South Africa vs India 2nd T20I: Probable Playing XILast updated on Feb 20, 2018, 03:30 pm
Kohli's men in blue are flying high right now and will look to win the T20I series, when they take on South Africa in the second T20 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
After bagging the ODI series 5-1, India thrashed South Africa by 28 runs in the first T20.
Now as the action shifts to the second fixture, here is the probable XI.
India's middle order needs to stand up
India have been the better side through out bilateral tour, however, it is the Indian middle order that seems to be a concern.
Apart from Dhawan and Kohli, the rest have failed to muster runs in this series.
Dhawan's brilliant 72 steered India to victory in the first T20 and the question arises when will the middle order join the party.
South Africa will miss ABD
ABD has been ruled out of the series due to an injury. His presence will definitely be missed by Proteas.
The home side is short of several key players including Faf Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock. Both are on the sidelines due to injuries.
South Africa have also rested several veteran players for the T20Is, keeping the Australia series in mind.
India unlikely to tinker will playing XI
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will continue to open the batting for India.
Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Manish Pandey will comprise of India's middle order.
Ms Dhoni will continue to be the man behind the stumps.
Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Jaydev Unadkat will be India's pace battery.
Chahal is expected to be the lone spinner.
South Africa XI
South Africa are looking to avoid series defeat
After losing the ODI series, the Proteas will now look to avoid defeat in T20 series.
Captain Duminy has admitted that batting has been their achilles heel and the hosts will look to work on it.
Playing XI: JJ Smuts, R Hendricks, JP Duminy, D Miller, H Klaasen, F Behardien, C Morris, A Phehlukwayo, D Paterson, J Dala, and T Shamsi.