New Delhi: After demolishing South Africa in the ODIs, India are all set to clash with the hosts in three-match T20I series and the Men in Blue will be aiming to continue their good form. India vs South Africa 1st T20i will take place on February 18 and it will begin at 6 pm IST. IND vs SA 1st T20I will be telecast live on Sony Ten Network. The free live streaming of the match will be available on Sony Liv.com. You can follow the live score updates of the match here. Also Read - COVID-19 Outbreak: Graeme Smith on South Africans Willing to Exit IPL 2021, Says It's in Players' Hands
The defeat in the Test series now seems to be a story of a distant past and having created history by thrashing South Africa 5-1 in the ODI series, the Virat Kohli-led India will aim to repeat similar performance as they did in the 2006 one-off T20I series against the Proteas. Also Read - Say Anything Bad About Virat Kohli And You Get Absolutely Hounded: Pat Cummins
Bolstered by terrific all-around performances led by skipper Kohli, who was adjudged the Man of the Series in the recently concluded ODI series, India will hope to thrash the hosts in the three-match series. Also Read - Lion-Hearted Determination: Shreyas Iyer Undergoes Successful Shoulder Injury
Meanwhile, Suresh Raina’s return is the most intriguing aspect of the T20 series from an Indian point of view. He hasn’t played ODI cricket since 2015, and last featured in a T20I series twelve months ago against England.
However, the southpaw has been in great form lately as he finished sixth in the runs’ chart (314 runs in 9 matches inclusive of one hundred and two half-centuries) for Uttar Pradesh during the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
On the other hand, South Africa led by Jean-Pau Duminy in the absence of Faf du Plessis, will look to hit back at India in the shortest format of the game, under the likes of hard-hitting batsmen consisting the skipper himself, AB de Villiers, David Miller and Chris Morris, who can score some vital runs in the lower order.
India squad: Virat Kohli (captain) Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.
South Africa: Jean-Paul Duminy (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts. (With Agencies inputs)