India Will Take On South Africa In A 3 Match T20 Series From Sep 28 – Oct 4
India will have a big challenge when they face South Africa at home in a three-match T20 series that an ODI series will follow. This will be India and South Africa’s final chance to sort out their T20 squad before they leave for Australia to participate in the ICC T20 World Cup, which begins in October.
India will have some momentum as they are coming out of a 3-match T20 series against Australia. At the same time, South Africa will need to get quickly acclimatized to sub-continent conditions as India is always extra difficult to beat when they play at home.
India vs. South Africa – Tour Dates
With the T20 World Cup approaching quickly, the BCCI has scheduled back-to-back T20 and ODI matches. The first T20 game will take place 3 days after the 3rd T20 against Australia on Sep 28 and will be played at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. The 2nd T20 will take place on Oct 2 at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, and the third and final T20 will take place at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, on Oct 4.
All three T20 games will be day/night games, and the weather conditions look good for all three days. The due factor might come into play in the second innings; hence, we believe the team that wins the toss will likely look to bat first in all three games.
India vs. South Africa – Potential T20 Squads
India has played around with their T20 squad in recent series, which hasn’t worked out very well for them. The selectors have chosen to rest key players, including captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya which hasn’t gone down well with the fans.
We expect the selectors to play a strong squad for this series and select their best playing XI with the T20 World Cup in mind.
South Africa has also sent a powerful T20 squad to India, and their fringe players will look to play hard against India and book themselves a spot in the T20 World Cup playing XI.
The two key players for India will be former captain Virat Kohli, who looks like he has finally rediscovered his form with the bat after going through a dry patch for nearly two years. Kohli will look to continue that form against the Proteas and score big. Jasprit Bumrah, who missed the Asia Cup, will look to bowl all out and return to taking wickets ahead of the T20 World Cup.
South Africa has several skilled T20 players in their squad. Rilee Rossouw is an excellent prospect for the Proteas, and he will want to find form against India. Kagiso Rabada is the head of the bowling attack and will again be the danger man.
The potential squads for this series, barring any unfortunate injuries, are:
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa Squad: Temba Bavuma (Captain), Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen,Wayne Parnell, Tristan Stubbs, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi
India vs. South Africa – Betting Odds and Predictions
India is a formidable opponent at home and hence goes in as betting favorites with odds of 1.3 to win the series. However, their performance in the 2022 Asia Cup has shown other teams that India has several weaknesses that can be exploited; hence, the Proteas will be confident of pushing India and defeating them at home.
South Africa is the underdog with betting odds of 1.8 to win the series. We expect these betting odds to change based on who wins the first T20. If South Africa wins the first T20, they will be in the driver’s seat as the Indian T20 team has been under pressure since they lost the Asia Cup.
India vs. South Africa – Different Bets To Make
Apart from betting on the outright winner of the series and the outright winner of each T20 game, we also suggest betting on these three side bets.
Win The Toss: Both teams have odds of 1.90 to win the toss. Bet on which team you think will win the toss, and you could win.
Top Run Scorer: You can bet on which batsman you think will score the most runs in the game. Look at the top three batsmen on each side when you make your pick, as the top 3 are usually score the most.
Top Wicket Taker: Bet on which bowler you think will end up with the most wickets. Look at the pitch and see if it will suit the fast bowlers or the spinners, and then bet.