IND vs SA Live, 1st Test: India at 65/0, both openers provide solid start in the first session


IND vs SA Live, 1st Test: India at 65/0, both openers provide solid start in the first session

IND vs SA Live: Despite Covid concerns in the country, the tour will go ahead with small changes in the schedule. South Africa will take on India in the 1st of the 3 matches Test series which will kick start from Sunday.

South Africa hasn’t lost a Test series at home against India and it’s going to be a challenging task for them to maintain the record. They had won their previous series against West Indies 2-0 in West Indies.

They are still under transition and are hopeful of achieving big under the leadership of Dean Elgar.

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India, on the other hand, has done exceedingly well in Australia and England in the last 12 months, and now it’s time for them to conquer the Proteas where they have yet to win a Test series.

With a lot of controversies happening behind the doors, it will be an important tour for skipper Virat Kohli and coach Rahul Dravid. They are currently placed 4th in the WTC standings with 42 points to their name.

Match Details:

South Africa vs India, 1st Test

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Date & Time: December 26th-30th, at 1:30 PM IST and 10:00 AM Local Time

Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar

Pitch Report:

It’s one of the fastest pitches in South Africa where quick bowlers will likely dominate the Test. Having said that, it gives options for the batters to score runs as well. Out of 26 Test matches played here to date, only 3 ended in a draw.


Probable Playing XIs for SA vs IND:

South Africa

Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

India

Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane/Shreyas Iyer/Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj


Top Picks for SA vs IND Dream11 Match:

Top Picks ­– Batters

Dean Elgar is a specialist batter in this format of the game and patience is his key mantra. He has scored 4347 runs in 69 Test matches at an average of close to 40 and even picked up 15 wickets as well.

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Virat Kohli has a lot to prove as a batter and even more a skipper in this tour. He is hungry for runs and it will be interesting how he approaches this match. He has mustered 7801 runs in 97 Test matches at an average of 50.65.

Top Picks ­– All-Rounders

Wiaan Mulder has shown a lot of promise in the early stages of his career. In his 6 Test matches, he has scalped 14 wickets and scored 143 runs with the bat.

Ravichandran Ashwin is a good competitor when it comes to Test cricket and holds many records as well. He will be the frontline spinner as Jadeja is ruled out with an injury.

Top Picks ­– Bowlers

Kagiso Rabada is a fierce fast bowler and knows the South African surfaces really well. He can swing the ball both ways and can cause problems with his deadly bouncers too. He has scalped 213 wickets in 47 Test matches and even scored 693 runs with the bat.

Jasprit Bumrah has a fond memory on South Africa soil as he made his Test debut here in 2018. In his just 24 Test matches, he has bagged 101 wickets with the best figures of 6 for 27 in an innings.

Top Picks ­– Wicketkeepers

Quinton de Kock plays his natural game irrespective of the situation. He has accumulated 3245 runs in his 53 Test matches at an average of 39.09.


SA vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Player Career Test Stats
Dean Elgar 4347 runs and 15 wickets
Kagiso Rabada 213 runs and 693 wickets
Virat Kohli 7801 runs
Jasprit Bumrah 101 wickets and 130 runs
Lokesh Rahul 2321 runs

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SA vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli (c), Dean Elgar, Lokesh Rahul, Rassie van der Dussen, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wiaan Mulder, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada (vc), Shardul Thakur

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for SA vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Temba Bavuma, Lokesh Rahul (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Shardul Thakur