With the T20I series done and dusted, India and South Africa face off in a three-match ODI series starting on Thursday. India will be without some of their key players while South Africa have selected a full-strength team with Super League points on the line.
The Proteas go into this match as favourites at 1.76. That is mainly because the Indian ODI squad has none of the players in India’s main T20 World Cup squad and will be led by Shikhar Dhawan. Earlier this year, South Africa thrashed India 3-0 in the home ODI series and will be looking for more of the same with Super League points at stake. Back Temba Bavuma’s men to take the first ODI of the series.
Quinton De Kock
Quinton de Kock has scored 1,013 ODI runs against India at 63.31 (100s 6, 50s 13). He ended the recently concluded T20I series against the same opposition on a strong note, scoring 69* and 68 in his last two matches.
He’ll be eager to get in amongst the runs again with the T20 World Cup just weeks away and the Proteas needing a win as they are languishing in 11th spot in the Super League standings.
Highest Opening Partnership
India will be without Rohit Sharma which means Shikhar Dhawan will most likely open with Shubman Gill who’s had a great start to his ODI career. In the 9 ODIs that the youngster has played so far, he scored a total of 499 runs at an average of 71.28.
Quinton de Kock’s opening partner, Janneman Malan, will play his first game of the tour and will probably need some time to adjust to the Indian conditions. He’s scored one 50+ score in his last seven ODIs which tells you that he is struggling for form. Back the Indian pair to have the highest opening partnership.