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India Vs South Africa 2nd ODI: Match Analysis And Prediction

India Vs South Africa 2nd ODI: Match Analysis And Prediction

The South Africa India series is producing few unprecedented results, and much like the high and low bounce of the Wanderers wicket, the Durban ODI was nothing short of excitement and surprising result. India muscled past South Africa’s 269, and with Kohli’s heroics and Rahane’s sublime knock, India never looked in trouble of achieving it. Much like the Australia England series where the home team dominated the test matches, but the visitors bounced back in the shorter format of the game.

India will be brimming with confidence as there were ample positives to take from the first ODI. On the other hand, South Africa will be disappointed with their bowling department. However, there are 5 more matches to go, and the South Africa India action moves to SuperSport Park, Centurion.

Team News: India Vs SA


The Indians should pat themselves on the back as the Durban wicket wasn’t a cakewalk, and the pacers especially Bhuvaneshwar Kumar took quite a few blows, but the newly found spin twin of Chahal and Kuldeep made life easier for Kohli and Co. Hardik Pandya will still be under the spotlight after another poor showing with the ball and should have done better on an unpredictable wicket. Bumrah bowled with guile and pace, and there was an instance when he cut Du Plessis in halves on 91. Chahal showed why he is ranked above Ashwin in the ODI arena, and took two crucial wickets and bowled economically. Kuldeep was the other star who gave the ball air and his deliveries gripped and turned. Duminy was foxed by Kuldeep’s googly as he completely misread his hand.


The batting was another bright spot that clicked, and despite the openers scoring 20 and 35 respectively, they were undone by insane shot selection and a woeful runout. Dhawan was creaming the ball with ease, and with the feet moving closer to the ball. Rohit looked in a hurry and after smashing a six and couple of boundaries he went for a home run over the bowler. Kohli should blame himself as the single was not on, and Dhawan had to be sacrificed for it.

However, it was another Kohli masterclass; the 33rd century in ODIs and his umpteenth one while chasing. Kohli never looked in trouble and stayed unfazed against Rabada’s menacing pace. The question for the number 4 spot may have been answered. Period. Rahane played the perfect foil to Kohli’s heroics by chipping in with singles and excellent running and paired with two gigantic sixes and few boundaries. There is no reason why Kohli should tinker with the starting XI. The inclusion of Kedar Jadhav balances the team as his low angle off-spinners are an additive to his finishing abilities with the bat.

South Africa

South Africa could have done better on a wicket that was slow, but they lost wickets at crucial junctures and Du Plessis was all alone in another epic hundred. De Kock looked in trouble against Bumrah but played well for his 34 before he was wrongly adjudged LBW. Amla was undone with an excellent Bumrah incoming delivery, and Markram never looked pretty in his number 4 spot. Duminy and Miller will look to make the most of their opportunities in the second ODI, and with Morris hitting good form the batting department cannot be put under the scanner.

Du Plessis will need to reshuffle his bowling options as the Indians played with ease throughout the game and the de facto Imran Tahir was rendered insignificant as well. Rabada has been hitting his strides but needs to bowl accurately and the inclusion of Phelukwayo is baffling. On a slow wicket, the option of a chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi is an obvious choice, but the Proteas skipper missed a trick in Durban. The SuperSport Park wicket will be interesting to watch as the option of going with 4 specialist seamers may not be the way this time around. Behardien has been added to the South African squad as AB De Villiers replacement, but there looks no vacancy for him in the starting XI.

Playing XI India

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Playing XI South Africa

Quinton De Kock(Wk), Hashim Amla, Faf Du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir

Match Predictions: Who Will Win Today?

The South Africa India series has produced few astonishing results, and India’s dream of winning a bilateral series in 25 years may come true, as the Proteas are under the pump. The absence of AB De Villiers is clearly felt, and that may be a crucial point again at SuperSport Park. The odds are in favor of India, and it looks like Centurion will hold an epic South Africa India battle.

India Vs South Africa 1st ODI 2018 Match Analysis, Playing XI and Prediction

India Vs South Africa 1st ODI 2018 Match Analysis, Playing XI and Prediction

The 1st ODI (One Day International) of 6 matches between South Africa and India will be played on 1 Feb 2018 at Kingsmead Cricket Ground – Durban, South Africa. Let’s check the playing XI, match analysis, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for SA vs Ind 1st ODI. 

The third test didn’t guarantee any entertainment as many thought it to be a dead rubber but what unfolded at the Wanderers was nothing short of sheer excitement. The pitch was the focal point of discussion, but it was the home side that remained irked as India registered a power-packed consolation win. The format will change, and India will take on the host in a 6-match ODI series with the first one starting from 1st February. India will be hoping to avenge their home series loss when the Proteas visited and will take lots of positives from the last test. India has a formidable ODI side, and with players like Dhoni coming in it will be a big boost for Kohli and Co. South Africa will look to brush away the 3rd test memories and ready to assert their dominance, and they have also called back JP Duminy and David Miller. Lungi Ngidi may get a chance to prove his mettle in the 50-over format while Imran Tahir huffing and puffing to dazzle Indians with his leg-spin.

Team News: SA Vs Ind 1st ODI


MS Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, and Shreyas Iyer will don the colorful jerseys, and Virat will be elated to have the services of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav as well. India has a wealth of batting and bowling option to cherry pick from, but notable exclusions of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin has created a mixed buzz. Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been exceptional in the home series, and Axar as a backup choice shows India’s bowling strength, but the two veterans have been a mainstay for a long time now.

Kingsmead, Durban has induced mixed results for India, and the pitch isn’t going to help the bowlers much as the length of the boundaries doesn’t do them any favor. India will look to field a strong and potent batting line-up, but the opening choice may still be up for grabs. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit would be the go-to pair, but with no KL Rahul in the team Rahane may fill in as and when necessary. India is spoilt for choices in the middle order, and with Virat and MSD being the first two name in the team sheet, there stays little place for Iyer, Rahane, and Dinesh Karthik to make inroads. The bowling department has been the best feature of this series and the additional spinners along with Shardul Thakur will make India’s stake for a series win stronger.

South Africa

South Africa may have had a bad 3rd test, but their side showed the vigor needed to beat a team like India be it on their home soil. The discovery of Lungi Ngidi is the biggest positive with AB De Villiers back to his best, Faf will be relieved to see JP Duminy, Miller, and Imran Tahir added to his ranks. However, AB De Villiers has been ruled out of the first three ODIs due to a finger injury, but his replacement is yet to be named. It would be interesting to see who fills up the void, as South Africa has little to choose from in the batting department. The inclusion of Khayelihle Zondo will be an interesting watch and Markram will be ready to cement his place in the ODI side.

Lungi Ngidi

The bowling department looks compact as veteran Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir will be guiding a fiery South African bowling unit consisting of Rabada, Morris, and Shamsi. Morris will be the counterpart to Hardik Pandya, but his form remains in question after an injury absence, and then Ngidi getting the nod ahead of him in the test series. Ngidi may have to wait for his first ODI Cap, but given the pitches, in the ongoing tour, SA may prefer to field in 4 specialist pacers and a spinner.




Ind Vs SA: Playing XI Prediction


Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/Shardul Thakur

South Africa


Quinton De Kock(wk), Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf Du Plessis(C), JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi/ Tabraiz Shamsi

Match Prediction: Which Team has more Chance of Winning Ist ODI?

It will be hard to rule out India and given its current ODI form it will be a battle for the ages, but South Africa has a slight edge over their counterpart, but it will be interesting to see how they fare without AB De Villiers, but a 650+ game can be ensured given Kingsmead’s history.

SA vs Ind 1st ODI: Where to Watch/Live Streaming

TV channels: Sony Ten 1, Sky Sports, Fox Sports

Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV.

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