India vs South Africa 1st T20I at Thiruvananthapuram Match Prediction – Who will win?

The first T20I between India and South Africa will take place on Wednesday (28th September).

India and South Africa will lock horns in the three-match T20I series. The games will be ideal preparation for them ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022, which will take place in Australia next month. The matches between India and South Africa will begin from Wednesday (28th September) in Thiruvananthapuram whereas the remaining games will be played on October 2nd and October 4th in Guwahati and Indore respectively.

India vs South Africa 1st T20: India is likely to win the first gameย 

The first T20I between India and South Africa is just a few hours away. India had sensational outings in the series against Australia and would be hoping to continue their winning run whereas South Africa would want to extend their undefeated record since 2018 in India.

Talking about the prediction, it is expected that India will win the game in Thiruvananthapuram and will take a 1-0 lead in the series. The reason behind them having a high chance to win the game is their game time.

They played three T20Is against Australia while South Africa would be coming fresh into the series. India has played two games game at the venue, winning one and losing one and also with conditions suitable for spinners, they can take advantage of that considering the quality bowlers they have on their side.

India vs South Africa 1st T20: Probable Playing XI for India and Australiaย 

With no Hardik Pandya and Bhuvnehwar Kumar in the series, Rishabh Pant and Arshdeep Singh will likely walk straight into the XI. Also, they can look to give game time to R Ashwin in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Probable Playing XI for Indiaย 

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, R Ashwin Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singhย 

With no Rassie van der Dussen, it is likely that Tristan Stubbs will get the nod ahead in the South African XI.

Probable Playing XI for South Africa

Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Tristan Stubbs, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje

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