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3rd T20I: India targets clean sweep against South Africa | Cricket News

Kohli and Rahul rested for an insignificant draw, even though bowling unity remains a concern
INDORE: Just hours after recording their first win in the T20I series at home against South Africa in Guwahati, India will attempt their first-ever clean sweep against the Proteas in the insignificant third and final T20I at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.
A 3-0 result here, following the 2-1 series win over Australia, should help India gain some confidence as they board the flight for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. The flaming form of Men in Blue’s top four, especially the unstoppable Suryakumar Yadav, has to be the most encouraging feature of the recent home run.


Yadav’s scorching blade seems to be getting more and more looting with each match, as evidenced by his smashing 22-ball 62 on Sunday at Guwahati, which helped India clinch a decisive 16-run win. The ‘SKY’ show was so impressive and enjoyable that even KL Rahulwho was named Man of the Match, expressed his surprise that Surya was not given the award instead.
Surya’s powerful knock helped him gallop to 1,000 career runs in the 32 T20Is he has raced to date. He is the third fastest Indian to cross the ‘1k’ line after Virat Kohli and Rahul. In 2022, the numbers of the Mumbaikar are insane: 22 innings, 793 runs at a stroke rate of 185.28, for a total of 68 sixes and 50 fours. After the 32-year-old Guwahati ‘special’, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma even joked that he would rather not play ‘SKY’ until India’s World Cup opener against Pakistan on October 23!

However, the team management has decided to give Kohli and Rahul a break before the final T20I. Shreyas is expected to replace Kohli, but with no specialist batter on the squad, it is likely that Umesh Yadav or Mohammed Siraj get a game here.
Death transcends constant worry
Even if Yadav’s excellent form will get Rohit many good nights sleep on the long flight to Australia, what would also make him uncomfortable is the struggle of two of his main medium pacers when faced with a flat track, especially in the last five overs. As poor death transcends the mold of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is likely to become India’s leading navigator after Jasper Bumrah was banned from the T20 World Cup on Monday due to a back injury is already a major concern, a regular show in Harshal Patel’s slog-overs and Arshdeep Singhwho together allowed 107 in 8 overs in the second T20I is also concerned.
In both games of this series so far, Arshdeep got India off to a dream start, taking three wickets in the first in the first T20I and followed by two in the second.


Although the left-armed sailor had to concede 17 in his last over – the 19th of the innings – in the first T20I, he was totally in place in the second game, giving up 57 runs in his last three overs, including 26 in the 19th at Guwahati. Overall, Arshdeep went for 62 in his 4 overs.
Returning from injury, Harshal managed to take just one wicket in three T20Is against the Aussies, while getting 99 runs in 8 overs, although slightly better against SA. One bright spot here is the promising return of pace bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar, but then Chahar, like Bhuvneshwar, is more about making breakthroughs in the Powerplay overs.


South Africa is eager to salvage some pride here. The plight of the Proteas is best emphasized by their captain’s pathetic show Temba Bavuma, which has not yet got off the ground in this series after being out on successive ducks. The visitors will be feeling better after Miller’s great century – an unbeaten 107 from just 47 balls in Guwahati, but they need Quinton de Kock back at his best. With SA chasing 238, De Kock scrambled his way back in some form in an unbeaten 48-ball 69, but the African side would love to have the southpaws to be at their best for the T20 World Cup.

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