India vs South Africa: Final T20 match at Kolkata
India and South Africa clash for one final time in the ultimate T20 match of the series today. The Proteas have already sealed the T20 series as they won the first two T20 matches in convincing fashion. India will be playing to restore some of their lost pride as they look to rest back some of the initiative before the the ODI series which begins on the 11th of October.
South Africa have been dominant in all departments of the game and are thoroughly professional on the filed. Their batting chased down a mammoth total of 200 runs in the first T20 while in the second T20 the bowling department blew away the strong Indian batting lineup.
The third T20 will not be any different if India do not buckle up and amp it in all areas of the game and especially their bowling, which has struggled to contain sides and defend totals. Critics including Shoaib Akhtar have been vocal about Indian bowling woes and have stressed the fact that India find quality fast bowlers and stop relying so much on Ashwin. Spinner Amit Mishra and Ajinkiya Rahane are strong contenders to make a comeback into the T20 side for the final T20 match which which bring more stability in the Indian batting and bowling department.
South Africa on the other hand wont be too bothered going into this match and will look to check out some of their relatively new players of their squads such as the likes of leg break bowler Eddie Leie and off break bowler Khaya Zondo. They could ,perhaps, rest Abbott or Morris and try out one of the spinners especially keeping in mind the fact that the Eden gardens in Kolkata is usually a spin friendly pitch.
India are currently ranked 6th in the ICC T20 rankings and if they loose this T20 match as well they will slip to number 8 in the rankings.
INDIA: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, S Aravind and Stuart Binny.
SOUTH AFRICA: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers, J.P. Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Cgris Morris, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abott, Imran Tahir, Albie Morkel, Quninto de Kock, Eddie Leie, Marchant de Lange and Kyaya Zondo.