India and South Africa both the teams are coming off a whitewash in their last series. The only difference being that they were on different ends of the whitewash. India was whitewashed against New Zealand on an away tour, whereas South Africa whitewashed Australia. The Indian team got whitewashed after a reasonable amount of time, and questions were raised on Bumrah’s and Kohli’s form. However, as seen on many occasions, India is an entirely different team in home conditions. The Men in Blue would like to bounce back. IND vs SA is always a close encounter and no team generally backs out.
On the other hand, the South African side found their long lost form after a long time and looked a completely different side against Australia. The victory must have boosted the confidence of the team, and they would like to replicate their form against India.
Match: 1st ODI
South Africa tour of India
Date: Monday, 12th March 2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Venue: Himachal Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Head to Head:
IND Won: 35
SA Won: 46
India and South Africa have been two of the rival nations in recent times. The teams have developed an unparalleled rivalry and look certain to create a moment of magic or two every time they meet. However, the last few years have been very different from South Africa enduring a difficult time in these few years. The last time South Africa toured India, the T20 series was drawn out at 1-1, whereas India won the test series by 3-0.
Strength: The most significant advantage for the Indian side in the tour is going to be the home conditions in which the Indian players excel. The Indian team looks at a very different side in home conditions, and a similar performance may be expected. The swinging terms of Dharamsala may prove highly beneficial for the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah, whereas the batsmen will enjoy batting in a common condition. On the other hand, the swinging conditions of Dharamsala will also be beneficial for the bowling pair of South Africa, and Ngidi and Rabada and the new age batting department might test the Indian bowlers.
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness for India is the lack of form of their star players. Both Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are struggling with form, and this might come as a problem for the Indian side in this tour. On the other hand, the biggest weakness for the South African team is the inexperience of their batting department. Though their batters enjoyed a good series against Australia, the lack of experience in the Indian conditions may weaken the side.
The betting odds for the first match of the series are in favor of India. The South African side are coming to India after whitewashing the Kangaroos, but the strength of India in home conditions makes them the favorite for the today match prediction.
Bet365: India: 1.40, South Africa: 3.00
Betway: India: 1.36, South Africa: 3.00
Virat Kohli: 1287 runs in 25 innings at an average of over 64 against South Africa.
KL Rahul: 350 runs in the last six innings at an average of 70.
Hardik Pandya: 957 runs in 38 innings and 54 wickets in 54 matches.
Jasprit Bumrah: 104 wickets in 64 ODIs.
Quinton De Kock: 784 runs in 13 innings against India, including five centuries.
Heinrich Klaasen: 242 runs in three games in 2020 at an average of 242.
Lungi Ngidi: 53 wickets in 26 matches.
Janneman Malan: 152 runs in three ODI matches.
The options for fantasy cricket in the game are vast, with players on both the roster capable of changing the game at any moment. An in-form Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer should be included in any Dream11 side for the game. Hardik Pandya, who is returning after a long injury break, would also make an interesting choice to have in the Dream11 team. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, though out of form but must be included in the side. One of the spinners from the Indian side should also be a part of any dream11 side.
On the other hand, the South African team also has a few upcoming talents which should be included in the group. Quinton De Kock, Heinrich Klassen, and Janemann Malan were three batsmen who impressed with their performances in the series against Australia. The bowling pair of Rabada and Ngidi should also be a part of the Dream11 side.