Fantasy Insights for the 3rd of the 5-match T20I series between India and South India, at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.


Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeeper: Rishabh Pant

Batters: Rassie van der Dussen, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Temba Bavuma

Allrounders: Dwaine Pretorius, Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada

C/VC: Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen


Base Fantasy XI:

Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant

Batters: Shreyas Iyer, Rassie van der Dussen

Allrounders: Hardik Pandya, Dwaine Pretorius

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel

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


Wicketkeepers- Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Rishabh Pant:

The Indian captain averages just 24 runs per wicket at Visakhapatnam. To add to that, he struggles accelerating against express pace and slow left-arm spin as well. It is rare to see a player of Pant’s reputation have such a bad record against balls spinning in. 

vs RF Pace since 2018 in Ov 12-20

  • In IPL: 14 dismissals in 90 balls at 11/175
  • In T20I: 5 dismissals in 45 balls at 10/109

vs Left-arm spin:

  • In IPL: 7 dismissals in 123 balls at 27/155
  • In T20I: 6 dismissals in 31 balls at 7/135

Heinrich Klaasen: Before the last game, Heinrich Klaasen had only managed 178 runs at an average of 20 runs per wicket in 12 T20I innings in 2021. Odd things sometimes happen, but it doesn’t mean you expect them to happen daily. With another tough pitch likely on offer, it’s safe to assume Klaasen will find it difficult to repeat his last game heroics.

Daily fantasy is a game of fine margins, and there is no point in playing it unless you take risks like this. So we have decided to bite the bullet here and pick Pant over Klassen.


Batters – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Shreyas Iyer: One of India’s best players of spin, Iyer has crossed the 30-run mark in both games. While his troubles against express pace are well-documented, it is inexplicable to see him struggle against Dwaine Pretorius, a medium-pacer, against whom he lost his wicket twice in13 balls this series. 

The Indian No.3 averages just 22 per wicket at Visakhapatnam in 4 games, but then this is likely to be a challenging game for most batters. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad: Gaikwad has not had a great start to his T20I career, scoring only 63 runs in 5 games. In addition to the usual challenge of left-arm pace, Gaikwad also seems to be developing a negative pattern against opposition spearhead Kagiso Rabada. 

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Kagiso Rabada: 3 dismissals in 31 balls at 12/116
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad vs LM Pace in PP in IPL: 9 dismissals in 104 balls at 12/102

Ishan Kishan: Leading runscorer of the series, Ishan Kishan tends to get out for a low score after playing a couple of good knocks. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the 23-year-old dismissed within 20 runs in this game.

The decision to leave him out of today’s XI is based on instinct and past pattern observations. If you want to play it safe, you should pick him. 

Between Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, van der Dussen is a better pick as he will get more balls to make an impact. If South Africa are chasing, leaving Miller out can work wonders as the left-hander has a very high selection%, and it’s unlikely he will get the opportunity to score big runs.

With Klassen delivering in the last game, he will likely keep Miller down at No.6. 


All-rounders – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Dwaine Pretorius: Pretorius has the knack of taking wickets. His slow pace lures batters to commit to attacking shots, only to get out caught in the deep or beaten in the air. And Vizag is one of the better venues for bowlers of that type. Batting in the top 3 makes him a worthy C/VC option.

Hardik Pandya: Pandya is in excellent batting form, and with the Indian team’s lack of trust in its spin duo, he will bowl a couple of overs in this game. Top C/VC option.

SR in Ov 17-20 in IPL: 185.5


Bowlers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Yuzvendra Chahal: Chahal has been completely off-colour in the last couple of matches, in line with his second-half performance in the IPL. His spot could come under threat if he fails in this game.  

Chahal in last 5 games: 18.1-0-172-2

However, we expect the nature of the Vizag deck to support him and get the leggie back on the wicket-taking track. 

Kagiso Rabada: The wickets column (1 wicket in 2 games this series) doesn’t show how well Rabada has bowled in this series, and a bowler of his calibre is never far away from taking a couple of wickets. With another two-paced pitch on offer, this could be your chance to try and convert him into a differential. 

In Ov 16-20 since 2018: 55 wickets at a strike rate of 8.5

Harshal Patel: On a slow deck like Visakhapatnam, Harshal Patel becomes one of the best C/VC picks while bowling first as death bowling creates ample wicket-taking opportunities.

In Ov 16-20 since last year: 32 wickets at a strike rate of 9.4


Predicted Playing XI:

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

Arshdeep Singh could replace Axar Patel, and there is a chance Deepak Hooda might get a look in place of Ruturaj Gaikwad as well. 

South Africa: Temba Bavuma(c), Reeza Hendricks/Quinton de Kock, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Tabriaz Shamsi

Quinton de Kock will replace Reeza Hendricks if he’s declared match fit.

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