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India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – Twitter Reactions

The India vs South Africa ODI series had to start on Thursday (12th March) at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala), but the rain washed out the game. The cricket fans have slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for choosing Dharamshala for an international match.

India and South Africa are now busy in the three-match ODI series which is also their last international cricket assignment in the ongoing 2019/20 season. However, the fans have been massively disappointed after the rain canceled the opening game of the series in Dharamsala. Even, there was no possibility to conduct the toss.

From the last September, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala) got the responsibility of hosting two international matches. Incidentally, during the T20I series between India and South Africa, Dharamsala hosted the opening game of the series on 15th September 2019. However, it was also abandoned without a toss due to the rain.

Now, the same venue disappointed once again the entire cricket fans. Some have criticized the BCCI for deciding to host international cricket matches at this venue as they believe that it is not the right venue for international cricket.

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In international cricket history, before last September, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala) hosted 13 international matches (only Test, four ODIs and eight T20Is). Though two T20Is had no results out of those matches, there was no record of match abandoned. But this inconvenience has happened only in the last two international matches.

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India vs South Africa 2020: ODI series – Next Matches

On this Sunday (15th March), India and South Africa will play the next game of this series at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow). They will play the last game of this series on 18th March at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). The fans are now hoping for no more rain-interruption in the next two ODIs.

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Here are some twitter reactions

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India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – Match Abandoned Due To Rain

The hosts India and the visitors South Africa were ready for the first game of the three-match ODI series at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala). But the rain and wet outfield have forced to abandon this opening game of the series.

This is the last international series for both India and South Africa in the ongoing 2019/20 season. Both teams are in very different forms at the present moment as India lost their last three ODIs while South Africa won all their last three ODIs.

Last time, India and South Africa met in the ODI cricket during the round-robin stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Southampton on 5th June 2019. India won that match by six wickets.

Coming back to this Dharamsala ODI, the toss had been delayed due to wet conditions, while it was originally scheduled at 13:00 IST (also in local time). The umpires were initially scheduled to inspect the ground at 13:15 IST (also in local time). But that inspection was interrupted due to the rain.

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For most of the entire original first session was wasted due to rain. While the cut-off time for a 20-over game was 18:30 IST (also in local time), the match officials decided to abandon the match around 17:20 IST (also in local time).

Apart from the weather issue, the stadium had a very lesser crowd due to the Covid-19 or Coronavirus outbreak.

Lucknow will host the next ODI between India and South Africa on this Sunday

After the abandoned result in the Dharamsala ODI, it is now going to be the two-match ODI series affair between India and South Africa. They will play the next game of this ODI series at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow) on this Sunday (15th March).

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Eden Gardens (Kolkata) will host the last game of this series on 18th March.

Both the upcoming matches are likely to be played behind the close door as the Sports Ministry has recently advised it all the national federations.

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India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Where to Watch

India and South Africa will end the ongoing international cricket season with the three-match ODI series in India. The first game of this series will be played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Thursday (12th March).

Both teams had completely different stories in their last ODI series. While India lost the three-match ODI series in New Zealand by the 3-0 margin, South Africa won the three-match home ODI series against Australia.

However, they will now have to face different challenges as India will now play at home, and South Africa will have to play as the away side.

It is going to be the last ODI series for both sides ahead of their journey in the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, the direct qualifier process for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Though India have already secured their place for the CWC 2023 as they will host this tournament, they will take the Super League as a preparation for the next CWC.

Date: 12th March 2020

Time: 13:30 IST

Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Weather forecast:

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The opening game of the ODI series is under the serious threat of rain. According to AccuWeather forecast, there is the possibility of little rain at the day time and thundershowers at night. This weather can hugely affect this day/night ODI.

Pitch Report:

Out of four ODIs at this venue, thrice the winners were second batting sides while the teams opting to bat first batting hugely struggled in those matches. Only once the first batting team won an ODI at this venue when India set the 300+ total in the first innings.

While the pacers generally get benefit at this venue, batsmen can score good runs after spending a good time on this pitch.

India’s Predicted XI:

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Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar have returned to the squad after recovering from their respective injuries. But the Indian team will miss the vice-captain Rohit Sharma and the right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami.

Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill are likely to fight for the opening spot while Ravindra Jadeja will now face the fight with Hardik Pandya to grab the all-rounder spot. The team management is also likely to go with one spinner in this ODI as they will have to choose between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

Predicted XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah.

South Africa’s Predicted XI:

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While Quinton de Kock has started his international captaincy period positively, Faf du Plessis‘ ODI return will boost this side. It is going to be the first presence in ODI for Faf du Plessis since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The Proteas bowling side hasn’t the big experiences, and they will miss the right-arm fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.

Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (C/wk), Janneman Malan, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Beuran Hendricks and Lungi Ngidi.

Match Prediction:

Though the Indian team is struggling at present, they are still a strong ODI side at home.

However, the South African team is also ready to stun everyone in this away series.

Where To Watch:

TV – Star Sports Network

Online– Hotstar

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India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – Stats Preview

On Thursday (12th March), the hosts India will face the visitors South Africa in the first game of the three-match ODI series at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala).

It is going to be the first ODI meeting between India and South Africa since the round-robin stage meeting during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They played that game at Southampton (5th June 2019) where India won by six wickets.

India vs South Africa 2020: Here are some crucial stats previews before the Dharamsala ODI

Venue stats (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala)

Ground’s history in first and second batting in ODIs

Overall

Stats Overall First batting Second batting
Win 4 1 3
Innings average (Average run-rate) 208 (5.02) 214.50 (4.71) 201.50 (5.39)

(Special Note: Included all out, target reached and complete innings. Excluded only incomplete innings)

 

Teams’ ODI records at this venue

Team Matches Won Lost Tied/No Result
India 4 2 2 0/0
South Africa -/-

 

Teams’ stats

India vs South Africa Head-to-Head ODI records

Stats Matches India Won South Africa Won Tied/No Result
Overall 84 35 46 0/3
In India 28 15 13 0/0
At Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala) -/-
In the last five matches 5 4 1 0/0

 

In the last five ODIs

Team Matches Won Lost Tied/No Result
India 5 2 3 0/0
South Africa 5 3 1 0/1

 

Players’ stats

Indian cricketers’ stats

i) Virat Kohli (1,992 runs) is eight runs away to become the second Indian ODI captain to score 2,000 runs at home. Only MS Dhoni (2,675 runs) has reached this milestone as an Indian ODI captain at home.

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ii) Virat Kohli (5,147 runs) is 92 runs behind of the second most runs-scorer as an Indian ODI captain, Mohammad Azharuddin (5,239 runs). MS Dhoni is on the top of this list with 6,641 runs as an Indian ODI captain.

iii) Virat Kohli (21,901 runs) needs to score 99 more runs to become the third Indian cricketer to score 22,000 international runs. Only Sachin Tendulkar (34,357 runs) and Rahul Dravid (24,064 runs) are in this list from India. In overall, seven cricketers have scored 22,000+ international runs.

iv) Hardik Pandya (957 runs) is 43 runs away to complete his 1,000 ODI runs.

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South African cricketers’ stats

i) Faf du Plessis (1,981 runs) needs to score 19 more runs to complete 2,000 ODI runs at the away venues. Till the date, a total of six South African batsmen scored 2,000 ODI runs at the away venues.

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ii) Quinton de Kock (1,930 runs) is 70 runs away to complete 2,000 ODI runs at the away venues. He will be the first Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman to score 2,000 ODI runs at the away venues.

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India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – India’s Predicted XI

India will end the current international cricket season with the three-match home ODI series against South Africa. They will play the opening game of this series on this Thursday (12th March) at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala).

India played their last ODI series in New Zealand last February. It was the three-match ODI series and the hosts New Zealand won that series by 3-0 margin.

Last time, India and South Africa met in an ODI at Southampton (5th June 2019) during the round-robin stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. India won that match by six wickets with 15 balls remaining.

India vs South Africa 2020: Here is India’s predicted XI for the upcoming Dharamsala ODI.

Prithvi Shaw

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Though youngster Prithvi Shaw didn’t play the big knocks in the ODI or Test series in the recently concluded New Zealand tour, his aggressive starts were impressive. Shaw scored 84 runs in his first ODI series, which was the recent three-match series in New Zealand. ]

While Rohit Sharma isn’t available yet, and the team management is using KL Rahul for the middle-order batting, Shaw is likely to continue his place in the ODI squad.

Shikhar Dhawan

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Since 2019, Shikhar Dhawan has faced hard times as he missed out many international matches due to his fitness issues. When Dhawan played the last international series, which was the three-match home ODI series against Australia, the left-handed opening batsman was in great form.

In the last three international innings, Dhawan scored 52 (T20I), 74 (ODI) and 96 runs (ODI) respectively.

The team is waiting to see Dhawan in the same form with the bat. In the recent DY Patil T20 Cup 2020 final, Dhawan scored 69 runs off 41 balls.

Virat Kohli (C)

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The Indian skipper Virat Kohli is currently the no.1-ranked ODI batsman. However, the right-handed batsman recently had a horrific tour with the bat in New Zealand.

But, most experts are confident enough on Kohli quick return in the batting form.

Shreyas Iyer

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While the team management was struggling for a long time to find out the proper batsman for the no.4 batting position in the ODI format, the 25-year-old Shreyas Iyer has solved this issue at the present moment.

Though India suffered a whitewash in the recent ODI series in New Zealand, Iyer finished that series as the most run-scorer as he scored 217 runs in three matches with an average of 72.33. In that ODI series, the right-handed batsman scored 103, 52 and 62 runs respectively.

KL Rahul (wk)

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As a wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited-overs format, KL Rahul is playing very well, especially with the bat. He is not only scoring consistently but also handling every role as a batsman positively.

In the New Zealand tour, while Rahul won the Player of the Series award in the T20I series for finishing as the leading run-scorer, the right-handed batsman also finished as the second most run-scorer during the ODI series of that tour.

During that ODI series, he scored 204 runs in three innings (average 102.00). In the last eight ODI innings, Rahul scored 102, 77, 47, 80, 19, 88*, 4 and 112 runs.

Manish Pandey

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As a middle-order batsman, Manish Pandey is playing maturely. He is another Indian middle-order batsman who is currently in very good form with the bat. But most importantly, the right-handed batsman is not losing his wicket easily.

Hardik Pandya

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Apart from two T20Is, Hardik Pandya hasn’t played any more international matches since the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to undergo his back surgery.

The Indian cricket fans are eagerly waiting to see him in the upcoming series as the team and fans have missed him in recent times. In the recent DY Patil T20 Cup 2020, Hardik batted furiously and scored 347 runs in five innings with an average of 86.75 and strike-rate of 232.89, including two centuries.

Also, with the ball in hand, Pandya bagged 14 wickets in that tournament, including two five-wicket hauls.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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The right-arm pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also struggled with the fitness issues from the last year. While he played the last ODI in last August during India tour of West Indies, his last professional match was also against West Indies but in the home T20I series in last December.

The 30-year-old needs to prove himself in the upcoming series as many pacers are fighting to earn a spot in the Indian team.

Navdeep Saini

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The right-arm fast bowler Navdeep Saini has impressed with his bowling skills in the early international career.

Though he struggled during the limited-overs series in the last New Zealand tour, the team management hasn’t lost their faith on him.

Jasprit Bumrah

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Since his return after recovering from the injury, Jasprit Bumrah has performed well enough but has failed to take wickets consistently.

The right-arm pacer needs to make more improvement in his bowling to return to his old dominating rhythm.

The present second-ranked ODI bowler recently lost the top spot of the ICC ODI bowling rankings.

Yuzvendra Chahal

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The leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal bowled well during the last ODI series in New Zealand tour as he finished as the joint-most wicket-taker in that series (six wickets). However, he still needs to perform consistently to fix his spot in the ODI playing XI.