India vs South Africa, South Africa Playing 11 vs India (Predicted), 1st ODI

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India vs South Africa, South Africa Playing 11 vs India (Predicted), 1st ODI. India (IND) will cross the swords with South Africa (SA) in the first ODI of three-match series on October 06 (Thursday) at Ekana Sports City Stadium in Ardonamau, Uttar Pradesh (Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow). The match will kick-start at 01:30 PM IST.

India won the T20I series 2-1 and have momentum. The ODI squad will have different look as Shikhar Dhawan will lead the side. For South Africa, this three-match ODI series is vital as ICC Super League Points are at stake. They are currently languishing at the 11th spot and in danger of not qualifying for the 50-over World Cup directly.

The competition is even more intense as a second-string Indian team shall be playing a full-strength South African team. The second-string Indian team have won the last two ODI series against West Indies and Zimbabwe. But the South Africa series promises to be a tougher contest as they would be up some of the best bowlers and batters in the business. The 3-match ODI series begins on October 6th with the final match being played on October 11.

India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

Shikhar Dhawan is leading India in the absence of India’s 2022 T20I World Cup-bound team. While Shikhar Dhawan’s team play 1st ODI tomorrow, Rohit Sharma-led Indian team will fly to Perth on the same day. It is important to note India have announced a second-string squad for the ODI series.

For South Africa, it will be about trying to win as many games as possible from here. Temba Bavuma said a few new players will come into the ODI squad and these players will try to bring some fresh energy. Opening batter Janneman Malan is in good form, and so is Andile Phehlukwayo.

Rilee Rossouw
Rilee Rossouw. Pic Credits: Twitter.

From the T20I squad, they have left out Tristan Stubbs and Rilee Rossouw to bring in Andile Phehlukwayo and Janneman Malan. Incidentally, after scoring two ducks in the first two T20I matches, South African batter Rilee Rossouw was in deadly form, smashing an undefeated first 100 off 48 balls to set up his team’s 49-run victory over India. 

The Proteas white-ball skipper Temba Bavuma has finally recovered from a left elbow injury, which he suffered during the five-match T20I series against Team India in June and he will be leading the side on the India tour and the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup 2022.

Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Star batter Rassie van der Dussen will miss out on the India tour and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 due to a finger injury, which he sustained during the second Test against England in Manchester. The 33-year-old will undergo surgery and will be out of action for at least six weeks. His absence is a major blow to the side as he is one of the most important members of the Proteas setup.

India vs South Africa, South Africa Playing 11 (Predicted) vs India, 1st ODI

Janneman Malan

Janneman Malan
Janneman Malan Image Credit Twitter : ICC

Janneman Malan debuted for the Proteas back in 2019 but he rose to prominence in 2021, where he scored 715 runs in 17 international matches (8 ODIs and 9 T20Is) at an average of 47.66 and a strike rate of 101.85.

He won the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year award for his excellent run in the white ball –, particularly in the 50-over format. In 20 ODIs, he has amassed 896 runs averaging 52.71 including 3 tons and 4 fifties with a highest of 177*. He replaced the last T20I match centurion Rilee Rossouw in the ODI squad. Tristan Stubbs is also absent from the ODI squad.

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo: Twitter)

Quinton de Kock was dismissed after scoring only 1 in the 1st T20I against India. He was clean bowled by Arshdeep Singh. He scored 69* in the 2nd T20I against India and 68 in the 3rd T20I against India before being run out.

He was the highest run-getter in the India T20I series with 138 runs averaging 69 in 3 T20Is. He will look to be among the runs in the ODIs against India. In ODIs against India, he averages 63.31 and has the most tons (6) amassing 1013 runs. He has amassed 5774 runs in 132 ODIs averaging 46.19.

Temba Bavuma

Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Skipper Temba Bavuma will have the responsibility of occupying the crease from one end and keeping the scoreboard ticking in upcoming India vs South Africa ODIs. Temba Bavuma is a very compact player and has all the shots in his arsenal.

South African captain Temba Bavuma may bat at No. 3 in the upcoming ODIs. He got injured during the Proteas’ last India tour in June 2022 managing just 61 runs in 4 T20Is averaging 20.33. He was retired hurt after scoring 8* in the 4th T20I and didn’t play subsequent England and Ireland T20Is.

In the ongoing tour, he managed only 3 runs in as many T20Is after being dismissed without scoring in the first two matches. In ODIs, he has a better average of 45.13 managing 722 runs in 19 ODIs.

Aiden Markram

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram (Photo by Christiaan Kotze / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)

Aiden Markram is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from South Africa. Aiden Markram scored 25 in the 1st T20I and helped his team recover from 9/5. He didn’t bat in the 3rd while scoring 33 in the 2nd T20I. He has managed exactly 1000 runs in 41 ODIs averaging 28.57 besides picking 11 scalps averaging 34.55.

He has the potential to make an impact with both the bat as well as the ball. His last 3 T20I scores against England and Ireland were 51*, 56 and 27. He didn’t feature in the previous T20I series against and in India in June 2022.

Another option is Reeza Hendricks who warmed the bench in all 3 T20Is in the ongoing tour. Reeza Hendricks scored 57, 53, 70 (against England) before his 74 and 42 (against Ireland). He was the leading run-getter against England, amassing 180 runs in 3 T20Is averaging 60. In 48 T20Is, he has amassed 1372 runs averaging 29.82 with 11 fifties. Reeza Hendricks averages 25.68 in 24 ODIs amassing 565 runs.

David Miller

David Miller. Image-Twitter.
David Miller. Image-Twitter.

The left-handed batter David Miller was in his prime best during IPL 2022 as he played several match-winning knocks for the champions Gujarat Titans. David Miller is expected to give similar performances for his national team as well in the India vs South Africa T20I series.

There will be high hopes from David Miller following his exploits for the Gujarat Titans (GT) in IPL 2022. The attacking left-hander displayed a different kind of maturity, smashing 481 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 142.73. He managed 96 runs averaging 48 in 5 T20Is in June 2022 against India.

David Miller scored an unbeaten 106 in the 2nd T20I which went in vain after being dismissed without scoring in the opening T20I. He scored an unbeaten 19 off 5 balls including 3 sixes in the 3rd ODI, at a strike rate of 380. He was the 2nd highest scorer in the series, amassing 125 runs. He averages 40.68 in 146 ODIs having amassed 3539 runs including 5 tons.

Wayne Parnell

Wayne Parnell
Wayne Parnell. Image: Twitter

Keshav Maharaj

Keshav Maharaj
Keshav Maharaj, Credits: Twitter

Keshav Maharaj has 19 wickets in 21 T20Is at an economy rate of 7.18 averaging 27.15. In the spin department, the bowling duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi will want to choke the flow of runs during the middle overs. He has picked 27 scalps in 24 ODIs averaging 35.37. He scored 41 in the first T20I in the preceding T20I series against India and picked 2/23 and 2/34 in the next two T20Is.

Dwaine Pretorius

Dwaine Pretorius (South Africa)
Dwaine Pretorius (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Bowling all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius is a handy player. The right-arm pacer has a lot of variations under his sleeve and can bowl a few deadly bouncers as well. With the bat, he can play a few strokes, especially during the death overs. He was with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) during IPL 2022 and would have gotten a good idea of Indian conditions so far.

Dwaine Pretorius picked 35 scalps in both limited overs formats playing 27 ODIs (averaging 27.05) and 30 T20Is (averaging 19.88). He picked 3/26 in the 3rd T20I against India-his only appearance in the T20I series.

Andile Phehlukwayo

Andile Phehlukwayo
Andile Phehlukwayo Photo Credit: (ICC)

Seam-bowling allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo made himself a part of South Africa’s white-ball sides with his skill at the death, the ability to disguise his slower ball, and the ability to contribute with the bat as a finisher. He has picked 87 scalps in 73 ODIs averaging 31.54 with 3 four-wicket hauls and also scored 737 runs averaging 24.56. He has also hit 2 fifties.

Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada
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Kagiso Rabada will be South Africa’s pace spearhead in the upcoming series against India. He had a memorable IPL 2022 campaign for the Punjab Kings (PBKS). He was the third-leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 23 wickets in 13 games at a strike rate of 12.52.

He was predicted to be key to the Proteas’ fortunes in the T20I series but picked only 2 scalps and went for plenty (0/57) in the 2nd T20I but was economical in the other two matches (1/16 in 1st T20I and 1/24 in 3rd T20I).

Tabraiz Shamsi

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image: Twitter

Tabraiz Shamsi is a genuine wicket-taker, as his record proves – 69 wickets in 57 T20I games and 49 wickets in 38 ODIs. The pitch at Lucknow is expected to provide some assistance for the spinners, and the spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi will want to take full advantage of those conditions in the India vs South Africa 1st ODI.

Tabraiz Shamsi played the 1st T20I but was expensive as he conceded 27 runs in 2.4 overs and was wicketless. He warmed the bench in the next two T20Is. The likes of Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi are also present and may replace him.

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