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3rd T20I (N), Indore, October 04, 2022, South Africa tour of India
(18.3/20 ov, T:228) 178

South Africa won by 49 runs

Player Of The Match
100* (48)
Player Of The Series
119 runs

India rest Kohli and Rahul as South Africa look to bounce back

Holkar stadium's small boundaries promise another run-fest

Shashank Kishore
Shashank Kishore

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From the far east in Guwahati, the caravan rolls to dead center in Indore. It's a city that loves its cricket so much so that they packed the stands just to be able to watch Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh roll the clock back at a net session during the Road Safety Exhibition series two weeks ago.
On Tuesday, they will make a beeline for the Holkar Stadium, to be able to watch Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma, and maybe Quinton de Kock and David Miller, when India and South Africa square off in the final T20I of the series.
It may be a dead rubber, but that doesn't mean much for India's tier-two cities. They don't get to see a lot of live cricket so every game is deeply appreciated. The junoon (passion) is actually at an all-time high. Cricketers from the region are being recognised like never before. Two Indore residents - Venkatesh Iyer and Avesh Khan - have already made their India debuts. Next week, another one - Rajat Patidar - could well join the list. Madhya Pradesh, of which Indore forms a big part in terms of cricket, are also Ranji Trophy winners. So the interest couldn't be higher. Throw in the backdrop of the T20 World Cup, and the lines between a dead rubber and a must-win get blurred even more.
South Africa have been ambushed by India once with the ball and once with the bat. But they gave a good account of themselves in trying to scale Mount Everest when Miller's breathtaking century took South Africa close to India's 237 and Tuesday is an opportunity to get over the line and carry some confidence into Australia.
India have continued to push boundaries as a batting unit, but with the ball, especially without Jasprit Bumrah, the pieces of their jigsaw aren't yet fully settled. Tuesday is their opportunity to get the death-bowling spot on.
Given the short turnaround time, the game will be as much a test of the player's fitness as it will be of their skill. Over to the twenty-two players then. Can they put up another spectacle, less than 48 hours after the big bash in Guwahati?

Form guide

India: WWWWL (last five completed T20Is; most recent first) South Africa: LLWWW

In the spotlight

Four-ball duck in Thiruvananthapuram. Seven-ball duck in Guwahati. What does Indore have in store? Temba Bavuma's T20 form and approach have been under much scrutiny. The debates rage on about whether he's the best player to lead South Africa in this format. That he didn't attract any bids at the SA20 auction last month has magnified his struggles even more. Some runs and confidence will be welcome heading into Australia. At Holkar stadium, a good pitch and small boundaries await. Can he turn the tide?
Arshdeep Singh is just 13 T20Is old but has already seen different ends of the emotional spectrum. At the Asia Cup, he was at the centre of merciless trolling for a dropped catch in a tight game against Pakistan. He bounced back with superb final overs even though it didn't translate into Indian victories. In Guwahati, he came in on the high of a three-wicket over that set up India's win but got his radar wrong and was taken apart for 62 off his full quota. With a huge cloud over Bumrah, Arshdeep will want to do everything he can to stay in contention because there are a lot of options at India's disposal.

Team news

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have been given a short break to head home and recuperate before departing for the T20 World Cup on October 6. This could mean an opportunity for Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer to get some batting time out in the middle. Shahbaz Ahmed, the batting allrounder, may also stand a chance of making his India debut.
India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Rishabh Pant (wk), 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Axar Patel, 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Shahbaz Ahmed, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 R Ashwin, 11 Arshdeep Singh
South Africa will want to win and may not want to experiment too much. Can they find a way to fit in Reeza Hendricks though?
South Africa (probable): 1 Temba Bavuma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Rilee Rossouw/Reeza Hendricks, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Tristan Stubbs, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Lungi Ngidi

Pitch and conditions

Indore is known to provide batting belters. It's also one of the smallest grounds in India. Is there more to be said? Expect a high-scoring encounter. There could be a hint of dew in the second half that could make it easier for the team chasing.

Stats and trivia

  • Arshdeep's 62 were the second-most runs conceded by an India bowler in T20I cricket.
  • In T20Is, South Africa haven't conceded more than the 237 they did in Guwahati
  • On Sunday, Rohit became the first Indian to feature in 400 T20s
  • The Indore T20I will be India's 31st in 2022, the most-ever by a team in a calendar year
  • Quinton de Kock is 36 short of being the second South African to 2000 T20I runs; Miller became the first in Guwahati

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Win Probability
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Over 19 • IND 178/10

Mohammed Siraj c Miller b Pretorius 5 (7b 1x4 0x6 10m) SR: 71.42
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