India VS SA
India vs South Africa

India VS SA ODI series begins on Thursday. The first game of the series will be played at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. The Indian Cricket Team has sent a relatively sub-string squad for this series as most of their senior players have been rested for the ICC T20 World Cup. The likes of Rohit, Rahul, and Kohli will not feature in the contest. The bowler unit doesn’t have Bhuvi and Yuzi either. However, this brings in an opportunity for the likes of Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, and Kuldeep Yadav. Here is a quick preview: 

Indian Team Preview Before India VS SA: 

India VS SA ODI Series
IMG SRC: The Indian Express

The team is high on confidence after steamrolling West Indies and Zimbabwe in the ODI format. The eyes will be on the likes of Shubman Gill and Sanju Samson. These are players with immense potential. Kuldeep Yadav will also be rooting for one opportunity to show what he has got. Deepak Chahar and Shreyas Iyer will be looking for some good game time. 

Indian Team for the India VS SA ODI Series: 

Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubhman Gill, Shreyas Iyer (VC), Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar  

Expected Playing XI: 

Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer (VC), Sanju Samson, Rajat Patidar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi.   

South Africa Team Preview Before India VS SA: 

India VS SA ODI Series
Bavuma’s place is in jeopardy as Hendricks has been top-notch. IMG SRC: TOI

The South African team is struggling for points in the ICC Super League. While India is just a win away from the top spot, South Africa needs to win big to make sure that they do not need to play the qualifiers. Janneman Malan made it clear in the press conference that from this game onwards, every game becomes a “do-or-die” game for the men in green.  

South African Team for the India VS SA ODI Series: 

Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Heinrich Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi, Reeza Hendricks 

Expected Playing XI:  

Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (C), Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada 

Venue and Timings: 

The game will be played at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. The broadcast of the live game will begin from 1:30 pm onwards. Not only, telecast but also live streams will take place as well. Star TV Network happens to be the one with the rights. So, the live stream can be seen on Disney+Hotstar.  

Prediction of the India VS SA 1st ODI: 

India to win the game. The top performer for India with the bat will be Sanju Samson.  

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