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COVID-19 Affecting BCCI's Revenue: Reduced IPL 2020's Sponsorship Deal; No Kit Sponsor For Team India
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COVID-19 Affecting BCCI’s Revenue: Reduced IPL 2020’s Sponsorship Deal; No Kit Sponsor For Team India

Indian Premier League (IPL), called the cricket festival for Indians, grabs the attention of all genres of people. Being the most watched T20 tournament, it is a huge money-making sector for companies as well as the Indian board by acquiring profitable sponsorship deals. But in the upcoming IPL edition, the COVID-19 disaster has led to a substantial revenue shortfall for BCCI because of reduced sponsorship deals.

BCCI got the huge blow after Vivo pulled out from the title sponsorship deal for IPL 2020. The Chinese mobile company turned down the deal after tension flared up in the India-China border and starting boycotting Chinese product moments in India. However, BCCI was successful in getting Dream11 as Vivo replacement but the contract is 50% of what the board earned last year.

Vivo paid the BCCI for Rs 440 crore annually but the fantasy sports have availed the title sponsorship at Rs 222 crore. Although it’s a big accomplishment for the board to get the sponsors amid the depressed economy.

IPL had two vacant places for the associate sponsors after Dream11 gained title sponsorship and the future group. The Edu-tech company Unacademy and fintech start-up CRED have filled those vacancies reportedly after offering Rs 40 crore each.

IPL franchisees gaining reduced sponsorship deals:

IPL 2020
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Three IPL franchises have roped in replacement shirt sponsors at lower prices. Delhi Capital’s principal jersey sponsor Daikin had turned down the Rs 14 crore deal soon after the tournament postponed in March. JSW, who is also the co-owner of the franchise, has picked up the sponsorship for a reduced price.

“We at the JSW Group see this as a tremendous opportunity to step in as Principal Sponsor for the Delhi Capitals. There are few properties that garner the viewership of the IPL,” said Parth Jindal, chairman and co-owner of Delhi Capitals.

Dubai Expo, who had signed as Rajasthan Royals for jersey sponsorship, dropped out after the tournament’s postponement news was announced. News network TV9 is said to have come in at a lower rate. The media company has earned a space in KKR’s jersey as well.

“It serves both the parties well. From TV9’s point of view, going with IPL helps their image in the prevailing news market scenario. It takes a while to be No.1 in the Hindi news space and this will help in their quest. Between two franchises they will have visibility across 28 matches,” said Arshad Shawl, founder Alliance Advertising. 

BYJU’s after losing the title sponsorship deal has also withdrawn their KKR’s principal sponsorship deals. Mobile Premier League has replaced them from KKR’s jersey.

“KKR is able to rope in a lot of sponsors which are endorsed by their co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, Byjus being one of them. But with their competitors Unacademy coming in as IPL associate partners, they would have their name on the mat, mentioned by commentators. It’s understandable of Byjus to move out, not wanting to play second-fiddle,” said the source connected to franchise sponsorship deals.

Team India’s kit without sponsors:

India vs Australia,
Team India. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Nike was India’s kit sponsor. Their deal, which expires in this month, was worth Rs 87 lakh per match. BCCI had invited new kit sponsors at a reduced base price of Rs 65 lakh per match but neither Adidas nor Puma, who picked up tender documents, placed a bid by September 1st, the deadline. BCCI had to find the sponsors Team India is set to tour Australia later this year.

Many financial experts are of the view that sponsors will earn a good sum of money during the IPL 2020 which is said to become the most-watched tournament in its history because people are locked in their homes.

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IPL 2020 Dealt With Another Blow As Future Group Pulls Out

IPL 2020 has dealt with another blow as the central sponsor Future Group who were paying 28 crore for central sponsorship exited early citing excessive unmanageable costs and also being badly hit with covid-19 pandemic. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is facing constant hurdles ahead of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Chinese smartphone maker brand Vivo who are also title sponsor of IPL pulled out earlier this month due to backlash on Chinese products only to be replaced by Dream11 which is a fantasy gaming platform, at almost half the rate. Now news has come in that the associate central sponsor, Future Group, has ended its contract with the league.

IPL is only 26 days away from commencement and the sponsorship issues are putting the board constantly in troubled waters. It has already suffered huge losses with the title sponsors as Vivo used to pay Rs 440 crore yearly for title sponsorship while Dream11 has inked the deal for IPL 2020 worth Rs 222 crore. Vivo will come back after a year when the situation due to covid-19 improves.

IPL Dream11
IPL 2020 With Dream11

IPL 2020 Dealt With Exit Of Associate Central Sponsor Future Group

Future Group was associated with IPL for the last 5 years. After their exit, the IPL official website has also removed the logo of Future Group from the official sponsors list. Their were talks during the previous edition as well that the Future Group is looking to exit the league but they continued with the sponsorship during IPL 2019.
Future Group has been badly hit by the Covid-19 and they decided to pull the plug finally just 3 weeks before the  league is suppose to start on September 19th.
A BCCI source confirmed the news of Future Group.
“Yes, Future Group has pulled out of the IPL sponsorship deal. We are looking for a replacement,” he said.
The contract between BCCI and Future Group was approaching to an end but the early exit meant that the company will have to pay the penalty to the board.
IPL 2020
IPL 2020 Image Credits: BCCI

“Future Group wanted to exit as it found the costs too steep and re-negotiation did not yield much. However, BCCI would have only agreed to it if they paid the penalty,” a top executive from Future Group said.

The pull out of Vivo as title sponsors gave a hard time to BCCI as they lost almost 50% on the title sponsorship values.

Now, this development comes as a shock to them as the official sponsorship shot have been vacated with Dream11 graduating to title sponsorship from being official sponsors.

IPL 2020 Franchises To Suffer Huge Sponsorship Losses

The IPL franchises has suffered huge losses this year and the news of the pulling out of Future Group has only put them in jeopardy.

According to the rules and regulations laid down by BCCI, half of the sponsorship money, Rs 111 crore, will go to the board while the rest of the money will be divided among the eight franchises. Every team, in that case, will earn Rs 13.87 crore this year contrary to Rs 27 crore they used to get when Vivo was the title sponsor.

Dream11, IPL
Dream11 will be the title sponsors of IPL 2020 (Credits: Twitter)

The franchises will also miss the gate money this year with the matches being played behind closed doors in UAE. Moreover, most of the brands are also reworking their deals due to the pandemic situation which forced IPL to be postponed from March end and to be moved abroad where the franchises are set to incur losses Rs 20 crore each.

With the pull out of the Future Group from IPL 2020, there are mainly 4 central sponsors which are:
  • Dream11 – Title Sponsor
  • Tata Motors – Official Car Partner
  • PayTM – Umpire Partner
  • CEAT – Official Strategic Timeout partner
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IPL 2020: Dream11 Clarifies They Are ‘Completely Homegrown Indian Brand’ Despite Having Chinese Investors

After Dream11 won the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 title sponsorship bid, they were in the news for all the wrong reasons last week. Indian fans had called out BCCI to drop Dream11 sponsorship, claiming that it was a Chinese brand without knowing the full fact.

Indian citizens are currently boycotting all China’s products after the border tension flared up between the two nuclear-armed countries. But many don’t know that Dream11 is not the Chinese brand. Therefore, the fantasy sports brand has to come forward to clear all the fuss, saying that they are fully homegrown Indian brands.

Dream11 spokesperson, in the recent interaction, explained that from it’s founder to all employees are Indian. He added that they are proud that their whole technology is also developed within India.

He clarified that even their Indian investors have a huge share in the company while there is only one Chinese investor called Tencent Games which has a minority stake in the company.

IPL title sponsorship, BCCI, Dream11

“Dream11 is almost entirely owned by Indians, which includes its founders, all 400+ Indian employees and our Indian investors such as Kalaari Capital and Multiples Equity. Out of the five investors, one of the investors has Chinese origins and holds a very small minority stake,” the spokesperson explained.

“Dream11 is a completely homegrown Indian brand. We are proud to say that the entire product and technology of Dream11 is developed within India, by Indians and is exclusively available for only Indian sports fans,” a Dream11 spokesperson told IANS.

Dream11 proud to win IPL 2020 deal:

BCCI, IPL 2020, UAE, Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni with the IPL trophy (Image Credit: BCCI.)

The gaming app won the IPL title sponsorship after outbidding BYJU’s and Unacademy with their bid of INR 220 crore. The spokesperson of the company said they take pride in the fact that they are the only sports brand to ever be IPL’s title sponsor.

“With live sporting action being missed by Indian sports fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPL will mark the comeback of mainstream Indian cricket, making this IPL season the most-awaited and watched sporting event in India.

“Dream11 is the only sports brand to bag the title sponsorship in the IPL’s history,” the official said.

BCCI had to find the new sponsors after Vivo pulled out from this year’s deal.

The Chinese mobile company had won the bid for sponsoring the IPL for five years in 2017 for INR 2199 but suspended this year’s deal after a huge call out from cricket fans to boycott the Chinese products.

Meanwhile, IPL teams have reached the UAE to start preparing ahead of the tournament set to start from 19th September.

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IPL 2020: New Logo With Title Sponsor Dream11 Unveiled

Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will see Dream11 as title sponsors — as BCCI had to pick a new title sponsor after Chinese smartphone maker Vivo left sponsorship following the backlash of Chinese products. Finally, after bidding wars, Dream11 was awarded the sponsorship rights.

Dream11 is a leader in the fantasy gaming space. Dream11 agreed to pay BCCI INR 222 crore for the rights, which is almost half of the amount (440 crores) that Vivo was paying as title sponsors.

IPL 2020 is all set to start from September 19. The new logo featuring Dream11 for the IPL 2020 was revealed finally by BCCI.

The 2020 edition will take place in UAE after a postponement from March 29 due to COVID-19. IPL on its official Instagram handle shared a picture of its new logo with hashtag #Dream11IPL and asked the fans for their opinions on the subject.

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IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

IPL 2020 Will Witness Dream11 As Title Sponsor:

The image of the new logo was also shared for defending champions Mumbai Indians who open their campaign on September 19 against last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings on Instagram.

On August 18, 2020, IPL announced the deal with Dream XI besides mentioning the company’s growing presence in sports in India.

“The IPL Governing Council has announced Dream11 as the new Title Sponsor of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. Dream11 (Sporta Technologies Pvt. Ltd) is an Indian company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra,” the official IPL release stated.

“Dream11’s association with sports has grown over the years and it is presently partnering a total of 19 sports leagues along with 6 Indian Premier League Franchises.”

Dream11 were official partners of Vivo IPL
Dream11 were official partners of Vivo IPL

Dream11 were previously official partners for IPL as announced by BCCI on March 2019 for four years, but on 18th August 2020, they won the rights for 2020 IPL for 2.22 billion rupees after Vivo pulled out for one year.

IPL 2020 Welcomes Dream 11 On Board

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said that Dream11’s association with the league will help increase engagement of the fans with IPL.

“We welcome Dream11 on board as Title Sponsor for the 2020 edition of the IPL. Dream11 upgrading their association from an Official Partner to Title Sponsors is a great testament to the brand IPL.

“Dream11 as a fantasy sports brand will only grow the engagement of the IPL with its fans. As a digital brand it will give them leverage to create exciting online engagement for fans sitting at home and watching the matches. We look forward to delivering great value to Dream11,” Patel was quoted as saying in the release.

Dream11 Featuring MS Dhoni
IPL 2020: Dream11 featuring MS Dhoni

Dream11 provides a fantasy gaming platform for several sports like cricket, football, volleyball, basketball, kabaddi and hockey and is an online game where users creature virtual teams by picking key performers from both teams and users earn points based on their performance in real matches.

User with the maximum points attains the top rank in leaderboards. A user may have to pay a certain fee in paid contests and can win real cash if he finishes among the top.

However free practice contests are also offered by Dream11. CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in independence day is Dream11’s brand ambassador.

Dream11, IPL
Dream11 will be the title sponsors of IPL 2020 (Credits: Twitter)
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IPL 2020: Tata Sons Stays Away From Title Bid As BCCI Declines To Block More Than One Category

IPL 2020’s title sponsorship bidding war saw Tata Sons which owns the company of the Tata group once again reminding corporate India of their interest in cricket from which they have consciously stayed away in the past as was indicated when they came up with an “Expression of Interest (EOI)” for the Indian Premier League (IPL) title rights last week.

Tata Sons were the front-runners to bag title sponsorship ahead of ByJu’s, Unacademy and Reliance Jio after VIVO left as BCCI’s title sponsors for IPL 2020 season 45 days before the start of the new season.

There were speculations that the highest bidder may not get the sponsorship rights from the BCCI as the board was set to look at various other aspects keeping in mind the backlash over smartphone brand — Vivo.

The mega smartphone brand left because of its Chinese ownership and BCCI was desperate to find a replacement around the same deal as it had with VIVO (INR 440 crore per year), but industry experts had ruled it out keeping the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

But finally, fantasy sports Dream11 bagged the title sponsorship rights for staggering INR 222 crores per year almost half of last year’s Vivo’s sponsorship.

Dream11 to be official partner for IPL
Dream11 to be title sponsor after Vivo pulls out from IPL 2020

IPL 2020: Dream11 Bags IPL Title Sponsorship As Tata, ByJu’s And Unacademy Loses

Vivo, the Chinese smartphone brand, has left the sponsorship for at least this year and since Dream11 has acquired rights, IPL will be known as Dream11 IPL 2020 in the 13th edition. Dream11 were partner before but on 18th August they were named title sponsors after successful bidding of Rs. 222 crore as announced by BCCI on 18th August.

Tata Motors
Tata Motors

The BCCI had earlier asked only those companies to bid who had a turnover of more than 300 crores. While educational platforms Byju’s and Unacademy seemed to be willing to pay more money, Tata Sons were also in the race as the favourites to bag the sponsorship considering it to be an Indian brand.

“Whenever the IPL comes out with a tender for new franchises, expect the Tatas to be in the race. Their perceptions have evolved over time and they see cricket differently now from how they used to,” say those who track the company closely.

It was in 2018 when Tata Motors first came on board with the IPL as official partners which came as the company’s first major association with the T20 league since the later’s inception in 2008, signalling a massive change of mindset of the Tata group.

IPL 2020: BCCI Refused To Allow Tata More Than One Brand

Tatas wanted to block three categories as title sponsor – meaning, three different brands under their flagship – whereas BCCI maintained that Tatas could block only one single category.

For instance, Tatas may have looked to block three brands for title sponsorship and the deal would have ensured the company enough profit through perimeter boards inside the stadium during matches and other branding opportunities. BCCI put its foot down and insisted that Tatas could block only one category and not three.

“That’s BCCI’s policy decision and any potential bidder has to live with it. Suppose BCCI would’ve allowed Tatas to block three categories – Tata Motors, Tata Tea & TCS – they would not have had the option of inviting any of the rival brands in the market – Mahindra or Tetley or Infosys, for instance – on board,” says an industry executive.

IPL 2020

IPL trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

It is for the first time since the inception of IPL that a company with more than a dozen categories showed interest in bidding for the title rights. Until now, only single-brand companies such as DLF (real estate), Pepsi (beverages and snacks) and Vivo (mobile manufacturers) were contesting to acquire title sponsorship rights.

“What this episode has done is given BCCI an opportunity to look at this proposed Tata deal from a different viewpoint and look at the possibilities it can explore in the future where bringing multi-brand companies on board is concerned,” industry executives say.

Tata Group has not been associated with cricket very much but their reversal in decision allowed BCCI to mention that their participation in cricket will be observed keenly and they will be expected to participate more in future tournaments.

“Expect them to participate more in the game as and when opportunities arrive,” they add.

IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to commence on March 29 but was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic but BCCI finally announced in 2nd August that the tournament will be played between 19 September and 10th November in the Emirates.

On 10th the Indian government gave permission, but on 4th Vivo pulled out and on 18th of August, Dream11 was named as title sponsors.

The likes of Amazon, Coca-Cola, Unacademy and Byju’s were also among the major brands in the fray for the sponsorship rights of IPL 2020.

Rs 201 crore bid from Byju’s and Unacademy’s bid of Rs 170 crore came second and third respectively in the bidding war for the sponsorship rights of world’s most popular T20 league.

Dream11 has made a three-year winning bid of Rs 712 crore in total and will continue as title sponsors by paying Rs 222 crore for this year’s sponsorship rights and Rs 240 crore each for the next two years if Vivo India does not return as the title sponsor of the league next year.

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BCCI. Image Credit: Twitter.
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IPL 2020: CAIT Writes To BCCI As IPL Title Sponsor Has Conflicting ‘Chinese’ Shareholder

IPL 2020 suffered a blow after traders’ body CAIT on Wednesday wrote to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) raising objections about the Indian Premier League’s title sponsor — Dream11 reportedly having stakeholders from China. Fantasy gaming platform Dream11 on Tuesday won the IPL 2020 title sponsorship rights with a bid of Rs 222 crore, replacing Chinese mobile phone company — Vivo for a four-and-a-half-month deal.

Dream11 has been one of the IPL sponsors for a couple of years now. Vivo and the BCCI suspended a staggering Rs 440 crore-per-year deal for this season owing to the border stand-off between India and China.

The fantasy-based sports platform from India allows to play fantasy cricket, hockey, football, basketball and became the first gaming company to enter ‘Unicorn Club’.

Dream11 Fantasy Cricket App
Dream11 Fantasy Cricket App

Dream 11 Has Chinese Company Tencent Global As Stakeholder

Dream11 is an Indian company founded by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth in 2012 when they introduced freemium fantasy cricket only and in 2014 1 million registered users, in 2016 2 million users and 2018 4 million users were reported to play the game by installing the application in smartphone.

The IPL was moved out of India due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this year and will start on September 19 in the UAE. IPL was shifted from India after restrictions and lock-downs due to Covid-19 which also resulted in the postponement of IPL which was scheduled originally to start from 29th of March.

In a letter to BCCI President Saurav Ganguly, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said:

“We are deeply pained to note that now Dream 11 has been chosen as sponsor of IPL 2020 which has Chinese company Tencent Global as one of the major stakeholders”.

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Dream11 will be the title sponsors of IPL 2020 (Credits: Twitter)

“We are of the considered opinion that awarding sponsorship to Dream 11 is nothing but a bye pass route to neglect the sentiments and feelings prevailing among the people of India against China for its regular attempts to invade the interests of India,” said CAIT, which is spearheading the campaign to boycott Chinese goods.

There are certain questions about Chinese company Tencent’s investment in Dream11, but one of the BCCI insiders privy to the development said that it is less than 10 per cent.

In April 2019 Steadview Capital completed a secondary investment in 2019 and apart from them investors include Kalaari Capital, Think Investments, Multiples Equity and Tencent. China being the origin of coronavirus and recent tensions at border led to the banning of Chinese mobile applications and call for boycotting Chinese products.

Dream11 Was Appointed Official Partner For IPL For 4 Years In 2018

On 2020 Dream11 won the rights for sponsorship for 222 crore rupees after BCCI announced in March 2019 Dream11 as official partner for IPL for four years. In 2018, Dream11 announced a partnership with ICC. Mahendra Singh Dhoni who retired from international cricket on Independence Day is the brand ambassador.

Dream11 Partner For IPL In 2019
Dream11 Partner For IPL In 2019

Dream 11 is an online game where users create a virtual team of 11 real-life players from both teams participating and earn points based on their performances.

The user who gets maximum points is the winner and Dream 11 offers both free and paid contests where a user has to pay a certain fee to win real cash. To participate in a Dream11 game, a user must be at least 18 years old and needs to get their profile verified using their PAN.

Vivo which was founded in China in 2009 entered the Indian market in around 2014, following which they became the title sponsor for two years starting 2016, which was extended to 2022 in 2017.

However the Chinese brand of smartphone who had acquired IPL rights for 5 years until 2022 mutually agreed to suspend deal for 2020 with a clause to resume it next season.

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Dream11 will be the title sponsors of IPL 2020 (Credits: Twitter)
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Dream11 Replaces Vivo As IPL 2020 Title Sponsors

Fantasy sports platform Dream11 has won the title sponsorship for IPL 2020 for Rs 222 Crores. The BCCI’s search for a new title sponsors began this month when Vivo sensationally suspended their ties for the upcoming edition of the tournament. Vivo are likely to return as the sponsors for the next edition of IPL.

Dream11 bagged the title rights after outbidding favourites Tata Sons and education technology platforms — Byju’s and Unacademy. Earlier this month, the BCCI had asked the announced Companies with a turnover of over Rs 300 crores will be allowed to bid for the rights which are available for the period from August 18, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Some of India’s biggest companies had bid for the title sponsorship including Tata Sons, Jio Communications and Patanjali. However, Dream11 outbid all of them to bag the rights. While Dream11’s winning bid was Rs 222 crore, Unacademy’s bid was 210 crores followed by Tatas (180 crores) and Byju’s (125 crores).

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IPL (Credits: Twitter)

Vivo temporarily suspend ties:

Earlier this month, Vivo had sensationally pulled out as sponsors for the upcoming season. Vivo had signed a five-year deal in 2018 worth INR 2199 crore, which earned BCCI about INR 440 crore a season. The Chinese mobile manufacturing giants took the decision just a couple of days after the  after the IPL Governing Council announced that it has retained all of its sponsors including Vivo for IPL 2020.

Vivo’s decision came in the wake of the deadly clashes between the Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh in June. There were calls from all around to boycott China and BCCI were facing criticism from all around for retaining Vivo as the title sponsors. But at the same time, several reports suggested that Vivo pulled out of the deal only for this year because of financial reasons.

As per reports, they were not ready to pay the huge amount when consumers are boycotting Chinese products. At the same time, Vivo would have still remained the sponsors if the tournament took place in its original slot. The smartphone makers wanted the deal deferred by a year on grounds that paying Rs 880 crore for two seasons in a span of six-seven months is not easy. While IPL 2020 is scheduled to be played from September to November, IPL 2021 is set to be played in normal time (April – May).

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Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI: AUS vs NZ Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips

In less than a week after returning from South Africa, a full-strength Australia take on New Zealand in the first leg of the limited-overs series that starts tomorrow, with an ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground. Of course, the ODI series does not carry much relevance but the three T20Is that will follow will hold much importance. Australia had a rough tour of South Africa and lost all three ODIs – they did win T20I series 2-1.

On the other hand, New Zealand made a spectacular comeback against India and won all three ODIs after being whitewashed in the T20Is. They also won both the Test matches that followed. The visiting team has been bolstered by the comeback of pacers Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry.

Conditions –

The track at SCG is best for batting and expect both the teams to put up huge totals on the board. Both the captains would want to bowl first after winning the toss.

Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –

Australia:

Mitchell Starc, who missed the third ODI against South Africa, should be back into playing XI for the series opener. Both Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood might partner him. D’arcy Short and Ashton Agar should be part of playing XI since the pitch is quite slow.

Likely playing XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

New Zealand:

The visiting team will have Trent Boult back as the leader of their pace attack. Kyle Jamieson, who had a dream run against India, might be forced to sit out due to the presence of seniors.

Likely playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi

My Dream11 team for AUS vs NZ 1st ODI:

Aaron Finch, Martin Guptill (Captain), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Marnus Labuschagne (Vice-Captain), Alex Carey, Colin de Grandhomme, D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Lockie Ferguson

Photos: BCCI
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India vs South Africa 1st ODI: IND vs SA Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips

India and South Africa will conclude their 2019/20 international season with the three-match ODI series starting March 12 in Dharamsala. While Team India had a great run during the season, South Africa’s cricket touched lows and they now have a new team management and a new captain.

The last time South Africa played against India Down Under, the visiting team did dominate the home team but the things are different this time. Quinton de Kock is leading the team while Faf du Plessis is back in the side for the first time since World Cup 2019.

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

Conditions –

The cold weather should give pace bowlers an advantage during the duration of the contest. The team winning the toss might opt to bowl first.

Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –

India:

Opener Shikhar Dhawan is all set to play his first international match after two months. He suffered shoulder injury during Australia ODIs and was forced to miss the New Zealand tour. Prithvi Shaw, who made his ODI debut in New Zealand, should partner him ahead of Shubman Gill. KL Rahul should remain at number five.

Both Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be back in the playing XI for the opening ODI. Only one of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvednra Chahal is expected to be part of the final squad.

Likely playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

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South Africa:

Since Janneman Malan wasn’t a part of the original squad, he isn’t expected to get the first go in the series. South Africa will welcome back their former captain Faf du Plessis for the first time since July 2019. The recent form of Heinrich Klaasen is a big boost for South Africa.

Likely playing XI: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje

My Dream11 team for IND vs SA 1st ODI:

Quinton de Kock, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Shreyas Iyer (Vice-Captain), Heinrich Klaasen, Hardik Pandya, Jon-Jon Smuts, Jasprit Bumrah, Lungi Ngidi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Photo: BCCI
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South Africa vs Australia 2nd ODI: SA vs AUS Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips

Surprising selection call from Australia highlighted the first ODI of the series played last week at Paarl. Despite being the most consistent perfumer inT20Is, Ashton Agar was kept out of playing XI in the penning ODI. He was pipped by batsman turned all-rounder D’Arcy Short, who didn’t take a wicket in five overs and scored 18 runs. Agar is likely to play the second ODI.

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For South Africa, the win came as a big relief and a victory in Bloemfontein will finally see them register a series victory in the season. The home team successfully defended a total of 291 in the opening ODI and won by 74 runs.

Conditions –

The track at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein is a high-scoring one and expect both the teams to pile on big totals. Usually, teams like to bat second when the nature of the pitch remains the same throughout.

Here is the playing XI of both the teams –

South Arica:

South Africa, Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bowled on the first delivery of his Test career, Janeman Malan will eye redemption in the second ODI. Captain Quinton de Kock is unlikely to tinker with the winning combination and expect same playing XI in the second ODI as well.

Likely playing XI: Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

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Australia:

Jhye Richardson, 2019 World Cup, Australia, Shoulder Injury
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The visitors are likely to rest one of their pacers, giving chance to either of Kane and Jhye Richardson. One can expect Agar to play his first ODI after more than a year. Rest of the line-up should remain the same.

Likely playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Marnus Labschagne, Alex Carey, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

My dream11 team for SA vs AUS 2nd ODI –

Quinton de Kock, Aaron Finch (Captain), Steven Smith, Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, Mitchell Marsh (Vice-Captain), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Jhye Richardson, Anrich Nortje, Pat Cummins

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