IND vs SA 1st T20I Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between India and South Africa?
Both teams would be looking to start their campaign on a winning note.
Updated - Jun 9, 2022 5:44 pm
After finishing off with the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, it is time for the Men in Blue to get back to international cricket, with their first stint scheduled against South Africa. India is all set to host the Proteas for five T20Is, and the first game will go underway on June 9, Thursday. The Indian team misses out on some of its key players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah and with KL Rahul’s injury at the last moment, captaincy charge has been given to Rishabh Pant.
South Africa, on the other hand, lost their previous white-ball fixture (ODIs) against Bangladesh at their home, as they lost the series 2-1 in March. They will be looking for redemption, thereby getting back to form in the white-ball format, when they face India in the upcoming five games. The South African side will be led by Temba Bavuma and he will be in charge of a team, that includes several players who performed well in the recently concluded IPL. Thus, the encounter will be interesting.
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Date and Time: June 9, 2022, at 7:00 pm IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Star Sports Network & Disney+Hotstar for Live streaming.
The surface of Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, also known as Feroz Shah Kotla, is normally a slower pitch. However, the outfield is typically quick because of the small boundaries. As a result, the team that gets to bat first will be keen to put up a total of about 170 and pressurize the chasing side. Spinners may be able to take advantage of the pitch’s slowness.
Probable Playing XIs for India vs South Africa
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorious, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje.
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the match
Quinton de Kock:
Quinton de Kock was in great form in the IPL. His knocks for the Lucknow Super Giants were commendable, as he was one of the reasons behind the team’s successful season. His best performance came against KKR when he scored an unbeaten ton and gained massive confidence for further games. He would look to carry that momentum into the upcoming series.
Probable best bowler of the match
The pitch will be supportive of the spinners and will benefit them, and who better than Yuzvendra Chahal can seize this opportunity? The prolific spinner was at his best during the IPL and emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, with 27 scalps under his belt. The confidence will back help him to perform even better when he faces the Proteas batters.