India are set to square off against South Africa in the second fixture of the 5-match T20I series at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Sunday, June 12.
Senior players such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are absent from the series and the batter KL Rahul was named as the captain of the team for the series. But just before the start, Rahul was ruled out of the series due to a groin injury, and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was handed the skipper duties with all-rounder Hardik Pandya as the deputy.
Things did not go as planned for Pant in his first match as the captain of India, as he said in the post-match interview that the execution from the bowling department was not right. In the second match, a few changes can be expected to be made in the Indian bowling lineup with pacers such as Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh.
The South African team chased down the score of 212 in the last over, with unbeaten knocks of Van der Dussen (75) and David Miller (64). Though the visitors stumbled in the earlier stages of the chase they pulled off a stunning win over the Men in Blue. Dwaine Pretorius scored a quickfire 29 but his innings was cut short by Harshal Patel in the 6th over of the innings and hence the visitors lost two wickets inside the powerplay in their chase.
WAGING ODDS: India (1.66) Vs South Africa (2.10)
India are the favorites and are priced at 1.66, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹166.
South Africa are the underdogs and priced at 2.10 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹210.
Overall the batters will get assisted on this surface, and totals of around 160 will be the par score. The spinners are expected to deliver better as the game progresses. India will be looking to bounce back in the series.
Prediction: India to win