India vs South Africa – 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs South Africa taking place? Thursday 12th March, 2020 – 08:00 (UK)

Where is India vs South Africa taking place? HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala

What is the expected weather for India vs South Africa? 10c but rain is forecast throughout the day as well as some thunderstorms when play is due to begin

What channel is India vs South Africa on? The match will be televised live on Star GOLD (channel 717) in the UK

Where can I stream India vs South Africa? The match will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for India vs South Africa? Ticket details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
India beat South Africa by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • India will be out to make amends for their series whitewash in New Zealand in their most recent ODI series as they return to home soil to face an in-form South Africa and the Indians will have to be careful that they do not suffer consecutive losses.
  • The hosts are able to bolster their squad with the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya with the trio all overcoming the respective injuries that forced them to miss the series with the Blackcaps.
  • Shubman Gill will also come into contention as the other new addition in the squad but there is no place for Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal or Mohammed Shami who all make way whilst Rohit Sharma is still missing with a calf injury.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa were able to build on their drawn series with England as they produced some impressive performances to complete a 3-0 series whitewash against Australia and they will be full of confidence ahead of this trip to India.
  • The tourists are likely to find it much more difficult than they would have if this had been played in South Africa but their recent ODI form will give them hope of causing an upset and making it consecutive wins in India, having won the last series back in 2015, but they must do so without first-choice spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
  • Temba Bavuma is a doubt for this first game with the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the final two matches of the series with Australia but one man who could benefit is Janneman Malan who has received a late call-up following his impressive century in the second contest against the Australians with the latter likely to open if Bavuma is not passed fit.

THE PREDICTION

South Africa have openly admitted that they are in transition with new head coach Mark Boucher getting to grips with the role, with a new captain across all formats of the game also required. Quinton de Kock has taken on that responsibility with the white ball and he was able to guide his side to an impressive series whitewash over Australia. The Proteas will be confident on the back of that and perhaps the competition for places is spurring them on with Boucher making it clear that there are plenty of spots up for grabs in his side. This will be a different challenge for them on Indian soil and their lack of quality spin options could be their downfall with India able to claim the win in this opening contest, providing that the weather does not curtail the contest.

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