15th September 2019
7:00 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala
After a successful Caribbean tour, cricket returns back home as India take on South Africa in the first T20I of the three-match series. Following a horrendous World Cup campaign, the Proteas will look to find their feet and subsequently begin preparation for the 2020 T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, the Blues will attempt to assert their dominance in home conditions, find the perfect combinations in the side and iron out any remaining deficiencies.
Partly Cloudy conditions with a fair chance of rain and temperature ranging around 21 degree Celsius expected during the game.
Pacers will receive a healthy amount of aid from the surface and the overcast conditions will certainly amplify the movement available with the new ball.
No major injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
It will be intriguing to see who partners Rohit Sharma at the top. On this occasion, KL Rahul might just pip Shikhar Dhawan for the opening spot but will need a big score to keep his place in the team. The Pandya brothers offer much-needed dynamism and aggression lower down the order and could have a big say in the eventual outcome of the game.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
Quinton de Kock will lead a young and an inexperienced Proteas side thus the onus lies on him to deliver runs with the bat in hand. In the middle order, Rassie van der Dussen is a level-headed customer and can anchor the innings. The prodigious Kagiso Rabada will spearhead the pace attack.
Quinton de Kock (C & wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi
Doubts have been raised on his selection in the Test squad however in white-ball cricket, Rohit Sharma remains an undisputed superstar. The opener is a must-have in any Dream11 team. Hardik Pandya and Dwaine Pretorius too would be excellent additions as they can accumulate plenty of points for your fantasy side.
1: Rohit Sharma
2: Hardik Pandya
3: Quinton de Kock
Q de Kock, Points: 38-40, Grade: A+
R Pant, Points: 26-28, Grade: A
D Miller, Points: 26-28, Grade: A
M Pandey, Points: 32-34, Grade: A
R van der-Dussen, Points: 36-38, Grade: A+
R Sharma, Points: 40-42, Grade: A+
D Pretorius, Points: 34-36, Grade: A
H Pandya, Points: 38-40, Grade: A+
D Chahar, Points: 26-28, Grade: A
K Rabada, Points: 26-28, Grade: A
N Saini, Points: 26-28, Grade: A