Fantasy Insights for the 2nd of the 5-match T20I series between India and South Africa, at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.

Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant

Batters: Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, David Miller, Temba Bavuma

Allrounders: Dwaine Pretorius, Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel

C/VC: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwaine Pretorius

Base Fantasy Team

Wicketkeepers: Quinton de Kock

Batters: Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, David Miller

Allrounders: Dwaine Pretorius

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada

The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss. 

Wicketkeepers- Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Quinton de Kock: Expect 30+ from the left-hander, as except for Chahal, there’s no real threat for him in the Indian bowling attack.

vs Yuzvendra Chahal in IPL: 6 dismissals in 39 balls at 7/113

Rishabh Pant: Pant has struggled to accelerate against right-arm fast bowling throughout his T20 career, especially when a wide line attack is employed. With the opposition having Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, it will not be easy for him. 

vs RF Pace since 2018 in Ov 12-20 (Avg/SR in IPL): 11/175 

Batters – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Ishan Kishan: When Kishan is in form, it is not easy to stop him. He has great numbers against all bowlers and bowling types in the opposition bowling, including against Rabada and Nortje. So a 30+ runs day awaits him.  

vs Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in IPL: 109 runs at 109/198

Ruturaj Gaikwad: Gaikwad’s struggles against left-arm pace bowling are well documented now, but if SA continue to use Parnell the way they did in the last game, i.e., introduce him late into the attack, Gaikwad can help himself to a 30+ score. 

vs L Pace in PP in IPL: 11 dismissals in 187 balls at 17/130.

David Miller: There is no reason not to have Miller in your XI when Aiden Markram is unavailable: nothing in the Indian bowling attack can trouble the left-hander, and he is in the form of his life.

David Miller vs bowling types since 2021: 

  • vs RM Pace (Avg/SR): 41/147
  • vs Legspin (Avg/SR): 51/142
  • vs Left-arm spin (Avg/SR): Infinite/147

Shreyas Iyer: The ability to smash spinners makes Shreyas Iyer a reliable pick when he is batting in the top 3. We expect another 30+ score from the 27-year-old.

SR vs left-arm wrist spin in IPL: 165

Allrounders – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Dwaine Pretorius: Be it in the IPL or the last game, Pretorius has been impressive with the ball despite not bowling at a great pace. And if a wicket falls early, SA will likely send him up the order again. Differential C/VC choice! 

Dwaine Pretorius in Ov (16-20) since last year in T20I: 13 wickets at a strike rate of 6.8

Hardik Pandya: Pandya is in great form, and with the Indian bowling unit not having an off-spin option, he will be relied on to bowl at least a couple of overs if QDK or Miller is at the crease. One of the better C/VC options in play today. 

SR in Ov 17-20 in IPL: 185.5

Bowlers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Kagiso Rabada: Kagiso Rabada comes into this series on the back of an exceptional IPL performance and has also started bowling to his potential up front with the new ball. A default pick. 

In Ov 16-20 since 2018: 55 wickets at a strike rate of 8.4

Yuzvendra Chahal: After starting the IPL on a great note, Chahal went off the boil towards the end stage of the tournament. But we expect the sluggish nature of the deck at Cuttack to help the leggie return to wicket-taking form. 

Chahal has a four-for in the only game he played at the Barabati Stadium.

In the last 6 games of IPL: 5 wickets at 42/8.7

vs SA in Game 1: 2.1-0-26-0

Harshal Patel: Harshal Patel had a poor outing at Delhi, but like Chahal, the nature of the Cuttack deck should help him get back to his best as well. 

In Ov 16-20 since last year: 31 wickets at a strike rate of 9.6

Predicted Playing XI:

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

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(wk), Temba Bavuma(c), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

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