New Delhi. The 5 T20 series between India and South Africa is going to start from Thursday. The first match will be played at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi. Rohit Sharma has been rested for this series. In his absence, the command of the team will be in the hands of KL Rahul. He also captained the Indian team on the last South Africa tour due to Rohit’s injury. But, his debut under captaincy was not good and South Africa had clean sweep India in the 3 ODI series. Now KL Rahul has a chance to settle that loss. However, the role of the pitch will be very important in this.
Let us know how the pitch and weather will be during this match and what is the record of the last T20 matches played at this ground?
So far, a total of 6 T20 matches have been played at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi. But, India will play its third match at this ground. Team India has won one of the two matches before this and has lost one. The pitch may remain dry in the first T20 between India and South Africa. Anyway, scoring runs on this ground has never been easier. It can be gauged from this that the average score of the team batting first on this ground is around 155. At the same time, while chasing runs, this average falls to 145.
More than 200 runs scored in T20 only once
In International T20 on this ground only once a score of 200 plus has been made. India had scored 202 runs against New Zealand in 2017 and won the match by 53 runs. At the same time, the score of more than 159 runs has never been chased. It has also not been easy to score big by batting first here. The team batting first has been able to score more than 160 runs on only two occasions. In such a situation, chasing the target above 160 runs is not easy on this pitch. Apart from this, the teams batting first and chasing runs have won equal matches here. This shows that the roll of the toss is not decisive.
What will be the mood of the pitch?
It is difficult to say anything on what kind of bowlers will be successful on the wicket of Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi. There are 6 spinners out of the top-10 bowlers taking the most wickets on this ground. But, there is only one spinner in the top-3. However, spin bowlers will definitely get help in case the wicket is dry. Yuzvendra Chahal and Akshal Patel have done well on this ground. Chahal has taken 3 wickets in 2 matches. At the same time, Akshar has played one match and has taken 2 wickets in it. On the other hand, the South African team will depend on Tabrez Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj.
How will the weather be like?
The mercury is not taking the name of coming down in Delhi for the past few days. The temperature is reaching up to 45 degrees. According to Accuweather.com, even on Thursday, the temperature during the day in Delhi can remain up to 42 degrees. In the evening, the temperature will be around 34 degrees and the wind will blow at a speed of 20 kilometers. The match between India and South Africa will be played from 7 pm. In such a situation, the players will not have to face at least heat and scorching heat. But, the heat will definitely hurt.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 08, 2022, 10:12 IST