Aakash Chopra has made his predictions for the third T20I between Team India and South Africa to be played in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, June 14.
The Men In Blues head into the game 2-0 down in the five-match series. They will have to win Tuesday’s encounter to stay alive in the series.
Aakash Chopra Predicts Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Rassie van der Dussen And David Miller Will Be Amongst Runs In The 3rd T20I
Shreyas Iyer, who has scored 76 runs, and Hardik Pandya, who has 40 runs under his belt, are expected to score more than 65 runs together as felt by Aakash Chopra. While Hardik Pandya disappointed in the last fixture scoring only 9, Shreyas Iyer hasn’t looked to score consistently against Proteas’ formidable pace attack.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra predicted Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya to be among the runs, saying: “Iyer and Hardik will together score more than 65 runs. Hardik disappointed me a little in the last match, I was expecting more. Iyer is consistently scoring but consistently scoring against spin, not against pace.”
The former Indian opener expects decent contributions from middle order Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller from the South African side.
Aakash Chopra elaborated: “Rassie and Miller will together score more than 55 runs, although Rassie was dismissed early in the last match. Miller comes down the order but he doesn’t get out at all, he has not been dismissed in the last four matches, whether you see the IPL or the two T20Is, he is invincible.”
Rassie van der Dussen (75*) and David Miller (64*) strung together a match-winning partnership in the first T20I in Delhi. While the former managed just a solitary run, the Gujarat Titans (GT) southpaw scored an unbeaten 20 in the second game to seal the win for the Proteas.
Aakash Chopra Feels Kagiso Rabada And Yuzvendra Chahal Will Together Take 3 Or More Scalps
Aakash Chopra expects Kagiso Rabada and Yuzvendra Chahal to snare a few wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal returned 1/49 in his four overs in the second T20 International against the Proteas at Cuttack. The wily leg-spinner has also conceded 75 runs in the 6.1 overs he has bowled in the ongoing series to date.
The leg-spinner was wicketless and conceded 26 off his 2.1 overs in the first T20I against South Africa in Delhi on June 9. Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada has also picked up only 1 wicket despite bowling 8 overs.
He observed: “The third thing I feel is that on this Vizag ground, Rabada and Chahal will together take three or more wickets, although the truth is that Yuzi Chahal has not picked up wickets for some time now. He has been our premier bowler but he is struggling at this point in time.”
The reputed commentator concluded by predicting that the visiting South Africans will seal the series in Visakhapatnam. After the third T20I in Vizag on June 14th, the remaining two matches of the series will be played in Rajkot (June 17) and Bengaluru (June 19).
Aakash Chopra said: “Because I have been told that I said South Africa will win the first match and they won, but when I said India, India still did not win, so I should predict South Africa again, so let me do that. South Africa will win this encounter and win the series today itself.”
Team India has never won a T20I series against South Africa at home. While they suffered a 2-0 reversal in the first series between the two sides in 2015, their last series ended in a 1-1 stalemate.