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India vs South Africa 1st ODI, February 1, 2018: Durban

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For India, it has been a series of “beating the odds” so far in the rainbow nation. Led by captain Virat Kohli, team India began the Test series on a high, coming on the back of nine consecutive series victories. But the lack of experience of playing in overseas conditions proved decisive as Indian batsmen struggled against the pace and bounce on offer from the South African pitches. With batsmen failing to deliver, the visitors went on to lose the first two Tests and consequently, the series. But bouncing back against all odds on a dangerous Wanderers pitch in the third Test, India went on to register a thumping consolation victory by 63-runs.

 

 

Now, with the 6-match ODI series against South Africa set to begin from Thursday, Kohli will be eager to start off things on a winning note in the limited-overs format especially with the number one ODI status on the line. Going straight into the first ODI at Kingsmead, Durban after the Johannesburg triumph, the visitors will feel confident that they can exploit the pitch to their advantage and trouble South Africa on their own turf. The average first innings score at Kingsmead is 237 while in the second it drops down to 183, hence revealing that bowlers have ruled the roost in this ground.

India’s seam bowling department, which comprises of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, will be the key in the limited-overs series for the visitors as matches will be played under lights. The trio have proved to be effective on the greener South African pitches in the longest format, and the side managed to take 20 wickets in all the three Tests. While Kumar took 10 wickets in 2 Tests at an average of 18.75, Shami took 15 in 3 matches at an average of 17.06. Bumrah, who was handed his maiden Test cap at Johannesburg, took 14 wickets in 3 Tests, at an average of 25.21. He also registered his first five-wicket haul at Wanderers which will further boost his confidence in ODIs.

The pace trio of India will look to repeat the performance in Durban to trouble South Africa’s strong batting line-up. The absence of AB de Villiers, who has been ruled of the first three ODIs with a finger injury, gives India the perfect opportunity to go for the kill early in the series. His absence is likely to pave the way for inexperienced Khaya Zondo to make his debut and will make the home’s side middle order appear a little weaker.

As far as getting runs on the board are concerned, the onus will be on batsmen to deliver the goods. After a lackluster outing in the Test series, they will have to make amends if India has to secure a positive result in the limited overs.

The Proteas will too look to trouble India’s batting line-up in the 50-overs format as well and Lungi Ngidi, who is likely to make his ODI debut after a terrific series can be the key figure in South Africa’s arsenal at Kingsmead. Just like in Test cricket, it might all come down to bowlers in the first ODI.

 

http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/india-vs-south-africa-1st-odi-virat-kohli-looks-to-start-off-50-overs-series-on-a-winning-note-5045811/

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2 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

Then maybe Rohit will bowl and Kohli will bowl himself.

Those two can definitely cover up the balance overs in case of injury to a bowler during the match just for the sake of it. If they are looking for someone at 6 then they would look to pick a hitter batsman. If they want someone to bat at 4 then they would go for Shreyas Iyer or Manish Pandey. Guess the batting position will decide who gets in the 11.

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If they look for options at 6 then there is little competition to Kedar in terms of hitting. If it is 4 or 5th spot then i think 2 out of Dhoni, Pandey and Shreyas will bat and Kedar will be dropped. imo we are likely to see only one of Karthik, Pandey and Shreyas in playing 11.

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2 hours ago, Straight Drive said:

Think Kedar will be preferred because he can bowl few overs. You never know when Shami will break down and we wont have anyone else to bowl, unless of course Dhoni rolls his arm.

Kedar looks certain now:

 

"The lower middle order is more or less sorted. The combination is working well for us with Hardik and Kedar and MS rotating and batting together. No. 4 is something we have experimented with in the last couple of series. That is the only spot I can see that needs to be solidified otherwise the team looks pretty balanced."

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3 hours ago, Suhaan said:

What does Kedar Jadhav bring into the table?

We need a sixth bowling option, can't go into the world cup with only five options (Rohit and kohli don't count) incase one gets smashed everywhere.

 

Another thing I really don't like bhuvi at 8. Yes he's done well but that was against lankan chuckers and at some point we'll be 100-5 at the world cup and with bhuvi at 8 we'll get rolled over for less than 200. 

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3 hours ago, gattaca said:

Its like they are destroying our best test bat with useless odis. Rahane should play as opener if at all he plays. If not chuck him out.

India should sends him open innings with Rohit 

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:bath:

 

ABDV Ruled  Out Of first 3 ODI vs India


First ODI Southafrica vs India starts today at 4.30 pm IST, today Feb 1st 2018


Did you know?

 

- India have never beaten South Africa in an ODI in Durban.

 

- MS Dhoni needs 102 runs to become the second wicketkeeper to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket after Kumar Sangakkara.

 

- Virat Kohli has a strike rate of 77.61 in 11 ODIs in South Africa. Out of the nine countries he's played ODIs in, South Africa remains the only place where he hasn't scored a hundred yet.

 

- Quinton de Kock's scores against India in ODIs read 135, 106, 101, 7, 29, 34, 103, 43, 109 and 53. He scored hundreds in each of the three ODIs he played against India at home during their last tour in 2013/14.

 

India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur

 

South Africa (From): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo

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6 hours ago, 02/04/11 said:

We need a sixth bowling option, can't go into the world cup with only five options (Rohit and kohli don't count) incase one gets smashed everywhere.

 

Another thing I really don't like bhuvi at 8. Yes he's done well but that was against lankan chuckers and at some point we'll be 100-5 at the world cup and with bhuvi at 8 we'll get rolled over for less than 200. 

I do think that he is the only batsman in the top 6 who can bowl.  And relatively he is bowling more than Rohit and Kohli. So out of those 3 his bowling is better. Rohit has stopped  bowling all together in IPL. Kedar bowled some spells in ODI versus Kiwis. Been a long time since Kohli has bowled as many overs as Kedar has.

 

And at 6 or 7 they will look to have a hard hitter.

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Just because for his pa rt t time bowling we cannot have a passenger like Jadhav,his batting alone cannot find him a place in the xi,more to that during our fielding captain seems concerned about hiding him somewhere.Wc In Eng don't warrant his place just for his bowling ..should have been ignored long time back

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I feel Rahul should be given a proper run at no 4.If we are playing batsman who can bowl spin at no.6 like Kedar,why can't Jadeja be given that spot.His fielding & catching will get 2 wickets per match at least and reliable 6th bowling option.It's terrible that Neither of these are in ODI squad.

Probable team for 1st ODI:

Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Pandey/Rahane/Iyer,Pandya,Dhoni,Pandey/Kedar/DK,Bhuvi,Shami,Kuldeep/Chahal,Bumrah.

If both Kuldeep & Chahal are played,6th batsman can be dropped.

Edited by diehardpacer

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25 minutes ago, Suhaan said:

Just because for his pa rt t time bowling we cannot have a passenger like Jadhav,his batting alone cannot find him a place in the xi,more to that during our fielding captain seems concerned about hiding him somewhere.Wc In Eng don't warrant his place just for his bowling ..should have been ignored long time back

Jadhav has an average of 41 at an SR of 109 with two 100s and 3 50s after 37 games batting at 5-6. His stats are not bad. Yes, he is not good as peak Dhoni or peak Yuvraj as a hitter but even peak dhoni and Yuvraj never had an SR of 109.  These are still early days for him but saying he is a passenger is quite untrue.  My biggest grudge with him is his poor fielding.  i will drop him for that alone. He has dropped easy catches.

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5 minutes ago, diehardpacer said:

I feel Rahul should be given a proper run at no 4.If we are playing batsman who can bowl spin at no.6 like Kedar,why can't Jadeja be given that spot.His fielding & catching will get 2 wickets per match at least and reliable 6th bowling option.It's terrible that Neither of these are in ODI squad.

Probable team for 1st ODI:

Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Iyer/Pandey/Rahane,Pandya,Dhoni,Pandey/Kedar/DK,Bhuvi,Shami,Kuldeep/Chahal,Bumrah.

If both Kuldeep & Chahal are played,6th batsman can be dropped.I would play both.5 bowlers is too risky.

 

yes, discarding Rahul is a mystery to me at just after 3 games.  He is the only potential batsman at present who can match Kohli in all formats.

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