The 1st match of the three-match ODI series between India and South Africa will be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.
The last time India and South Africa faced each other in a white-ball game, it was last year when the T20I series played in India was tied at 1-1, with one game being washed out.
As far as ODIs are concerned, South Africa have a better head to head record with 46 victories from a total of 84 matches as opposed to India’s 35. However, the tables have turned a bit lately with India having the upper hand in the recent encounters.
The souring news for the fans is that there is a chance of thunderstorms on match day, which could mean that we have a curtailed game on our hands.
That aside, both teams are looking solid on paper and there is little that separates the opponents.
The choices that South Africa will have to make it to pick between Janneman Malan and Temba Bavuma to open alongside QDK. There will also be competition for the number 5 spot between the in-form Henrich Klaasen and the more experienced David Miller.
The team is likely to go with two spinners in Keshav Maharaj and George Linde in the absence of lead spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
India will have Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini on the bench. Manish Pandey is expected to make the number 6 spot his own. The team is likely to pick Yuzvendra Chahal as lead spinner while Ravindra Jadeja will be in the role of the spinning all-rounder.
Let’s have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
India – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa – Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen/David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, George Linde, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj
Who will win the toss? – South Africa
Who will win? – India
Top Run Scorer – Prithvi Shaw (India), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Top Wicket Taker – Yuzvendra Chahal (India), Lungi Ngidi (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Hardik Pandya (India), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Player of the Match – Hardik Pandya
Team Scores Batting first – India 310+, South Africa 285+
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