Will Avesh Khan be replaced by Arshdeep Singh in the fourth Twenty20 international between India and South Africa?
On Friday night, the fourth T20I between India and South Africa will take place.
Team India responded admirably to dropping the first two games of the five-match T20I series by defeating the Proteas in the third game to stay in the match. The Rishabh Pant-led team put up a total of 179/5 on the board before bundling out the Proteas for 131 runs. It was a professional performance. In the first half of the game, the batsmen who stole the show were Harshal Patel (4/25) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20), who stole the show with the ball from Ruturaj Gaikwad (57 off 35), Ishan Kishan (54 off 35), and Hardik Pandya (31 not out off 21).
When the two teams next face off for the fourth T20I on Friday in Rajkot, India will be looking for another victory in an effort to even the series. The Proteas, on the other hand, would be trying to win the series.
Here is our suggested starting lineup for India’s fourth Twenty20 international match against South Africa:
Ishan Kishan: The southpaw is having a great T20I series just now. With 164 runs from the first three games, he leads the scoring list. Kishan has already scored two half-centuries in the series.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: Gaikwad’s first two games saw him post scores of 23 and 1, which didn’t bode well for him. However, his dominant 57 off 35, which also happens to be his maiden fifty in international play, has flipped the tables in his favor.
Shreyas Iyer: The right-handed batsman has had successful series starts thus far, but he hasn’t been able to extend his innings. Iyer would be eager to play well in the fourth T20I with someone like an in-form Deepak Hooda warming the benches.
Rishabh Pant: While the stand-in skipper Pant has done well on the captaincy front, he has not impressed as a batter. He has scored in the single digits in each of the last two games. In the following game, he will try to play a significant knock.
Hardik Pandya: The all-rounder has struggled as a bowler in this series despite playing well down the order in the batting department. India needs Hardik to contribute significantly with the ball as well, given how South African hitters have done in the series thus far.
Dinesh Karthik, who is coming off a stellar IPL 2022 season, has performed admirably in the little batting opportunities he has had thus far in the series. The in-form hitter needs more playing time against a top team like South Africa though, especially with the 2022 T20 World Cup in mind.
Axar Patel: Although the southpaw has had a lackluster series thus far, he is anticipated to play in every game of the series because he is the only left-arm spinner on the current Indian side. By delivering figures of 1/28 in four overs during the third T20I, he played admirably.
Harshal Patel: The right-arm pacer had a rough start to the series (1/43 in four overs). But he made a strong return in the last two games, supporting Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the Indian pace unit well. In the second and third T20Is, respectively, Harshal scored 1/17 and 4/25.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Similar to Harshal, Bhuvneshwar also had a rough start to the series (1/43 in four overs) But he rebounded with a four-wicket haul in the second T20I and an efficient performance in the third game. With six victories each, he and Harshal have the most wickets in the current series.
Arshdeep Singh: Avesh Khan will probably be dropped from India’s starting lineup if he has a poor performance. Arshdeep Singh appears to be the front-runner for the position because India currently needs someone with his razor-sharp yorkers and impressive economic rate.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Chahal finally appears to be back to his regular form after being severely outplayed by South African hitters in the first two games of the series. The street-smart leggie scored 3/20 against South Africa in the third Twenty20 international, earning him Player of the Match honors.
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