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India vs South Africa First ODI Match Preview

The three match ODI series between India and South Africa will begin Today, the 19th of January. India is coming after a Test series loss against South Africa. Team India will be captained by KL Rahul for the series as Rohit Sharma is not part of the series and Virat Kohli will take the field as a player. India will look to avenge the Test series defeat by winning the ODI series.


The team will look to avenge their Test series defeat by winning the ODI series. Team India has a great line-up and can take on South Africa head on. Shikhar Dhawan has also been included in the squad for the series, which could result in the Rahul Dhawan duo if he joins the playing XI. The team also has two young talents in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer. In the middle order, players like Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will strengthen the batting line-up of the team. 

South Africa

South Africa, on the other hand, will try to continue their excellent form in the ODI series. After losing the first match of the Test series, South Africa bounced back brilliantly to clinch the series with a two-match win. The South African batsmen are in a good form. Temba Bavuma was brilliant during the Test series and will look to continue the form in the ODI series as well. Rassie van der Dussen also looked in good form in the Test series while Dawid Malan could be ruled out of the playing XI. 

Weather Report

The minimum and maximum temperatures at Paarl will be 16 and 31 degrees, respectively. Rain is not expected on January 19 but it may remain cloudy and the air will get moisture. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at Boland Park is excellent for batting. Due to light moisture in the air, fast bowlers can get help from the pitch initially. Spinners can hold on to the match in the middle overs. After winning the toss, the teams will look to bat first and score big.

Probable Playing XI for India

KL Rahul (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah

Probable Playing XI for South Africa

Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Key Players


Virat Kohli

Suryakumar Yadav

South Africa:

Aiden Markram

Temba Bavuma

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