India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: ICC

India began the South Africa Tour with a heart-warming win in the first Test in Centurion. However, what followed was two consecutive defeats in the second and third Test.

And with that, their hopes of winning a series in South Africa came to an end. Nevertheless, that series is a now thing of the past and the focus must shift to the upcoming three-match ODI series.

The last time India played an ODI series in South Africa was back in 2018. India crushed South Africa in that series, beating them by a margin of 5-1. Virat Kohli led that team and wreaked havoc with the bat. This time though, he won’t be leading the series but remains an integral part of the batting unit. He hasn’t scored a century for the last two years and one hopes that century-drought comes to an end in the upcoming series.

Rohit Sharma is India’s new skipper in white-ball cricket. However, with him recovering from the hamstring injury, KL Rahul will lead the side in the upcoming ODIs, while Jasprit Bumrah will assume the vice-captain duties.

India vs South Africa
India vs South Africa (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul has batted exceedingly well in the middle-order in ODIs in the last couple of years. However, with Rohit Sharma not in the mix, he could open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan.

India, however, could give a chance to Ruturaj Gaikwad to show his batting class in overseas conditions. Also, it will be interesting to see how many bowlers they play with. There is no part-time option and that might tempt India to go with 6 bowling options.

One can expect both Venkatesh Iyer and Shardul Thakur to be part of the playing XI. There is a great possibility that both Chahal and Ashwin make it into the playing XI. However, if there is a toss-up between the two, Chahal should get the nod ahead of Ashwin.

Facing them are South Africa, which would be brimming with confidence. They are coming into the series on the back of a 2-1 win in the Test series. In the white-ball format, Temba Bavuma leads the South Africa team, while the former skipper, Quinton de Kock will also make his comeback into the series.

The ODI series will see some different faces for the South African team. Janneman Malan will be a player to watch out for. He has made a rollicking start to his ODI career.

India vs South Africa
India vs South Africa (Image Credit: Twitter)

In just 11 ODIs, he has managed to score more than 600 runs at an average of over 80. Besides, the presence of all-rounders such as Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius adds a lot more balance to their playing 11. The middle-order further consists of the likes of David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram, etc.

Marco Jansen impressed one and all with his left-arm pace in the Test series. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the series. He is likely to be part of South Africa’s playing XI for the first ODI.

The fast bowling unit, besides, also has the likes of regular names such as Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

SA vs IND Prediction- Who Will Win the Match Between South Africa and India, South Africa vs India 2022, 1st ODI

SA vs IND Head-to-Head Records

Stats Matches IND Won SA Won  No Result
Overall 84 35 46 3
At Boland Park, Paarl 0 0 0 0
In the last 5 matches 5 4 1 0
In South Africa 34 10 22 2

 

Recent Venue Records (Boland Park, Paarl) 

Stats- ODIs

Total Matches- 13

Matches won batting first- 7

Matches won bowling first- 5

Average 1st innings total- 243

Average 2nd innings total- 175

Highest total recorded – 353/6 (50 Ov) by RSA vs BAN

Lowest total recorded – 36/10 (18.4 Ov) by Can vs SL

Highest score chased – 250/2 (48.5 Ov) by RSA vs SL

Lowest score defended – 204/10 (48.5 Ov) by IND vs NED

Toss Prediction for SA vs IND Match

The team winning the toss should bat first.

Predicted Scores for SA vs IND Match

Team 1st Innings 2nd Innings
IND 250-300  200-250
SA 250-300  200-250

 

Players’ Form (India)

·      Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Virat Kohli 254 12169 59.07
Shikhar Dhawan 145 6105 45.55
KL Rahul 38 1509 48.67
Shreyas Iyer 22 813 42.78
Rishabh Pant 18 529 33.06
Suryakumar Yadav 31 24 62.0

 

Who will score the most runs for India in the match: KL Rahul or Virat Kohli

SA vs IND Prediction- Who Will Win the Match Between South Africa and India, South Africa vs India 2022, 1st ODI

  • Bowling:

Players Matches Wickets Average
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 119 141 34.18
Ravichandran Ashwin 111 150 32.91
Jasprit Bumrah 67 108 25.33
Yuzvendra Chahal 56 97 26.93
Shardul Thakur 15 22 37.18
Deepak Chahar 5 6 36.0

 

 

Who will pick the most wickets for India in the match: Jasprit Bumrah or Yuzvendra Chahal

Players’ Form ( South Africa)

·      Batting:

Players Matches Runs Average
Quinton de Kock 124 5355 45.38
David Miller 137 3367 40.56
Rassie van der Dussen 29 1049 65.56
Aiden Markram 34 843 28.10
Janneman Malan 11 661 82.62
Temba Bavuma 13 499 49.90

 

Who will score the most runs for South Africa in the match: Janneman Malan or Quinton de Kock

  • Bowling:
Players Matches Wickets Average
Kagiso Rabada 82 126 27.95
Lungi Ngidi 29 54 24.14
Tabraiz Shamsi 31 40 34.05
Dwaine Pretorius 22 29 28.03
Keshav Maharaj 15 19 31.68
Marco Jansen 0 0 0

Who will the pick most wickets for South Africa in the match: Kagiso Rabada or Marco Jansen