Captain Rishabh Pant will count on an improved exhibiting from the India bowlers as he plots a comeback towards a marauding South Africa within the second T20 of the five-match sequence on the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Sunday. Main India for the primary time ever, Pant needed to swallow a bitter capsule when David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen shot down an imposing 212 with utmost nonchalance to go up 1-0 within the sequence. The southpaw additionally had a forgettable Indian Premier League 2022 the place he failed to guide Delhi Capitals to the playoffs.
Seen as a future white-ball captain, Pant’s stakes have instantly come down post-IPL and that has coincided with the resurgence of Hardik Pandya.
Returning to full health, the tempo bowling all-rounder took the IPL by storm not solely together with his kind however by pulling off a coup as he led Gujarat Titans to the title of their debut season.
Amid the rising refrain of ‘Hardik Pandya — the following white-ball captain of India’, Pant shall be below scrutiny once more as he masterminds a comeback.
It might nonetheless be early days for Pant the chief, however his physique language by no means stood out and he regarded below stress on his captaincy debut. He additionally made a debatable resolution to underbowl the IPL Purple Cap winner Yuzvendra Chahal, recent from claiming 27 wickets for runners-up Rajasthan Royals.
At Kotla, the leggie bowled solely two full overs.
As for Hardik Pandya, recent after his historic success with GT, continued from the place he left within the IPL.
Pandya, who final performed for India in November final yr within the 2021 T20 World Cup, dazzled with the bat with a 31 not out from 12 balls to prop the entire previous 200.
However he didn’t impress with the bowl and leaked 18 runs in his solely over. The massive headache for Pant can be the bowling division the place he must make a name between Arshdeep Singh and tempo gun Umran Malik.
Whereas the batting seems to be in excellent form, the new-look tempo division regarded flat within the sequence opener.
Teenager Avesh Khan too didn’t impress although he was essentially the most economical among the many trio.
With the duo of Arshdeep and Umran Malik making an attempt laborious to impress on the nets with their tempo and accuracy, it’s seemingly that one among the many duo could also be properly set for a debut on Sunday.
It could not be a straightforward job as one other slip-up would imply the Pant-led aspect would have the tough job of successful three in a row.
Contemporary from their particular person gamers’ success within the IPL, the Proteas are discovering themselves at ‘dwelling’.
Within the type of his life, Miller who scored 481 runs at 68.71 within the IPL to play a key position in GT’s triumph, has began in ominous style and regarded unstoppable each towards spin and tempo at Kotla.
Quinton de Kock didn’t convert his begin however the Lucknow Tremendous Giants batter additionally scored a bagful of runs (508) within the IPL and he would look to make it depend right here.
Groups (from) India: Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer,Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.
Match begins at 7pm IST.
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