India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Match Prediction and Probable Playing XIs of Both Teams

India and South Africa will face off in what is expected to be a mouth-watering five-game T20I series with the opener set to be played on Thursday night (June 9). While Temba Bavuma-led Proteas are a solid team, India have been hit with several injury problems after their famous line – regular captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah – were rested.

Ahead of the first T20I, news broke from the Indian camp that regular vice-captain and substitute skipper KL Rahul was injured, along with wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Hence, Rishabh Pant is set to don the captaincy for the first time ever for Team India, while 28-year-old IPL-winning skipper Hardik Pandya will be his deputy for the series. So, India have a long way to go to beat Proteas and maintain their unbeaten streak in the shortest format (currently at 12). If India win the series opener, they will create a world record by winning the most consecutive T20Is.

Match prediction for India vs SA 1st T20I: The sweltering heat of a typical June afternoon should trouble players on both sides. While the majority of them have contested the IPL 2022, the heat and humidity have just worsened in the nation’s capital. Dew is expected in the evening game, however, and as a result, captains of both teams will prefer to strike second, which has become a trend in the shorter format.

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For India, they will have some problems finalizing their XI after injuries to Rahul and Kuldeep. Nonetheless, they still have plenty of options, especially in bowling, but it will be interesting to see the all-rounders and bowlers who get the nod. At bat, responsibility will fall to Ishan Kishan-Ruturaj Gaikwad, Pant, in-form finishers Hardik and Dinesh Karthik (if he plays). For SA, they have their key players but it remains to be seen how they will adapt to the conditions and surface in Delhi.

Possible India XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Hardik Pandya (vc), Dinesh Karthik/Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Bhuvnenshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal

SA XI possible: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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