India vs South Africa 1st T20, Match Predictions and Probable XI

Not only this was India's first ever series win on South African soil but also their biggest ever in terms of margin outside the sub-continent.

An upbeat India will be aiming to tighten the noose around the beleagured hosts when they square off in a three-match T20I series starting today in Johannesburg. This may sound a weird idea to begin with but read on to know the three reasons why Kohli can consider resting himself in the 6th ODI.

While admitting that the 5-1 series result was an ugly one from a South African perspective, Markram did not feel his team needed to be embarrassed.

They had registered a consolation win in the Test match that they played at the venue earlier on the tour.

South Africa batsmen had no answers as India's spin wizards constantly wrecked havoc. After just 208 matches, Virat Kohli is already redefining consistency, performance, and fitness.

JP Duminy will captain South Africa with Faf du Plessis still nursing a fractured finger and can call upon three uncapped players, with batsman Christiaan Jonker, wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen and seamer Junior Dala in the squad. On Friday, India won the toss and opted to field first (just like the first T20I match) and registered a nine-wicket win in the second T20I at Buffalo Park stadium. After Ajinkya Rahane's effort in Durban, only MS Dhoni came close at the Wanderers when he played the situation with 42 not out off 43 balls. Five matches have been played in the past and out of these 1 match has been won by the team batting first while the remaining 4 was won by teams which choose to bowl first.

"It's not just about averages, it is the way you get runs, when you get it, and the impact those runs have on what the team does". Khaya Zondo scored highest 54 runs for Proteas.

Having won the three-match ODI series 2-1, India are now leading the five-match T20 series 2-0. Virat Kohli needs 44 runs to complete 2000 INTL runs in T20 Format, by doing this he will be the third batsmen after Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill.

Reduced to 151/7, South Africa lost all hopes of a competitive score with Andile Phehlukwayo (34) and Morne Morkel (20) adding a quick-fire 36-run stand before Pandya packed back Morkel caught by Iyer. He left the crease with victory.

Chasing a target of 205, India was 118 for two in 18 overs. South Africa's season began in September with the visit of Bangladesh, and although the postponement of the Twenty20 Global League provided some respite in November, the Proteas have been engaged non-stop since the Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe, with injuries providing the only form of rest period. Shardul Thakur, who picked a career-best 4/52 in the sixth ODI, can not be ignored either.

  • Julie Sanders