Suresh Raina is on a comeback trail into the Indian team and has been itching to make a mark in the ongoing T20 series. Virat Kohli has shown a lot of faith in him, sacrificing the number 3 spot for Raina, so as to help him settle into the International circuit a little bit better.
With the T20 series on the line in Cape Town, Kohli was expected to return back to the number 3 spot, but a stiff back ruled him out of the 3rd T20 and hence Raina was given an extended run at the number 3 spot.
With Junior Dala trapping Rohit Sharma right in front, Raina came in early this time and was greeted with a very friendly ball down the leg side. Raina climbed onto it, flicking the ball over leg square and depositing the ball into the stands.
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Raina looks on song tonight, striking the ball beautifully(down the ground and through the covers). Dhawan and Raina have gotten India off to the perfect start, scoring at 10 runs per over in the powerplay and forcing JP Duminy to make multiple bowling changes in the first 6 itself.
The batsmen have been aided by some very poor bowling, with Morris, Dala and Pheklukwayo dishing out some really ordinary stuff!
With DK, Dhoni, Pandya and Pandey to come in, India would be hoping to put up a massive total on the board. Bhuvi and Bumrah are back into the XI and should be able to defend a high enough total.