We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Matches played at the venue: 5
1st innings average score: 127
2nd innings average score: 118
Type: Swing and bounce on offer.
Probable XI for India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Probable XI for South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Keshav Maharaj’s range of shots and the audacity to execute them in a challenging situation took everyone by surprise, but at the same time, the skill was worth noting down for fantasy players. He can change the game in fantasy leagues with both batting and bowling exploits.
Axar Patel did what he has been doing of late. He deserved more than a wicket, but figures of 1 for 16 anyway placed him in the Ultimate Team. He has taken 9 wickets in the last 4 T20Is, providing bonus points for economy thrice.
The conditions in Guwahati are similar to the ones we witnessed in Thiruvananthapuram. The swing duo of Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh will be smacking their lips. While Deepak bowls the bulk of his overs in the powerplay, Arshdeep has proved his mettle even at the death.
India scored 16 for 1 – their lowest ever – in the powerplay on Wednesday, thanks to Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell, What makes them even more dangerous is their variety: Parnell exposes India’s vulnerability to play left-arm pacers, Rabada’s accuracy pushes them on the back foot. Then there is Anrich Nortje, whose pace forces batters to play false strokes.
It was a rare failure for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. While Kohli averages 32 against South Africa, Rohit averages 26 and has the best strike rate for India in the powerplay in 2022.
Despite the conditions being tricky, Suryakumar Yadav batted at a strike rate of 151. In 2022, he has blasted 732 runs at a magnificent average of 41, including a hundred, four fifties, and four thirties.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul’s strike rate raised a few eyebrows, but he did enough for fantasy players. In his last 5 T20Is, he scored three fifties. His average in 2022 reads 31.
Quinton de Kock did not have a good start to the series, but his T20I numbers against India make good reading. He has scored 174 runs at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 136. Ahead of the series, he had scored two fifties, a thirty, and a twenty in six games of the Caribbean T20 League.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
In addition to the pitch having perfect ingredients for pace bowling, dark clouds are forecast to hover over Guwahati on Sunday. To make matters worse, rain is likely to interrupt play. Regardless, the batters are likely to have a challenging time against pacers.