South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma insisted that his team aren’t expecting things to be easy ahead of the start of five-match T20I series against India on Thursday (June 9). This is the third time South Africa will play a bilateral T20I series against India after October 2015 (won 2-0 by the Proteas) and September 2019 (drawn 1-1). Earlier this year, South Africa won Test series 2-1 and ODI series 3-0 in their backyard.
“It’s obviously is an exciting series that is lined up for both India and South Africa. We were able to get the better of the Indian side a couple of months ago. But I think there are different looking guys. There are fresher, newer faces, guys who have a point to prove an stake a claim for their places in the Indian team,” Bavuma said.
“They won’t be short of any motivation within the team and so, from our side as a team, we won’t be expecting anything easy and are not thinking that everything happened the same way as it was in South Africa back home. We know we have to play good cricket and have to prepare well, which I think we have done. It’s an exciting series lined up for everyone,” said Bavuma in the press conference on the eve of the series opener at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
With India’s pace stock on an upward swing, Bavuma is aware that his team will have to be well-prepared against anything coming from the Indian bowlers.
India vs South Africa, 1st T20
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
Date & Time: June 9 at 7 PM IST
Live Streaming and TV details: Star Sports network and Disney+ Hotstar website and app
IND vs SA Dream 11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant
Batters: Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, David Miller
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Aiden Markram
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel
Captain: Rishabh Pant
Vice-Captain: Quinton de Kock
IND vs SA Probable Playing XI
India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh/Avesh Khan
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie Van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Dwaine Pretorius/Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi