India VS South Africa 2022, 1st T20I: Preview, Dream 11 Predictions, Playing XI, Fantasy Tips, Pitch Report.

Here is a quick preview of the 1st T20I between India and South Africa. India VS South Africa 2022 is a 5-match T20I series.

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The international cricket circuit has started buzzing once again. The international tours of the New Zealand team to England have begun and so has the Pakistan tour of the West Indies. These tours have got underway and now even the T20 series between India and South Africa begins. India VS South Africa 2022 is a 5-match T20I series that will feature the top players from both teams. The surprise for the Indian national team is that with the injury of KL Rahul all the senior players have now been ruled out of the team and Rishabh Pant will be leading the team for the India VS South Africa games. Here is an in-depth look at the preview of the game: 

Indian Squad for India VS South Africa 2022 T20 Series: 

Rishabh Pant (Captain)(wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik. 

The expected playing 11 is as follows: 

Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Captain and Wicket Keeper), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (Vice-Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal. 

South African Squad for India VS South Africa 2022 Series: 

Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen. 

The expected playing 11 is as follows: 

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (C), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorious, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje. 

Pitch and Weather Report: 

The first game of the India VS South Africa 5-match series is being played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The expected temperature is 33 degrees Celsius with a wind speed of 32 kmph. There will be some cloud cover but the chances of precipitation are very low. The humidity is 19%.  

The Delhi wicket is expected to be great for the batters. In the last IPL game that was played here, the Mumbai Indians managed to chase down 219 runs with the help of a sandstorm kind of an innings from Kieron Pollard. The wicket is expected to be the batter’s paradise and will have a bounce on offer. Having bounce keeps the spinners in play as well. So, it is a well-matched contest.  

Rishabh Pant is the Predicted top Performers of India VS South Africa 2022 1st T20I: 

The predicted top performer of India VS South Africa 2022 in the first T20I is Rishabh Pant. Pant has had a decent record in all of the T20Is that he has played. His numbers are very mediocre but Rishabh has pulled his weight in the team due to potential. On his day, Rishabh can win games single-handedly and he has shown this in the red-ball format. Here is a look at the T20I stats of Rishabh Pant: 

Stats Values 
Matches 43 
Runs  683 
Average 24.45 
Strike Rate 125.67 
Best  65* 

It is said that responsibility brings the best out of a strong character. This can be the case with Rishabh Pant. If he decides, he can shine with flying colors in this situation. The only thing that can hold Rishabh Pant back is Rishabh Pant himself as at times his shot selection becomes poor. 

Quinton De Kock is the Predicted top Performers of IND VS SA 2022 1st T20I: 

From one wicketkeeper to another. Quinton De Kock can also be the top performer for today. The reason is Quinton De Kock’s form in the last few games of the IPL. He did not have an ideal start to the IPL but caught up in the latter stages of the league. He played a dream inning of 140 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders in a must-win game for the Lucknow Super Giants. He also holds the record with KL Rahul for the highest partnership in the history of the IPL.  

He ended by being 3rd on the list of top run-getters in the IPL 2022. Here is a look at his IPL 2022 stats: 

Stats  Value 
Matches 15 
Runs 508 
Strike Rate 148.97 
Average 36.29 
Highest 140* 

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