India will be disappointed that they missed out on a golden opportunity to win a Test series in South Africa. However, they will now be focused on winning the ODI series. They won the series last time as well but can replicate their performance against this in-form team. Read our preview for the first ODI that gets underway Boland Park, Paarl at 2:00 PM IST
After an enthralling Test series, the teams are set to lock horns in the ODIs. The last time India played an ODI series in South Africa, they thrashes South Africa 5-1. There will be a few changes in the squads for both teams. Several Test specialists will be out and will be replaced by new faces. Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad among others have been named in India squad, while David Miller, Zubayr Hamza, Jannemann Malan, Quinton de Kock will be back for South Africa.
On paper, both teams look on par and it’s expected to be a close series. India last played an ODI series against Sri Lanka which they won. South Africa too locked horns with Sri Lanka in their last series and suffered a 2-1 loss. At the moment, it’s even stevens before the start of ODI series.
Date – Jan 19, 2022
Time -14:00 IST / 8:30 GMT
Venue -Boland Park – Cape town, South Africa
SA vs IND Match Toss Prediction
It’s the first game of the series and both teams would like to have a look at the wicket first. We feel the skipper who wins the toss will bowl first.
SA vs IND Pitch Report
The surface will be a sporting wicket. The pacers may get some help early on, while spinners will enjoy bowling when the ball gets old. The consistent pace and bounce will work to the advantage of batters.
It will be a beautiful day n Paarl, with the teams being welcomed by bright sunshine. Temperatures will hover around 30 degrees in the day, while there be a drop of around 10 degrees in the evening.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.
India Predicted Playing 11
KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan/Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer/Ishan Kishan, R.Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.