India will kick-start their New Year with the first test match scheduled tomorrow at Newlands, Cape Town against the hosts. Although they were unbeatable in home conditions, the tour of South Africa is one of the toughest assignments for India in 2018. The hosts, on the other hand, are set to boast a full-strength squad for the first time in almost two years. Proteas have not been playing with their full potential since last two years. The biggest headache for the visitors is the return of AB De Villiers, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Chris Morris in the test cricket. Moreover, the consequences will be out once the game starts. The SA Vs IND match preview is listed below.
Series- India Tour of South Africa
Venue- Newlands, Cape Town
Date and Time- Jan 05-Jan 09, 10:30 AM LOCAL
The Newlands pitch is expected to be slow after the Cape Town’s worst drought in decades. According to ground men, the weather conditions have made it difficult to produce a seam-friendly wicket.
Matches won batting first-20
Matches won bowling first-23
Average 1st Inns scores-333
Average 2nd Inns scores-297
Average 3rd Inns scores-231
Average 4th Inns scores-164
Highest total recorded-651/10 (154.3 Ov) by RSA vs Aus
Lowest total recorded-35/10 (22.4 Ov) by RSA vs Eng
Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis(c),Aiden Markram, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Hashim Amla, Chris Morris, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Theunis de Bruyn
Virat Kohli, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Andile Phehlukwayo/Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel/Chris Morris Dale Steyn
Murli Vijay, KL Rahul/Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Cheteswar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin/R Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma/Umesh Yadav
Please note: as this is the first match of the series it is quite risky to predict who will play and who will sit out. The management has the final call. all players are fit and available for selection. The SA Vs IND match preview listed here is based on our research and understanding. Please choose your own playing 11.
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