South Africa are coming into the series on the back of a clinical 3-0 whitewash of Australia at home. India, on the other hand, having been thrashed by New Zealand in the Tests and ODI series will be relieved to be finally playing on home soil.
(Last 10 ODIs)
India - Won 5 | Lost 5
South Africa - Won 6 | Lost 3 | No Result 1
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India, even though are playing at home, will not feel quite so in cold and wet Dharamsala. The temperature on match day is expected to be around 8 to 10 degree range on average and there is a 50 per cent chance of rain.
Dharamsala has hosted just two ODIs since the start of 2016 and with an average first innings score of 151, we can safely assume that bowlers have had the time of their lives here. Taking the historical data and overhead conditions into consideration you should pack your side with bowlers aplenty.
On the bowling front, while the pacers have picked up more wickets than spinners at this venue, the latter have a better bowling strike rate. The tweakers have picked up a wicket every 30 balls in ODIs at this venue as compared to fast bowlers who have a strike rate of 32. Off-spinners with a bowling strike-rate of 16 have been the most successful here followed by leg-spinners and right-arm pace bowlers.
While there are no off-spinners on either side, both teams pack some serious pace in their armoury with the likes of Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Jasprit Bumrah in the mix. You could also include leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in your team.
Virat Kohli might have had a wretched time during the series against New Zealand but one thing that stands out with Kohli is his bouncebackability. He likes playing against South Africa and that will give him extra incentive. In 25 ODI innings against the Proteas, Kohli has smashed 1287 runs averaging 64.35 which includes six half-centuries and four tons. He will be itching to get back to scoring ways and what better to do it on home soil.
Lungi Ngidi has had a fine international career so far. During the series against Australia, he became the quickest South African bowler to reach 50 wickets in terms of matches. While he has been consistently good in ODIs since his debut two years ago, his numbers this year have been a level above. In four matches in 2020, he has taken 12 wickets, having picked up a wicket every 17 deliveries in ODIs. In bowling friendly conditions in Dharamsala, he will be keen on adding to his wicket-tally.
Since the 2019 World Cup, you could perhaps say that KL Rahul has been the biggest positive for India in white-ball cricket. In the recent ODI series against New Zealand, he impressed with two 50+ scores – which included one century – in three matches. Since the start of 2019, he has an average of over 50 in ODIs which shows his consistency in this format. Rahul can also help you with some important points behind the stumps.
Rassie van der Dussen’s ODI career is still just 16 innings old, but he has made quite an impact already. Among all batsmen to have scored more than 500 runs in ODIs, he has the highest average. In his last five ODI innings, he has scored 30+ four times which shows that he can be a reliable pick for your fantasy team.
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