India vs South Africa – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs South Africa taking place? Sunday, September 15th (14:30 UK time)

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

What is the expected weather for India vs South Africa? 24c with a small chance of rain and 70% humidity

What channel is India vs South Africa on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

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

Where can I get tickets for India vs South Africa? Tickets for this match can be purchased here

LAST MEETING
India beat South Africa by 7 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • After a highly successful tour of the West Indies where India won all three series in each format of the game, they return home for three T20s, three Test matches and three one-day internationals, with the shortest format starting first in Dharamshala.
  • With Jasprit Bumrah rested and MS Dhoni taking a pause from the game amid speculation of the legend contemplating retirement, India are slightly under strength but have still named a hugely talented squad that has to be favoured to win this series.
  • Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar and Khaleel Ahmed are all expected to be given another chance to impress in this series, while T20 specialists like Hardik and Krunal Pandya both return to the fold to support a top six batting line-up that is as strong as any in the game right now and is led by Virat Kohli.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa’s focus turns towards T20 competition now ahead of next year’s World Cup and they start to ramp their schedule up now after only playing 14 matches in the last two years in this format of the game.
  • Quinton de Kock has been named as captain of the team and the squad has a young look about it with there being no Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy or AB de Villiers, with much more responsibility on the likes of Bavuma, Van der Dussen, and Reeza Hendricks
  • The bowling attack still boasts star Kagiso Rabada who will have benefited from a rest recently after a busy schedule, but they have high hopes for talented yet raw fast bowler Anrich Nortje who is fit again and will be raring to test himself against India.

THE PREDICTION

India and South Africa are in experimental mode to a degree but once the action gets under way, they will battle it out for supremacy here. India have such depth in talent that they have been afforded the luxury of resting key players in recent series and it will be Bumrah’s turn to rest here. They do however have a vast array of talent which will be led by Virat Kohli who will be as demanding as ever on his team. South Africa have plenty of talent in their squad, but it may take them some time to adjust to conditions, and India’s insanely strong batting line-up gives them the edge here.

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