New Delhi, Sep 28: A strong South African T20 squad with a judicious blend of youth and experience will open their campaign in a 70-day long tour, when they take on a talented bunch of India A youngsters in a T20 warm-up game, here tomorrow.
For the Proteas, under their leader of shortest format Faf du Plessis, the game against the Mandeep Singh-led India A side will be more about getting into the match simulation mode before they get going against MS Dhoni's team in the opening T20 International at Dharamsala on October 2.
The South African T20 squad has five senior cricketers - skipper Du Plessis, Test captain Hashim Amla, ODI captain AB de Villiers, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, senior batsman JP Duminy, who would feature across all three formats. (Army training for Indian team)
Along with David Miller and Quinton de Kock, the South African T20 squad's batting unit bears a formidable look. With the Airforce Ground in Palam, not being a very big one, one would expect some lusty blows from De Villiers, Du Plessis and Miller.
Even the bowling unit sans Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel has a specialist T20 feel to it. In any case Steyn and Morkel have not been their prime T20 performers and will join the squad during the ODI series.
The likes of Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Tahir and Kyle Abbott have all been proven T20 performers with their variations in the shorter format having plied their trade in Indian Premier League.
Their opponents - known as India A as the BCCI media release, is more of an India 'C' side than being the second string side.
The proper India 'A' team is currently playing a three-day match against Bangladesh A in Bengaluru.
India A: Mandeep Singh (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Manan Vohra, Manish Pandey, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Albie Morkel, Khaya Zondo.
Match starts at 11 AM IST