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South Africa v India 2nd T20I: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

The State of Play

Sunday’s series opener in this three-match contest was washed out – thwarting both teams as they look to analyse their options ahead of the T20I World Cup next year.

South Africa only have two games now before they name their squad. They will use them to give opportunities to several players hoping to further their claims for a place at the tournament in the West Indies and United States in June.

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India have this series plus one more against Afghanistan in January so time is running out, meaning both camps will hope the rain that threatens this game does not appear.

Cricket South Africa will also be desperate for the game to go ahead for financial reasons with a sell-out crowd expected in Gqeberha.

Team News

Matthew Breetzke will open alongside Reeza Hendricks for the Proteas while Heinrich Klaasen is expected to be preferred over Tristan Stubbs behind the stumps.
Left-arm quick Nandre Burger is likely to get the chance to impress while Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen will play before being rested for the final game in the series.

Suryakumar Yadav will captain India as he did for the recently concluded 4-1 T20I series win over Australia. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have not travelled to South Africa for the white-ball series with both men asking to be rested.
Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi will play having risen to the top of the world rankings for his exploits against Australia.
Shubman Gill is likely to get the nod over Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Expected line-ups

South Africa: Hendricks, Breetzke, Markram (c), Klaasen (wk), Miller, Ferreira, Jansen, Maharaj, Coetzee, Burger, Shamsi

India: Jaiswal, Gill, Iyer, S Yadav (c), R Singh, Sharma (wk), Jadeja, Kumar, Bishnoi, Siraj, A Singh

When and how to watch

The match takes place at St George’s Park in Gqeberha, with a 3pm (UK time) start. It can be viewed on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event with the programme kicking off at 2.30pm.

Prediction

India come into this series on the back of a 4-1 defeat of a fatigued Australia but a trip to South Africa should present a much sterner test. Having spent so long playing in home conditions, it may take India time to acclimatise so expect the Proteas t

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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