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SA vs NED 1st ODI: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: South Africa vs Netherlands, 1st ODI (SA vs NED)

Date: November 26, Friday  

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa

South Africa and Netherlands are all set to take on each other in the first match of the three-game ODI series on Friday, November 26, at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The hosts come into this series after a fairly impressive campaign at the T20 World Cup 2021, where they won four matches on the trot and lost just one. However, they will be without some of their key players in this series. Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje have rested themselves. Keshav Maharaj will be at the team’s helm, while Wayne Parnell is making a return for the first time since 2017. Lungi Ngidi, meanwhile, tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the series and will miss all the games.

Netherlands, on the other hand, come into this series after a disappointing campaign at the T20 World Cup. They could not win any matches in the tournament, and their star all-rounder Ryan Ten Doeschate also announced retirement.

While a series between Netherlands and South Africa sounds like a boring affair, it would be interesting to recall that underdogs Ireland beat the Proteas by 43 runs in an ODI earlier this year.

Ahead of the first ODI between South Africa and Netherlands, let us look at pitch condition, weather report, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for South Africa vs Netherlands, 1st ODI

The pitch at SuperSport Park is a good one for batting. The average first innings score here is 246 while the average second innings score is 210. Of the 57 ODIs played here, 32 have been won by the team chasing. The highest total recorded here is 392-6, while the lowest total recorded is 118-10.

As for the weather update for Centurion, the temperature is likely going to range between 18 and 24 degree Celsius. It is going to be cloudy and the game could be interrupted by rain.

South Africa team news and predicted XI

Team news: As aforementioned, South Africa are without several of their key players. In absence of the experienced players, the likes of Janneman Malan, David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo and Wayne Parnell are expected to play important roles.

Predicted XI: Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Khaya Zondo, Ryan Rickleton (wk), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj (c), Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala.

Netherlands team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Netherlands team will be without Ryan Ten Doeschate who announced retirement last month and will now be with the team as the mentor.  They will also be without the experienced Ben Cooper, Tobias Visee and Paul van Meekeren. The series will provide a good opportunity for the side to play against a higher ranked team.

Predicted XI: Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Pieter Seelaar (c), Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards (wk), Tim van der Gugten, Fred Klaasen, Brandon Glover, Vivian Kingma.

Head to head total 

This will be the first ODI match between South Africa and the Netherlands since May 2013. The two teams have played four ODIs so far, with South Africa winning on all four occasions. This will also be the first bilateral series between the two teams.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for South Africa vs Netherlands, 1st ODI

David Miller – Batter, South Africa

MPL price – 9 credits

We didn’t see much of the hard-hitting left hander’s batting in the World Cup – he didn’t get to bat in two innings and remained unbeaten four times on small scores. Miller will now be looking to make his presence felt in the 50-over format. The 31-year-old has played only three ODI innings this year, from which he has two fifties. In all, Miller has played 136 ODIs for South Africa, from which he has an average of 40.91. This includes five centuries and 16 fifties. His price on the MPL app for the first ODI is 9 credits.

Janneman Malan – Batter, South Africa

MPL price – 9.5 credits

Another must-have South African batter in your MPL team is Janneman Malan. The 25-year-old has played some fine knocks in ODI cricket this year, which includes a half-century each against Pakistan and Ireland, and a century each against Sri Lanka and Ireland. Since making his ODI debut in February 2020, the top-order batter has featured in 10 games, from which he has 645 runs at an average of 92.14. Malan, who is priced at 9.5 credits for this game, is a good choice for your fantasy team’s captaincy.

Max O’Dowd – Batter, Netherlands

MPL price – 9 credits

The 27-year-old opener’s batting was one of the very few positives Netherlands were able to take from their campaign at the T20 World Cup. O’Dowd scored two consecutive half-centuries in the tournament and will now be looking to put up similar performances in the longer white-ball format. The right-hander has played seven ODI matches, from which he has 330 runs at an average of 55.00. He is priced at 9 credits.

Tabraiz Shami – Bowler, South Africa

MPL price – 8.5

After impressing in the shortest format at the recent World Cup, Tabraiz Shamsi will now eye wickets in the ODI format. In eight ODIs this year, Shamsi has picked up 14 wickets, including a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in September. In all, he has 40 wickets in 30 ODIs at an economy rate of 5.25. Shamsi is priced at 8.5 credits.

Colin Ackermann – All-rounder, Netherlands

MPL price – 9.5 credits

Along with O’Dowd, another good pick from the Netherlands side is all-rounder Colin Ackermann, who is priced at 9.5 credits. He is most likely to be picked in the playing XI for what will be his first ODI game. The offbreak bowler has performed decently in the game’s shortest format and will now look to make most of the opportunities coming his way in the ODI format. He is priced at 9.5 credits.

MPL fantasy XI – South Africa vs Netherlands, 1st ODI

South Africa vs Netherlands, 1st ODI – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The ODI series between South Africa vs Netherlands will be televised on Star Sports Select 2/Select 2 HD TV channels in India. The live streaming of the game will be available on Hotstar for users with a subscription. The first ODI will be played on November 26 at 1.30 PM IST. 

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Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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