The second T20I match between South Africa (SA) and India (IND) is set to take place at St George's Park, Gqberha, on Tuesday, December 12. This three-match series holds great importance for both teams as they aim to identify their strengths and weaknesses ahead of the T20 World Cup scheduled for next year in June. The first match in Durban was unfortunately called off due to incessant rains, leaving both teams eager to showcase their skills in this encounter.
|South Africa vs India 2nd T20I Match
|SA won by 5 wkts via DLS
|St George's Park, Gqeberha
|Date & Time
|Tue, Dec 12, 08:30 PM IST
|SA opt to bowl
|Player of the Match
South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. India's openers failed to score any runs, but Suryakumar Yadav's impressive half-century paved the way for the team to gain control of the match. He formed a strong partnership with another player, contributing to a 49-run stand for the third wicket in just 24 balls. SKY then continued his excellent form and added 70 runs in partnership with Rinku Singh off only 48 balls before eventually being dismissed for a well-deserved 56 off 36 deliveries. Rinku triumphantly achieved his inaugural T20I half-century; however, India's strong finish was slightly hindered by Gerald Coetzee's consecutive wickets in the final over. Just as three balls remained, rain suddenly interrupted play, and the players hurriedly retreated to the dressing room. At that moment, India's scoreboard displayed a score of 180/7 in 19.3 overs.
After the innings was interrupted, South Africa found themselves with a target of 152 runs to chase down in just 15 overs. What followed was nothing short of a rampage, as their top order consisting of Matthew Breetzke, Reeza Hendricks, and captain Aiden Markram mercilessly tore apart the Indian bowlers all over St George's Park. Although India managed to make a comeback by getting rid of Hendricks, Markram, and Heinrich Klaasen in quick succession, it was still an uphill battle for the visitors. Nonetheless, South Africa held their nerve and emerged victorious with five wickets in hand and almost two overs remaining.
The highly anticipated South Africa vs India match is set to take place at the iconic St George's Park in Gqberha. Fans can expect an intense battle on Tuesday, December 12, starting at 8:30 PM IST. This T20I encounter promises to be a thrilling clash between two cricketing powerhouses. Don't miss out on this exciting showdown between South Africa and India!
The weather conditions in Gqeberha indicate a cloudy day with a chance of showers. According to AccuWeather, there is an 84% probability of rain during the day and 6% at night. Thunderstorms are also possible, with a 17% chance. The temperature is expected to range between 21°C to 14°C. Winds will blow at a speed of around 26 km/hr in the south-south-west direction during the day and 9 km/hr in the south-east direction at night. There is a possibility of wind gusts up to 70 km/hr during the day and 28 km/hr at night. Cloud cover is expected to be 86% during the daytime and 73% at night.
Pitch Report and Conditions
St George's Park generally provides balanced surfaces that offer something for both batsmen and bowlers. In the previous SA20 tournament, the average first-innings score in five matches was 164. The highest first-innings total at the venue was 210/2, recorded by the Sunrisers Eastern Cape. Chasing teams have won three out of five matches, while teams batting first emerged victorious on two occasions. Considering the potential rainfall during the afternoon, the captain who wins the toss may opt to bowl first. However, it is expected that the rain gods will be kind enough during the match hours.
South Africa and India have faced each other in 25 T20I matches, with India winning 13 and South Africa winning 10. Two matches ended in no result. This head-to-head record showcases the competitive nature of their encounters, making the upcoming match even more intriguing.
SA vs IND Playing XI
SA Playing XI: Matthew Breetzke, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi
Bench: Keshav Maharaj, Nandre Burger, Ottniel Baartman, Donovan Ferreira
Support Staff: Rob Walter, Jean-Paul Duminy, Rory Kleinveldt
IND Playing XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar
Bench: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Ravi Bishnoi, Ishan Kishan, Washington Sundar, Ruturaj Gaikwad
Support Staff: VVS Laxman, Shitanshu Kotak, Munish Bali, Sairaj Bahutule
Considering the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket, predicting the outcome of a match is always challenging. However, based on the current form and the available resources, the chasing team is expected to have an advantage. Chasing teams have had more success at St George's Park in the past, and with the weather conditions favoring a full match, the team batting second may have the upper hand.
Cricket enthusiasts can catch the 2nd T20 match between India and South Africa on the Disney+Hotstar app and website. The match will be available for streaming from 8:30 pm IST onwards.
The second T20I match between South Africa and India promises to be an exciting encounter as both teams aim to fine-tune their strategies ahead of the T20 World Cup. With talented batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav and skilled bowlers like Gerald Coetzee, the match is set to deliver thrilling moments for cricket enthusiasts. Stay tuned for an intense battle between these two formidable teams.