India is scheduled to play against South Africa in the 1st ODI match of the 3-match series today. The venue of the match is Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala.
India lost the away series in ODI format against New Zealand by 3-0(3). Meanwhile, South Africa won an ODI series against Australia by 3-0(3) this past week. With contrasting results recently, South Africa seems to have an upper hand in the upcoming ODI series but India is a very strong team at home, so expect this series to be a closely contested one.
The pitch at Dharamsala is a batting paradise and with the chance of dew as the evening approaches, the captains are likely to win the toss and field first in this ODI match. You can get the top-notch betting information like this with the use of cricket betting tips free from Bhaiji.
India is no. 2 in the ICC ODI Ranking but they can lose this high ranking if their abysmal performances in ODI Cricket recently keep continuing.
The top players like captain Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been out of form for India. With that, the India team finds itself in a lot of trouble lately. For that reason, the younger players like Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini have to be at their best to give India the best chance to succeed in this ODI series.
Only positive for India going into this ODI series versus South Africa is the return of Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Hardik Pandya to the squad after an injury lay off.
Players to watch out for India are Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
India Squad: Virat Kohli ©, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya.
South Africa has reached no. 4 place in the ICC ODI Ranking with strings of top performances from all the major players of the team.
New captain of the South Africa team Quinton De Kock has infused lots of confidence with his leadership as well as quality performances. The introduction of young players like Janneman Malan and Lungi Ngidi to the team set-up has been very fruitful for South Africa, and they are looking to continue with the same in this ODI series.
Return of Faf Du Plessis and David Miller has made South Africa a very strong team going into this ODI series versus India.
Players to watch out for South Africa are Quinton De Kock, Faf Du Plessis, Heinrich Klassen, and Anrich Nortje.
South Africa Squad: Quinton De Kock © / (wk), Temba Bavuma, Faf Du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klassen (wk), George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla, JJ Smuts, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.
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