Indian Cricket Team had won the toss and opted to field. Rohit Sharma was not ready for the carnage as Proteas batters were thrashing bowlers all around the park. The visitors scored 227-3 which is a humongous total. There’s no doubt that the pitch is a flat deck but scoring more than 11 runs per over from starting won’t be easy.
Rilee Rossouw smashed a thunderstorm century in 48 balls and silenced all the critics who were questioning his place in the team. The left-handed batter has shown that he has good hitting prowess and he was toying with the bowlers. The management would be thrilled to see Rilee back to form as he gives the team perfect balance.
Kagiso Rabada Cleans Up Rohit Sharma
India’s star batter Rohit Sharma was expected to make a significant contribution as chasing 228 runs requires team-work. Kagiso Rabada had other ideas as on the 2nd ball of the first over he bowled Rohit Sharma. The entire Crowd was silent as the batting line up doesn’t feature KL Rahul & Virat Kohli who have the calibre of hunting big totals.
Tough Task for Indian batters
India would be banking on Rishabh Pant to get a big score. The left handed batter has a dream opportunity to make a case for himself in the upcoming T20 World Cup. If he gets a score around 70 runs then it will give him a huge boost and make the management go back to the drawing board as having an in-form left handed batter is a blessing.
It won’t be wrong to say that it’s a test for Dinesh Karthik too as he is supposed to bat at no.4 position. We have seen Dinesh Karthik bat at various batting positions throughout his career. Head Coach Rahul Dravid would be aware that this is India’s last match before the marquee event as the playing 11 has to get finalized. The management have taken a surprise call by making Suryakumar Yadav bat down the order; it seems that they want to try him in that slot.