SA vs IND: 1st ODI Preview- New look Team India aim to start on winning note, all eyes on Virat Kohli

 SA vs IND: 1st ODI Preview- New look Team India aim to start on winning note, all eyes on Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, Andile Phehlukwayo (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

After an action-packed Test series, the focus now shifts towards the ODI series as South Africa and India lock horns in a three-match series, the first of which will be played at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday. A new look Indian team will be up against a South African team, who will be looking forward to rediscovering their rhythm in One Day Internationals.  The Proteas would be pumped up after staging a remarkable comeback in the Test series. Meanwhile,  India would be eyeing to continue dominance in the 50-overs format.

KL Rahul would be leading the Indian side in the absence of Rohit Sharma, while Temba Bavuma would be captaining the Proteas. Meanwhile, all eyes would be on batting megastar Virat Kohli, who will be eyeing his 71st international ton.

If Virat Kohli does manage to make his bat do the talking, then the Men In Blue would be upbeat to register their second straight ODI series win on South African soil.

Pitch Report

The Boland Part wicket has been known for its slow and flat nature and therefore, it is expected to be a run-fest on Wednesday. Captain winning the toss would preferably look to chase ,with the ground having small boundaries.

Here are the Probable Playing XI of both sides:

South Africa

Temba Bavuma (captain), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.


KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma/Umesh Yadav.

South Africa vs India head to head

Played 84, IND Won-35, SA won-46, Draw-3.

Match Details

Venue- Boland Park, Paarl

Time – 2:00 PM IST

Where to watch: Star Network


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