The journey India had started with a win at Mohali on Wednesday effectively has the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next year as the destination. Everything on the way is a milestone and opportunity to keep the rhythm going and morale high.
Bangalore comes the next step on that Mission 2020 path as the hosts take on South Africa for the third and final T20 International. Virat Kohli-led Indians are determined and seemed poised to seal the series 2-0 after the opener in Dharamshala on March 15 was called off without a ball being bowled.
Prediction for rain can be one hurdle for India’s winning run.
South Africa will obviously be under duel pressure – emerge from the defeat in the second T20I when the hosts had kept them on the back foot all through the match and ensure a win at any cost to save the series.
There will also be an interesting race between skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for the position of the top run better in T20 Internationals. Kohli has surpassed Rohit at Mohali. As a mere seven runs separate the duo, Rohit will yet again be in a positon to surpass Kohli’s 2,441 runs and reclaim his world record. The record might well be beaten twice during the match. Kohli too gets the similar opportunity in the No 3.
Weathermen have predicted rain in Bengaluru for tomorrow (Sunday).
Teams: India (from) – Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
South Africa (from) – Quinton de Kock (capt/wk), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.
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