Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the second T20I of the five-match series between India and South Africa. This is Aneesh Dey taking you through the action as it unfolds at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
5:15 pm- Head-to-Head record!
In the last five matches between the two teams, both India and South Africa have two wins each. One match was abandoned without a bowl being bowled.
IND vs SA 2nd T20I: India eyes comeback after initial stumble against South Africa
The Indian bowlers will go through yet another test of bowling on a small ground when the host meets South Africa with a hope to bounce back in the second T20I at the Barabati Stadium here on Sunday.
The first of the five-match series was a lesson for the Indian bowlers, who faced the heat of the Proteas firepower in Delhi and witnessed a 200-plus total getting overhauled comfortably.
Experienced seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar admitted that the home bowlers needed to perform better.
On a lighter vein, Bhuvneshwar said, “I wish South Africa dropped Miller, but they will not do so.” In saying so, he underlined the southpaw’s imperious form.
Apart from Miller, who seems to be playing in an extended Indian Premier League, India will look to negate the threats of the clean-hitting Rassie van der Dussen – who combined with Miller to fashion South Africa’s biggest run chase – the seasoned Quinton de Kock, versatile captain Temba Bavuma and other big hitters in the opponent’s camp.
The Barabati Stadium, which is ready to host the second T20I between India and South Africa here on Sunday, is in best shape ever with a lot of renovation done to the 64-year-old venue.
Newly-installed floodlights, a sand based ground for better drainage, full rain cover for the entire field of play, new super sopper, modern fire safety measures, renovation of an old stand, refurbishment of the dressing rooms, corporate box and press box and overall beautification of the stadium are some of the features which give the ground a fresh look.
The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has procured the service of Bengal curator Sujan Mukherjee to effectively handle the situation in case of rain.
The venue last hosted an international match when India took on West Indies in December 2019.
India may be tempted to do some experiments by fielding a few IPL stars, such as Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh.
As Ishan Kishan blasted a half-century and Hardik Pandya played a cameo in the middle order in Delhi, the Rishabh Pant-led India would like to see its batters continue in destructive mode.
In humid and possibly overcast conditions, the home batters need to handle skillful South African pacers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Wayne Parnell – who can mix things up and use the short ball well – as effectively as possible.
South Africa will play a T20I at the venue for the second time. The last match between the two teams in 2015 was marred by an unpleasant bottle-throwing incident.
Barabati, which is staging an international match after two-and-a-half years, had more than 10,000 fans during Indian team’s practice on Saturday and may have a full house on the match day.
India: Rishabh Pant (c, wk), Hardik Pandya (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), 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, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Wayne Parnell, Dwayne Pretorius, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Tristan Stubbs, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Where and when to watch?
|The second T20I between India and South Africa will be live telecast on Star Sports HD 1, Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 3, Star Sports 3 and streamed live on Disney+Hotstar from 7PM IST.|