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4th T20 Predictions: India vs South Africa



India and South Africa are about to lock horns with each other in the 4th T20I on June 17 (Friday).

The venue of the match is Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot.

South Africa will be captained by Temba Bavuma while Rishabh Pant will be the Indian skipper of India.

South Africa leads the five-match series 2-1.

A victory in the 4th T20 will hand over the series to South Africa, so India will be under a lot of pressure.

What happened in the last match

Barring first, India posted a healthy 179 runs thanks to blazing half-centuries by two batters who were not in good form in the first two matches – Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan.

They scored 57 runs and 54 runs respectively.

Dwaine Pretorius was the only effective bowler, picking up 2 wickets for South Africa.

In reply, South Africa collapsed for just 131 runs.

The hero of the 2nd ODI, Heinrich Klaasen scored just 29 runs.

Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal struck form and picked up 4 wickets and 3 wickets respectively.

Match Details

Teams: India vs South Africa
Date: 17th June 2022
Time: 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT | 19:00 Local
Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

Weather and Pitch report

he weather in Rajkot will be sunny.

Temperature will range from 30 to 36 degrees Celsius.

No rain is expected so we will have a full game.

The boundaries are quite short so we can expect a plethora of big hits.

Traditionally, it has not offered much assistance to pacers.

Spinners have a better chance on this wicket as it offers good purchase.

If a team wishes to win batting first, it should aim to score 180 plus.

Team news

The biggest in the Indian batting line-up seems to be Rishabh Pant.

However, being the captain, he can’t be dropped.

It’s important for Pant to step up in this high pressure match.

Ruturaj’s return to form is great news as he tends to be very consistent after finding his touch.

Shreyas Iyer also needs to focus on reducing the dot balls and play more freely.

Avesh Khan has looked a pale shadow of his IPL avatar and India might be tempted to replace him with Arshdeep Singh or Umran Malik.

South Africa might go in with the same team.

Venue stats

Total matches 3

Matches won batting first 1

Matches won bowling first 2

Average 1st Innings score – 183

Average 2nd Innings score – 170

Highest total recorded 202/4 (19.4 Ov) by IND vs AUS

India Likely Playing 11

Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik

South Africa Likely Playing 11

Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Reeza Hendriks, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

Top batters

Ishan Kishan is the highest-ranked Indian batter in the T20I rankings.

He is in good form with 164 runs at a strike rate of 157.69.

Top all-Rounders

Hardik Pandya has scored 71 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 157.77 and also looked good with the ball.

Dwaine Pretorius has been the top wicket-taker for the Proteas with four wickets at an economy of 9.45.

He has also scored 53 runs.

Top Bowlers

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked up a total of six wickets in three matches at an economy of 6.41.

In the 2nd T20, he picked up 4/13 in four overs.

Top Wicket-Keeper

Heinrich Klaassen has plundered 110 runs in two matches at a strike rate of 157.14, with a top score of 81.

He has also looked good behind the stumps.

Who will win

The Indian batters and bowlers have discovered their form.

Apart from Pant and Avesh Khan, the entire team is performing.

For South Africa, the biggest let down has been the tepid form of their top bowlers like Rabada and Nortje.

Based on overall team composition, our prediction is India will win and make it 2-2.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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