It's time for shortest format in the game that is twenty20 international, this match will be remember for Makhaya Nitini farewell match, this will be his last international game. After an exciting three match test series which ended as 1-1, India will look to beat South Africa to gain confidence ahead of five match ODI series.
So far India have able to beat South Africa in South Africa in all twenty20 matches they have played in their backyard. Overall in four games played between these two teams, India able to win three games while they have lost one game.
With Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir already ruled out of the twenty20 and ODI's, India will look forward to M.Vijay and Rohit Sharma to give India a flying start whether they bat first or last. In bowlin also India is likely to rest Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and S.Sreesanth.
On the other hand South Africa will play without Graeme Smith and J.Kallis because of injruy concerned.
Watch out for
Hashim Amla: Hashim Amla has played only two twenty20 internationals prior to this game but by considering his for with the bat recently he will be one of the dangerous man which Indians will love to remove early.
Yuvraj Singh: He will be etying a brilliant start in the new year. His performance in twenty20 is amazing and it will really need some good bowling to stop this man.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch at Durban will provide help for slow fast bowler and spinners. Because of slow bounce and turn runs will be not easy to score on this wicket so anything between 140-150 will be considered as challenging total.
India will look to rest Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, S.Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh ahead of all important five match ODI series.
On the other hand South Africa will miss the service of G.Smith and J.Kallis.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 18:00 PM India Time)
India: Rohit Sharma, M Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Captain), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Johan Botha (Captain), Robin Petersen, Rusty Theron, Wayne Parnell, Makhaya Ntini. Tags: