Last Update on: September 28th, 2022 at 07:46 pm
India is locking horns with South Africa in the series opener today and will look to emulate the recent series win against Australia. India will play 7 T20Is against the Proteas which will be their last campaign before the ICC T20 World Cup kicks off.
India National Cricket Team won the toss and elected to bowl first in the match. At the toss, India captain Rohit Sharma talked about the changes to the playing XI.
Arshdeep Singh stuns Quinton de Kock with a sublime delivery
The Indian bowlers started strong as Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh removed opener Quinton de Kock cheaply. The Proteas wicketkeeper could last only 4 balls before the Indian pacer scalped him.
Quinton de Kock shaped up for a cut shot, but the length was not short enough and he plays the delivery away from the body and inside-edges back onto his stumps. South Africa are currently reeling at 20/5 and has a repair job at hand.
Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of the series opener due to an injury
The 28-year-old speedster Bumrah recently made a comeback to international cricket after recovering from a back injury, which ruled him out of the Asia Cup 2022.
However, during the coin toss, skipper Rohit Sharma revealed that the star pacer Jasprit Bumrah “had a niggle in the morning” and as a result, he has been ruled out of the game.
Rohit Sharma was quoted as saying, “Hardik and Bhuvi are rested from the last series. Pant and Arshdeep come in for them. Bumrah had a niggle in the morning so he misses out and Chahal misses out as well. Deepak Chahar and Ashwin are back.”
“We are gonna bowl first. It was a good wicket when we played here last time. Bit of green covering but it’s gonna be a good batting track. Very critical to continue to do what you’re doing and keep that momentum in this format. Very healthy atmosphere in the group and we also want to make sure to tick all the boxes and so far we have been doing good and we just want to continue to do that,” Rohit Sharma also said.