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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.