India vs South Africa 2019, 2nd T20I IND vs SA: Who will win today’s match – predictions, playing 11s and head to-head
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

After the series opening match in Dharamsala was abandoned without ball being bowled, India and South Africa will hope rain stays away from Mohali as they look to start their T20 World Cup preparations with the second game of the three-match series from today.

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While India have already been on a full tour of West Indies post World Cup 2019, this is South Africa’s first assignment post the showpiece event. The tourists, who are undergoing a transition, are in for a tough challenge against Virat Kohli-led India, who recently dominated West Indies across formats that included a 3-0 clean sweep in T20I series followed by 2-0 victory in ODIs and 2-0 win in Tests as well.

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TEAM NEWS:

INDIA

Rohit and Dhawan are set to open the batting for India. Captain Virat Kohli will occupy his comfortable No. 3 position. However, it’s left to be seen if India go ahead with KL Rahul, who was dropped from the Test squad, at No. 4, or leave him out and include the in-form Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey.

India likely XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini

South Africa

It will be a new look South Africa side taking to the field. Rassie van der Dussen will partner his captain to open the innings while Kagiso Rabada will lead the pace attack with Dala and Anrich Nortje giving him company. Shamsi is expected to be the lone spinner in the side.

South Africa likely XI: Quinton de Kock (captain and wk), Rassie van der Dussen, George Linde, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje/Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi

IND vs SA Head to Head (T20Is)

No of matches played: 13

India won: 8

South Africa won: 5

Form Guide (most recent first)

IND: W W W L L

SA: W W W L W

STATS

84 — Rohit needs 84 runs to surpass Martin Guptill (424) and become the leading run scorer against SA in T20Is.

100 — Rassie van der Dussen will play his 100th T20 match if he features against India in the 2nd T20I.

64 — De Kock needs 64 runs to complete 5000 T20 runs. He needs 113 runs to complete 1000 runs in T20Is.

IND vs SA PREDICTION 

India have hosted South Africa in four T20Is so far and yet to register a win at home. They have lost two while two were abandoned. However, on current form and the line-up they boast of, India are the favourites. Expect them to start the series win a victory today.