In the South Africa tour of India 2022, the final T20I of the three-match bilateral series will be conducted on Tuesday, October 4 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore at 7 PM IST. India have already sealed the series 2-0 by winning the second T20I.
After losing the toss, a blistering display of batting from the Indian top-order in the first innings put India in a dominant position. The biggest takeaway from the Sunday fixture was that the Indian batters prevailed on a fast-paced and bouncy pitch, similar to Australian conditions. Conversely, the concern might be the bowling unit, who were taken for cleaners in the second innings. Axar Patel was hammered for more than 50 runs on a pitch unfavourable to spinners. Arshdeep Singh, who is going to be the designated death bowler in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, also conceded over 60 runs in his allotted four overs and was struggling to land yorkers. Rahul Chahar was the standout bowler for the Men in Blue, who gave away just 24 runs in his four overs. Before heading to Australia, the Indian camp might try new combinations in the final game of the series.
On the flip side, in a run-fest in Guwahati, the Proteas also had a great outing with the bat after a mini-collapse at the start of the innings. Following a couple of early wickets and a counter-attacking cameo of Rilee Rossouw, David Miller walked into bat and kept South Africa alive in the game. Quinton De Kock, who was finding it hard initially to connect in the middle, also started sending the ball into the stands in the second half of the innings. After leaking runs and jumping on the wrong foot while chasing a mammoth total of over 230, the tourists still managed to lose the game by only 16 runs. The form of South Africa’s prime hitter ahead of the World Cup is a good sign for the team. Temba Bavuma and his men will look for a victory in the final match on Tuesday to gain momentum before heading Down Under.
India have the advantage in the head-to-head competition between the two teams. Both teams faced each other 21 times, India won 13 games while South Africa emerged victorious on eight occasions.
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