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Last Update on: October 6th, 2022 at 11:31 am

India vs South Africa Match Prediction: Who Will Win The 1st ODI Between India And South Africa? 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.

After a disappointing Asia Cup 2022, Team India have returned with a bang. The two consecutive T20I series vs Australia and South Africa have seen India win handsomely. The bilateral series has always been Team India’s strength. But the upcoming ODI series vs South Africa promises to be a more competitive affair.

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 for Perth on the same day. It is important to note India have announced a second-string squad for the ODI series.

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: Twitter)

Most of the players, who featured in the T20I series, will fly to Australia and prepare for the 2022 T2oI World Cup. Meanwhile, some of them like pacer Deepak Chahar, batter Shreyas Iyer, and spinner Ravi Bishnoi who are in the World Cup as standbys will play the ODIs. They will fly only after the ODI series.

Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar. (Photo: Twitter)

The 16-member squad for the ODI series was only announced on Sunday. Hence, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side will have some new faces in the squad, including Rajat Patidar and Mukesh Kumar. The duo has been in fine form of late, and their recent performances have been duly rewarded. There is also a possibility that the RCB-Royal Challengers Bangalore’s superstars like Shahbaz Ahmed and Rajat Patidar could make their debuts for India in this series.

Batter Rahul Tripathi and all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed are some of the uncapped players in the squad. Rahul Tripathi earned his maiden national call-up during the T20I series against Ireland in June. Shahbaz Ahmed was a part of the squad for the South Africa T20Is. Both were also part of the Indian team in the Zimbabwe ODI tour but didn’t get a game. Rajat Patidar’s selection is rewarded for his impressive run of scores across formats this year.

Janneman Malan
Janneman Malan Image Credit Twitter : ICC

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.  From the T20I squad, they have left out Tristan Stubbs and Rilee Rossouw to bring in Andile Phehlukwayo and Janneman Malan.

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi. (Photo Credit: BCCI)

India, on the other hand, have not picked a single player from their T20I World Cup squad, though three of their four standby players – Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, and Shreyas Iyer – will play in the ODIs. They will be led by Shikhar Dhawan, while the squad will feature seven uncapped players, in Ruturaj Gaikwad, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar, and Mukesh Kumar – though the first three have played T20Is for India.

IND vs SA Probable Playing XIs

IND: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rajat Patidar, Ishan Kishan/ Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj

SA: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Andile  Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius/ Reeza Hendricks, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

India vs South Africa Match Prediction: Who Will Win The 1st ODI Between India And South Africa? 1st ODI

India has a strong batting order and bowling unit as compared to South Africa, so the winning chances of the hosts for the 1st ODI match have been increased compared to Proteas, who will be upbeat after winning the last inconsequential T20I comfortably. The addition of all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, and batter Janneman Malan holds them in good stead while Reeza Hendricks may finally get a game.

For India, apart from Deepak Chahar and to some extent Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj, none of the other players played in the T20I series against Proteas and this means the hosts have a fresh young team at their disposal.

The form of uncapped Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rahul Tripathi and Mukesh Kumar in IPL and domestic circuit have been fantastic and give the hosts hope to start the ODI series on a winning note. For India, fatigue won’t be an issue, unlike Proteas which makes them favourites to win the 1st ODI.