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T20 series: India look to clinch series in Bengaluru today

After the first match in Dharamsala was washed out without a single ball being bowled, Deepak Chahar and Virat Kohli helped India cruise to a comprehensive win over the Proteas in Mohali, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series. South Africa will be hoping to get their first win under Quinton De Kock’s captaincy as they look to level the series but it will be tall task against an Indian team brimming with confidence.

Having won the 2nd T20 quite comfortably, the action shifts to Bangaluru as Team India look to achieve their first home success ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. South Africa will be hoping to get their first win under Quinton De Kock’s captaincy as they look to level the series but it will be tall task against an Indian team brimming with confidence.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will once again be under the scanner after a disappointing performance with the bat in Mohali. The South Africans had no answer to Kohli’s batting at Mohali’s IS Bindra Stadium in the second T20, and with the next game being hosted at a ground where he is too familiar with, the Indian captain will be eyeing another good outing.

But before Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be standing up to the Kagiso Rabada-led pace attack with optimism. Pacers Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini put their hands up in the absence of regulars Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

They may not have years of international experience behind them but the likes of Washington Sundar, Chahar and Saini showed that they can challenge the South Africans. New captain Quinton de Kock will again have to shoulder the bulk of responsibility with the bat and he will hope for support from the likes of David Miller and Reeza Hindricks.

De Kock might have to change the manner in which he handled his bowlers in the second match, introducing his spinners late in the innings despite the Indians easily tackling his fast bowlers.