The T20 series of 2022

T20 World Cup 2022: Ultimate Match Guide – India vs South Africa

Oct. 30, 2022

India - Fantasy Notes

For the first India game, we went with Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh, and it worked. We chose Bhuvneshwar Kumar over Shami for the second one, against Netherlands, and it also worked. One thing to keep in mind for this game is that Shami and Arshdeep are better options than Bhuvneshwar because of their natural length, which is dragged back at a decent pace. This is the type of bowling that works best at the Optus Stadium, Perth. We took a risk by not playing Hardik Pandya in the second game, and it paid off. However, don't even think about leaving the pace bowling all-rounder out for this game, because not only will his batting come into play but also his bowling will be a factor at a venue with big boundaries and a lot of pace on the deck. Virat Kohli is, once again, India's best batting bet for the game: one of the world's best against pace and bounce, in form, and takes the fewest risks of the top four.

South Africa - Fantasy Notes

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are two of the most important picks here, because if you ask the duo to choose a venue to spend the rest of their lives bowling in T20s, Optus will be right at the very top of their preference list: there is assistance off the deck up front, huge square boundaries to support their natural length, and pace and bounce throughout the middle. If Marco Jansen comes in, as some reports have suggested, he will be slotted right in; Jansen is a bowler who can move the ball both ways at good-to-back of length, making him perfectly suited to the deck. The 22-year-old will also give you some cheap runs down the order. Markram is my fourth South African pick because he is one of the world's best players of pace and bounce and bats at a position that is much more protected from the new ball than openers and one down. Quinton de Kock is not only the better wicketkeeper option in terms of keeping ability, but he will also keep wickets to the bowling attack that is best suited to the conditions, increasing his chances of contributing with the gloves. Moreover, the 29-year-old opens the innings, though batting higher up the order at Optus is not always a good thing.

Potential Playing XI changes

As for how I expect teams to line up, I wouldn't be surprised if India brought in Deepak Hooda or Rishabh Pant for this game because they wouldn't need Axar Patel's slow left-arm spin against a side that has 3 left-handers in its top five. Such a move would give the Rohit Sharma-led unit more confidence in their batting on this deck, which they desperately need given the calibre of the opposition they will face. Regarding South Africa, as previously discussed, the addition of Marco Jansen, who will likely replace Tabraiz Shamsi, makes sense. Maybe, just maybe, they'll also be tempted to try Lungi Ngidi in place of Wayne Parnell, because Jansen and Rabada sharing the new ball leaves little room for Parnell to work with, whereas Ngidi is a natural fit as an old ball and death bowler. However, it is too far-fetched for mainstream teams to attempt, and Parnell has been a regular in the XI since his return.

Fantasy XI Builder

Base Team: Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock Top C/VC Options: Hardik Pandya (25%), Quinton de Kock (23%), Virat Kohli (34%) Differential C/VC options: Aiden Markram (4%), Kagiso Rabada (4%) Top Differentials: Marco Jansen (1%), Tristan Stubbs (4% - worth a shot as the 3rd batting option in 30% of your total combinations) The other two support players slots require combinations and multiple teams to crack, as all options for those slots contain both an opportunity and a threat: Rohit Sharma: Bats at the top of the order, found some form in the previous game, but takes too many risks. Suryakumar Yadav: Bats in a more protected position than others, similar to Markram, but a concentrated back-of-length pacy burst with the right field and big boundaries to support could be his downfall. David Miller: While not as perfectly positioned as Markram and Suryakumar, Miller has the potential to be effective in this game despite batting lower down the order. The 33-year-old is one of the world's best pace hitters, and if South Africa's top order falters, he could easily score 30-35 runs and then even accelerate on top of it. Rossouw: In great form, but raw pace and bounce has been a problem in the past, and the left-hander, like Rohit, takes too many risks. KL Rahul: Has the potential to deliver here, but that's just on paper.


Hardik Pandya - Player Performance: Over 34.5 Points Aiden Markram - Player Performace: Over 24.5 Points Please see our Optus Stadium, Perth - Ultimate Venue Guide for the venue's boundary dimensions, deck nature, phase wise stats, what batting and bowling types work and what don't, and our India and SA-ZIM Ultimate Tournament and Match Guides for Fantasy Cheat Sheets and matchups section. Watch our live pre-match show on Twitter and YouTube later today, which will begin one hour before the game's scheduled start time, to know our final Fantasy XI.