India vs South Africa – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs South Africa taking place? Sunday 15th March, 2020 – 08:00 (UK)

Where is India vs South Africa taking place? Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

What is the expected weather for India vs South Africa? 23c in mostly sunny skies

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? This match will be played behind closed doors

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THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • India’s bid to put their series whitewash against New Zealand behind them got off to a frustrating start as their opening match of the series against South Africa was washed out without a ball being bowled.
  • The hosts will be desperate to get onto the field in this second game that will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak but interest in the series will remain high despite no fans being allowed to attend
  • The return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya from injury issues means that the Indian side will be bolstered and they will be even more eager than their teammates to get back into the swing of things.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa were denied the chance to build on their impressive 3-0 series win over Australia in their recent series but they may actually benefit from the first game being abandoned.
  • Temba Bavuma was a big doubt for the first game due to a hamstring issue but he will come back into contention for this second game and will do so with the series still level after the washout in the first game.
  • That could prove to be disappointing for Janneman Malan who was handed a late call-up but he remains in contention to feature and could line-up alongside Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis who return to the squad for this series.

THE PREDICTION

A better forecast awaits India and South Africa in Lucknow and they should be able to get on the field for this second ODI after their first game was washed out in Dharamshala. The two teams will be eager to get the series underway with India looking to bounce back from a poor performance in New Zealand while South Africa will want to build on a brilliant effort against Australia. The Proteas are still lacking some important bowling options and with a much-strengthened side, the hosts should be able to come out on top with them having a point to prove.

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