Battle of the giants: T20 series preview
South Africa and India are perhaps one of the most well equipped side when it comes to T20s and so a mouth watering contest is bound to happen as South Africa step on the shores of India.
Both the teams have exciting and power hitters who can change the game in a jiffy. Before the T20 world cup, this is going to be a challenging task for these top ranked sides as they prepare for the mega event.
South Africa are ranked 6th on the ICC ranking while the Indian team is ranked 4th so there is not much to separate the two sides in terms of T20 rankings. South Africa will be without the services of their ace fast bowler Dale Steyn but they still have a potent bowling attack to counter the Indian batting lineup. Imran Tahir’s spin bowling will be crucial throughout the tour and his first task will be the T20s. He is going to have to be at his best because its highly likely that India will prepare spinning tracks. South African batsmen have to be weary of this fact because apart from Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers and Faf Du Plesis the rest of the batting lineup tends to struggle against the spinners. India will field a lot of spinners as expected and trap the African giants. Indian top spinner Ashwin will be itching to have a bowl and take loads of scalps.
The Proteas and Indian contingent are usually really good at fielding and so a fine display in that extremely important department is expected. AB De Villiers, Miller, Raina and Kohli are one of the few names who are a live wire on the field and this by no way means that other are below par in the field.
The squads featuring in the T20 series have a blend of both experienced and young blood so a lot to watch out for such as the likes of Ambati Rayudu, David Miller and not to forget man with the fastest ODI century AB De Villiers.
Indian will be led by their most successful captain in all formats MS Dhoni while the Proteas will be headed by their premier batsman Faf Du Plesis.
First T20 Friday 2nd October
Second T20 Monday 5th October