New Delhi: South Africa would be high on confidence after beating India by 7 wickets in the first T20 match played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala.
As Team India looks to bounce back in the second T20 match, here is a list of players to watch out for:
Suresh Raina: There have been a lot of talks as to how MS Dhoni isn't the finisher he used to be and how Suresh Raina should now take up that role from his brave skipper. Raina was India's only centurion in a T20 match before the first ODI, a feat which was matched by Rohit at Dharamsala. Raina is a run-machine in the Indian Premier League and the selectors would want him to show similar consistency for the national team as well. A good knock against South Africa in the second match would give him a lot of confidence.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Not more than a year ago, Ashwin's place in the squad was under scrutiny. He was experimenting a lot, which cost India dearly in several matches. But of late, the offie has found his rhythm and has won praise from all corners. Ashwin's fearless approach and the hunger to dismiss the best in the business is something which differentiates him from the rest of the Indian tweakers. India would want him to deliver a match-winning show in the second match to help them level the series.
Hashim Amla: It could be an ODI, a Test or a T20, Hashim Amla's consistency is something which has been a major concern for captains across the world. Amla has some fantastic shots in his repertoire and his ability to score tons every now and then has been one of the reasons why South Africa have performed so well in all formats of the game over the years. The team management would want the 32-year-old to play another big knock in the second match to help the Proteas register a series win.
Imran Tahir: While he was predicted to be a major threat for the Indian batsmen ahead of the series, Tahir looked mere a shadow of himself in the first match where he conceded 35 runs from 3 overs and went wicketless. But considering his brilliant performances in the last IPL season, the leg-spinner is likely to bounce back and if South Africa entertain any chances of sealing the three-match series today, Tahir will have to bring his experience to play to bamboozle the Indian batsmen.