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South Africa won the Test series 2-1. India avenged the loss by thumping the hosts 1-5 in ODIs. We, now, have reached the last leg of the tour. Both teams will lock horns in three T20Is. Virat Kohli will remain at the helm. South Africa, on the other hand, will be led by JP Duminy. And with Australia’s tour of South Africa 2017-18 less than two weeks away, the home team have rested their key players but AB de Villiers. He won’t care much, though, for this is the format he enjoys.

India, too, will have some changes in the playing XI. Ajinkya Rahane is not a part of the T20I squad. Either Manish Pandey or Dinesh Karthik is likely to replace him at No. 4. More importantly, Suresh Raina will be back playing for India. The last time he played an international match was against England in February last year, in a T20I at Bengaluru. This, however, is not the chubby Raina we know. He has shed weight, and looks leaner and muscular. At No. 5 he would only add more power to the batting line-up.

The concern, in all probability, will be MS Dhoni’s form. His inability to up the ante of late will slow down India in the fastest format. There is no iota of doubt over his wicketkeeping skills, but India will have to find a way to get the best out of his batting skills.

The remaining line-up is likely to be same.

Likely XI for India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Manish Pandey/Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

South Africa have an experienced middle order. South Africa will have to let ABD consume most deliveries. Thus, the No. 3 spot best suits him. Following him will be the captain Duminy. There are no questions over his T20 skills. He is a delight to watch when on song. At No. 5, we may either see David Miller or Farhaan Behardien anything South Africa dish out according to their game plan.

Dane Paterson, who was brilliant against Bangladesh, will fill Kagiso Rabada’s shoes. Partnering him in the pace attack will be Junior Dala, Andile Phelukwayo, and Chris Morris. On the other hand, Aaron Phangiso is the only spin option South Africa boast of. Tabraiz Shamsi will have to wait for his opportunity.

Likely XI for South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Jon-Jon Smuts, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy (c), David Miller/Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Christiaan Jonker/Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso

Pitch please

The Wanderers has a reputation of assisting the batters. The pitch is similar to the one used in the ODI series. Although thundershowers are expected, the weather may not play spoilsport.

Number-crunching

1.5 win-loss ratio of India against South Africa (6 wins, 4 defeats) from 10 matches. Dhoni is the only one to have played all 10 matches. 1.5 win-loss ratio of India against South Africa (6 wins, 4 defeats) from 10 matches.

44 runs needed by Virat Kohli to become the 1st non-New Zealander and 3rd overall to 2,000 T20I runs. The only ones to have done this are Martin Guptill (2,188) and Brendon McCullum (2,140).

Here’s a detail stat preview: India return to their favourite Wanderers

Squads:

South Africa: Jean-Paul Duminy (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Reeza Hendricks, JJ Smuts, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Farhaan Behardien, Christiaan Jonker, Tabraiz Shamsi

India: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur

TIME: 18:00 IST | 12.30 GMT