India vs South Africa, Cricket Score 1st ODI Match
South Africa in India, 3 ODI Series, 2020Date: Mar 12, 2020 Start Time: 13:30 IST | 08:00 GMT | 13:30 Local
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
The 1st ODI between India and South Africa in Dharamsala was washed-out while the next two ODIs are scheduled to be played in Lucknow (March 15) and in Kolkata (March 18). But with the number of Indians affected by COVID-19 increasing to 81, it was announced that the final two ODI matches of the series will be played behind closed doors.
The India vs SA ODI 2020 can be followed online and on TV via options like DD Sports, Hotstar, Prasar Bharati Sports online and Star Sports which will be bringing us the live telecast and free live streaming.
India and South Africa meet in the first of a three-game ODI series in Dharamshala with the Men in Blue looking to stamp their authority at home. South Africa registered their first series win in almost a year against Australia in the run-up to the India series and will have their tails up.
India will be boosted by the return of opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Apart from them, fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar also makes a return to the Indian team. South Africa has been in good form and recently whitewashed Australia at home in three-match ODI series.
As per the Dharamshala weather forecast, it is going to rain in the city, and thus there is a strong possibility of a shortened or even no game. The weather in Dharamsala is expected to turn wet from Wednesday, March 11 onwards.
The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya have finally recovered from their respective injuries and are likely to get back in national colours. On the other hand, players like Shivam Dube and Shardul Thakur could well face the axe due to their inconsistent performances.
The Proteas have already named the squad for India ODIs. Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will continue to lead the team. South Africa will be boosted by the return of two batsmen Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen.
Ben Stokes admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.