The ODI series could not have been set up more perfectly. Mumbai is set to host the decider of an exciting series that has gone down the wire. And with 2 wins a piece, neither India nor South Africa seem to have a distinct upper hand.
As the Men in Blue get ready to play the 4th ODI today, the tension in the dressing room will be high. This game could seal a series loss for India – their second consecutive one. India need a convincing performance and have to challenge the South Africans in each aspect of the game – batting, bowling and fielding in order to keep their hopes for the series alive.
Much has been laid bare for the Indian cricket team two games into South Africa’s tour. The series has already been conceded with matches lost due to poor bowling at Dharamsala and inept batting at Cuttack. Just months away from the 2016 World Twenty20, there are a lot of pieces in the jigsaw yet to come together in MS Dhoni’s T20I squad.
The second T20I was an all-important game for India. They had to win it to keep their chances alive while a loss would have surrendered the series. And for this crucial game our venue was the Barabati Stadium at Cuttack.
Against the picturesque setting in Dharamsala, both the teams put up an equally stunning game of cricket. The first T20I of the Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Series was played out yesterday and what an action-packed game it was!
South Africa will play the first international game of their 72-day tour – their longest trip to India so far, today, 7 pm. The tournament consisting of 3 T20Is, 5 ODIs and 4 Tests will kick off with the shortest format of the game at Dharamsala.
An in-form RCB couldn’t get past through the experienced CSK in a match which had everyone on the edge of their seats from the first ball. RCB batsmen battled the CSK bowlers on a pitch which wasn’t the best for batting to post 139 on the board. Their bowlers made life tough for the CSK batsmen as the match went to the final over with CSK winning by 4 wickets.