Fantasy Insights for the 1st of the 5-match T20I series between India and South India, at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.

Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeepers: Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant

Batters: Ishan Kishan, Rassie van der Dussen, Shreyas Iyer

Allrounders: Hardik Pandya, Wayne Parnell

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan

C/VC: Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant

Base Fantasy Team

Wicketkeepers: Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant

Batters: Temba Bavuma, Shreyas Iyer

Allrounders: Aiden Markram, Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Kagiso Rabada

Key Notes:

  • Harshal Patel becomes more important if India bowl first.
  • Similarly, Dwaine Pretorius will be a great punt if SA bowl first.
  • The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss. 

Fantasy Board – Wicketkeepers:

Quinton de Kock:

Quinton de Kock is a no-brainer, with India set to field an attack that neither has Jasprit Bumrah nor a specialist off-spin option. In the 3 T20Is the 29-year-old has played against India, he has 2 50s and strikes at an impressive rate of 147. 

Yuzvendra Chahal is the only real threat for the left-hander in this game. 30+ score alert!

Quinton de Kock vs bowling types in T20I since 2018:

  • vs RM Pace in PP: 206 runs, 128 balls, 4 outs, 161 SR
  • vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 59 runs, 50 balls, 4 outs, 118 SR

Quinton de Kock – Matchups that matter:

  • vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 55 runs, 55 balls, 1 out, 100 SR
  • vs Harshal Patel: 41 runs, 30 balls, 0 outs, 137 SR
  • vs Yuzvendra Chahal: 44 runs, 39 balls, 6 outs, 113 SR (Bunny Alert!)

Rishabh Pant:

Rishabh Pant averages 39 runs per wicket at the Arun Jaitley Stadium; the smaller boundaries at the venue help his batting style. If he doesn’t try to be too aggressive against Rabada and Nortje, another 30+ score alert! 

Rishabh Pant vs bowling types in IPL:

vs RF Pace: 293 runs, 212 balls, 22 outs, 13.3 Avg, 138 SR (Raw Pace Issue Alert!)

Rishabh Pant has not played much against South African bowlers, so no individual matchup data is available.

Fantasy Board – Batters:

Shreyas Iyer:

Over the last year, Iyer has tried to reinvent his T20 game and has been quite successful at it. His SR has seen a significant improvement in this period. While this is good news for Team India, from a fantasy perspective, he will be taking more chances and hence becomes a slightly riskier option than he usually is. 

As far as this fixture is concerned, if the right-hander manages to survive the initial burst of Rabada/Nortje, tackling South African spinners won’t be a problem for him.

Shreyas Iyer vs bowling types T20I:

  • vs RF Pace in Ov (7-16): 52 runs, 36 balls, 1 out, 144 SR
  • vs Left-arm spin in Ov (7-16): 52 runs, 45 balls, 1 out, 116 SR
  • vs RM Pace in Ov (7-16): 192 runs, 153 balls, 2 outs, 125 SR

Like Pant, Iyer hasn’t faced much of South African bowlers either. 

Ishan Kishan:

Ishan Kishan has only managed 11 runs in 25 balls at the Arun Jaitley Stadium across 3 games. Kishan, in general, can be a hit-or-miss player, scoring 40+ or getting dismissed on a single-digit score, for example. The 23-year-old has dominated Rabada and Nortje in his career so far and looks good for a 30+ score in this game.

Ishan Kishan vs Matchups that matter:

  • vs Kagiso Rabada: 58 runs, 33 balls, 1 out, 176 SR
  • vs Anrich Nortje: 51 runs, 22 balls, 0 outs, 232 SR

Reeza Hendricks:

Reeza Hendricks has 137 runs against India at an average of 27 runs per wicket. Hendricks was struggling for runs in his last T20I series, and if the pitch assists spinners, the right-hander will be in trouble once again. 

Reeza Hendricks vs bowling types in T20I:

  • vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 145 runs, 114 balls, 6 outs, 127 SR
  • vs Left-arm Spin in Ov (7-16): 33 runs, 34 balls 1 out, 97 SR
  • vs RM Pace in Ov (7-16): 125 runs, 87 balls, 4 outs, 144 SR

Reeza Hendricks – Matchups that matter:

  • Reeza Hendricks vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 29 runs, 27 balls, 2 outs, 107 SR
  • Reeza Hendricks vs Yuzvendra Chahal: 20 runs, 12 balls, 0 outs, 167 SR

David Miller is the most selected player in this section due to his heroics in the IPL 2022. Miller was playing up the order for Gujarat Titans; for South Africa, the left-hander will be slotted down in the finishing role, and his entry point will reduce his fantasy potential. Hence leaving him out will be a calculated risk, especially in mega leagues. Mega League Alert! 

Fantasy Board – Allrounders:

Hardik Pandya:

Hardik Pandya will be making his comeback to the Indian team, taking a lower middle-order role with the bat and a 6th bowler role with the ball. Arun Jaitley Stadium has been a good hunting ground for the Gujarat Lions captain as he strikes at 1.8 runs per ball here. 

Hardik Pandya in Ov (16-20) in T20I:

  • vs RF Pace: 52 runs, 46 balls, 4 outs, 113 SR
  • vs RM Pace: 243 runs, 121 balls, 11 outs, 201 SR

Hardik Pandya – Matchups that matter:

  • Hardik Pandya vs Kagiso Rabada: 50 runs, 37 balls, 2 outs, 135 SR
  • Hardik Pandya vs Anrich Nortje: 22 runs, 11 balls, 1 out, 200 SR

Aiden Markram:

Aiden Markram has adapted to the middle order role well, averaging 45+ and striking at close to 140 in the World Cup and IPL. However, India will hope to cash in on his weakness against spin, especially against slow left-arm orthodox. 

Aiden Markram vs SLAO in IPL: 38 runs, 30 balls, 3 outs, 127 SR

Fantasy Board – Bowlers:

Harshal Patel:

Harshal Patel will be India’s primary death bowler in this series. Harshal has 11 wickets in 8 games for India at a strike rate of 15.8 balls per wicket and comes into this series on the back of an impressive second-half performance in the IPL. 

The right-arm slow ball specialist also has 20 wickets to his name at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in 16 games. 

Harshal Patel in Ov (16-20) in T20s since last year: 69 overs, 40 wkts, 10.3 SR

Yuzvendra Chahal:

Yuzvendra Chahal, India’s highest wicket-taker in the format, has troubled South African batters a lot in white-ball cricket and is in great form. So you have no reason to leave him out from your XI in the fixture. 

Kagiso Rabada:

South Africa’s premium pacer was off-colour in T20 cricket for some time before finding his mojo back and finishing as the highest wicket-taker among pace bowlers in IPL 2022. He looks set to continue his good run in T20Is as well. 

Kagiso Rabada in Ov (17-20) in T20I: 34 overs, 22 wkts, 9.3 SR

Predicted Playing XI:

India: Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(c/wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi

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