The much-awaited series between India and South Africa is scheduled to begin with the first T20 International on Sunday. India will start their season on a positive note after thrashing West Indies in their backyard. While keeping an eye on the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia next year, India team management will look forward to a solid team. Thus they are currently grooming youngsters. On the other hand, the South Africa team are relatively new with a new captain Quinton de Kock. Let’s have a look at the IND vs SA 1st T20I Dream 11 predictions.
The first Twenty20 International match of the South Africa tour of India, 2019 will kick-off on September 15 in Dharamshala at 7:00 PM Local, 1:30 PM GMT.
India team management have been trying some permutation and combination in their squad, especially in the bowling department. The pace attack will be led by Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed whereas the spin department will be led by Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and youngster Rahul Chahar.
In MS Dhoni‘s absence, Rishabh Pant will get another chance to show his talent. Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey have been included in the squad. Their inclusion will be beneficial in the middle-order whereas their performance will decide their future as well.
Predicted Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer/Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar/Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
South Africa team are relatively less experienced with the absence of regular captain Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi etc. However, Tabraiz Shamsi has a great opportunity to step out and cement his spot. The pace department will be led by Kagiso Rabada in absence of Lungi Ngidi. On the other hand, Junior Dala has an impressive record against Rohit Sharma, that could earn him a spot in the playing eleven. Moreover, it will be a challenge for Quinton de Kock as well who will lead the side against India.
Predicted Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock (C), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala/Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Head to Head Record:
India have won 8 games out of the 13 matches played against South Africa, with a win percentage of 61.53.
Injury and Availability News:
There are no injury concerns for either of the teams.
Pitch and weather report:
It is expected to be a run-fest on the hard surface. The pitch is expected to get slower as the game progresses and the dew could play a part later. The captain that wins the toss should opt to field first. South Africa defeated India last year while chasing down a total of 200 on this ground.
Showers and overcast conditions are expected on the day. The temperatures are expected to be around 16°c at night where the humidity is expected to be around 76%.
IND vs SA 1st T20I Dream 11 Predictions:
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Reeza Hendricks
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada
Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock
Captain & Vice-captain: Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma