After losing the Test series against South Africa by 2-1,
India is all set to take on Proteas in the One Day International series that will commence on Thursday. India began practicing at Kingsmead cricket ground in Durban on Wednsesday. Indian squad miss out ace spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja while South African team’s top batsman AB de Villeirs has been ruled out of the squad due to finger injury. The result of the series will determine the top spot for the team’s ICC rankings. India is just few points behind the first spot lead by South Africa.
South Africa and India will vie for the world number one ranking again when they meet in a six-match one-day international series, starting at Kingsmead . South Africa are on top of the International Cricket Council one-day rankings by a slender one point from India. With the points adjusted after each match, there is the potential for the number one position to change from match to match. But South African coach Ottis Gibson is less concerned about the rankings than the long-term goal of winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
After losing the 3-match Test series against South Africa by 2-1, India will look to start of the ODI series on a winning note.. The first match of this series will be played in Durban from February 1. India have a chance to reach top in the ODI team rankings, occupied No. 1 in the ICC Team Rankings in Test Cricket. In the ODI Team Rankings, where South Africa have occupied the number one position, the Indian team is at second place yet. If India wants to occupy the No. 1 spot, then it will have to beat number one South Africa in a six-match series with a big margin.
India vs South Africa is going to play one-day series. Prior to the one-day series against India, the hosts South Africa have suffered a major setback. Team star player AB de Villiers has been out of the first three ODIs due to injury. South Africa Cricket Board has not included any player in place of De Villiers, which means that South Africa will be with 14 players for the first three ODIs. De villiers have been excluded from three matches. Let you know that the first ODI of the series will be played in Durban on February 1.
Hashim AMLA out by Jaspreet Bumrah:
Wicket! Breakthrough here for India as Amla is trapped LBW for 16 by Bumrah. The opener missing an angled delivery and is on his way. SA 30/1 (7.3 overs) #SAvIND #MomentumODI pic.twitter.com/KUkX0ITsIY
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 1, 2018
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the 1st ODI match at Durban. India are playing in this match with both of their spinners as well as Kedhar Jadhav acting as part-timers. For South Africa, Aiden Markram comes in for AB at No. 4. Phehlukwayo and Morris are our two allrounders and Imran Tahir is back.
India got an early wicket of Hashim Amla, who was lbw out on the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah. Jasprit Bumrah provided India with the first breakthrough of the day as he has gotten rid of Hashim Amla for 16. Amla tried to hit the ball straight but missed the ball completely and it crashed into his stumps. Good start by the India pacers.
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