Eden Gardens All Set to Host Last T20 International between India and South Africa

October 08 00:22 2015

edenNew Delhi, Thursday, October 8 – Eden Gardens in Kolkata is ready to host the last match of T20 tournament between India and South Africa on Thursday, October 8.

Preparations are done as the venue is likely to get jam-packed. Even though South African players must be enjoying their recent triumph on Indian camp thanks to 2-0 lead in 3-match T20I but somewhere they know Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys may be tough to beat in the final blow. Indian fans were in sheer disappointment after India lost in do-or-die game.

Winning the 2nd T20 at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was essential to keep their hopes alive in the ongoing T20 series but unfortunately they failed. Had they been able to level the series by crushing Proteas, the opponents would have felt equal pressure as like Indian players. In spite of the fact that today’s match has turned a formality given that the travelers have sealed the series by registering back to back wins in the first two games of the shortest format, Indian fans wish the home team gets back in form with a bang. This will help the Men In Blue have faith in their abilities that would be imperative in the One-Day International matches which are to start from Sunday, October 11.

Regardless of the truth that cricket lovers want India to be on the winning side this time, they can’t deny the recent victories attained by the tourists wasn’t by chance. Exceptional fielding skills of the guests made India stay under stress right from the beginning. JP Duminy who wasn’t impressive in this regard in the first match was brilliant in the next one, not repeating the mistakes he did earlier. Not only him but several other players from South African squad saved several runs, putting a cap on India’s speed of adding to runs through fours, twos and singles.

When opener Rohit Sharma was all set to amass some significant runs, he was sent back to the pavilion in next to no time as a result of an unbelievable run out by David Miller. Virat Kohli’s wicket could be called game changing. When Sharma hit the ball to run for two, Kohli wasn’t prepared. Had there been any indication between them through eyes whether to run for an extra run or not when crossing aside while taking the single, Kohli may probably have managed to be inside the crease a bit before the ball took the bails off the stumps.

Chris Morris was fast to make sure that the ball is collected on the dot by the wicketkeeper AB de Villiers, who made no error in giving South Africa another chance to jump in joy and smell a possible victory as India were weakened by a few quick dismissals, which are ordinary in this sport. However, what India needed at that particular moment was to understand that loss of concentration might cost them a match and same happened then.

India on their own soil are always difficult to beat. Even in the first T20 International, they started strong and put a humongous total of 199 runs after 20 overs on the score board but soon the pace of pocketing runs became sluggish given that wickets started to fall from the other end. JP Duminy has so far been able to pull off  on both occasions. Farhaan Behardien is also emerging as a cricketer on whom his team can rely as he tries to contribute as much as possible from his end. His unbeaten innings of 32 runs in 23 balls, including 4 boundaries and a six, and a good partnership with Duminy erased all probability of India’s victory.

If truth be told then their innings put in the shade Rohit’s extensive contribution of 106 runs, which came in only 66 deliveries. Nonetheless, Sharma could be dangerous in the 3rd 20-20 over game thanks to his ability to go for boundaries and massive sixes whether weak or wonderful deliveries are bowled by the opponents. Hopes are surging from this talented Nagpur boy. If he and other players make the most of pitch conditions then specific runs in the overall total will get added definitely. It was a tad shocking to noticed that not a single six was hit by Indian players that resulted in low score the match played at Barabati Stadium on Monday.

Dhoni’s boys are looking forward to end the series on a positive note that that’s possible when stress is given on winning the final one in a memorable way. They got to play for pride at this instant. Suresh Raina is a gifted player but a lot is yet to be poured from him that’s of the essence to take India ahead in all departments.  It would be interesting to notice whether Indian skipper gives chance to the right-handed player Ambati Rayudu in today’s contest or not. Shikhar Dhawan’s contribution will be of much use too. Dhoni’s got to finish in style as well.

Fans are curious to see whether AB de Villiers is out by Ravichandran Ashwin once again or not. Albie Morkel and Imran Tahir are not going to make India’s job of earning runs an easy one. They gave timely breakthroughs in the previous match. Rotational bowlers even did not disappoint South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who must be thinking of a whitewash. Proper arrangements have been done at the Kolkata ground. Security is probable to beef up, bearing in mind the trouble created by the Cuttack crowd lately that was shameful. Amid several challenges, India eye win in the 3rd match to avoid whitewash, whereas South Africa will leave no stone unturned to continue their winning streak. Toss will be vital, allowing one of the skippers to either elect to bat or ball. Let us wait slightly more and see which playing XI wins at the last moment.