India vs South Africa 1st T20 Highlights – Feb 18, 2018

India vs South Africa 1st T20 Highlights – Feb 18, 2018, IND v SA highlights today – First twenty/20 from The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (South Africa) Sunday 18th February 2018. After the beautiful success in six one day series now India is ready to play cricket’s shortest format against South Africa. The home team lost five one day internationals out of six now they are absolutely desperate to win this three t20 series at home. the highest total of The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg venue is 260/6 scored by Sri Lanka against Kenya in 2007 which is the third highest total of t20I history. South Africa highest total of this ground is 231/7 scored against West Indies in 2015. India highest total here is 180/9 scored against New Zealand in 2007.

South Africa won the toss and will field first.

Virat Kohli: We wanted to bowl first as well and chase. Having said that, it looks a gun wicket. Most of the faces in the side are the same but there are some new faces. Raina is back, Pandey will come in. Unadkat comes in for Kuldeep who hurt himself and we have Bhuvi coming back. The intensity has to be much higher in T20s. As a batsman, personally, it’s just an extension from all the other formats. Keeping it simple has worked for us. The mood is good in the dressing room and they’re ready to do anything – bat or bowl, so that’s a good sign.
JP Duminy: In terms of stats, it’s always easy to chase in the day game. In the highveld, it’s difficult to defend. no AB de Villiers, he hurt his knee in the last ODI. Quite a lot of new faces today. In terms of debuts, we have Klaasen and Dala. It’s time for a refresh button after the dismal ODI series.

India team/playing XI
S Dhawan, R Sharma, V Kohli (c), S Raina, M Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), H Pandya, B Kumar, J Unadkat, J Bumrah, Y Chahal.

South Africa team/playing XI
JJ Smuts, R Hendricks, JP Duminy (c), D Miller, H Klaasen (wk), F Behardien, C Morris, A Phehlukwayo, D Paterson, J Dala, T Shamsi.

Match Timings: 14.30 start, First Session 14.30-15.50 Interval 15.50-16.10, Second Session 16.10-17.30

The Wanderers’ demerit points haven’t gone anywhere but as long as the surface is similar to the one the ODI was played on, it should be another batsman-friendly pitch and fast outfield, which should lead to a high-scoring game. Afternoon thundershowers are forecast but should be nothing more than a quick burst. India’s big decision will be in the middle order, where they are likely to have a choice between Suresh Raina – who has been selected in India’s squad after a long absence – and Manish Pandey. An experimental South African side could see as many as three new caps with wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen guaranteed a start and middle-order batsman Christiaan Jonker and seamer Junior Dala in the mix. South Africa’s experience is sandwiched between an inexperienced opening pair in Reeza Hendricks and Jon-Jon Smuts and a younger middle-to-lower order and tail.

India tour of South Africa 1st T20I Highlights

Umpires – Shaun George, Adrian Holdstock
TV Umpires – Bongani Jele
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Allahudien Paleker
Match number – T20I no. 652

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