The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, famous as one of the most picturesque cricket stadiums in the world with the snow capped mountains seen from the field, is going to host the first India-South Africa T20 match on Friday (October 2). It is the right kind of setting between cricket and best of nature in India.
While cricket enthusiasts in Dharamsala are looking forward to witnessing this rare happening, they are awaiting for more interested in the cricket in store, which is going to be best with top players such as AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli all ready to do their best.
India and South Africa will have to prove their skills in these tricky conditions in Dharamsala. Fielding could be a huge issue for both the teams under lights. The Indian team have already stated some problems during their practice sessions in Dharamsala.
Sharing his views, Suresh Raina believes toss is going to be crucial when team India will face South Africa for the 1st T20 international on Friday. Raina says, "Toss will play a big role in this game. It gets difficult to field under lights. When we practiced yesterday the ball was wobbling in the air. We are looking to practice our fielding under lights because the ball tends to fly off the bat".
The rival team have some exceptional fielders, who are going to be tested in the boundary line as the ball travels speeds in the outfield. That is the reason that will make India and South Africa to have some of their best fielders with fast legs man the boundary line.
"When you are fielding at the boundary you do not get that extra yard to field because the ball is coming towards you at a fast pace."
It is possible to have a slight advantage if one team has a slight edge over the other, but then, the game of cricket is unpredictable in any format and can't be won over a flip of a coin. The teams will have to perform and delivers the goods on the ground to win the game.
"Toss will make a difference but at the same time if we bowl at the right areas, we will do well," said Raina.
There is an equal opportunity for the teams to choose between India and South Africa despite the squad from India playing at home and are aware of the conditions. With Indian Premier League, players from all over the world have come and sharpen their skills in India every year.
"It will be a good challenge to play against South Africa and we need to respect our opponents. They are a very good side and players from both sides have played a lot of matches together in the IPL. Both sides bank on playing calm and aggressive cricket," added Raina.
"We have players who have always done well under pressure and I would say this series will be a challenging one. We need to concentrate on the process and keep things simple."
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