About the Match
India is all set for the South Africa tour this month that will see the two nations battling it out in a 3-match ODI series followed by 2 Tests. While Team India, the world No.1 ODI side has had an amazing season back at home; South Africa too has won the last 6 tests on home turf. It will be a tough challenge for India to conquer the Proteas in their own backyard but the visiting team is packed with a young brigade that makes India an ODI champion. South Africa has many match-winners who are specialists in their respective departments. It will be a fierce competition between the two sides, with each team having its own set of positives.
They have just suffered an ODI series defeat against Pakistan but had a successful run in the Middle East against the same opponent sometime back. The team has key players like Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Vernon Philander, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Alviro Pietersen - specialists in their own right who have been performing consistently. Steyn is a match winner and can demolish the opponent batsmen with great support from Philander; the duo makes for a deadly combination of attack that can tear apart the opposing batsmen. Kallis has made a good comeback after recovering from his injuries and will be a key resource with both bat and ball; AB de Villiers can be deadly with his hard-hitting skills and can lead the team from the front. Overall, this is a team that is difficult to beat at home and the Proteas are well set to start the series on a winning note.
India has done very well in the last few months and this series will be a true test of their talent and determination to win matches abroad. The young brigade consisting of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli has been consistently winning matches for India in both formats of the game and a lot is expected from this trio of talented players. Dhoni's leadership and game-changing abilities make India a force to reckon with along with the energy and enthusiasm of youngsters; Ashwin, Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jadeja have had a good run recently and will look forward to performing well for their team here too. This side is number one in the one-day format for a reason; their team work, talent and hunger to succeed make them a tough side to beat and they are ready to be tested for their skills and determination once again.
Both teams have been in top form and have been winning matches in the shorter format of the game; players from both sides have the skills and armour to put up a tough challenge for the opponent. Though South Africa has the home advantage and key resources to turn the game in their favor, India looks better placed to take on the Proteas and win this match convincingly.
India, 2.10 @ Bet365
The opening pair of both the sides looks well settled and the openers from both the sides have produced good runs for their respective teams. With openers looking settled, I think the fall of first wicket would not be for less than 28 runs.
Fall of 1st Wicket:
28 and Over, 2.00 @ William Hill