South Africa are scheduled to tour India for three T20 internationals and as many test matches from September 15 till October 23. The T20Is will kick off the month-long tour followed by the three-match test series from October 2. The entire tour will be played across six different venues - the T20I series will be hosted by Dharamsala, Mohali and Bengaluru while the tests will be hosted by Visakhapatnam, Pune and Ranchi.
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|Sep 15, Sun||India vs South Africa, 1st T20 Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala||7:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL|
|Sep 18, Wed||India vs South Africa, 2nd T20 Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali||7:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL|
|Sep 22, Sun||India vs South Africa, 3rd T20 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru||7:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL|
|Oct 02, Wed||India vs South Africa, 1st Test Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||9:30 AM IST, 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL|
|Oct 10, Thu||India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||9:30 AM IST, 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL|
|Oct 19, Sat||India vs South Africa, 3rd Test JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||9:30 AM 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL|
Virat Kohli will be leading India's 15-man squad for the three-match T20 international series. In their quest of finding back-up bowling options ahead of next year's T20 World Cup in Australia, the home team has rested two of its frontline seamers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini form India's inexperienced pace attack while Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar make up the spin department. MS Dhoni continues to remain out of action while all-rounder Hardik Pandya returns to the side.
India will look to their stalwarts - Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan - to make strong contributions with the bat. Rahul and Rohit are both amongst the world's top ten batsmen in T20 cricket and so there will be high expectations on them. Captain Kohli, who has 21 half-centuries under his belt, will look to add to that tally while Shikhar Dhawan is another attacking batsman who can score big at the top of the order.
India's T20 bowling unit is devoid of the big names and so it will be up to the likes of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Hardik and Krunal Pandya to take wickets and apply pressure on the Proteas. Navdeep finished as the best bowler in the recent T20I series against the West Indies with five wickets at an economy of 7.09 and he will be backed by the home team to strike in the powerplay. Krunal Pandya, with his left-arm spin, will also pose a threat to the South African batsmen in these conditions.
India have won eight, drawn one and lost only two of their last eleven T20 international series. After the 1-1 draw in Australia last year, they suffered back-to-back series losses - against New Zealand 1-2 and against Australia 0-2. India's most recent T20I assignment came only last month against the West Indies whom they swept 3-0.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar
Quinton de Kock will skipper South Africa's 14-man T20I squad while Faf du Plessis, who has been left out of the game's shortest version, will be in charge of the team's 15-man squad for the test series. The touring side has named Rassie van der Dussen as the vice-captain for the T20 series while Temba Bavuma has been appointed Faf's deputy for the tests. Wicketkeeper Rudi Second, who was initially named in the test squad, has been ruled out of the tour after suffering an injury during a practice match while playing for South Africa A. The selectors have roped in Heinrich Klaasen as a like-for-like replacement. All-rounder Chris Morris has made himself unavailable for the entire tour. Anrich Nortje, Temba Bavuma and Bjorn Fortuin are three fresh faces in the T20I squad.
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller are the big guns in this South African batting line-up. Hendricks topped the runs charts and cracked a couple of fifties in the recent home series against Sri Lanka and he will be expected to carry that form into this series. Quinton de Kock will probably open the batting and he can be very destructive if not dismissed early on in his innings. Rassie van der Dussen has been very consistent of late while Miller is a very dangerous batsman down the order.
South Africa will depend mainly on Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala and Tabraiz Shamsi to deliver the goods with the ball. Phehlukwayo is amongst the world's top ten T20I bowlers and he was the leading wicket-taker against Sri Lanka with seven wickets. Rabada will be leading the team's pace attack and he could trouble the Indian batsmen with the new ball.
South Africa have been impressive in the shortest format of the game over the past couple of years. They have won six of their last nine T20 international series including the previous four on the bounce. The Proteas played their most recent series earlier this year in March. It was a series of three matches against Sri Lanka at home which they won 3-0.
Quinton de Kock (c), David Miller, JJ Smuts, Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje
Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy , Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Heinrich Klaasen
India and South Africa have played five T20I series so far with the former winning three of those and the latter two. The Proteas emerged victorious 2-0 in the three-match series the last time they toured the sub-continent in 2015. India, however, have a 2-1 series win in the most recent series which was played in South Africa last year in February.
India are overwhelming favorites to win the three-match T20 international series at 1.36 with Betway and 1.40 with Bet365. South Africa are the bookmakers' underdogs for this series and they are being offered at a much higher price of 2.87 on Betway and 3 on Bet365.
India and South Africa have both been performing very well lately in the twenty-over format. They are currently placed very close to each other in the ICC T20I rankings; while the hosts find themselves fourth, the tourists sit one place above them at the third spot. India have a very strong record at home and have lost only one of their last seven series here. However, they had suffered a whitewash against Australia in their previous home series and that will make the South Africans more optimistic. Having said that, India defeated the Proteas in their own backyard last year and they should find it easier this time around while playing in their home conditions. South Africa are coming off four successive series wins but we don’t think they will be able to continue their winning run in India.
Back India to beat South Africa in the T20I series at 1.36 with Betway and 1.40 with Bet365.
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