1st Test South Africa vs India Match Details, Team News, Match Pitch Report, Probable Playing Xi and the Match Prediction

Jan 18, 2022

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The Test series between South Africa and India was enthralling and one where the hosts staged a remarkable comeback to win 2-1. India went into the series as the favorites and will be the favorites once more before the start of the ODI’s. South Africa is going to be at full strength and while its recent record in this format may not be the best, we think it has the building blocks of a very strong lineup. India’s new ODI captain will be unavailable because of injury and so KL Rahul will be leading once more. Will the team be able to perform to its potential or will there be growing pains under the new regime?The cricket betting sites are giving India the stage of favorites but we think there are some great betting opportunities in this match. Match prediction and cricket betting tips for South Africa vs India, 1st ODI 2022. The match is going to be played at Boland Park, Paarl on the 19th of January 2022. South Africa are all set to host India for a multi-format series, starting December 26, 2021. The tour kicks off with a Boxing Day Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The three-match Test series will be followed by a three-match ODI series, with the tour coming to an end on January 23, 2022. South Africa will start their World Test Championship cycle with a home series against India. Dean Elgar is all set to lead the Proteas in the Test series. Temba Bavuma has been named as the deputy to Elgar and the hosts have to be on their toes while facing India in the upcoming few weeks.South Africa have suffered a major blow ahead of the series, with Anrich Nortje ruled out due to a persistent hip injury. Much rests on Kagiso Rabada’s form going into the Test series. India, on the other hand, will be riding with confidence after whitewashing the Kiwis at home in a two-match Test series. But they will be aware of the Proteas challenge. Virat’s men have impressed everyone in the last 12 months, defeating Australia down under and then following it by leading England by a 2-1 margin in a Test series in England. The next challenge for them will be to tour South Africa and beat them in the rainbow nation India have won only three Tests out of 20 in South Africa. But they are well-prepared this time and have the capacity to register their first Test series win on hostile territory. An exciting series awaits us. RSA VS IND TEAM PREVIEWS SOUTH AFRICA South Africa has not played ODI cricket for quite some time. Its last ODI series at home was against Pakistan and it ended up losing that 2-1. It also lost an ODI series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka last year and lost an ODI to Ireland in Ireland. Despite that, we think it is being underestimated when it plays at home against India. South Africa is going to have Quinton de Kock back for this series and he immediately adds a lot of power to the South African batting lineup. He is likely to open the batting with Janneman Malan, an excellent ODI batsman with a penchant for scoring hundreds. We rate Malan very highly and he is one player that you can definitely look to bet on in this match. Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, and David Miller are all a part of the squad and should all find a place in the playing eleven. This is a serious batting lineup with a lot of power and a fair bit of confidence coming into this match. South Africa will decide what kind of balance it prefers in the team and make some tough choices. They have to choose between playing one spinner or two and choosing between Shamsi or Maharaj is not going to be easy. They also have to pick one or two all-rounders for the team with Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo both available for selection. Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi should all make it into the playing eleven giving South Africa a very decent bowling attack. This is not a team that you want to be taking lightly and to be able to get them for better than 2x returns could be a great betting opportunity. INDIA India has seen quite a bit of turmoil behind the scenes in recent times. It performed badly in the T20 World Cup and lost Virat Kohli as the captain of the white-ball formats. It has now lost him as the captain of the Test team and with a new coach, an interim ODI captain, and rumors about unrest swirling, the team is going to be under pressure even before stepping onto the field. India has been one of the best ODI sides in the world for quite some time and that is why it will still have a very strong team even without Rohit Sharma or Hardik Panday in the team. KL Rahul is going to lead and will open the batting. He will have the option of choosing between Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad for this match. We think Dhawan should be the one that gets a go because of his seniority and experience. Virat Kohli will bet at number three. Two out of Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav will play in the ODI side and this is again a tough call. Number six seems to be set for Rishabh Pant followed by Venkatesh Iyer as the all-rounder at number seven. This gives India a lot of batting depth and a fair amount of power. However, there are a number of players that are returning after a long layoff or are playing in positions that they are not normally used to. A couple of early wickets could really pile on the pressure. The bowling lineup should include three pacers and a spinner. Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, and Shardul Thakur could be the three fast-bowlers with Yuzvendra Chahal as the leggie. The Indian team is under a rebuilding stage and performances from the IPL may not necessarily translate to the big stage. It is also going to take some time for the new captain to find his feet. The tag of favorites could sit quite heavily on India’s shoulders. SOUTH AFRICA VS INDIA MATCH DETAILS: Match: South Africa vs India, 1st Test, South Africa vs India Test Series. Date and Time: December 26th 2021, Sunday, 01:30 PM IST. Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion. SOUTH AFRICA VS INDIA PITCH REPORT The pitch at SuperSport Park is good for batting. Once set, the batters can play their strokes freely. The new ball bowlers will get seam movement off the surface. The pacers are expected to get some extra bounce. Expect the surface to stay true throughout the course of the match. SOUTH AFRICA VS INDIA WEATHER FORECAST Temperatures in Centurion are expected to range between 16 and 26 degrees Celsius on the opening day of the Test. There is rain predicted over the next five days and we might witness rain-interruptions during the course of the match. SOUTH AFRICA VS INDIA PROBABLE XIS SOUTH AFRICA Dean Elgar will be the Proteas skipper and he will be eager to lead his side by example. They have some exciting new players on their side who will look to grab any opportunity that comes their way. The likes of Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada will play a vital role for them in the upcoming Test series. PROBABLE XI:
  • Dean Elgar (c)
  • Aiden Markram
  • Temba Bavuma
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Keegan Petersen
  • Quinton de Kock (wk)
  • Wiaan Mulder
  • Marco Jansen
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Lungi Ngidi
  • Duanne Olivier
  • Keshav Maharaj
INDIA With Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja missing out, plenty rests on the shoulders of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin. The pacers’ form will also play a major role for them if they are to win the series. Kohli and co. will be chasing a series victory for the first time in South Africa. PROBABLE XI:
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • KL Rahul
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Virat Kohli (c)
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Rishabh Pant (wk)
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Ishant Sharma
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Jasprit Bumrah
SOUTH AFRICA VS INDIA MATCH PREDICTION The Boxing Day Test kicks off an exciting series between South Africa and India, where Virat’s men will be chasing their first Test series win in South Africa. Both look formidable units and expect a great battle between bat and ball over the next five days. India look a well-settled unit and it won’t be a surprise if they get an early lead in the series if the rain stays away and we get a full game. PREDICTION: INDIA TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.
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