SA vs IND: South Africa and India will clash against each other in a three match ODI series, starting January 19. The first two games of the series will be played in Paarl, whereas, the final ODI will be played at Cape Town once again. India last featured in ODI action last year in March, where they defeated England, 2-1 at home in a three-match series. Both teams will look to kickstart their preparations for the 50-over ICC World Cup in 2023 with a series win.
India’s newly appointed ODI captain, Rohit Sharma will miss the series due to injury. Moreover, Ravindra Jadeja is another big name missing in the squad due to injury. Mohammed Shami has been rested for the ODIs, given the grueling three match Test series. KL Rahul will lead the Indian side in the absence of Rohit Sharma.
For South Africa, Temba Bavuma assumes the captaincy duties once again. Aiden Markram will look to make up for a poor Test series, as he opens the batting with Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller complete a strong batting order. Anrich Nortje is also ruled out for the ODI series due to an injury.
In India, the match will be broadcasted on the Star Sports Network. The match can also be live streamed on the popular platform, Disney Hotstar. There will be multiple language options. Moreover, fans can follow the ball to ball commentary on the Fan Code App.
South Africa vs India Head to Head in ODIs: Total 84: SA 46, IND: 36
The two teams last faced each other in the ODI series in 2017-18 in South Africa. India claimed their first ever ODI series win in the country, as they routed hosts by a score-line of 5-1. Even this time around, India have the better side going into the series. Despite missing their star opener, Rohit Sharma, India have plenty of firepower in their batting department. Moreover, Yuzvendra Chahal troubled South African batters last time around, and alongside, R. Ashwin, they could form a strong spin duo.
Betway: SA: 2.37, IND: 1.57
Bet365: SA: 2.37, IND: 1.57
Virat Kohli returns to the format where he has caused the most damage. There are high chances that the former Indian skipper finally scores his 71st ton this series. Moreover, Shikhar Dhawan will bat at the top of the order and he is also a must have in your teams. For South Africa, Quinton de Kock has a stellar record against India in ODIs. Kagiso Rabada will look to carry on his Test form into the limited overs. Here are the top picks for the South Africa vs India 1st ODI Dream11 Team Prediction:
1. Virat Kohli vs South Africa in ODIs
Virat Kohli has a stellar record against South Africa in ODIs. In 25 innings, Kohli has smashed 1287 runs at an average of 64.3 His highest score is 160*, and has 4 centuries against the Proteas.
2. Quinton de Kock vs India in ODIs
Quinton de Kock will be the main man for South Africa given his record for India. The opener has 784 runs against India in just 13 innings at an average above 60. Moreover, he has 5 hundreds to his name against the Men in Blue.
3.Shikhar Dhawan vs South Africa in ODIs
Shikhar Dhawan, opener for India has also been a consistent performer with the bat at the top of the order. The left handed batsman averages almost 50 against the Proteas in ODIs.
If SA bats first: 260-290
If IND bats first: 300-330
Although, the average first innings score at Paarl is just 243 runs, yet given the quality of batting on both sides, we are set for a high scoring game. Spinners will play a crucial role, in stopping the flow of runs in the middle overs when the field is spread out. In this scenario, India have the advantage, given the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Ashwin. Marco Jensen and Kagiso Rabada could extract bounce from the wicket, and so will Jasprit Bumrah.
The weather is expected to be clear for the first ODI between the two sides. Temperatures could soar as high as 34 degree Celsius, meanwhile it could be as cool as 17 degree Celsius. However, there is 80% chances of rainfall just a day before the game, hence the outfield may be wet, and we could have a delayed start.
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