India will play South Africa in the second Twenty20 International at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday (June 12), with the home team hoping to level the five-match series at 1-1. South Africa currently leads the series 1-0 after a convincing 7-wicket victory in the first T20I in New Delhi. The Barabati Stadium has some history as well, as it was here that Kapil Dev took his 300th Test wicket and Yuvraj Singh hit his 14th ODI century.
India scored their highest total against South Africa in the first match thanks to a display of determined batting that was not well supported by their bowling efforts, which could keep them focused on this match.
South Africa, on the other hand, was able to chase the highest total against India with a solid win in the previous match, which should allow them to demonstrate similar form with a better understanding of the surface.
The 2nd T20I between India vs South Africa will take place on June 12th, 2022 at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I, South Africa Tour of India 2022
Date: June 12, 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
India vs South Africa Team Previews
The last time India and South Africa met in a T20I at the Barabati Stadium in 2015, the game was in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. As the visitors chased down the total of 93 with six wickets remaining, the fans resorted to throwing water bottles onto the pitch.
Because of the uneven bounce off the surface, the pitch in Barabati is known for assisting spinners. Six of the fourteen wickets were taken by Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Imran Tahir, with two of the remaining eight being runouts. Suresh Raina was also given 19 deliveries in the game.
Both KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav sustained groyne injuries and will miss the remainder of the T20I series against South Africa. This hurts India’s chances in the second match even more because players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami have been rested following the IPL 2022.
Rishabh Pant will lead India from the front once more, eager to devise better strategies for dismissing South African batsmen. Both India and South Africa may enter the game with an extra spinner to capitalise on the pitch conditions and take out some pacers.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Y Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Umran Malik
South Africa will have been pleased with their batting order’s depth in the first T20I, with Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller coming in at four and five, respectively, to play crucial roles in the run chase, the former scoring 75 and the latter 64 in an unbroken partnership of 131.
The Proteas fielded two spinners in the first T20I and will likely assess the pitch before deciding whether to keep Keshav Maharaj in the starting lineup or field an extra seamer like Marco Jansen or Lungi Ngidi.
Tristan Stubbs, a young big-hitting batter, made his T20I debut for South Africa in Delhi, but didn’t even get a chance to bat due to the performances of those ahead of him, so he is expected to keep his spot for the second T20I.
South Africa Squad
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, 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
Predicted XI: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
India vs South Africa Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will bowl first because the pitch has a good surface that can benefit both departments.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch in Cuttack is a little slower, so we might not see a batting festival like the one in New Delhi on Thursday (June 9). Yuzvendra Chahal has a four-wicket haul at this venue, so the spinners could play a bigger role here. The high humidity and subsequent dew factor, on the other hand, will make the bowlers nervous, and the team winning the toss may choose to field.
Cuttack is a coastal town, so the humidity will be high, and the monsoon will arrive in this part of the country. On Sunday (June 12), the temperature in Cuttack is expected to be 28 degrees, with 69 percent cloud cover and a 2% chance of thunder showers.
India vs South Africa Match Prediction
India may be playing this series without a full-strength squad, but the team they fielded on the first match of the series was of high quality, particularly in the bowling department, making South Africa’s successful run chase all the more impressive. However, the host nation here in Cuttack is expected to respond strongly. The Proteas are quietly establishing themselves as an extremely dangerous T20 unit and should be able to match India on the batting front once again, but an improvement in performance from the Indian bowlers is likely, which may just tip the scales in their favour. With that in mind, consider supporting the hosts to help elevate this series.
India is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.70.