Hosts India find themselves in a must-win situation in the 2nd T20 of the series against South Africa at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on October 5, 2015.
South Africa wins the toss and yet again they ask India to bat first.The match starts at 7 p.m. local time.
After their seven-wicket defeat in the 1st T20, India will need to work on its bowling department for the second, with predictions of rains looming over the match.
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Star Sports will telecast the match live in India and Bangladesh. SuperSport will have the telecast in South Africa and PTV in Pakistan.
The squads are as follows:
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh K Raina, M S Dhoni, Rayudu, AxaR Patel, Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, B Kumar and, Sharma.
South Africa XI: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, K Rabada, KJ Abbott, DA Miller, F du Plessis, CH Morris, Imran Tahir, F Behardien and JA Morkel.
The hosts do have a few takeaways from the first T20, where Virat Kohli found form with a good knock, while Rohit Sharma was in top form. The total posted by the batsmen is certainly their biggest strength.
The major concerns lie with the bowlers, who have been expensive in all ways to say the least.
While Ravichandran Ashwin took the wicket of AB de Villiers, others had an economy rate of minimum 10, something that skipper Dhoni will have to check this time.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast:
The Cuttack wicket is expected to be slow, so the hosts may have some control this time around. Also, how Dhoni works with the bowlers, like Amit Mishra, is worthy to watch for.
For the Proteas, things cannot get better with AB de Villiers in top form along with JP Duminy. If Farhaan Behardien continues to contribute, the hosts may have to struggle again.
However, for South Africa, the bowlers will remain a concern, for the fact that none of them have performed exceedingly well so far.
With heavy rains expected, it remains to be seen as how India takes it ahead in this play. They will have to win this one to have some chance of winning the series.
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