Fantasy Cricket Tips, India vs South Africa, 1st ODI: In India’s last home series this season, the ‘Men in Blue’ will host South Africa in the three-match ODI series starting March 12. The first of the three ODIs will be played at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. Both the teams arrive in the ODI series on a contrasting note.
India will begin the series on the back of a Test series loss against New Zealand, while Proteas will be upbeat after defeating Australia in a home ODI series. It will be an opportunity for players from both the teams to end the season on a high in a bid to preparing themselves for the upcoming IPL. While South Africa will be hoping to secure a rare overseas win over India, the hosts will be keen on ending the season with a series win.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: India vs South Africa, Weather Conditions: First India vs South Africa ODI will be played under a threat of rain and thunderstorms It is expected to rain in the first half of the day while the probability of the rain decrease as the day progresses.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: India vs South Africa, Pitch Report: The pitch at HPCA stadium in Dharamsala often produces a tailor-made batting surface. There are enough runs for the batters and with the stadium located as such a high altitude, the balls generally travel faster in the air.
Injury and availability news: There are no injury concerns for any player from either team.
Probable Playing XIs:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (Wk), Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Lutho Sipamla, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne, Anrich Nortje, Faf du Plessis
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Shreyas Iyer
Vice-Captain: Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, Heinrich Klaasen
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.1
Keeper: KL Rahul (C)
Batsmen: Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen (VC)
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.2
Keeper: Quinton de Kock (C)
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (VC), Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Andile Phehlukwayo
Bowlers: Yuzvendara Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Expert Advice:
On a deck that will be conducive to batting, it will be sensible to include top-order players from both the teams. Spinners might not have a major say in the match proceedings, and hence can be left out from the playing XI. It will be reasonable to include multi-utility players like Hardik Pandya and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Despite a loss against New Zealand in their last ODI series, hosts India will have an upper hand going into the series opener at Dharamsala.