India vs South Africa, 1st ODI Match Prediction2020-03-13
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, India
Can India bounce back from the ODI whitewash in New Zealand?
We predict India will win this match!
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Bruised and battered in New Zealand, India will now take in South Africa on home soil in the three-match ODI series scheduled to kick off from Thursday at Dharmasala. Both the teams are coming into this series on the back of contrasting results, India was whitewashed by New Zealand 3-0, on the other hand, Proteas whitewashed Aussies 3-0. Virat Kohli and co would be very keen to rectify the mistakes and get back on track. Men in Blue got many world-class players like Kohli, Bumrah and K L Rahul in the unit. Besides, they will be further boosted by the return of S Dhawan and H Pandya for the series. India, the ICC second-best ODI side India would be hoping for clinical performance and take an early lead in the series.
On the contrary, South Africa had a wonderful series back home; they defeated Aussies 3-0 in ODI series. The South African Squad is full of youth and experienced players and notably each game the newcomer making their mark in international cricket. Former skipper Faf Duplessis also back into the unit for the India series, he brings both experienced and balance in the unit. The side also got many exciting young talents, who has been sensational in the last series. Though lately, proteas don’t hold the great ODI record against India, they got many promising players and besides the sides would be very confident and positive when they take on the home side.
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After failing miserably in New Zealand, India would look for a resurgence on the home soil. Men in blue are very intimidating at home as they won the last ODI series opposite Australia and West Indies. Besides, their records against Proteas in recent times is very promising. In batting, Sikhar Dhawan who has missed the last series due to injury is returned in the team. He is likely to open the inning with Prithvi Shaw. P Shaw will get a nod in the absence of regular opener Rohit Sharma. He is an exciting young talent and explosive opening batsman.
At three, India got ICC best ODI batsmen, Virat Kohli. He is a vital cog in the batting line-up and his good form would be very crucial for India’s success. Notably, V Kohli averages 64+ against proteas. He failed miserably in the New Zealand conditions and that was a very rare failure for the batsman of his caliber. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, there will be added responsibility on him. At number four and five, India found the new talent in the likes of Shreyas Iyer and K L Rahul. Batting duo got tremendous success in New Zealand where all other batsmen struggled. Batting duo with their fabulous performances made a great impact and almost cemented their place in ODI. K L Rahul has scored 922 runs from the last 19 ODI innings at an average of 54.23. He would look to carry on good form.
Hardik Pandya is likely to appear in the first ODI after the long injury break. He is an amazing talent and has already proved his mettle with both bat and ball. The bowling attack will be led by J Bumrah and B Kumar. J Bumrah proved very ineffective in the last ODI series, but he is ICC second-best bowler and very effective in home conditions. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will be the other bowlers in the side.
Key Players: Virat Kohli, K L Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa would be riding high on confidence following their superb all-round performance in the last series. The experiment of allowing youngsters like J Malan, JJ Smuts and Verreynne had paid off heavily. Faf Duplessis the former skipper has been recalled for the series. He got ample experience of playing in Indian conditions and also got great success playing against India. He will the key batsman for Proteas in middle over.
South Africa also found new exciting talents with the likes of J Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Jon-Jon Smuts. They did a remarkable job to hand Aussies the whitewash. It will be the first batting trio will get an opportunity to play in Indian conditions and it won't be easy mainly playing against Indian spinner. Skipper Quinton De Kock is the most successful proteas batsman in recent times. De Kock scored 711 runs from the last 18 ODI games at an average of 41.82. He also averages 60 plus against India and also scored five centuries against them. He would look to provide a solid platform upfront. In the middle order, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller will handle the batting responsibility. Batting duo got great success in their last ODI series. H Klaasen was a man of the series for his outstanding runs throughout the series. He scored 200+ from three games. He is a great prospect to watch in the series.
Bowling wise, in the absence of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and A Nortje will lead the bowling attack. L Nigdi was brilliant in the last series. He is also proteas highest wicket-taker off late; picked 22 wickets from last 11 ODI games. K Maharaj will be the leading proteas spinner.
Key Player – Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||12||3.00 mm.||3.35 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|03h||14||1.94 mm.||1.88 k/h||From: E||98%|
|06h||16||1.31 mm.||3.24 k/h||From: SE||80%|
|09h||21||1.56 mm.||3.76 k/h||From: SSE||67%|
|12h||17||2.81 mm.||4.93 k/h||From: WSW||74%|
|15h||13||5.63 mm.||5.69 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|18h||14||3.69 mm.||4.39 k/h||From: NE||90%|
|21h||14||1.13 mm.||5.39 k/h||From: NE||81%|
On Thursday weather will be cloudy and there will be moderate or heavy rain shower with the daytime temperature reaching 19 °c. The wicket at the Dharmshala is good for batting. It is expected to play better during the second inning under the lights. The dew will play a bigger role as the match progresses.
The match will be played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. It is widely regarded as the most picturesque cricket stadium in the world. The ground is at a higher altitude and hence bowl comparatively travels faster.
Out of last four completed ODI, three times chasing team won the game whereas on lone occasion batting the first team won. Records are strongly in favour of chasing team and overcast conditions on the matchday support strongly to bowl first after winning the toss. We anticipate the team winning the toss will look to bowl first.
Both sides are extremely balanced and play tough cricket in recent times. India got highly ranked batsman and bowler in the ODI. Also, they possess many star performers in the side. On the other hand, South Africa got a good mix of a young and experienced player in the squad.
However, considering India’s record in their home conditions it will be difficult ask for South Africa to defeat India in their home conditions. Hence, we expect India will come out on top in the first game of the series.
We predict India will win this match!
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