking to play with the ball, and if the series is shared at 2-2, it won’t be that bad either.

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(last five completed matches, most recent first)


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in the headlines

Dinesh Karthik He may have already enjoyed his fairy tale return to Rajkot, but now he returns to his adopted home on the back of an extraordinary IPL run and a stuff-what-dreams-made-international comeback. To finish this series, he will now get the support of the domestic audience. They would like to see Karthik, who hit 19 fours and 19 sixes with a strike rate of 220 on death in this year’s IPL, not Karthik, who averages 14.40 for RCB in Chinnaswamy and would not want to disappoint him. , Even though he doesn’t score big runs, Karthik is playing with the freedom of a player he hadn’t given a second chance and making the most of it. That warm, fuzzy feeling is sure to capture.

A South African team that has stopped relying on superstars has lost its sheen quinton de kock , who has not scored a T20I fifty in six innings before last year’s T20 World Cup. In this series, de Kock missed two matches due to injury and was run out after a mix-up with Dwayne Pretorius in the previous match, so he didn’t get as much chance to make an impact as he would have liked. But South Africa need him if they are to get off to a better, quicker start. Their other openers, Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendrix, both need some time to settle down and are more about strike rotation than boundary-hitting, which makes de Kock’s role even more important.

team news

India has remained unchanged throughout this series. Unless they want to oust Umran Malik in the finale, there will be no reason to change it. It will be difficult to leave any of the current fast bowlers so we may all have to wait to see the fast bowler in another series.

India: (possible) 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

South Africa’s biggest injury concern is captain Temba Bavuma, who is due to retire after hurting his left elbow on Friday night. Bavuma did the damage while diving to complete a single but was hit on that upper arm a few balls ago. As of Saturday afternoon, he had not yet tested whether he could comfortably hold a bat or generate power and would likely call late on his availability. If she is unable to play, Reeza Hendrix will move into the opening berth with Keshav Maharaj to take over the captaincy.

South Africa: (possible) 1 and 2 Quinton de Kock / Reeza Hendrix / Temba Bavuma (c), 3 Rasi van der Dussen, 4 David Miller, 5 Henrik Klaasen (wk), 6 Dwayne Pretorius, 7 Marco Jensen / Wayne Parnell, 8 Kagiso Rabada , 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Enrique Nortje, 11 Lungi Ngidi / Tabrez Shamsi

pitch and conditions

Known for being a belter, thanks to short boundaries and a flat pitch, Chinnaswamy hasn’t hosted any white-ball cricket before the pandemic, when it was known as a venue that scored runs. and is ruthless to spinners. But for that to happen players have to hit the park. With heavy rain on Friday night and drizzle throughout Saturday affecting the Ranji Trophy semi-finals, it has been a wet build-up to the match. There is a 70% chance of rain on match day.

statistics and general knowledge

  • Chinnaswamy has an average first innings score of 155 in T20Is. In the 2019 season, the average first innings score across IPL games is around – 154.

  • India and South Africa played the last T20I at this ground in 2019 and South Africa successfully chased down 135 runs. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma were unbeaten in the end.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the fastest bowler of the series, especially upfront. In the Powerplays, he has so far bowled 54 balls in four matches, conceded 32 runs and picked up four wickets at an economy rate of 3.55.
  • mention

    “Maybe it’s the lack of adaptability that day that we need to go back and address. Obviously, it’s a big game on Sunday for the series, and we need to be a little more proactive than reactive in these types of situations.” is required.”

    Keshav Maharaj Hope South Africa can learn to adjust gameplan in crucial time

    Firdous Munda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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