Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - India v South Africa 1st T20I
The 1st T20I of the three-match series between India and South Africa will be played at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.
After a disastrous World Cup campaign, the winds of change are blowing in the South African cricketing setup. The side has parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson and the captaincy has also been handed over to Quinton de Kock, at least in the shorter formats for the time being, while Faf du Plessis will continue to lead the team in the following Test series against India.
The last time that South Africa toured India was in 2015 when they were successful in winning both the ODI and the T20I series. The Quinton de Kock-led side, though quite young, will try to repeat their feat.
However, it will certainly not be an easy task against a well-settled Indian unit which will be led by Virat Kohli with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma starting the proceedings. Shreyas Iyer is likely to slot at number four with Rishabh Pant following. All-rounders Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will feature in the middle and lower-middle order.
Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini are expected to share the new ball in the absence of the lead Indian bowling pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
South Africa have some serious pace in their bowling line-up with the likes of Junior Dala, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in the mix. Tabraiz Shamsi will provide them with the left-arm wrist spin option.
Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks will shoulder the batting responsibility for the Proteas.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
India- Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
South Africa- Quinton de Kock (c, wk), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Who will win the toss? - India
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohit Sharma (India), Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Navdeep Saini (India), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Man of the Match – Rohit Sharma
Team Scores Batting first – India 180+, South Africa 160+
Match Handicap India
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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