India vs South Africa T20: India look to address death bowling concerns in final tune up ahead of T20 WC | Cricket News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: India will be looking to complete their T20 World Cup preparation with a marked improvement in their death bowling in addition to providing crucial playing time for their untested players in the three-game series against South Africa South, starting by Wednesday.
India skipper Rohit Sharma, unsurprisingly, singled out death bowling as an area that needs improvement following the series win over Australia.

The hosts will be without two of their key bowlers, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who were rested ahead of the ICC event next month.
Mohammed Shami, who is one of the World Cup reserves, has yet to recover from Covid-19 and will miss all three games against the Proteas after being unavailable for rubber against Australia.
Harshal Patel didn’t have the best of times in his comeback series against Australia but is expected to be back to his best in the last three games before the World Cup.


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His career save rate is 9.05 but he conceded more than 12 runs per overs against the Australians.
Deepak Chahar, who is also pending for the World Cup, didn’t get a game in the previous series and he might have a chance if the team decides to rotate their point guards in all three games.
Arshdeep Singh will return to bolster team resources in slog overs, making an effective combination alongside Jasprit Bumrahwho will aim to find his rhythm after returning from injury.

In the decisive game against Australia, Yuzvendra Chahal showed what he can do if the ball grabs and spins after looking flat in the first two games. Keeping Australian conditions in mind, the crafty foot player will be looking to improve his game on soft ground.
As Rohit talked about the importance of giving all players playing time ahead of the World Cup, R Ashwin could take a look.
On the batting side, KL Rahul would like to make the most of these three games after missing the last two against Australia.


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With Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in good contact, it’s important that Rahul is also fully fit before the team travels to Australia.
Dinesh Karthik was able to play all eight balls against Australia and Rohit has already said the team’s designated finisher needs more time in the middle. World Cup-bound Deepak Hooda will end up missing all six games before the mega event as he was left out of South Africa’s T20s with a back injury. Shreyas Iyer is expected to take Hooda’s place in the team.
Over the next week, India will face a team they have yet to beat at home in a two-way series. South Africa and India will face off in a group game in Australia and although the conditions are totally different here, both teams can choose areas to target in the next three matches.
“The pitches in Australia will be different and the size of the pitch will be much bigger, but as a bowler there is always something you can work on. It’s a great opportunity to bowl with those Indian batters and to pick up a few things and use them against them in the World Cup,” Tabraiz Shamsi said.
All eyes will also be on youngster Tristian Stubbs who made the World Cup squad thanks to his good showing in franchise cricket.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (Wicket Keeper), Dinesh Karthik (Wicket Keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
The match starts at 7 p.m. IST.

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