Keeping in mind next year's World Twenty20 in India, South Africa are experimenting with AB de Villiers' batting position by giving him the role of an opener in the current series, Farhaan Behardien said on Sunday.
After suffering a heavy defeat in the tour opener, India will aim to bounce back in a must-win second Twenty20 International of the three-match series against South Africa at the Barabati Stadium here on Monday.
Disappointed that his maiden T20I century went in vain, Indian opener Rohit Sharma on Sunday said they would come back all guns blazing to stay alive in the three-match cricket series against South Africa here tomorrow.
Welcome to our live coverage from the first Twenty20 International match of the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series between India and South Africa being played at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala.
Imperious Mahendra Singh Dhoni will become the first captain to play 50 times in the Twenty20 Internationals when India take on South Africa in the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series opener against South Africa at Dharamsala on Friday.
The scenic beauty of Dharamsala is hidden from none. One of the major advantages of a cricket match being played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium is that while the cricketers enjoy breathtaking views, even the viewers get a visual delight.
India might not have played T20 cricket for quite some time, their last match being the T20 final against Sri Lanka last year, but the Men in Blue will be looking to make a winning start against Faf du Plessis & Co in the first match.
South Africa, are one of those sides, who are known to play quality cricket all across the world. As they lock horns with MS Dhoni-led India in the three-match T-20 series beginning from October 2, despite the loss in the warm-up game against India A, Faf du Plessis and his boys would be confident since they are not alien to Indian conditions.
Rohit Sharma says the Indian team is not reading too much into South Africa's surprise loss in the warm-up game and feels it will be a big challenge to beat of "one of the most consistent sides across formant" when the series begins with the T20 International here on Friday.
South Africa are a tough team to beat on any ground in any part of the world. But as they take on the Indian cricket team in upcoming T20 series, here are a few reasons why MS Dhoni and his boys have an upper hand.