#India and #South #Africa will take on each other in 6 match #ODI series.
After the Test series is done, the two top teams will gear themselves up for 6 One Day International matches; the first ODI will be played on Thursday 01st February 2018 at Kingsmead Durban.
India will have to put the loss of the test series behind when they will take on South Africa tomorrow.
India played decently in the test series, the bowlers put up a great fight for the visitors. But batsmen weren’t that consistent enough to score the runs that’s the main reason why India lost the test series a few days ago.
The experience of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t help India in the test matches, but their underperformance surely hurt India and so they lost the series with two close defeats.
Now in the ODI series, India will want their most senior player to step up and deliver.
MS Dhoni is the man to whom India will be looking at. The veteran wicket keeper batsman has the experience of playing in South Africa.
Virat Kohli will want MSD to use his full experience and guide the young Indian team to their 1st series win in South Africa.
MSD will be playing his last ODI series in South Africa, so he will want to play well and finish on high.
MS Dhoni will look to improve his record against in South Africa, Dhoni has played 15 matches in South Africa and he has scored only 301 runs with an average of just 25.08 and his best score in South Africa is 65.
If Dhoni plays well in the ODI series, then India will win the series, he is the player to watch out for India.
Kohli will also want Yuzvendra Chahal to play like he plays at home. Chahal is Kohli’s trump card in limited overs cricket. Chahal has done well in ODIs and T20s for India.
But now his challenge will lie in performing well in the overseas conditions. Chahal will be the second player to be watched out from India.
Chahal has not played any ODI matches against South Africa till now and in South Africa he will be touring the country for the first time, it will be exciting to see how this youngster performs there.
Hardik Pandya will be also watched closely in the ODI series. After scoring 93 at Cape Town, Hardik has been silent with the bat and with the ball too he hasn’t been that effective after the first test.
In the ODI series Hardik Pandya will have to do well, ODI cricket is much more suited for him. He needs to deliver as an all rounder for India.
Rohit Sharma failed in test matches; in ODIs he will have to come good as an opener with his partner Shikhar Dhawan.
The two openers have played really well in the home conditions, but India will also need them to bat well abroad.
Virat Kohli will again be the backbone of this team, just like Test matches Kohli will be the one to hold the innings in ODIs.
The bowlers will be in work again, they will need to repeat their good test performance in ODI series also.
Bumrah was good in test matches, so as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohd Shami. These three will hold the key for India as bowlers.
India’s main challenge is to bat well in the South African conditions. They have the bowlers to do the job but again their batsmen will be tested against the South African bowlers.
Playing XI of India –
India will want 2 spinners in their XI.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey/Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.
For the hosts all went well in the first two test matches, their batsmen did bat well in Cape Town and Centurion.
But they need a consistent batsman at the top order. Their batsmen have been inconsistent throughout the test series.
This will worry South Africa a bit because even they know that India has good bowlers to bowl them out cheaply as they did in the last test match.
The onus of scoring runs will be on Quinton De Cock, Hashim Amla, Skipper Faf Du Plessis and JP Duminy.
These 4 players will hold the key to success for South Africa.
When India toured South Africa in 2013, Quinton De Cock scored back to back centuries and won the game for South Africa.
If De Cock repeats the same in this ODI series than India will be under pressure.
De Cock should take an inspiration from that series and score those big hundreds in this ODI series.
The middle order will Faf and JP Duminy to score some handy runs.
They are the batsmen who can take the game away from India.
But the lower order looks weak, South Africa will want one of the top order batsmen to stay till the end because Kagiso Rabada, Morne Mokel, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris can’t score quick runs in the last few overs.
South Africa will need the services of David Miller in the squad. The responsibility of scoring quick runs will be on Miller.
Miller is the batsmen to be watched out for South Arica in last few overs. His hitting ability may allow The Proteas to get a good total on the board.
The lower order should bat around Miller, it shouldn’t be like the last test match where Dean Elgar was fighting a lone battle and the lower order didn’t hang around, that’s why South Africa got defeated in the last test match.
South Africa will want to repeat the same performance of the 1st two test in this ODI series also.
- Overall Record of India – South Africa says that the Proteas have a better record than India. From 77 matches, India have won only 29 of those and South Africa has won 45 of them.
- In South Africa, India has won just 5 ODI matches out of 28 played. South Africans always have a upper hand against India. They have won 21 ODIs and 2 matches ended in no result.
- At Kingsmed Durban India are yet to win a game. Out of 7 ODI matches, South Africa has won 6 and 1 match ended in no result.
Virat Kohli and his men will have a uphill task ahead of them.
India had lost the match by 134 runs when these two teams met at Durban in 2013.
South Africa played their last game at this venue on 1st Feb 2017 against Sri Lanka. The Proteas won that match by 121 runs.
Playing XI of South Africa –
South Africa will miss Dale Steyn and AB De Villers in the ODI series. ABD will be out of the first 3 ODI matches due to finger injury.
Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar/Adien Markram, David Miller, JP Duminy, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir.
Will India’s fortune change in the ODI series? or can the hosts will maintain their winning run at home?