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IND vs SA - 1st T20I Match | Latest Team news, Preview and Predictions.

by  Lakshya Baghel  •  Last updated on 2022-09-28 17:41:08


Analysis for the match.

Just a couple of days after winning an exciting T20 series against Australia, India will now play a three-match T20 series against South Africa. This is the last T20 series that the two teams will play before they travel to Australia for the T20 World Cup. 

India has rested a couple of key players and is also likely to miss a few more players because of injuries. South Africa, on the other hand, will have its first-choice team available for selection. Interestingly, both India and South Africa are in the same group for the T20 World Cup and would like to keep a couple of surprises in store. 

Must see point.

1). Both teams have a strong batting lineup but South Africa has more depth

2). India is playing in home conditions and is always tough to beat but the absence of Hardik Pandya is a big concern

3). South Africa could surprise the Indian team with its power and fantastic bowling lineup

Head to Heads.

Overall Matches - 20

IND won  - 11

SA won - 8

N/R - 1


Last five Head to Heads.

IND won - 2

SA won - 2

N/R - 0

Match Prediction: SA to win the match. (Chasing would be the factor).

1). If IND won the toss and opted to bowl first, SA could score 165-185 runs.

2). If SA won the toss and opted to bowl first,IND could score 160-180 runs.

Secondary Predictions.

1).Total sixes in the match - Under 13.5 

We saw an absolute exhibition of xi-hitting from India and Australia in the previous series and that is the reason why the Over/Under line is so high. Without Hardik Pandya and with a South African lineup that is not as aggressive as Australia, we could see fewer sixes hit.

2). Virat Kohli Total runs - Over 19.5 runs.

Virat Kohli scored 63 runs from 48 balls in the final match against Australia and the number three batter is our pick for India’s highest run scorer in this opening game of the series. 

3). Reeza Hendricks to hit over 2.5 fours.

After an excellent and consistent year with the bat, we recommend the bet ‘Reeza Hendricks to score over 2.5 fours’


Match Preview.

India has rested Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and will also be without Deepak Hooda who has a back injury. Mohammad Shami was in the squad but he is still recovering from COVID and will not be a part of the squad either. 

That means there will be plenty of chances to experiment with the bowling lineup. We expect to see more or less the same batting unit take the field. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Dinesh Karthik will all be in the playing eleven. The real question is over who will replace Hardik Pandya.

We think Rishab Pant will get another opportunity to prove he belongs in this format. With Rohit, Virat, and SKY in prime form, KL Rahul playing with wonderful intent, and Karthik also enjoying the finisher's role, India's batting lineup is very solid. 

Axar Patel at seven is at least one place higher than where he should be but there is not much room for change. 

India's big problem in the recent games has been its bowling. We could see Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah bowling in tandem for the first time with Deepak Chahar replacing Bhuneshwar Kumar. India could also choose to stick with Harshal Patel and give him a couple of more chances. 

With plenty of left-handers in the lineup, this is a series in which R Ashwin will get a chance as well. 

South Africa is back to full strength and its captain, Temba Bavuma has returned as well. We think this is a massive disadvantage for South Africa as Bavuma will take up an important position that could have been served better by other players in the squad. However, we are not here to discuss politics. 

Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, and Rilee Rossouw could be the top 3 for South Africa. It would be a bit harsh on Reeza Hendricks but that is the direction we expect the team to take. Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Heinrich Klaassen/ Tristan Stubbs are likely to be in the starting lineup as well. 

The South African batting lineup is very deep and will not be easy to contain. Almost all of the players have a massive amount of experience playing in India as well. 

At number 7, Dwaine Pretorius or Wayne Parnell will be crucial followed by the two spinners (Maharaj and Shamsi) and the two express fast-bowlers (Rabada and Nortje). 

Match details.

Time - Sep 28th, 07:00 pm, IST.

Venue - Greenfield International Stadium - Thiruvananthapuram, India

Pitch reports.

There is no rain forecast in Thiruvananthapuram on matchday. The pitch at the Greenfield is expected to be good for batting with a bit of help for the pacers. Reports suggest there will be a good amount of carry that will help produce some exciting cricket. 


Team News.


With the countdown to the T20 WC 2022 firmly on, India have chosen to rest all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar for this series. Left-arm quick bowler, Arshdeep Singh who has been very impressive since making his debut earlier this year, returns after resting during the series with Australia.India have won three of their last four games in this format and a victory in this clash will make it three wins in a row.

Possible XI - KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

South Africa>>

The visitors have picked a strong squad for this tour with the likes of Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen and Andile Phehlukwayo only able to be picked as stand-by players. Skipper Temba Bavuma returns from injury to lead the team ahead of the T20 World Cup.South Africa beat Ireland 2-0 and won the final two games against England so will be targeting their fifth successive victory in this match.

Possible XI - Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, David Miller(c), Tristan Stubbs, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi