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IND vs SA, 1st ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: India vs South Africa, (IND vs SA, 1st ODI)

Date: October 6, 2022 – 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Following the three-match T20I series as a part of the T20 World Cup preparation, India and South will compete in an ODI series which rather comes at an odd stage. The two teams will lock horns in the first of three ODIs at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday, October 6th.

The hosts claimed the T20I series by 2-1, where the last two matches were quite the runfests. The ODI series will be a part of the ICC CWC Super League. India have named a second string side with the main players resting ahead of the T20 World Cup down under. South Africa, on the other hand, will be playing a full-strength side.

The Proteas last played in the fifty-over format in July on the tour of the UK. They were leveled at 1-1 heading into the series decider, which was called off due to rain interruption. Earlier this year, Temba Bavuma’s men swept India by 3-0 at home. 

India have rested their key players from the fifty-over format throughout this year but that hasn’t had any impact on their performance. Their most recent assignment was the tour of Zimbabwe, where they won the series by 3-0 in August. Earlier, India faced West Indies on the Caribbean tour, winning all three ODIs.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for IND vs SA, 1st ODI

Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow should provide plenty of movement and bounce for the seamers. Only eight ODI matches have been played here with the average first innings score reading 215. Seven of these eight games have been won by the team batting second.

The weather doesn’t look promising as there’s a possibility of thunderstorms in Lucknow on Thursday. There’s a 93% chance of rain predicted for the morning and around 65% for the afternoon.

India – Expected XI and Team News

Led by Shikhar Dhawan, India will be giving chances to young players in this series. The likes of Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad should form the top order. Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson will be key in the middle order. Shahbaz Ahmed looks set to make his ODI debut for India.

Probable XI – Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan

South Africa – Expected XI and Team News

South Africa will have Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock at the top followed by Temba Bavuma. Aiden Markram, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen will form the middle order. For the no. 7 all-rounder spot, Andile Phehlukwayo seems to be the frontrunner. The Proteas could rest one of their top pacers. 

Probable XI – Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada/Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Head to head record of IND vs SA

Total Encounters – 87

India won – 35

South Africa won – 49

No Result – 3

South Africa lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

1st ODI: Five players to watch out for in the IND vs SA match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Shubman Gill: Batter, India

Shubman Gill, one of the best young players in world cricket, has grabbed his opportunities in the fifty-over format recently. He smashed his maiden ODI century in his last appearance, smashing 130 off 97 versus Zimbabwe. Gill has scored 450 runs in six ODIs this year at an average of 113 and strike rate of 112.

Shikhar Dhawan: Batter, India

Shikhar Dhawan has been a key player for India at the top of the order in ODI cricket for nearly a decade. He has amassed 6647 runs from 158 ODIs at an average of 46 and strike rate of 92. Dhawan has registered 17 hundreds and 38 fifties in the format.

Quinton de Kock: Wicketkeeper Batter, South Africa

Quinton de Kock is coming off back to back fifties in the T20I series. He scored 69* off 48 in the second game and followed it up with 68 off 43. The left hander has a terrific record in ODI cricket, scoring 5774 runs at an average of 46 while striking at 96. QDK has 17 hundreds and 29 fifties in the format. 

Deepak Chahar: Bowler, India

Deepak Chahar is one of the most skillful bowlers with the new ball in hand. He has only played nine ODIs for India, snaring 15 wickets at an economy of 6.01. The right arm seamer has picked two or more wickets in all of last six appearances. 

David Miller: Batter, South Africa

The left hand batter has been in incredible form in the last year or so. He smashed an unbeaten 106 off 47 in the second T20I versus India. Miller has an excellent record in the fifty-over format with 3539 runs at an average of 41 while striking at 101, including five hundreds and 17 fifties.

MPL Fantasy XI

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

Star Sports Network will telecast the Asia Cup live in India. You can also watch the action live on the online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. Catch the India vs South Africa 1st ODI at 1:30 PM IST on Thursday.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


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