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South Africa tour of India 2020: Preview, Cricket Match Schedule, Squads and Fantasy Predictions


All you need to know about the South Africa tour of India 2020 comprising 3 ODIs to be played across Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata from March 12 to March 18.

While India are coming off a 0-3 loss in their last ODI assignment against New Zealand, South Africa clean swept Australia in their last ODI series. This may paint a different picture, but the return of Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya will change the way India has been playing over the last couple of months.

The two setbacks for India have been the injuries to Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma, but in Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Navdeep Saini, India have sufficient options available to cover for them. Especially, Hardik's return will allow skipper Virat Kohli a lot more flexibility in terms of using his personnel.

Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen, who were rested for the ODIs against Australia, have returned to the South African ODI squad. Since stepping down as captain, du Plessis has not had a good run and would like to course correct in his most preferred format.

Heinrich Klaasen and Kyle Verreynne, both of whom played crucial roles in South Africa's ODI series win against Australia, have also retained their place. Temba Bavuma, who suffered a hamstring strain and missed the last two ODIs against Australia, has been declared fit to tour.

While Keshav Maharaj and Lutho Sipamla have kept their place, the Proteas have added spinner George Linde in the absence of lead spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who is awaiting the birth of his child. Linde was part of the South Africa squad that toured India for a Test series last year.

"It is exciting to see the amount of competition for spots that we have within the team and in the franchises, it's a good headache for us as selectors to have," Linda Zondi, CSA Independent Selector, said after the squad's announcement. "We are satisfied with our picks for what will certainly be a challenging tour of India. We saw some promising performances last year from the T20 squad that travelled there and we wanted to give a player like George Linde another crack at the conditions which seemed to really suit him."

It is seldom that a 15-member squad is picked initially but an individual performs so well that the selectors are tempted to add him to the touring party and make it a 16-man squad instead. Guess what, Janneman Malan has just done that. His match-winning hundred in the second ODI against Australia was highly impressive and has fetched him his maiden international tour to India.

Kagiso Rabada continues to be rested after sustaining a groin strain during the T20I series against Australia.

Series Predictions

Winner - India (2-1)

Top Run Scorer - Prithvi Shaw (India), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Top Wicket Taker - Yuzvendra Chahal (India), Lungi Ngidi (South Africa)

Most Sixes - Hardik Pandya (India), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Here are the squads of both teams:

India - Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill

South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan

Here's the schedule of the series:

South Africa tour of India 2020

Mar 12 India v South Africa, 1st ODI Dharamsala 8:30 AM GMT, 1:30 PM IST

Mar 15 India v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Lucknow 8:30 AM GMT, 1:30 PM IST

Mar 18 India v South Africa, 3rd ODI Eden Gardens, 8:30 AM GMT, 1:30 PM IST

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