About the Match
South Africa registered an emphatic T20 series win 2-0 against hosts India with the third match washed away by rain
; the two teams will face each other in a 5-match ODI series, with the 1st ODI slated to be held on 11th Oct at Kanpur.With the recent victory, the visitors are high up on confidence for the upcoming one-day matches and we are surely set to witness some fierce battles between the Indian batsmen and the Protean pace attack. Indians will try to bounce back with a better performance but they will also proceed with caution in forming the right strategy against the hard-hitting Protean top order. The contest will definitely see some sparks flying on the field with players from both sides ready to up their ante in the upcoming game on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma is in good nick with the bat and needs to be consistent in the top order along with batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane; the middle order has the strength of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina, who will definitely come out all guns blazing if they can read the opposition well.
On the bowling front, Ravichandran Ashwin has been consistent with his wicket-taking abilities and along with Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and part-timers like Stuart Binny, who is a good all-rounder, the spin bowling department will have some tricks up their sleeves for the Proteans. With pace, Umesh Yadav has done well and will support Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who can bring in the wickets at regular intervals.
Overall, this side is a tough unit to crack on home turf but in the back of a T20 series defeat, they will need to be cautious in their approach and keep a positive attitude all throughout.
AB de Villiers is a run-scoring machine and will lead the side from the front as always; he will be supported by Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis in the top order. JP Duminy who largely contributed to their wins in the T20 format of the game, will be a huge asset in the middle order and along with players like Farhaan Behardien and David Miller, can bring in the big runs.
On the bowling front, MorneMorkel is looking dangerous with his pace while Chris Morris was a key wicket-taker in the recent matches; Dale Steyn has immense experience in these conditions and the young KagisoRabada has made quite an impression already. Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso will contribute with their spin bowling and they can be vital against the Indian batsmen.
They have already got a morale boost with the victory to start the tour with and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum.
While India has a lot to work on, they will definitely come back with a bang here to exert supremacy again on home soil; South Africa has the psychological advantage but the 50-over format can test their perseverance. While the contest will be closely fought, we feel that India will emerge victorious on Sunday