Pressure on India to stay alive in series with crucial match against South Africa (Preview)

But as is the situation now, after losing consecutive matches in New Delhi and Cuttack, India are in danger and under pressure to survive the series when they play South Africa at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. will face. ,

In the absence of many regular players, Rishabh Pant & Co have struggled to clinch victories despite some positives. With a gap of just one day between the Cuttack and Visakhapatnam T20Is, India do not have much time to regroup and aim for a comeback in the series.

In New Delhi, the bowlers were unable to defend 212 runs, while in Cuttack, an ineffective batting performance on a difficult pitch with bowlers barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar, resulted in them losing the match by four wickets on Sunday.

In both the matches, Ishan Kishan has bolstered his credentials to be a permanent opening option, while Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shreyas Iyer have instilled little confidence in their game against the fast bowlers.

Hardik Pandya produced some astonishing power-hitting shots in Delhi but was impressed in Cuttack by left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell’s movement, also keeping wickets in both the matches.

Skipper Rishabh Pant fell twice outside off-stump balls while slipping into the hands of fielders in the deep on the off-side and failed to impress netizens with his captaincy calls. Still in his early days of learning the ropes of captaincy, Pant will be itching to improve and showcase them in Visakhapatnam.

India has a lot of problems in bowling. Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 4/13 including three wickets in the first six overs in Cuttack, other fast bowlers like Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel did not give him the necessary support.

Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel have been extremely disappointing as both conceded 75 and 59 runs collectively in both the matches. Chahal and Patel could not control the likes of David Miller, Rasie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen, giving the South African trio easy chances to hit superb boundaries.

South Africa, on the other hand, looked settled in all departments of the game and have not lost a game to India this year in all formats, especially white-ball cricket. They have unearthed new match winners in both matches – an in-form Miller and van der Dussen in New Delhi while Klaasen once again proved India’s nemesis in Cuttack.

Captain Temba Bavuma looks solid at the top of the order and has handled his bowling resources like pacers Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Nortje, Keshav Maharaj and Tabrez Shamsi very well. South Africa enter Visakhapatnam with confidence while India enter the series in a do or die phase.

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India: Rishabh Pant (c/w), Hardik Pandya (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendrix, Henrik Klaasen (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Enrique Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabrez Shamsi, Rassi van der Dussen, Marco Jensen and Tristan Stubbs.

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