India won their first-ever ODI against South Africa at Durban on Thursday by six wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the six-match series. That defeat ended the Proteas’ 17-match unbeaten run on home soil stretching back to February 2016, when they had lost to England at Port Elizabeth.
India will now look to cash in on South Africa’s injury woes when the sides meet in the second ODI tomorrow. With ABD ruled out for the first three games, more bad news for SA as captain Faf du Plessis is now out of the equation as well. He suffered a blow during the first ODI and later scans revealed that he had suffered a fracture, thus ruling him out for three to six weeks. He will miss the remainder of the ODI series as well as the entire T20I series. Batsman Farhaan Behardien has been recalled to the ODI squad, after he was left out initially in favour of Khayelihle Zondo as part of their preparation for the 2019 World Cup.
The hosts will momentarily lose their no.1 status in the ICC ODI rankings should India take a 2-0 lead at Supersport Park tomorrow. As it is, the Men in Blue need a 4-2 overall series’ victory to step up and affirmatively claim the top spot in the 50-overs format.
India have a better record at this venue (Centurion), having played 11 ODIs inclusive of four wins and five losses. Their most famous win here came against Pakistan in the 2003 ODI World Cup.
Against South Africa, they have played five ODIs – winning two and losing as many. However, their last ODI win over the Proteas here was in 2001-02 during the triangular series (also involving Kenya).
0.285 India’s win-loss ratio against South Africa in South Africa (6 wins, 21 defeats), their second-worst against any country at their den with a 5-ODI cut-off. However, they have done a reasonable job against other countries in South Africa, winning 12 and losing 5.
98 runs needed by MS Dhoni (9,902) to become the 4th Indian — after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid — and the 12th overall to the 10,000-run mark. Of these, 174 runs have come for Asia XI.
2 dismissals needed by MS Dhoni (293 catches, 105 stumpings) to become the 4th cricketer — after Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist, and Mark Boucher —to the 400-dismissal mark. Of these, 3 catches and 3 stumpings have come for Asia XI.
2 uncapped ODI players in the South African squad — Lungi Ngidi and Khaya Zondo. They can become the 124th and 125th ODI players for South Africa.
1 catch needed by David Miller to reach the 50-catch mark. He will become the 12th South African and 110th overall non-wicketkeeper to the landmark.
1 catch needed by Virat Kohli (14) to reach the 3rd spot among non-wicketkeepers for most catches in India-South Africa ODIs. Kohli will go past Jonty Rhodes. The list is led by Graeme Smith (19), followed by Rahul Dravid (17).
Here is our Super 8
- Virat Kohli (C)
- Ajikya Rahane
- David Miller
- Chris Morris
- Aiden Markram
- Kagiso Rabada
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Yuzvendra Chahal
The Super 8 have been picked after taking into consideration various factors and analysis. Super 8 is not responsible for any decisions taken by readers of this article while playing. This is written with the sole purpose of providing a guide to choosing a fantasy team for the league. Go get ’em Champs!
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