Bhubaneswar, October 5: After a heavy defeat in the first T-20 match in Dharmasala, India is looking forward to win the second match going to be held at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack today.
The host team is already trailing by 0-1,therefore today is a 'do or die' situation for the indian team.
The hosts suffered a morale-crushing, seven-wicket defeat in the opening match of the tour in Dharamsala when the Proteas capitalised on poor performance by the Indian bowlers to overhaul the challenging 200-run target.
The Indian batsmen had done well in the first T20 as a century from Rohit Sharma and a quickfire knock from Virat Kohli enabled the hosts to post the big total in 20 overs. But despite employing three pacers, the Indian bowling attack was unable to come up with the goods on a grassy wicket which offered plenty of bounce and movement.
The conditions are expected to be more suitable for the hosts here and the wicket is expected to be a slow turner with low bounce. With heavy rains lashing the region over the last few days, there would be concern over the ground conditions ahead of the match. More rains have been predicted over the next 48 hours.
Dhoni will do well to bring in in-form leg-spinner Amit Mishra who has done well during the recent Sri Lanka tour. The duo of Mishra and Patel bowling in tandem could give India the edge in the low and slow conditions here.
Meanwhile, the match is scheduled to start at 7 pm.