India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

India vs South Africa; Match Preview, 3rd T20I: South Africa tour of India 2022. India will lock horns with South Africa in the third T20I on Tuesday (October 4). India have already sealed the series 2-0. David Miller’s valiant unbeaten 106 went in vain as the Rohit Sharma-led side defended 237. India defeated South Africa in a T20 bilateral series for the first time on home soil. Now India will be eying a whitewash while the visitors would be aiming for a consolation win.

India had won this ongoing series of three T20I matches with 2-0 and now a have golden chance to have a clean sweep against South Africa. The first T20I game was low scoring and the second T20I match was high scoring where more than 200 runs were scored in each innings. The good news for India is that their key batters are scoring runs which is a good sign for the side and they will get some confidence right before the 2022 T20I World Cup.

India vs South Africa
India vs South Africa (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

India vs South Africa; Match Preview, 3rd T20I: South Africa tour of India 2022

India won the second T20 match against South Africa with a margin of 16 runs. The batting order of India was on fire in this match. They put a total of 237 runs on the board in 20 overs. Almost all batters from their side put some runs on the board. In-form Suryakumar Yadav proved the most successful batter from their side who scored 61 runs on just 22 balls with a strike rate of 277. He smashed five boundaries and the same huge sixes during his inning.

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Arshdeep Singh, KL Rahul
Arshdeep Singh, KL Rahul. (Photo: BCCI)

Opener and MOM KL Rahul also was outstanding with the bat and scored 57 runs on 28 balls with the help of five boundaries and four huge sixes. Virat Kohli was unlucky as he could not complete his fifty and remained not out after scoring 49 runs. He faced 28 balls and smashed seven boundaries and one huge six. The skipper Rohit Sharma scored 43 runs.

The bowling unit of India was outstanding in the first match where they restricted Proteas to 109/9 but they failed to give the best performance in the second T20I match and leaked 221 runs while defending the target of 238 runs.

Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Harshal Patel were the leading bowlers of India in the previous match. Arshdeep Singh was the highest wicket-taker in this match too but he leaked a lot of runs. He picked two wickets while he was charged for 62 runs in four overs.

Axar Patel was the other bowler who had a wicket to his name but he also leaked a lot of runs. He picked one wicket while he was charged for 53 runs in four overs. Harshal Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Deepak Chahar were the bowlers who failed to pick any wicket. Deepak Chahar was the most economical bowler who leaked just 24 runs in four overs.

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South Africa had put full strength in the series against India but had lost the series. They have to win this match at any cost otherwise, they are going to face a clean sweep. The bowling unit of South Africa had totally failed to give the best performance in both previous matches. They leaked 237 runs in 20 overs in the previous match.

Six bowlers were used by South Africa in the previous match and Keshav Maharaj was the only successful bowler from their side who picked two wickets in four overs against just 23 runs. No other bowler from their side could manage to pick any wicket. Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Aiden Markram were the bowlers who remained wicketless in the previous match.

David Miller and Quinton de kock. PC- BCCI
David Miller and Quinton de Kock. PC- BCCI

South Africa has a good sign as their key batter, David Miller is back to good form. Quinton de Kock was struggling in the previous matches but he is also back to good form and may give some kind of confidence to South Africa for the World Cup. The batters of South Africa were good in the previous match and scored 221 runs in 20 overs but they were 16 runs short of the target.

David Miller was the most successful and highest run-scorer from their side who scored a century. He scored an unbeaten 106 runs off just 47 balls and smashed eight boundaries and seven sixes. Opener Quinton de Kock also remained not out after scoring 69 runs on 48 balls with the help of three boundaries and four sixes. Aiden Markram contributed by scoring 33 runs. Rilee Rossouw and the skipper, Temba Bavuma once again failed to open the account on the scoreboard.

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Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: Twitter)

India may go unchanged in the inconsequential T20I unless they want to try out the likes of batter Shreyas Iyer, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, spin all -rounder Shahbaz Ahmed or pacers Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav. Proteas on the other hand may try out benched Reeza Hendricks in place of Rilee Rossouw, keeper Heinrich Klassen in place of Tristan Stubbs, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius in place of Wayne Parnell and bring back Tabraiz Shamsi in place of Lungi Ngidi.

2nd T20I:- India 237 for 3 (Suryakumar 61, Rahul 57, Kohli 49*, Maharaj 2-23) beat South Africa 221 for 3 (Miller 106*, de Kock 69*, Arshdeep 2-62) by 16 runs

IND Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar

SA Probable XI: Temba Buvuma, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristian Stubbs, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje