India vs South Africa ODI series 2020 – 1st ODI

ODI Series

India vs South Africa ODI series 2020 – 1st ODI

1st ODI:

First ODI of the series of three ODIs matches between India and South Africa is going to be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.

South Africa Tour of India History:

This is going to be twelfth bilateral series between the teams. Both the teams won 5 series each with one drawn series in 2005-06.

When touring India by South African team, then, the host has upper hand. Out of 5 ODI series, the home side won thrice and the visitors won just once, though the recent one, and one was resulted into draw.

The teams completed 87 meetings in long limited over format. Out of them, the host won 35 times and lost 48 times, with three matches without any result and three were abandoned without toss.

On the soil of India, the teams faced each other 29 times. out of them, the Indian team won 15 times, and South African team won 13 times with one abandoned game.

Victory brings points:

The series is the comparison between the second rank team (India) and forth rank team (South Africa) team. The host is just four points ahead of the visitors.

The host could increase the points for the team through series victory either by three-nil or by winning two matches. Single win can help the team to stay on the same points. Only three-nil defeat will down the team to the forth position from the second through decreasing two points.

On the other hand, the visitors can swap the position with host with the help of winning the series by three-nil. The series win with two victory will help the team to gain two points. In fact, the team can earn a point with the series win with a single defeat. The team will only lose point(s) in case of series defeat, but team will stay on the same position.

The first ODI result will go in favor of the home side, the home side will gain a point, and the visitors will lose a point. And, if the result will go in favor of visitors, then the team will gain a point, but the host will stay with the same points.

Venue Weather:

Weather forecast of the Dharamsala shows the thunderstorm would hit the city during the match time, and rain would be expected, as the precipitation percentage would be extremely high. The temperature would be around 10 degree Celsius. The wind would be around 10 kmph.

Toss and Pitch:

Teams preferred to field first after winning the toss, which happened in all matches, and the selection favored the teams and the teams won thrice after selecting the first fielding and lost just once. The ground is toss win chose fielding ground. Overall, thrice the teams, won the toss, won the matches and lost just once.

Particularly, for India, the team won the toss once only out of 4 times, and the teams won the match.

The first batting team won the matches just once, whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches thrice. The analysis shows the ground is chasing ground.

The lowest defended total was 330, and the highest successful chase was 227 runs on the venue. Interesting to see, if the total was set in between by the first batting team. 

The first inning lowest total was 112, and the highest total was 330 runs. For the second inning, the lowest total was 227 (according to the run-rate, but the inning was not completed, the second batting team won the match), whereas highest was 271 run.

The average first innings total at the venue is 215, and for the second innings is 202 (just one inning was completed out of four, in remaining three games, the chasing team won the matches).

The batting average of the first innings is 23.83 and 40.30 is for the second innings, very big difference in the batting average of two innings.

History Between the Teams:

Both the teams never faced each other on the venue. The upcoming encounter will be the first one between the teams as well as for the visitors, as the team never gets a chance to play on the venue, not even against any other opponents. 

ODI History at Venue:

The home side has average record at the venue, and won twice out of 4 encounters and lost same number of times.

Tentative XI for both the Teams:


The home side could pick the pacers, as the pitch favors seamers in previously played games. Interesting to see, the team will chose which spinner out of three.

India Eleven: P. Shaw, S. Dhawan, V. Kohli, S. Iyer, KL Rahul, M. Pandey / R. Pant, H. Pandya, R. Jadeja / Y. Chahal, B. Kumar, N. Saini, J. Bumrah

South Africa:

The visitors would also prefer to go with pacers and may include one spinner.

South Africa Eleven: J. Malan, Q. de Kock, F. du Plessis, R. van der Dussen, H. Klassen, D. Miller, A. Phehlukwayo, J. Smuts / G. Linde / K. Maharaj, A. Nortje, L. Ngidi, B. Hendricks

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