India Tour of South Africa: SA Vs India First ODI Match Preview
Question in detail
SA Vs India first ODI match preview: After the thrilling Test series coming to an end, the caravan now moves to Durban for the first ODI of the six-match series. With eye on grabbing the top ODI spot, Virat Kohli's brigade will come even harder than how they have been so far on this tour. Although not a cinch, 4 wins are all India would need to be the table-topper. Proteas, on the other hand, would like to retain their No. 1 ODI spot. And they, too, would be in need of three wins or more.
Despite trailing 0-2 in the just-concluded Test series, India did wonder at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium and managed to avoid the clean sweep. The dramatic yet fighting win towards the end of the series must have boosted India's confidence for what comes next the 6-match ODI series. The first match of the series will be played at Kingsmead, Durban.
Conditions will again be favorable for fast bowlers. But India doesn't need to worry about it as their pacers are undergoing a remarkable form. Both the sides have world-class pacers. However when compared, India pacers outweigh Africans', particularly in the shorter format. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar together make a complete fast bowling attack irrespective of the opponent and the conditions. When talking about batting, both the teams have match winners on a par. So, in SA Vs India first ODI, the guests are equally potent as much as the hosts are.
Indian probable XI for SA first ODI could be as: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey/Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav/Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
What to expect
SA Vs India first ODI is going to be a toe-to-toe context. Batsmen are expected to struggle on a pace-friendly wicket. Pacers from both sides will remain dominant, indeed crucial in deciding the result of the match. And toss will again be crucial.
Who will win SA vs India first ODI at Kingsmead, Durban?