India vs SA 2020: Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar return to the squad as we look at the stats preview, and the predicted playing 11 for the first ODI.
Please note: Given the possibility of rain factor, the article has been updated accordingly.
|Occasion||First ODI, India vs South Africa|
|Date & Time||Thursday, 12th March, 2020, 1:30 pm|
India vs SA First ODI Stats Preview:
Two teams with contrasting results are shaping up to compete in a 3-match ODI series in India. While Team India are coming from a humiliating 0-3 whitewash against New Zealand, South Africa are coming from a dominating 3-0 whitewash against Australia In South Africa.
The last time these two teams met in an ODI series, India walloped South Africa 5-1 in a completely one-sided affair. But, that was almost 2 years back, and India have almost 5 new players in their rooster, while South Africa have a completely revamped squad.
Historically though, South Africa have had a better of Team India having won 46 ODIs, while losing just 35. But, South Africa in India have won 13, and lost 15, which makes this tournament even more interesting given India’s recent performance.
When we look at the performance of the players of both the teams in the ODIs, two players stand-out from the crows, and those are Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers. Both have dominated the records in the batting department. While the bowling records are spread between various players.
So, as India take on South Africa in the last ODI series before IPL 2020, let’s quickly look at the stats preview for these two teams, and the predicted playing 11 for the first ODI between India and South Africa.
Stats Preview || India Vs South Africa ODIs
Overall Matches Played: 84
India: 35 Wins || South Africa: 46 Wins || NR: 3
2001- Most Runs by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
64.4- Best Batting Average (Min 5 inns and 250 runs) by Virat Kohli (IND)
111.1- Highest Strike Rate (Min 5 inns and 250 runs) by Ab de Villiers (SA)
200*(147)- Highest Score by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
6– Most Centuries by Ab de Villiers (SA)
14– Most Fifties by Rahul Dravid (IND)
219- Most Fours by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
41– Most Sixes by Ab de Villiers (SA)
5– Most Ducks by Anil Kumble (IND)
48- Most Wickets by Shaun Pollock (SA)
15.7- Best Bowling Average (Min 5 inns and 10 wickets) by Yuzvendra Chahal (IND)
3.3- Lowest Economy Rate (Min 5 inns and 10 wickets) by Fanie de Villiers (SA)
18.6- Lowest Bowling Strike Rate (Min 5 inns and 3 wickets) by Yuzvendra Chahal (IND)
5/6- Best Bowling figures by Sunil Joshi (IND)
28- Most Maidens by Shaun Pollock (SA)
Predicted Playing 11- Team India
Openers: Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan
New Zealand series saw a completely fresh opening pair for Team India in the form of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. While Shaw did decently scoring 84 runs from 3 innings, Mayank’s poor form with the bat meant he was dropped from the squad.
The South Africa series would now see Prithvi Shaw opening with India’s second-best opener in ODIs, Shikhar Dhawan, who is returning from an injury. The current Delhi Capitals pair would be opening together for the first time in International cricket.
Middle-order: Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul (WK)
Well, no surprises here as Virat Kohli would be continuing with men in form, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul at 4 and 5 respectively. While KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer were in imperious form against the Kiwis, all eyes would be on Virat Kohli, who has just returned from probably the worst tour of his life.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja
The return of Hardik Pandya should give the much-needed boost to Team India’s lower-order, which has often failed to accelerate in the end. Apart from numerous other benefits, Pandya shall also fulfill the role of the third pacer in Indian conditions.
However, Pandya’s return means, Manish Pandey, who too has been in the superb form will have to be left out to accommodate a sixth bowler. But, don’t be surprised if Kohli goes with only 5 bowling options, and plays Manish Pandey instead. Meanwhile, Jadeja shall play the role of the spinner-all-rounder at number 7.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, and Jasprit Bumrah
The return of Hardik Pandya means, India have the option to play the pair of KulCha (Kuldeep and Chahal) together. The pair has been more lethal while playing together, and it would be a blessing to have them play together. However, given that ran might play a spoilsport, the overcast conditions might prompt Virat to play Navdeep Saini ahead of Kuldeep Yadav.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s return also sorts the pace department to a very good extent. He shall lead the pace department alongside Jasprit Bumrah. While Bhuvi is returning from an injury, Bumrah has been struggling for form, and would like to get back to his lethal best at the earliest.
India vs SA First ODI Predicted Playing 11 for Team India:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal & Jasprit Bumrah.
India vs SA First ODI Predicted Playing 11 for South Africa:
Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (WK), Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje & Lungi Ngidi.
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Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
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