Date & Time: Thursday, March 12, 13:30 IST
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, India
India seeks to get back to winning ways; South Africa eager to ride on the momentum
In a quick turnaround, South Africa and India face off in a 3-match ODI series which is set to kick start on Thursday in Dharamshala. Both sides are coming into the series on the back of contrasting form in ODI cricket. India was clean swept by the Kiwis in their recent outing. Now with the return of Hardik, there’s a chance we could solve the balance issues of the team. But, bowlers should come to the fore after their poor show in New Zealand. South Africa on the flip side which is in a rebuilding phase has trashed the Aussies back at home. The series victory and return of a few key batsmen to the side will add the extra confidence for the team.
Return of Hardik gives India the option of going with the KulCha combination but it’s tough to drop Jadeja who has been consistent. Apart from one spin slot, India has to decide between Navdeep Saini and Bhuvneshwar Kumar South Africa on the flip side has to decide for two spots between JJ Smuts, David Miller, and Heinrich Klaasen.
India possible XI
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/ Navdeep Saini, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa probable XI
Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan/Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller/ JJ Smuts,, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Lutho Sipamla/ Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi,
Dharamsala, is known to offer enough assistance for pacers with the conditions on offer in this part of the region. Adding to it, as the forecast is for rain on the match day and the day before, it might spice up the surface even more. When India played Sri Lanka here in the last ODI, India was bowled out for 112.
He seems to be doing nothing wrong of late. He has become the Mr.Dependable for India whether it’s opening in the T20 format or batting in the middle order in the ODIs. He has piled on runs in the recent series against Kiwis, he made sure the top order collapse didn’t hurt India much throughout the series. Given the conditions are similar to that of New Zealand in Dharmashla we expect him to step up once again if the top order fails to perform.
The injury break seems to have brought the best out of him as he has been more consistent than ever and has been amongst the wickets in every match. His PPM of 86 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 matches make him a must-have in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He hasn’t been in great form in recent times. There seems to be a technical flaw which he needs to combat around the off stump. It might be a good time against South Africa to adjust it, as he has a good record against them in the format. He has a PPM of 109 and an MDTA of 1 in 8 matches played against South Africa.
The South African captain has dipped slightly off from his good form of home season against the Aussies. But before, he was the top run-scorer for the side across formats in the home season. His decent record against India might bring the best out of him. In the last 4 matches played against India, he has a PPM of 44.5 and an MDTA of 1.33. Yet, if he has to score the average points, then he has to tackle Chahal wisely. Decock has got out to Chahal twice and scored only 10 runs off 17 balls.