Top two sides in ODI Rankings and they’ve six games in sixteen days against each other to prove their superiority. India sit in 2nd place with 119 points while hosts South Africa have 120 points.
The series kicks off at the Kingsmead, Durban with both teams viewing the competition as preparation for the World Cup in 14 months.
India have won 24 of their last 32 bilateral games but have an woeful record against South Africa and have never won a limited overs series in the rainbow nation.
In 28 ODIs between the two teams since 1992, India have won 5 while South Africa have won 21.
AB de Villiers is injured but the hard-hitting Khayelihle Zondo has to wait for his debut as Aiden Markram walks in as ABD’s replacement at No.4. Imran Tahir is their lone spinner
XI:Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt.), Aiden Markram, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
Wrist-spinners Chahal and Kuldeep return alongside part-time side-armer Kedhar Jadhav. The calming presence of MSD (behind the stumps if not in the lower order) is back.
XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Amla is trapped by LBW by Bumrah. Its full from Bumrah from wide of the crease and the right hander misses it. An easy decision for the umpire. They check for the no-ball which is a far more difficult decision than the LBW. Zooming in the 3rd umpire finds a millimeter of Bumrah’s foot behind the crease.
QDK trapped LBW by Chahal. Loopy legspinner from over the wicket and QDK plays around it. He is struck on the frontpad and doesn’t have a big stride forward.
Hawkeye shows that the delivery that dismissed QDK would’ve missed the stumps. Baffling why De Kock didn’t opt for a review