India and South Africa are set to kick off their 2019 cricket world cup preparations as both teams will take on each other in six One-Day Internationals series starting from 1st February 2018. Durban’s Kingsmead to host first ODI on Thursday and the game has been scheduled to begin at 13:00 local time, 11:00 GMT and 16:30 IST.
Host South Africa was phenomenal in the test series and registered a victory of 2-1. India was quite impressive in all three tests but only managed to win third test. So momentum is with Men in Blue who will be eyeing at number 1 place in the ICC ODI rankings.
Before starting of the ODI series, African team got big blow as their destructive middle order batsman AB De Villiers has been ruled out from first three One-Day games due to finger injury. However it’s a big blow but Proteas skipper has already mentioned in press conference that team management is planning to test new players for the preparations of 2019 world cup.
South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis said, “we play series to win but there is a big focus on how we can get a lot of guys opportunity because a year and a half or two years from now, you want to make sure there’s a group of players that have had time in the middle and time in pressure situations so you don’t just hope your XI is fit all the time.”
On the other side, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has confirmed that his 2019 world cup team is almost final. However Kohli still looking for middle order batsman who can bat well at 4. Manish, Shreyas and Rahane could be the players to do experimenting. It would be interesting to see how things go during six ODI matches.
Probable Playing XIs
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Japrit Bumrah.
Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, JP Duminy, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
Both India and South Africa look great and in home condition Proteas look more dangerous. However the format is changed and Men in Blue are more settled. As per our predictions, India has got 55 percent winning chances over South Africa.
Live Broadcast/TV Channels listing
India: Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 3
South Africa: SuperSport
United Kingdom: Sky Sports
The live streaming of South Africa vs India 1st ODI match can be watched online on www.sonyliv.com. UK based viewers can tune to www.skysports.com.
The live cricket score of first One-Day match will be provided by espncircinfo.com and cricbuzz.com.