In the first t20 match India batted first and scored 203 runs with five wickets down, in reply South Africa scored 175 runs with 9 wickets down in 20 Overs. S Dhawan scored 72 runs off 39 balls and RR Hendricks scored 70 runs off 50 balls.
B Kumar took five wickets in that match in 4 overs with 24 runs. With India looking to close out the series after a strong performance in the opener, they are unlikely to make any changes. The only changes South Africa could make to the batting line-up is the inclusion of uncapped batsman Christiaan Jonker, but it will have to be at the expense of one of their experienced players, so they might save him for Cape Town. Aaron Phangiso could get a look-in instead of Tabraiz Shamsi.
It’s SuperSport Park groundsman Bryan Bloy’s last chance this summer to prepare a pitch the South African team are satisfied with. Despite winning the Test at this venue, South Africa complained about the slowness and turn in the surface and then went on to lose by nine wickets and eight wickets in the second and sixth ODI respectively.
India’s spinners took 11 wickets in those two matches, so Bloy’s main challenge will be to create a surface that does not spin. South Africa will want a high-scoring surface with no turn if Bloy is to get into their good books by next summer. There is an 80% chance of afternoon thundershowers, which could delay the start of the match.
India team/playing XI
S Dhawan, R Sharma, V Kohli (c), S Raina, M Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), H Pandya, B Kumar, J Unadkat, SN Thakur, Y Chahal.
South Africa team/playing XI
JJ Smuts, R Hendricks, JP Duminy (c), D Miller, H Klaasen (wk), F Behardien, C Morris, A Phehlukwayo, D Paterson, J Dala, T Shamsi.
India tour of South Africa 2nd T20I (N) Highlights
Umpires – Shaun George, Bongani Jele
TV Umpires – Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Allahudien Paleker
Match number – T20I no. 654
Series result: 3 match series level 1-1