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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