South Africa will begin their long tour of India with a Twenty20 international at scenic surroundings in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh on Friday, October 2. The India v South Africa 1st T20I betting tips & predictions have been placed here.
South Africa chased down 200 in the final over to go 1-0 up in the series.
The hosts have played Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka with varying degrees of success this year after bowing out at the semi-final stage of the World Cup. India had problems in Bangladesh where they were beaten in the ODIs.
India traveled to Zimbabwe up next in a limited overs series. They won four of the five matches in Zimbabwe with the loss coming on the last match on tour. The three-match Test series in India saw Virat Kohli land his first series win as Test captain.
South Africa have played Bangladesh and New Zealand following their emotional exit at the hands of New Zealand in the World Cup. They won the two T20 games in Bangladesh and also managed to win the first ODI before the Tigers bounced back to win the next two ODIs, stunning the Proteas.
The home series against New Zealand turned out to be competitive as well with the two sides sharing the T20 trophy and South Africa winning the three-match ODI series 2-1.
Both sides were beaten in the last T20I in which they featured. While India were beaten by Zimbabwe, the Kiwis beat South Africa by a good 32-runs at Centurion in mid-August.
India will be led by regular skipper MS Dhoni in the upcoming series for the limited overs leg. The selectors have picked four spinners for the T20s including Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, and Axar Patel.
They have also chosen to trust medium pacers Mohit Sharma, Sreenath Aravind, Stuart Binny, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar over the quicker bowlers. Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, and Rohit Sharma will provide the firepower with the bat.
Faf du Plessis is expected to be fit to lead South Africa on Saturday. Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, David Miller, and JP Duminy will also be on hand to help with the batting while Albie Morkel and Marchant de Lange will lead with the ball. Imran Tahir is the only frontline spinner who will be on tour with South Africa.
India v South Africa head to head in T20Is:
The two sides have played eight T20Is on previous occasions and India have won six of the eight games with South Africa winning twice.
India v South Africa 1st T20I betting tips:
India to win: 8/11
Dhawan to be India’s best batsman: 7/2
AB de Villiers to be South Africa’s best batsman: 11/4
Match starts at 7 pm local time (1330 hrs GMT) on October 2.