India on a high after back-to-back wins
- India lead the head-to-head record versus South Africa in T20Is by 13-9.
- Both the teams have to win two out of remaining three group matches to secure semifinals berth.
India and South Africa will look to strengthen their position on the points table when they meet in this Group 2 fixture of the T20 World Cup on October 30th in Perth. India are coming off back-to-back victories over Pakistan and the Netherlands. India have odds of 1.57 to win this marquee clash.
South Africa were denied an easy victory by the rain gods in their opening Super 12s fixture but then they hammered Bangladesh by 104 runs. South Africa have a slightly higher odds of winning this game at 2.37.
How’s the Pitch?
Perth is amongst the paciest venues in the world with bowlers finding significant extra bounce as well. Express quicks love the venue while batters who don’t have a good back foot game generally struggle. The weather has been a big issue in the tournament but it should be all clear for this game.
Our Pick: India will bank on their top four to do the bulk of scoring while the bowlers have been in form. Back India at 1.80 odds to win the match.
South Africa do have the resources to win this match if they bowl the right lengths on a helpful pitch but lack of control has often been their problem. Their batting unit has tremendous firepower. India will rely on Virat Kohli yet again along with their openers who are good players of pace. The bowling attack has done a decent job against South Africa in the recent series.
Keep an eye on..
Virat Kohli has an outrageous record in Australia, having scored seven fifties in 12 T20I innings. The Indian superstar has scored back-to-back unbeaten fifties in the ongoing tournament and averages 79 in the last nine T20s at a strike rate of 152.
David Miller hasn’t had enough game time in the tournament so far but might have to play a big role in this game. Miller had recently smashed a hundred against India. The left-hander averages 34 and strikes at 145 in T20 internationals.