Virat’s Hip a Cause of Worry As India Target Series-Clincher vs SA
India take on South Africa in the second T20 at Centurion on Wednesday, 21 February.
The Virat Kohli-led team are leading the three-match series 1-0.
The match is scheduled to start at 9.30pm. It will be broadcast on Sony Pictures Network and streamed live on SonyLIV.
A ruthless India will be looking to seal another rubber while South Africa would be fighting another battle of survival when the two sides clashes in the second Twenty20 International, in Centurion on 21 February.
The Men in Blue won the first T20I at Johannesburg by 28 runs and a victory on Wednesday will see them wrap up another series win on this tour.
A highly competitive 1-2 loss in the Tests, followed by a comprehensive 5-1 ODI triumph has made for quite a roller-coaster tour so far and the Indians would be aiming for a happy end to the long sojourn with a T20 victory.
A prospective 3-0 series win would also help India climb up the ICC T20I Rankings and take up second spot behind Pakistan. However, if Australia beat New Zealand in the T20 tri-series’ final (on Wednesday as well), India would stay on in their current third position.
Word from the Indian camp has it that Virat Kohli will be fit in time for the game. The skipper had hobbled off in later stages of the previous game on 18 February with a left hip problem. The team management had deemed the issue as “nothing serious”, and as such, he is expected to walk out at toss time on Wednesday.
Kohli had suffered a slight knee issue while fielding in the first ODI at Durban as well, but he brushed it off to score a hundred thereafter. Even so, another injury scare only underlines his exhaustive workload.
Wrapping up the series here might also enable Kohli to take time off and sit out the final T20I in Cape Town, keeping in mind his hectic schedule over the next three months.(Agencies)