India vs South Africa 1st T20I 2022
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India take on South Africa in the first T20I at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram on September 28, The match kicks off a three-match T20I series between the two sides. The next two games will be played in Guwahati (October 2) and Indore (October 4). Both teams then play a three-match ODI series on October 6, 9 and 11 in Lucknow, Ranchi and Delhi respectively. 

This is the final international assignment for both teams heading into the T20 World Cup 2022. India recently defeated Australia 2-1 in a T20I series. Skipper Rohit Sharma was happy with how the team performed in the series. 

India vs South Africa 1st T20I
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“It’s a special place. We have had great memories playing for India and when I played for Deccan Chargers as well. The biggest positive was different individuals stepping up and delivering. You feel good about it as a management. The margin of error in T20s is small. We took our chances, we were brave as well. Sometimes it doesn’t come off. There are areas to improve as well. Not easy coming back after a break against a tough team” said Rohit. 

Meanwhile, South Africa are heading into this series after playing a series against England. They drew the ODI series 1-1 after the third ODI was washed out due to rain. The Proteas won the T20I series 2-1 and lost the Test series to end the tour. 

India vs South Africa
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Against India, in India, they have a particularly good record. They won their first T20I series against India back in 2015 2-0. The second T20 series took place in September 2018. This series ended in a 1-1 draw. The 2019 T20I series also ended in a 1-1 draw. 

South Africa and India last locked horns in a T20I series in June 2022. During the away tour, South Africa played 5 T20I games against the home team India. The series ended in a 2-2 tie.

South Africa won the 1st T20I by 7 wickets and the 2nd T20I by 4 wickets. India won the 3rd T20I by 48 runs and the 4th T20I by 82 runs. The 5th T20I was washed out due to rain. Rishabh Pant led India in the series while Temba Bavuma led South Africa.

India vs South Africa: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram – South Africa Tour Of India 2022, 1st T20I

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

The Greenfield stadium has hosted only two T20Is before, the last of which was back in 2019 against West Indies. The 1st IND vs SA T20I starts at 7 pm IST. 

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Rain may play a spoilsport in the contest as the weather forecast is expected to be cloudy with intermittent showers. There is almost 50 per cent cloud cover expected as well. Of the two T20Is, one has been won by the team batting first and the other by the team chasing.

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Anshuman Roy

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