South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Johannesburg December 4, 2013

India brace for hostile opener

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Match facts

Thursday December 5, 2013
Start time 1330 local (1130GMT)

Big Picture

Since March 2011, South Africa and India have played only two ODIs against each other. The first was at the World Cup that India went on to win. South Africa beat the hosts by three wickets in Nagpur, in a match that seemed to indicate they were capable of breaking their major tournament jinx. They staged the perfect chase, going after a target of 297 with ruthlessness.

They next met two years and three months later, again at an ICC event that India eventually triumphed in. Again, India batted first and again they piled it on, scoring 331 in Cardiff. Although South Africa came close - they were all out for 305 - they were never really in the game.

Both tournaments were Gary Kirsten's last as coach of the respective sides and both teams went through tough withdrawals immediately after he left. India have come out on the other side, following the retirements of senior personnel. South Africa are still in the process of doing the same. Their limited-overs squads took a backseat to the Test team in the Kirsten era, and rightly so; they have since had to start over and they are definitely not there yet.

That's the background to how these rivals meet now, without taking into account the tension that has preceded this series. Although the players themselves have had nothing to do with the boardroom squabbles, they and the fans are the ones who will suffer. What should have been seven ODIs is now just three and although the former may have been overkill, the latter could leave us wishing for more.

Since this all we are getting, the best we can hope for is that the series has as much of Nagpur and Cardiff as it can have. The totals may not be as high but if the quality of the competition is as good, it will be a fitting way to end this year for the 50-over game.

Form guide

(last five completed games, most recent first)

South Africa WLLWW India WLWWW

In the spotlight

India's first tour to South Africa was called the Friendship tour but this one has already gone some way to becoming the unfriendly one. With emotions running high over the shortened tour and a Wanderers crowd known for being boisterous, India can expect a hostile reception at the Bullring. The day before the match, there were only 6500 tickets remaining out of a total of over 30,000 and even with thundershowers forecast, the Johannesburg faithful are unlikely to stay away.

Three of the top five ODI run-scorers this year are Indian batsmen and their line-up has the record for the two highest innings scores this year - both in excess of 360. The ability to post towering totals is undoubtedly their strength but they might find it a little harder to do that against a South African attack that has been miserly and has promised a short-ball barrage on a green top in the hope of exposing the stereotypical subcontinental shortcoming.

Team news

South Africa are likely to go with the six-batsman strategy that will allow them to play two allrounders in Jacques Kallis and Ryan McLaren. Kallis, Dale Steyn and Graeme Smith should all return to the XI after missing the third ODI against Pakistan, with niggles keeping the first two out and Smith allowed compassionate leave following the death of his grandmother. This being the first match of the series, South Africa will likely field their strongest bowling suit, which could mean no place for Vernon Philander, who is a 50-50 call after falling on his shoulder, or Wayne Parnell.

South Africa: (likely)1 Hashim Amla, 2 Graeme Smith, 3 Quinton de Kock (wk) 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 JP Duminy, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir

India's first choice XI are all fit and raring to go. They will not want to tinker too much with a combination that has won them matches recently and will likely go in with three seamers, two spinners and their familiar, formidable top six.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuveshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammad Shami, 11 Mohit Sharma

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa have lost two of their last three ODI series at home. Both were three-match contests, the first against New Zealand last year and the second the recently-completed rubber against Pakistan. They won a five-match series against Pakistan in between.

  • India have won 22 of the 31 ODIs they have played this year and have the highest win percentage of all teams who have participated in more than five matches - 73.33.

Quotes

"We are under pressure here in our own country. We just lost a series so confidence is not hugely high but I still think we can beat the No.1 team."
South Africa captain AB de Villiers

"The guys are quite familiar with the conditions out here. But South Africa is one place where a lot depends on how the wicket is prepared, whether it's overcast or not and the circumstances on the day."
India captain MS Dhoni

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • bhushanB on December 5, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    @maheshkumar.de

    Good point... I think we will need Pujara for sure.....in the away conditions......Ofcorse he still has not proved much outside of India, but looks technically better than others....

    definitely do not need both Yuvraj and Raina in the same Same goes with Ashwin & Jadeja

    That will open up two slots for the specialists...

    ODI in India... I am not bothered.

  • on December 5, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Sir India lost in d cwc 2 d Proteas.

  • st_aubrun on December 5, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    South Africa will feel Philander's absence. If Indian batsmen can get after Tahir and Tsotsobe and McLaren while playing Steyn watchfully, they can win this. But if even one bowler other than Steyn clicks, Indian will get hammered.

  • on December 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    SA struggle against spin as exploited by Pakistan. India making the same tired old mistake of focusing on their non-existent "pace" bowlers to deliver. I guarantee the spinners will be most effective as per usual. Jadeja always gets a break through. Ashwin is over rated and leaks too many runs.

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Waiting very eagerly 4 da strt of da game...let's see how India's new balanced team play in outside of Indian soil....hopefully SA will win 2day...coz I don't think india's batting line up is blistering in against a bowling line up consisting of Steyn,Morkel,Tsotsobe,Kallis,Mclaren & Tahir....India always very good at home but too worse in foreign conditions.....their bowling can't stop AB 2day....He will dominate India's bowling 2day......

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @maheshkumar.de yeah lets hope that we see a quality cricket in this series... May the best team wins :)

  • adssinha on December 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    no comment in this series......

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    @ Aryan Sarkar hmm i guess pakistan has just lost one test series in lanka but im not sure can you pull up the stats if possible

  • maheshkumar.de on December 5, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    what worries me is that indian team is full of bastmen, who can score quickly but not too many ancors like Dravid/Pujara/Gambhir/Rahene. An Ideal indian team in SA conditions would include Pujara and Rahane or Gmabhir (all are better players at least among indians) of new and moving ball since they bat either as operers or one down) in place of Yuvi and Raina who are technicallysusceptible against good pace bowling. Indian selectors had good excuse not to select yuvi and raina after their disastour series against aussie where everybody score heaps of runs and they couldnt score just becoz they coudnt handle good fast bowling. India needs to realise that in SA, one does not need to score or chase 300-350 runs rather 240-270 runs and for that we need technically better and not the hitters like yuvi and Raina and by that way with kohli, dhawan, dhoni who needs any more dashers?

  • Fan1969 on December 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Does deVilliers have a small paunch (the pink T Shirt photograph) or am I only seeing things?

  • bhushanB on December 5, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    @maheshkumar.de

    Good point... I think we will need Pujara for sure.....in the away conditions......Ofcorse he still has not proved much outside of India, but looks technically better than others....

    definitely do not need both Yuvraj and Raina in the same Same goes with Ashwin & Jadeja

    That will open up two slots for the specialists...

    ODI in India... I am not bothered.

  • on December 5, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Sir India lost in d cwc 2 d Proteas.

  • st_aubrun on December 5, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    South Africa will feel Philander's absence. If Indian batsmen can get after Tahir and Tsotsobe and McLaren while playing Steyn watchfully, they can win this. But if even one bowler other than Steyn clicks, Indian will get hammered.

  • on December 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    SA struggle against spin as exploited by Pakistan. India making the same tired old mistake of focusing on their non-existent "pace" bowlers to deliver. I guarantee the spinners will be most effective as per usual. Jadeja always gets a break through. Ashwin is over rated and leaks too many runs.

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Waiting very eagerly 4 da strt of da game...let's see how India's new balanced team play in outside of Indian soil....hopefully SA will win 2day...coz I don't think india's batting line up is blistering in against a bowling line up consisting of Steyn,Morkel,Tsotsobe,Kallis,Mclaren & Tahir....India always very good at home but too worse in foreign conditions.....their bowling can't stop AB 2day....He will dominate India's bowling 2day......

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @maheshkumar.de yeah lets hope that we see a quality cricket in this series... May the best team wins :)

  • adssinha on December 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    no comment in this series......

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    @ Aryan Sarkar hmm i guess pakistan has just lost one test series in lanka but im not sure can you pull up the stats if possible

  • maheshkumar.de on December 5, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    what worries me is that indian team is full of bastmen, who can score quickly but not too many ancors like Dravid/Pujara/Gambhir/Rahene. An Ideal indian team in SA conditions would include Pujara and Rahane or Gmabhir (all are better players at least among indians) of new and moving ball since they bat either as operers or one down) in place of Yuvi and Raina who are technicallysusceptible against good pace bowling. Indian selectors had good excuse not to select yuvi and raina after their disastour series against aussie where everybody score heaps of runs and they couldnt score just becoz they coudnt handle good fast bowling. India needs to realise that in SA, one does not need to score or chase 300-350 runs rather 240-270 runs and for that we need technically better and not the hitters like yuvi and Raina and by that way with kohli, dhawan, dhoni who needs any more dashers?

  • Fan1969 on December 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Does deVilliers have a small paunch (the pink T Shirt photograph) or am I only seeing things?

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Let us see today performance...I bleed blue...I support India

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Hey Mahi,

    Go forward with your decisions.....You have the support of Virat, the Best...Rohit, the hitter....Dhawan, the Damager....Raina, the catcher.....Yuvi, the allrounder....Ashwin ,the thinker....jaddu the hero,...Bhuvi ,the swinger....Yadav, the opportunist.. zaheer, the advicer.. Shami, the warrior...mohit, the utilizer and the support of 125 crore hearts...All the best for SA and all spectators.......

  • ImYokesh91 on December 5, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    India u r rocking tiz year...all the best for this series..Im looking to see how indian young batting AK47s against SA bowling bullets...All the best World champs..

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    People underestimate Pakistan. While their batting is suspect their bowling is world class. Adjmal is probably the best spinner in the World at the moment. India should not read too much into the Pakistan series. I suspect SA would have blown away WI as India did. Hell NZ just scored 600 odd against them. My prediction is SA will win the ODI's and the tests. They come into this game on a track that suits their bowlers and they will field their strongest side for some time.

  • Kumar_India11s on December 5, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    The clock is running slowly.......................

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    India with this team may be can win only one match. Because they haven't enough experience batsmen to bat well in South Africa.

  • maheshkumar.de on December 5, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Piirate_Kaptan: sorry I did not mention the obvious. Pak's bowling is one of the best and indeed played an important role in winning the series. However, Pakistan's batting despite being not oo good put enough runs for their bowlers. That is what india's batsmen have to do. Put just enough runs for their bowlers who although not the best but if apply themselve could just win it. Bhuvi is usually good at getting some swing and in SA he might just enjoy it a bit more. Shami is quick and gets it to move a bit as well. I am not sure who the third bower be but whoever it is, he needs to make sure that he supports the above too. Anyway, well done Pak and let us hope India puts up a good fight.

  • Ddna on December 5, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Its sa bowling vs indian batting.

  • raj3006 on December 5, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Is SA team selected or they are going based on the previously played series team.

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Can't anticipate the results, excitement head over heels ! India will blast the proteas or be a hilarious flop ! Another hour to go, Indian batting will tell.

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    mujjamil @ i think you forgot that india won benson hedge world championship in australia, recently in 2008 cv series in australia and last whan the last time pakistan won a series in lanka where india win almost everything now a days.

  • Fan1969 on December 5, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Guys can we all stop talking of this curtailed tour. Players cannot influence the boards to take such decisions. Enjoy the series and hope it is well contested.

    Many recent series have been 2 test series notably last two series of Australia in SA.

    Besides SA vs Pak in UAE (last 2 series), Eng in SL, Pak in WI, WI in Eng in 2009 etc. etc. NZ play only 2 test series against all - SA, Eng, SL, India, WI, Aus.

    Just to emphasize after this series, India travels to NZ where India has just 1 victory in 2009 since 1968 while losing 6 TESTS, including two losses in 2002 to Shane Bond. Let us not assume India will beat NZ in Feb 2014.

    India has won 2 tests in SA in last 20 years (after SA joined intl cricket again in 1992) but just 1 in NZ.

    Thus even NZ series will be interesting.

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    the clock is ticking ever slow...cant wait for match to start

  • iku9466 on December 5, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    India will be routed 0-3 for sure...they cant play the hostile swing,pace and bounce of steyn ,morkel and parnell....indians are just flat track bullies...today they will be exposed......specially dhawan and raina..ha ha ha...

  • Jain_Abhas on December 5, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    best of luck team india....

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Politics aside, We want India to beat South Africa! The myth of their historic unbeaten series' run against subcontinental teams at home has already been broken by Pakistanis last week so India can utilize that psychological disadvantage faced by South Africans at present. Best wishes from a Pakistani Fan!

  • Piirate_Kaptan on December 5, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @maheshkumar.de this is best series of the year no doubt while you compared Indian batting with the batting of Pakistan after their series win on safrican soil but you forget it was not the batting it is the bowling of Pakistan that beat Africa in their own den :D so it is bowling of india that matters most with shami in the team india has the best chance to win the series....

  • Romanticstud on December 5, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist

    Rule No 19 # it is OK for teams other than England and Australia to only have 2 -3 test tours ... But Not for an Ashes series to be reduced ...

    Rule No 20 # it is the umpires right to give out without the help of DRS a South African batsman LBW ... but not a South African bowler who has his man plumb ...

  • on December 5, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    looking forward to KOHLI vs STEYN both have attitude problems. some one will definitely get some attitude adjustment. good luck to both INDIA & S.Africa from Pakistan.

  • Mujjammil on December 5, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: I only mentioned the stats for the supposed toughest places.

    Here is the stats in WI, SL and NZ. Pak has better stats in these three countries as well.

    IN WI. India Played 31 Odis, Won -11 Lost - 19. Win/Loss - .57 Pak Played 30 Odis, Won -13, Lost -15. Win/Loss - .86

    IN NZ. India Played 29 Odis, Won -10 Lost - 17. Win/Loss - .58 Pak Played 40 Odis, Won -15, Lost -22. Win/Loss - .68

    IN SL. India Played 56 Odis, Won -23 Lost - 27. Win/Loss - .85 Pak Played 33 Odis, Won -14, Lost -16. Win/Loss - .87

  • on December 5, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Bowling attack should be Shami, Bhuvi, Umesh, Jadeja n Ashwin....Umesh shud be used in short spells of 3-2-3-2 and he shud be allowed to bowl at his full strength, Bhuv can be used as much as possible with new ball 7-2-1 while shami can be used in 5-2-3 spells...jadeja n ashwin can tie up in the middle overs, in the batting department we are really missing the solidity of Pujara, Yuv n Raina are dodgy against short bowl while Dhoni have to face the trouble against moving deliveries. All the best team India...hope they cover all their holes and come as a strong unit.

  • SSRoy on December 5, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    I think Indian team will be: Dhwan, Sharma, Virat, Yubraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Aschwin, Kumar, Samy and Mohit Sharma.

    India is going to win the game due to the game sprite they currently won.

  • on December 5, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    It will be a fantastic series for sure ... watch out for Kohli & Develliers. 2 of the most elegant players of modern era. If India has to win the series, they have to win the 1st Odi. India is getting really exciting recently and sure they have wonderful batsmen in their line up.

  • satezguru on December 5, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Can ony one tell about the weather report in JNB. do like to know whether its going to rain or not. Am waiting for a long to time watch this mouth watering game between IND vs SA

  • maheshkumar.de on December 5, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    SA are surely the favorites: home conditions, good bowling attack, in form batsmen like ABD and Amla. But SA wer favorites even against Pak and Pak still won. India has a better batting and fielding unit than pak. if bowling raises their game just enough, India has good chances. If india need to put some pressure on SA with at least tight bowling and fielding, SA is the first team that would crumble under presure. This weak spot in SA's unit should be exploited. Otherwise I respect SA for being such a balanced and good unit. I hope Rahane plays ahead of Raina as he has a better technique and being an opener is more used to play with seam/swing and pace bowling but i know at least in the first game, he will not place. I am hoping for tight games and even if India loose, it would not matter as long as they put up a good show.

  • on December 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    This should be a close contest. Both teams have very good ODI players and will be hungry for a win. India have never won a one-day series in SA and SA will be looking to redeem themselves from the two home series defeats this year. It will be interesting to see how guys like Rohit and Dhawan do in South African conditions. Hoping for a good game!

  • on December 5, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    it is bette to improve d midle order so replace raina by rahane ......

  • PADDA on December 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Indian players would have earned more respect if they challenged the BCCI with the 2 tests being played, can't be called a series. It's more frustration than any mind games from AB. This is very much unlike him. ICC should make test series between top3/4 test teams mandatory 5 test series - not negotiable.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 5, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    @Mujjammil. You missed something or convincingly forgot? Vs Engalnd in Engalnd. Pakistan played- 36-won 13 0.59%. and India played - 34-won 12 -0.66%

  • on December 5, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    it will be a series to watch ,,,, indian batting v sa bowling :D

  • Harmony111 on December 5, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I am ROTFL reading the comments of the usual guys from the SL camp. Before each series they make predictions that India will be thrashed and exposed and each time we win. Even in the CB series, where we did not reach the finals, we did better vis-vis SL. In fact, in ALL the tournaments that we have not won, we have missed out on the SF place by a whisker. We were a few decimal points behind Pak in WT20, we missed out on the Asia Cup Final slot by a technicality, we missed in the CB Series cos the umpires there (none was Indian btw) could not count properly from 1 to 6. None of these can be called as India getting exposed.

    OTOH, we manage to win the titles that really matter. Yet these things do not matter to these SL fans. Each time we win, they shift their nagging refrain to the next series and tell us, India will be exposed in the NEXT series. When we win the next one, they shamelessly talk of the NEXT One again.

    Obviously, one day we will lose but that won't prove SL fans right.

  • on December 5, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    best of luck to team India. ..hope this time they clinch one day trophy for 7 consecutive time

  • PeterJerome on December 5, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Team India has to understand this, that SA is already under a lot of pressure after losing to Pakistan at home. So it is all about winning a first few moments in the first ODI. Given that happens, SA will choke themselves into their graves. Test series included. History is witness. Hope MSD too considers that. Mind games work the best with SA.

  • on December 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Pak had a much better record outside subcontinent till 2000 after which they declined and they're regaining it only recently, they have the best ammunition as they bowl well. India and SL have been poor outside subcontinent till early 2000s and they are getting better. SL somehow is losing the plot and for India we have to wait and see as they have both won and lost in recent years abroad. I agree with Leonard, India has to win at least 1 test and 2 ODIs like they did in the last tour instead of a whitewash.

  • on December 5, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    mr bldae runner srilanka is the only top 8 team who cant win a test series in india, pak,australia,england,south africa and even they cant win a single test in india and australia, and you are saying indias overses preformence .

  • Mujjammil on December 5, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    @Fijicricket: Just check out the stats in SA and Aus.

    IN SA. India Played 25 Odis, Won -5 Lost - 19. Win/Loss - .26 Pak Played 29 Odis, Won -10, Lost -18. Win/Loss - .55

    IN Aus. India Played 40 Odis, Won -10 Lost - 29. Win/Loss - .34 Pak Played 50 Odis, Won -16, Lost -32. Win/Loss - .50

  • Haleos on December 5, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    " South African attack that has been miserly and has promised a short-ball barrage on a green top in the hope of exposing the stereotypical subcontinental shortcoming. " says the article. I wonder which country has the batsman who are comfortable with the short ball barrage on green tops? Even England Struggled. Aussies struggle too. SL definitely do. Their record outside the subcontinent speaks for itself. India do not have express quick's but the last tour showed that one green bouncy tops even Indian fast bowlers can be handful. SA might play into India's hands. India will find hard to defend even 350 in a good batting pitch we our bowling is useless but if the surface is helpful they will find it easier. Bring on the green tops. This young Indian side is not afraid of short balls.

  • F_Nizami on December 5, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @We know that no ASIAN team has won any series in South Africa before 2013 but now Pakistan has broken the record recent and now INDIA will be 2nd now!!!!! Go Ahead and Show your talent MS, KOHLI, ROHIT, SHIKHAR, RAINA, SHAMI AND JADEJA

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 5, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Continuing my New Rules Collection:

    Rule # 18 It is not disgraceful for an SA captain to ask for green pitches with grass in SA, and for CSA+Curators to grant those wishes on a platter. But it is disgraceful for an Indian Captain to ask for turning pitches in India.

    No, these are 'not' double standards. These are the normal 'fair' standards we have been seeing for decades. Take a bow MSD, for your attitude of couldn't care less for the established 'fair' standards.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 5, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @ AVIRAL_Ashok Ironically argue is not between SA and IND fans, fans from both sides are mature and expect a good series. Most negative comments are coming from SL as they have been unable to win against India anywhere and are declining fast. They are hopeless when their team plays India but when other teams play India they make funny comments. And Indian fans are replying to these comments which were started by Thianka(SL Fan), Albert-campbell(Pretending to be SA fan but is SL fan), Blade-runner(SL fan), Asifrana(Pretending to be Pak fan but is infact SL fan).

  • on December 5, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    mzm@ you shoud be relived after many losses including proteas hammered pak in uae, also to zimbawaye and champions trophy drubling, by the way series not started yet.

  • AVIRAL_Ashok on December 5, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    None of you in fact knows today's result and you boast your knowledge on stats.performance,and not stats, matter. so just watch it guys.don't argue. we two countries have a healthy relations ad we love each others countries players. so stop arguing like our guys are playing for the first time. we love both the countries.may the better team win.

  • Fijicricket on December 5, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Albert_cambell on (December 5, 2013, 4:12 GMT India has won a world cup in South Africa and also was a finalist in another world cup in South Africa. It has also done far better than Pakistan in every country in the planet! Pkistan claim to have great bowlers but cannot win against Zim with the same bowlers lolzzz

  • Jalz007 on December 5, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @sdqs_23 with due respect to your comments, the newer generation of Indian batmen are a far more matured, dynamic & fearless compared to their earlier predecessors. I am sure they will dominate the S.African attack. With regards to Virat Kohli being the biggest threat - am sure we have more attacking & threatening batsmen in Rohit. Shikar, Pujara & Dhoni....on any give day they are a match winners on their, the recent statistics will speak for itself. And am sure the think tank of South Africans will not target any individual batsmen, if they are to win the series, am pretty much sure they have plan A & B for each batsmen.

  • on December 5, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    If India wins atleast one test and 2 ODIs then you can say India stands a chance to defend the title at WC 2015

  • on December 5, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    India of the present is different as there are match winners present in each and every department unlike past. From present XI any one can win a match single handedly but in past we used to carry excess baggage of 3-4 players who were not match winners and we should to pay for that by loosing in crunch situtations. So my Prediction is till will hard fought series and Eventually India will emerged as Chmapions. @ all the guy called Albert_campbell doesnt belongs to south africa, he is from minnow Zimbabwe, he just pretend to be SA. If you want to know more please check most of the matches Zim are invovled in last 3 years, you will get the answer. Today scoreline India 296/6 Beat South Africa 234 all out. Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvi and Dhoni all scoring 50's and Ashwin, bhuvi 3-3 wk each and Shami and Yadav 2-2 each wkts and Jadeja 10-2-31-0.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 5, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Nice to see SL and Pak fans have interest in this game than thier own team's games!. It is clear that they too fed up with their school level cricket team which is perfectly placed at bottom. They cannot expect more from their team, so just cheer for the opposition team when India play. Hope everyone remember the CT matches India played, Tri nations cup at WI and even ZIM tour. Before every match SL fans cheered for the opposition. So, their agenda is clear.

  • on December 5, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    mr asif rana i cant wait to see srilanka get hammered by associate teams just like india all time hammer lanka , mr albert@ i know you are lankan and can understand your frustation.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on December 5, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    @Albert_cambell India is also the first team EVER, let alone, Asian, Australian, African, or Martian to notch up so many tournament victories in such a short time. Which other asian team you think can have such a record? Pakistan win 1 match by fluke and lose 10, BD are talented but inconsistent, and Sri Lanka is not even an international quality team.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @ AsifRana Like your mediocre SL team gets dusted by India on every occasion. Funny expecting other teams to beat India coz your club level team is unable to do it. LOL. But don't worry our PAK team will crush you in our upcoming series. And we will make sure that some of your average 30 retire from cricket. LOL

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 5, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell Forget outside sub continent you are yet to win a single test in INdia

    and Sanga said that you are best among Sub continent teams. Such a flat track bully

    sanga and mahela are. Yet to win a single trophy outside Asia. Please correct me if I

    am wrong.

  • shrikant200 on December 5, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Two players each from India and SA have Avge Strike-rate sum above 140,no other player in odi history, barring these 4,has managed to achieve this remarkable feat,which most of the times goes unnoticed. The 4 names are 1] Hashim amla (avg 54, sr 90)=144 2]A.b.devilietrs (avg 49 sr 93)=142 3]M.S.Dhon i(avg53 sr 89)=142,& 4]Virat kohl i(avg 52 sr 89)=141.... These stats clearly signify that these modern day greats have not only scored consistently but also maintained a stupendous strike rate while scoring.So,one can only expect a thrilling CONTEST AHEAD

  • Dev_Sachinfan on December 5, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    @Albert_cambell, why can't you wait till match ends and then come here to comment...? :-) Have some break man...!

  • Jalz007 on December 5, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Love to see India bat & dominate the South African attack....a crushing win in the one-day series will enable them to carry a psychological advantage, which they can carry forward in the Tests. Its all in the mind. Hope India comes up trumps in the much awaited contest....

  • Dev_Sachinfan on December 5, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @DKS230880, start time is 5 pm...

  • sdqs_23 on December 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    This is the testing time for indian batsman i go with proteas win this series by 2-1. India is a good combination in India but against proteas its difficult to dominate and the biggest threat for proteas is Virat Kohli if he score no on can beat India. He is a Superb batsman and a Match Winner.

  • grandad40 on December 5, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Expecting an evenly contested series with India prevailing 2-1 mainly bcoz their players are in form guys like Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Ashwin,Dhoni,Jadeja and Yuvraj are the ones who can win matches on their own.Given India's experience in SA conditions expect an evenly matched contest.Also Rohit,Kohli,Dhoni are good players of short ball and also Dhawan being an impulsive puller too helps so green tops are no more a threat as they once used to be to this team.Raina is probably the one who should look to play proper cricket and cement his place.Bowling too looks strong with spin being its strong point and pace needs to stand up and complement it.Guys like Ashwin and Jadeja are guys who can find place in any of the world sides today given their worth with both bat and ball.From SA's prespective Kallis's role with the WC in mind will be worth watching.Smith's form too needs to be monitored.No words could speak high or Steyn & co probably they r d best attack today.May d best be victorious.

  • CricketFever11 on December 5, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I cannot wait to see Indians are getting dusted by stayn and co........

  • on December 5, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    5 PM IST is the start time... All the best team India... We are gonna to rock and make the nay sayers eat their humble pie...

  • Albert_cambell on December 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @pull_shot Here is our record in India against your team. In Tests. Won 5, Lost 5 In ODIs: Won 10, Lost 13. Much better than what your team has in SA.

  • on December 5, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    last time both played at joburg, it was a thrilling one run win for india

  • DKS230880 on December 5, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    why doesn't the espncricinfo team display start time of the game in IST? i am struggling to figure out when is the match starting

  • Dev_Sachinfan on December 5, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, I would like to see your comment after this match ends... ;-)

  • pull_shot on December 5, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @Albert_cambell India has won 5 out 25 odi's but India has won T20 WC and has reached final in WC 2003 both were hosted in SAF, Now can u say any achievements like them for SAF in india, Whole thing is that every team is strong in there back ground and for losses 8-0 what can I say our senior batsman stay too long in d team but they were d players out batted aus counter parts in 2003-4 and won test match in perth after Sydney incident in 2007-08 and won test series in england 2008

  • on December 5, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    mr blade runner@ i can understand your pain after lanka getting hammered match after match from india in all parts of the world , bu the way after some time you will get hammer from some associate teams, because lanka bowling is club lebbel and the batting is in decline. good luck for future.

  • Marktc on December 5, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    To take emotion out of the equation, we have to acknowledge that SA do have the team to beat India in the ODIs. Having said that, do I think this will happen....no. India will win the series....

  • on December 5, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    This will be a hard fought series and it would be a fascinating contest bwe SA bowlers and Indian batting. I have very high hopes with Rohit Sharma cos I love the guy not just as a batsman but overall as a sportsman. who comes out on top is remain to be seen

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 5, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    @ Albert_campbell Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of

    the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at

    least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they

    take the field. LOL.

  • nyprespective on December 5, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Dhawan will score as well as kohli and yuvi with dhoni giving finishing touches if required......the real surprise will be indian bowling.....wait and watch

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 5, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner Has their ever been a series when you have predicted even one Indian win. Even against ZIM you predicted whitewash defeat for India. And FYI its not India vs SL that it will be a cakewalk for one team(India) and they will win without breaking a sweat. India and SA are evenly matched teams. Teams of big players unlike some minnow team who struggles to find 11 players for them.

  • Buddie.Ronie on December 5, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Overcast conditions and the 80% chance of rain may curtail this ODI match into a 20/20 match? hopefully not!! Looking forward to a fantastic cricket match after a long time in pace and swing friendly conditions.Hopefully South African batsman can handle the Indian new generation so called 'weak' bowlers and Indian batsman can handle the Steyn-Morne-Philadr trios well.. If so, then it will be a cracker of the ODI series of 2013... All the best for Both countries.. play with the right spirit of Cricket...

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on December 5, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Hi SA fans ....Indian cricket team is so strong and SA team can (not ) beat it easily ,I think team India win this series by 2-0 or 2-1 good luck SA ......!

  • crzcric on December 5, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    modern odi rules are boring.they are helping for ordinary batsman improve their stats.Some fans seeing them as next legends.This is not fair for the greats like Sachin,Lara,Dravid and other world class batsmans.

  • on December 5, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Dears Dont't Worry today India is going to win, they have the ableity to face the pace,we can expect many six's more then 90 mts due to huge pace from the RSA Bowlers,Series result 3-0.

  • himanshu.team on December 5, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    I agree with most of the article except for the combination of Indian side. I feel Mohit Sharma should make way for Umesh Yadav. None of them is spectacular with the ball, but Umesh has got a lot of pace and bounce which can come in handy. Batting wise, Raina would still get to play. He must raise his game quickly though as another failure in this series may see him loose his place in the squad with likes of Rahane, Pujara and Raydu waiting in the wings.

  • Albert_cambell on December 5, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Indias ODi record in SA. played 25 of them and won only 5 of them and their fans say their team performs well on bouncy wickets. Thanks to some of their fluke wins in SA during their last tour. Otherwise it would have been even worse. India will be the 1st Asian team to lose 10-0 in overseas wickets.

  • on December 5, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    India holds a slight edge as India is good in chasing and S.A is having trouble in chasing. Once India survives through first 10 ov it will be easy for them. unlike Pakistan they will survive steyn and than 5 per ov against tsotsobe, 6 against morkel and mclaren, Tahir will be nothing for india as pakistan made him a giant with his bowling 3 balls in over are asking to be hit out of the park 2 avg balls and 1 good one but pak batters kept getting out on worst of the deliveries and gave him confidence and didnt eve put away bad balls afterwards i m sure india wont do it if they learnt even a little from Pak. Still india will have to put 270 plus on board for their bowlers to defend as they lack team work.

  • on December 5, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    I still dont understand why RSA is sticking with smith in the line up. His performance has been way below par considering he is a opener in the team. Yet he has been getting chances which he has been failing to capitalise. Being a die hard RSA fan, i sincerely hope CSA look into this and get a full time replacement for smith in odis. Someone like ingram who showed great potential with century in icc champions trophy.

  • pull_shot on December 5, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    5 for's steyn and philander i.e 2 bowlers taking 10 wickets ha haaaa i love u guys, u appear just before match and just after indian loss, i wonder what u do when india win's

  • Mr.Blacksmith on December 5, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    This series will open the eyes of blues, they will know how flat track preparations work on fast tracks. SA bowling obviously is far superior than India and in batting SA has home advantage too. So be careful blues, some hard luck here for u........

  • Diamond2017 on December 5, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Best of luck India..Game 1 India and Game 3 India....2-1 to India.

  • rezwan_83. on December 5, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Smith & Kalis are out of form now so it will be a gamble if both of them are in the playing XI.I think Miller can replace smith as opening batsman.Again Decock at 3 is not a wise decision and Vernon should replace Morkel.

  • on December 5, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    why evry1 here is so overly worried abt how India performs ? chill guys dont count your chickens before they are hatched...wait for match to end ...

  • NXT_Gen on December 5, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Playing Greame Smith ahead of David Miller would be a joke. At least Miller can score with SR of 100 at latter stages. Smith will only eat up power play overs and struggle to get going and will bring down pressure to others. On what basis, SA are still preferring him for ODIs? There will be at least 20 better ODI batsmen than him in SA domestic scene now. If CSA is worried about experience, Bring Neil Mckenzie. CSA coaches and Selectors really making me hate SA Cricket. It's better to contract an Australian Coach than these men. Really this ODI side lacks attacking intent very much.

  • on December 5, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Today South Africa v India Match IF INDIA Bat First will Score 300 plus run or NOT Against South Africa balling line up.

  • Ddna on December 5, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    India wins odi 2 to 1 and test series is a draw..

  • grizzle on December 5, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Hope SA beats the BCCI XI.

  • AvidCricFan on December 5, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    India primarily worked back to no 1 by playing lot of ODIs in India in this year. The team is largely untested in SA conditions. It will be interesting to see how the new Indian batting line will perform against SA pacers. This short series will differentiate men from boys. It Rohit Sharma keeps his tendency of playing outside the off stump balls away from his body early in the innings in check, he can continue his current form. Dhawan will be a wild card. He can go either way. Raina will be marginal. It looks like he has not come to terms playing with short balls. Indian bowling will be good opportunity for some out of form SA batsmen to work their form in.

  • Fijicricket on December 5, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Rahul Kaul on (December 4, 2013, 16:06 GMT For your information Shikar Dhawan made 416 runs in the four matches he has played in South Africa. Also the India easily won the Champions trophy in England which is NOT in India, i assre you

  • Lakpj on December 5, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    The ODI series could be closely contested, India won against Aus coz of batting but they can't expect that to happen all the time with Steyn and the co. so they need a bigger a contribution from their bowlers and Dhoni could be a key factor especially when they chase runs. in tests i can't see a problem to SA they should win that easily.

  • proteasfire on December 5, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    SA should not drop Miller. Smith hasn't performed recently in ODIs and selecting him ahead of Miller is not good option. SA should persist with Amla and DeKock as openers. Wish ZaK was part of ODI team to put a full stop to struggling Smith. SA can still go with Miller and include two allrounders if they drop Smith. India is a strong side and they come with winning performances last one year. This is a stern test for South Africa in their home soil. Though SA bowling looks good, India are favorites to win the series 2-1 bcos of their world class batting unit.

  • on December 5, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Well playing against SA is not a rocket science, Do not forget that they have never won the world cup and sometimes they have been defeated by team like New Zealand. Indian bowling is not that strong but it does n't mean that we can't win the series because IND batsman's are the top of the world specially proven record in last 6 months. GOOD LUCK TO INDIA and this time we will make it guys :)

  • Chris_P on December 5, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    @ZedInLosAngles. "On the bowling front both sides are about equal." Really? In what alternate world?

  • Ddna on December 4, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    India wins odi 2 to 1 and test series is a draw..

  • on December 4, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    being indian fan. I don't really care who is going to win this series, my bet would be on south africa mainly becuase of thier bowling strength.. however I eagerly waiting for , how new indian bating brigades handle pace and bounce.. this will determine indian teams future in overseas series..

  • Vivfan on December 4, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R. Jadega will fail hard as batsman in this series so long as the Board persists with them for the ODI's. None of them will be able to perform in SA let alone scoring runs at Home. Rohit Sharma made a 200+ at home on a glass pitch and failed thereafter.

    If an Indian batsman makes 30+ it will be noneother than Kohli & only Kohli.

  • pvr726 on December 4, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    We don't need a 'friendly' tour either. Let it be competitive. Like Dhoni already mentioned, everything has a new beginning. good luck to both teams.

  • Aane_do on December 4, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    People over here are ratting indian batting as best but Now we will see how india performs without flat tracks and spin friendly indian soil.They wont find jam pack crowed for their singles. I assure you there would be no Century from any of indian player. kohli has 5000 Runs in 100 matches it looks very nice on paper but out of these 100 he played 70 inside india. Sir Ravindar Jadeja got 50 wickets in calender year just because he played on indian slow turners. i feel if they want to win this series they must need to bat well not bowl.

  • NextSana on December 4, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    This will be a good come back tour for South Africans. They can use young players and try combinations and find out best side for upcoming tours against powerful teams. Also Devillers and Amla can pile some hundreds against the worst bowling attack in cricket. Whitewash is on the cards for India so SA should try to give more chances to youngsters in this series. Good Luck SA!!!

  • Greatest_Game on December 4, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    @viru-319-219. Very fair analysis of the 2 teams. If only AB were half the skipper that Dhoni is ...

    Kallis' form is not really known. He scored an effortless 50 in his 1st game back, & if that continues he brings needed stability to SA batting. de Kock shows more & more consistent form, & has grown over the last year. He clearly has the skills to be as deadly as Dhawan, & on his home grounds, with Hash & Kallis to keep him focussed, might just be ready to step up. Or not?

    SA would do better with no specialist spinner: Tahir attacks, but is expensive, & can't bat. Peterson can bat, but a pace bowler would be more valuable. Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Tsotsobe, McLaren, Kallis & Duminy is a lot of bowling, and with de Kock, Amla, de Villiers and 1 other batsman added to Duminy, Kallis & McLaren that is a lot of batting. Philander is handy with the bat too. That is the team I'd like to see. 4 pace bowlers, 3 all-rounders (incl Duminy), 4 batsmen. All on a very very quick pitch!

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    These matches will be purely depending on Indian batting. I am Really waiting to see how indian batting perform against second best bowling attack in world (1st is Pakistani) will the play againt SA like they play against Australia or will their batting expose like They exposed against Pakistan. All the best both teams

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    all the best the world number one batting side

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    its time to c batting abilities of india

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    I really hope That India thrash southafrica,they should show Pakistan how to bat ! I think dhawan Will be very intresting to watch Cuz he play pacers very well , he showed That against the likes of jhonson who was bowling around 95 miles And he was pulling like there is no tommorow ! Am a big fan of him ! I hope India wins tomorrow ! A wellwisher from Pakistan ! ! Good luck Indiaaaaa !

  • SamWintson92 on December 4, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    SOU XI for 1st ODI:

    1 Amla 2 Smith 3 De Kock (WK) 4 Kallis 5 De Villiers (C) 6 Duminy 7 Miller 8 McLaren 9 Steyn 10 M Morkel/Tsotsobe 11 Tahir

    Sou should play with batting strong XI. Kallis & Duminy can easily fill up the 5th bowler slot. I'll play McLaren at 8 as it boosts the batting & any of M Morkel or Tsotsobe will be in the XI.

  • bhushanB on December 4, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    All set to watch the match tomorrow..... Managed a work from home day.... then an imp meeting kicks in at the last minute.....

    Almost pulled the trigger on a PTO, luckily got a conf in option....

    Hope it is a sporting pitch.... by sporting I mean... yes a green top with all the swing, bounce, seam and what not SA has in store for us...

    1.) True test for our young guns 2.) Good preparation for Tests...

    But I doubt if SA would care so much for the ODIs (they have to after the loss to PAK) and prepare even a half decent test pitch.....

  • bhushanB on December 4, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    TESTS -- you have to master your game as well as conditions. Difficult to beat home teams, unless you are equipped with similar skill set players that can perform in those conditions. No way a minnow can beat a top class TEST team. Even among equally talented and top teams, conditions do play a major role.

    Recent examples - ENG vs IND (Eng employing spin mantra) ENG in ENG, now AUS in AUS

    Big partnerships, long hours, skill, temperament, sessions matter.

  • Greatest_Game on December 4, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Firdose writes " (SA's) limited-overs squads took a backseat to the Test team in the Kirsten era, and rightly so; they have since had to start over and they are definitely not there yet."

    SA's ODI team did not take a back seat - it was systematically dismantled and destroyed as Kirsten & de Villiers endlessly tinkered with new and ever less successful combinations. Domingo is not starting over, he is trying to rebuild what is left of a team that from 2009 to 2011 had a Win/Loss ratio of 2.06, compared to the Kirsten/de Villiers team's W/L ratio of 1.

    Gambits such as consistently PLAYING Steyn - in just a few games Steyn shot up to #5 in the rankings, & his highest ever rating - playing Philander, bringing SA's ODI rock, Kallis, back into the team, are Domingo's strategy to try to rebuild an enormously successful team. Botha & Boucher are the only major names missing!

    Whether he can succeed remains to be seen, but make no mistake - this is the old team. The skipper is the difference!

  • bhushanB on December 4, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    ODI --- Any of the full time member nations can beat any other team, minnows can cause upsets, even though the chances are less.

    Conditions do come into play a bit Partnerships dictate, takes few individuals and more than a few overs to change the result.

    Recent examples: India Vs WI, Pak vs SA

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    The XI looks good except I would get rid of Mohit Sharma and bring in Umesh Yadav. He adds extra pace to the bowling, and he'll do far better in SA than he does in Indian conditions. He's a wicket-taker and his Test stats are much better than Ishant Sharma anyway.

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Wonder why the SA selectors are risking with Tahir against a team like India??? If you really need a spinner, you have Duminy, who is somewhat better than Tahir and many would agree. Seriously, you don't expect him to trouble the likes of Kohli, Dhoni and the others and this lineup ain't as limp as the one Tahir dominated in the last few weeks. Instead you can go for another batsman!!

    As for the Indian selectors, do you really think playing Jadeja would be wise instead of going for another batsman?? Yuvraj can bowl as the fifth bowler if you go for another batsman and even Raina can chip in. MSD is smarter than most in dealing with such situations.

    and finally @ThilankaK: Instead of making such a comparison you could have simply said SA are gonna win; I mean that was a complete waste and no one would agree with that comparison of yours!

  • on December 4, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    It is intresting to see India going with Suresh and Yuvraj. Both are not good at short pitch and I expect some hard times for the pair. Ambati has shown signs of being a good batsmen and I expect to see him as a backup for the pair. SA look strong but their bowlers could use some help. This will be a tough series

  • on December 4, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    India will surely be the second Asian team to beat the protease on their home soil.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on December 4, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Would be pretty humiliating for South Africa to lose yet another ODI series at home. If the home crowd isn't already angry enough, imagine what an Indian series win would do. South Africa is just not the force in ODI cricket it used to be and I expect India to clinch the series.

  • on December 4, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    its funny to read the line 'formidable top 6' to say the least.... the whole success of Ind this year can be attributed to 4 batsmen - rohit dhawan kohli and dhoni.... both statistically and objectively the other 7 have done nothing to pride themselves as members of the world no.1 outfit .... raina and yuvraj are simply unable to play quality pace directed towards their helmets (yuvraj survived a host of chances while facing rampaul even when he made a scratchy 50) ...jadeja can only be called a bowler in my view since he has hardly given any stability to the lower middle order with the bat... I don't need to speak much about the bowling since people who play against us consider it their trump card !! and at some point ishant sharma will be drafted into the XI ! as if all this wasn't enough we are pitted against two run machines called amla and de villiers.... honestly speaking I think Ind might come close to beating SA and will lose 2-1 .... steyn might make it 3-0!!

  • on December 4, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Tough contest....difficult to say which team will won....bt my heart and mind both says its INDIA..

  • Blade-Runner on December 4, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    South Africa should be able to win this game without breaking a sweat, given their far superior bowling attack, familiarity of the conditions and the inability of Indian batsmen to score on pacy n bouncy tracks. SA top order, Amla, De Kock, AB, Kallis, Duminy will have a field day against this toothless Indian attack. I'm sure its gonna be a totally one-sided match. Btw, SA can use this tour to experiment their young players without any risk. All best to South Africa !!!

  • bhushanB on December 4, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    All set to watch the match tomorrow..... Managed a work from home day.... then an imp meeting kicks in at the last minute.....

    Almost pulled the trigger on a PTO, luckily got a conf in option....

    Hope it is a sporting pitch.... by sporting I mean... yes a green top with all the swing, bounce, seam and what not SA has in store for us...

    1.) True test for our young guns 2.) Good preparation for Tests...

    But I doubt if SA would care so much for the ODIs (they have to after the loss to PAK) and prepare even a half decent test pitch.....

  • jaggi.jagan on December 4, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Yuvraj & Raina in the batting lineup is a joke. Game Set & Match to South Africa!

  • bhushanB on December 4, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    T20 ---- On its day/any day, even a Minnow can beat a No.1 team, one person or one over can decide the fate of the match. Effect of conditions is minimal, as everyone almost prepares flat pitches for this exhibition format.

    recent examples -- every/any T20

    ODI --- Any of the full time member nations can beat any other team, minnows can cause upsets, even though the chances are less. Conditions do come into play a bit Usually partnerships dictate, takes more than few overs to affect

    Recent examples: India Vs WI, Pak vs SA

    TESTS -- you have to master your game as well as conditions. Difficult to beat home teams, unless you are equipped with similar skill set players that can perform in those conditions. No way a minnow can beat a top class TEST team. Even among equally talented and top teams, conditions do play a major role.

    Recent examples - ENG vs IND (Eng employing spin mantra) ENG in ENG, now AUS in AUS

    Big partnerships, sessions matter.

  • IndCricFan2013 on December 4, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    There will be 6 playing first ODI for India in SA. (2 Shikhar Dhawan + 5 bowlers, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuveshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammad Shami, 11 Mohit Sharma). Yuvi with 22, MSD 12, Raina 9, Kohli 8 and Rohit 5 ODIs totaling 56 ODIs experience in SA scoring 1114 runs in total at an average of 20 runs per ODI, marginally increasing to 22 runs per ODI, if you do not count the not outs. Records does not mean anything, otherwise India would be all out for 20+ runs.

  • mzm149 on December 4, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    It will be a piece of cake for South Africa to win both the series against the worst bowling lineup. Centuries for de Villiers and Amla and 5fers for Steyn and Philander will be icing on that cake. Best of luck South Africa.

  • job_eapen on December 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    @viru-319-219 now thats a much better comparison..well said boss.....couldn't agree with you more.. and @ThilankaK are you out of your mind mate ? thats a really horrible comparison...

  • amumtaz on December 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Raina will be easy pickings for South African pace bowlers. And with them struggling, India will struggle to win a game here.

  • on December 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Its gonna b interesting to see how the Indian batsmen play against the likes ofSteyn and co

  • Blade-Runner on December 4, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    This should be an easy win for South Africa. The series will be 3-0 in SA favor.G'luck !!!

  • on December 4, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Well i think Indian bowlers will perform better in SA condition and if Indian batsman will support their bowlers then they will also able to create history like Pakistan, waiting to see SA bowlers vs Indian batsman. all the best to both the teams- PAK fan .

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on December 4, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    ThilankaK, your comparisions are all wrong. Comparing apples to oranges. Compare with form, stage of career. SA batting outfit is not settled right now and as such slightly behind India. But inclusion of both Kallis and McLaren will make SA better but still short. On the bowling front both sides are about equal.

  • bilal00798 on December 4, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    These matches will be purely depending on Indian bowling attack, how well do they bowl? Since they are competing with one of the best cricket team, who are well prepared to handle the pressure and play equally well against fast and spinners. Although, the Indian team is big time lacking in both department of (spin/fast) bowling attacks. But in terms of batting line up they are quite okay with the opening and middle order department but they also need to realize they are not playing these matches in their home grounds which are prone to high scoring wickets where they were chasing huge total against Australian and West Indies in the past few months. Now they are going to face Steyn and Morkel in top green wickets.

  • on December 4, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    SA ideal xi is de cook 2 amla 3 kallis 4 ab 5 dummny 6 miller 7 mclarn 8 steyn 9 morkal 10 tostobe 11 tahir smith is out of form so I don't want to see him in playing xi I'm best of luck SA

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 4, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Mouth watering series. Really excited. Some of our experts commenting here will surely find reasons to nag about, but the prospect of competition coming up is really exciting. Do well Men in blue, love you...

  • Albert_cambell on December 4, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Why Smith again? De kock was starting to pick up his game as an opener in UAE. Then Smith came back for the home series and then his poor starts gave the series to Pak. If we want to win the world cup in Aus, then we should open with De kock. Also bring Miller to bat at No.6. May we should push Kallis, AB and JP up the order.

  • bilal00798 on December 4, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Indian bowling attack is a big concern for this forthcoming tour whereas battling line up for both teams are almost equally strong.

  • viru-319-219 on December 4, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @ ThilankaK ...... U should be kidding right, let me help you with reality comparisions DeCock vs Dhawan - Dhawan , Rohit Vs Smith - Rohit as Smith is out of form and Rohit at his best, Kohli Vs Amla - Equal but Kohli capable of turning match on it's head and is a more impact player than Amla, Kallis Vs Yuvraj - Equal because of Kallis ability to bowl and Yuvraj's ability to finish games and more importantly both are out of form, Raina Vs Duminy - Duminy, Dhoni Vs Devilliers - Equal both are awesome with their roles and Dhoni a better captain to be honest best around, McLaren Vs Jadeja - McLaren, Ashwin Vs Tahir - Ashwin as Tahir is not even a competition to Ashwin, Steyn Vs Shami - Steyn, Morkel Vs Umesh - Equal as both capable of doing Mitchell Jhonson anyday, Bhuvi Vs Tsotsobe - Bhuvi as botha re of same pace with Bhuvi having superior skills. I am sure most people here will agree this is the fair comparison unlike you calling Tahir and Ashwin equal ;-)

  • pitch_curator on December 4, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    @ Thilanka - De villers is better than Dhoni in ODI? And Ashwin = Tahir? lol. You missed out one thing - Tahir is better than Dhoni in batting..

  • on December 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    In tests I am verymuch interested to see how Pujara and Rohit performes. Both are cool minded. Like to stay at the wicket. Ready to wait for loose ball. In last SA A tour both have scored centuries in 4 day tests. Rohit stayed at wicket for almost 5 hours and over 250 deliveries for his century, which is very important specially in a tough tour like SA. Same goes to Pujara also. He is also cool minded. For tests specially, Virat and Dhavan has to be a bit patient in SA. Experience like Steyn & Kallis will be definately testing the toughness of Indian batting. It is going to be contest between Indian young batting against worlds most tough and experienced attack like Steyn, Phillander and Morkel. Indian batsmen are 100% capable to hadle Steyn & co, but only thing they have to keep in mind, it's a 5 day game and they want to stay at the wicket. All the best to team India.

  • on December 4, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    It is very true that for Sachin's farewell India sacrifices lot things. The tour like SA can't be sufficient with mere 2 tests & 3 ODIs. But out of two tests against WI Rohit Sharma benifited most. 2 centuries in 2 tests. And nobody can say it was in easier conditions. First came after India were struggling 83/5 and second with company of 11 no batsman. Here we should concider mental toughness of our main batting backbone. Dhavan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli & Rohit. Dhavan and Kohli are most aggressive amongst rest. Both likes to play strokes and attack the bowling. When they keep going, they are brilliant, but if they got blocked somewhere, they might throw their wickets. We often watched both Dhavan and Kohli. In tests against WI Dhavan threw his wicket twice and from CT we saw Virat so many times throwing his wicket. Steyn and co will keep in mind theses small facts definately. Thatswhy possibly we will more success in ODIs than tests for Dhavan & Kohli.

  • B_Puthur on December 4, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Cricket is so unpredictable. Predictions based on statistics may not stand true always. The scenario is different from time to time, match to match. Although the youngsters did reasonably well in the past series, I would be rather eager to see how the in-form Indian batsmen are gonna face the hosts on their turf.

    @ThilankaK: I'm not sure what logic/how exactly you've compared the two sides on one-on-one basis.

  • TSJ07 on December 4, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    @viru-319-219 on (December 4, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

    well said mate about Yuvi. We Indian fans are after him everytime he has 3-4 bad matches and easily forget what he can do in crunch matches like he did in T20 WC07 and ODI WC13.He is one man who can defend and attack any time unlike some other like Dhoni/Rohit who needs time and then explode later. My humble request to fellow fans that Its high time we give some credit to Yuvi as after his debut in 2001 when India started winning many matches chasing.Before we hardly use to win ODIs chasing.The one player who has not done anything apart from scoring 20-30s in last few years is Raina who should be out for DK//Rahane and Murli Vijay from test team.

  • .Anarchist. on December 4, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    All the best to AB n Co. !! SA will surely win this series 3-0. Can't wait to see AB n Steyn in full flow.

  • job_eapen on December 4, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Well, hoping to see a thrilling series between Ind and SA this time around.. It will be Indian batsmen against SA bowlers... A lot will depend upon the opening spells from the Indian quicks and their bowling at death... The top three of India are in the form of their life...and well the finsher...the Mr.Cool the captain of India....well he can change the game on its head for India.... Spinners Ashwin and Jadeja can struggle any batting line up... The pace department of India should include Umesh Yadav , Bhuvaneshwar and Mohammed Shami....Hope India can carry on the form they displayed @ home against WI and Aus.... Well folks , we are gonna have a hell of a series ahead of us...

  • ThilankaK on December 4, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Lets see head to head comparison ; de Kock (wk) VS Rohit = Rohit is the best, Smith VS Dhawan = Smith is the best, Amla VS Kohli = Amla is the best, Kallis VS Yuvraj = Kallis is the best, Duminy VS Raina = both equal, de Villiers (capt) VS Dhoni = de Villiers is the best, McLaren VS Jadeja = McLaren by far the best, Steyn VS Bhuveshwar = Steyn by far the best, Morkel VS Shami = Morkel by far the best, Tsotsobe VS Mohit = Tsotsobe is the best, Tahir VS Ashwin = both equal , results can see this time tomorrow !

  • on December 4, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    this time it is different. India is well in form. and all batsmen are scoring runs and full of confidence. while SA is not in good form. Yes they won a series in UAE but i think many will disagree that any other top would not have let go couple of matches like Pakistan did. SA's batting looks shaky. depending too much on ABd & Amla. In bowling, SA are better with steyn in but india has batting which can counter it.

  • on December 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    This bowling line up is going to hurt India ..Dhoni is trying to make Indian selectors so desperate that they have to call Ishant back and i frankly think he still is better than Mohit but India would be really better playing a 10 man team than the last seamer, why the hell was Zaheer not named in the ODI sqaud..... India is heavily relying on its batsmen but for GOD's sake its a team game ...please please give the batsmen a break....All Indian cards in the Bhuvi basket !! Can he deliver ?

  • msdhoni123 on December 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    the biggest difference between Indian and South African batting is the big hitter. India's batting up to number Jadeja can clear any ground at will but Amla Kallis will struggle with the big hits if required and out of the big hitters only AB and De Cock are playing consistently. Miller especially has been in such a bad touch he is meant to be the finisher. Compare that to India's finisher Dhoni he can make India go from 250 total to 300+ total.

  • on December 4, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Good luck to both teams. However, tomorrow we will see if India is really no.1 team. I do not thing India could tackle the likes of Steyn and morkel

  • Nampally on December 4, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Indian Team is out to prove their own expectations that they are just as good on the SA pitches as they have been on Indian pitches. They have the top 3 ODI scorers of the year in the side. The only dubious decision the Selectors made was exclusion of Pujara from the ODI. That would have made the batting formidable. Yuvraj & Raina - who stole Pujara's spot at #4- continue to be a huge ?. In the bowling inclusion of ZAK would have brought stability to their inexperienced Pace bowling. India have to face an unjustified hostile crowd angered by reduced tour. This is in addition to already hostile Steyn, Morkel & Tsotobe. Smith, Kallis, Amla & de Velliers will lead their charge in batting. Much is expected of de Klock, Duminy & McLaren too. So it will be a powerful SA side challenging India in their own Kitchen with Hostile Crowd a huge factor. Dhoni has to keep his team in cool temper & navigate & motivate his team to win. It will be a close match. India will fight hard to retain #1 spot!

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    mohit sharma is no world beater india shouldve gone with yadev as he has got experience and pace raina and yuvi goning to struggle against short ball no need to play two spinners as yuvi and raina can bowl drop ashwin and go with extra batter or pace bowler as india will need that india to loose the test and odi series T20 might go in indias favour wouldve loved to see a full series played but india are worried about their ranking if they had lost the 3 test and 7 odi they rather play week teams like NZ and WI for cricket lovers its absolutley pathetic that # 1 v 2 is a mini series

  • VickGower on December 4, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    India's lucky their top four have been consistently coming through, because after, aside from Dhoni, there hasn't been much. They might not be so lucky tomorrow when that top four face Steyn and co.

  • DaGameChanger on December 4, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    ABD seems to be in bad mood after loss to Pakistan. I hope he or one of the SA tick off Yuvraj to bring him back in form. He is big match player and can be handy bowler as well. Also I am not sure why ABD keeps harping on boundry length..its not that SA grounds are like Australian. India have been in same grounds he listed above and have crossed 300 with no problems. Also tell me one Indian player who will have hard time crossing the boundry. Bring any size boundry, Indians will clear farther than most. To me, ODI are not with sixes but actually fours which I think also is Indias strength.

  • couchpundit on December 4, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    ODI Prediction Best case Scenario for India 2-1(SAF)

    Tests Prediction Best case scenario for India 0 - 1(SAF---if SAF Batsmen play well)

    Otherwise...it will be fun to watch india being white washed for umpteenth time.

    I am Sure Cricket South Africa would have given all green wickets and full body line attack. If umpires can help give some dubious decisions If Broad caster's can help ...commentators (let me put it this way non-subcontinent) will be talking about how BCCI is holding DRS as a hostage...when DRS is being put to splendid use in Ashes(they wil conveniently forget the acrimony in england...but talk about whats happening in Australia). If ICC can help few ban's on key players..which would be half the indian team.

    all in all it will be fun December!! Happy Holidays Guys!!

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    need to replace jadeja with Rahane, no need extra spinner since the pitches are prepared for fast bowling.

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    bhuvi and jaddu is the key, two early wickets in any conditions will trouble any team, and whether jaddu will bowl as wicket taking bowler or simply used as holding things tight at one end we should see.... the other seamer who opens bowling with bhuvi should be very tight.... and as far as batting is concerned, again kohli, Rohit Sharma are the key.... hope UV gets to his old self, I expect UV to do good as he will perform at difficult situations more often....

  • avmd on December 4, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Indian batsmen are not overrated , have played some breathtaking cricket recently in their own backyard but the real test is now. If Kohli and co performed well here, will convince me they are the best in the world, otherwise I'll be a quick to label than a flat track bullies, after all, I'm a Pak team supporter, but a true and genuine cricket followers. I was hugely surprised Kohli not in ICC's ODI team, also Saeed Ajmal in not in test team ???

  • SurlyCynic on December 4, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Looking forward to the game on a good bouncy pitch. The Wanderers is always good for stroke play and I think both teams could put on big scores. But why is Smith coming back? He should stick to tests.

    Amla and De Kock did well in the UAE and got SA off to fast starts. Then Smith came back into the team for the home series and SA got bad starts and lost the two games he played. His time is gone in ODIs.

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    dale styen will demolish india. dhawan and rohit are home ground wonders . they will be destroyed by genuine pace.

  • Kohli_Fever on December 4, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I have been waiting for this series for a long long time!! This is the best chance India have to register a win out of the subcontinent pitches and improve their overseas record which has not been good offlate! I think that as far as the pitches are concerned it will be bouncy and swinging and would be tough to get runs on! I would back Kohli to get the maximum runs for India! Also Md.Shami should trouble the South Africans! I think we would witness one of the best ODI seriesof 2013!

  • vjet on December 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    This current SA TEST team can't be compared with great sides of WI & AUS. B'cause they lacks two unique character of greatest "Aggression" & "Killer Instinct", This SA just plays too defensive in batting (while winning just because of world class boiling Unit.)

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    looking forward for yuvi storm again

  • VrrD on December 4, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    What the thing de Villiers is wearing?Are South africans going to play wearing that?

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    according to my view S.A should go with duplessis in place of Smith. My XI 1. H Amla 2. Decock 3. duplessis 4. J Kallis 5. divilliars 6. dumny 7. Mclaren 8. Pannell 9. Styn 10. Tsotsobe 11. Imran Tahir

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    all the best Iindia, Five of its top-order batsmen have scored hundreds - there have been nine centuries for Kerala. Three of them have been scored by opener V.A. Jagadeesh, who also became the highest run-scorer in a season for Kerala. He beat the record of Sujith Somasunder, the Kerala coach who had made 612 in 2002-03. Jagadeesh has 684.

    in this season also he continues the form and last match he scored a century vs Jammu. a good future opening batsman for us.

  • CharlesCrasto on December 4, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Good luck to both the teams. As a neutral, I am looking forward to some great matches; with one eye on my team who will be playing SL in the UAE.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Who is this mohit sharma character one of the worst bowlers I have ever seen in my life out of line slow weak short with ugly arm Action disgrace. If india looses the game would be coz of bad selections like that Zaheer khan is the perfect choice

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    India's "Top Six"? I will highlight only the "Top Four", since both the heads and cricket of Yuvi & Raina look a bit cloudy for a while, and there were no signs of the clouds clearing yet. Hope, the "weather" clears for both of them by tomorrow.

  • muthukumar.velusamy on December 4, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Really after one sided series against West Indies, this tournament has nicely set up for an Interesting series. By any yardstick it is very difficult to predict at least ODI series result.This Series will show how well Our so-called Inexperienced & talented Batsmen stands up against formidable SA bowling attack.If we can win series in SA definitely Indian Cricket are in the right path for Glory. Although i still feel Murali Vijay in Test Line up & Ravindra Jadeja as a Batsman both in Test & ODI Needs to prove their worth.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    india have a good batting line up. yuvraj will flop. he can't play short ball. looks like his career will be over after this series

  • anupam9992 on December 4, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    as its a fast pitch dhoni should consider replacing jadeja with Rayudu, raina should be replaced with rahane, as we know, raina is out of form and can't play short balls, but dhoni as usual may stick with Same team,

  • bijuphilip on December 4, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Pujara should have involved in the playing eleven for odi outside indis.

    outside india raina and yuvaraj should be in the reserve list. my playing eleven 1.davan2.rohit.3pujara.4kholi.5rayidu.6dhoni.7(jadeja or yuvaraj or raina).8aswin9buwi9shami.11rishidahawan.

  • immi2711 on December 4, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    SAFAs so desperately need Vernon in the line up...After Dale he is the best in making the ball dance to his tune...Morne or McLaren are smart bowlers but not good bowlers. We have seen Morne can be hit around and India will hook his balls out of the park, and McLaren...well depends on the day... Vernon is wily operator. Without Vernon SA will be hurting in bowling dept...Vernon is SAFA's x-factor.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Mohit Sharma over Umesh Yadav? Should give Yadav a go to get him warmed up for the tests.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I still dont understand why why why why on earth is Greme smith still in the odi side? i mean look at his pathetic average in the last 20 odis he played...isnt that more than enough for the selectors to see or they too blind to notice it? why not play ingram who showed much promise in his short career. It is a big pity that smith is given chance after chance even after repeated failures..im 100% sure he will not cross 50 runs all together in the 3 odis he is playing. WAKE UP CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA!!!!

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    It will be a better contest if south Africa goes with Steyn, morkel, tsotsobe, tahir n kallis by benching Phil n Ryan

  • viru-319-219 on December 4, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Indian XI posted by ESPN looks good but I would like Umesh in place of Mohit as we all saw how good he was in ENG and AUS where he had assistance from conditions. Indian batting has no problems with short stuff as it is being projected(except Raina). Shikar,Rohit,Virat,Dhoni play short ball very well and you can not even question their ability against short stuff. Only question remaining is Yuvraj, he is a good player of short ball. He pulls pacers in front of square and only a guy who can play short ball well can do that. His real problem was Mitchell Jhonson and not short ball, and the way Mitch is bowling now he will trouble any batsman in world. It was just Yuvraj's badluck that he was held back for Yuvraj during AUS series.(This also tells you what opposition thinks Yuvraj is capable of if they don't get him). So no worries about Indian batting and with Bhuvi,Shami and Umesh seam department looks great too and my only concern is Sir Jadeja who is definitely not a batsman in SA.

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Good luck both team

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    why no miller in the squad?????he plays india well

  • am5786 on December 4, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    It will be a fun series to watch anxiously waiting clash between best bowling and best batting side in the world.

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I think this is going to be a mouth watering contest with india's top 3 are in red hot form south african quicks are surely goin to test our fab 3 must wait to see the response of the indian batsmen to seam and swinging conditions of sa

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    it will be a great sight to watch the reality of Indian team away from home. its always easier to rule on own grounds.

  • Kanyalayush on December 4, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    I think India (we) should give a chance to DINESH KARTHIK after all what did he did wrong.He deserves a place in the side if raina & yuvraj are not able to get runs

  • vkishore on December 4, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Too much build up and talk of bracing for hostile tour. I dont think so. India have faced quiet a bit of fast bowling of late and the Indian trend of wins recently is going to continue. Times have changed. This is a much better team than earlier teams which toured SA.

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    i dont agree with firdose here. i think they will definitely go with miller in place of mclaren. Including mclaren and kallis both in an odi squad with duminy also available to roll his arms doesnt make any sense.Hope to see a good contest between bat and ball. Again kohli and dhoni will be the key for india . good luck to both the teams..

  • msdhoni123 on December 4, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    good luck team India. I think Dhawan,Kohli and B Kumar are the players to watch out for. Especially Kohli he can score big at very high scoring rate consistently, Dhawan not consistent as Kohli but still can cause a huge amount of damage. The team would be better if we slot in Rahane at 4 and Dhoni at 5. Then choose between Raina and Yuvi for number 6 spot. I also think bhuvi will be a big threat to the SA in this conditions. I remember in the tri series and champions trophy he was breaking partnerships while keeping low economy rate.

  • vr.mandalapu on December 4, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for tomorrow's match.But I have my own doubts about the middle order which,conspicuously, is under- performing.I am sure this trip will settle the contingent for the world cup.Tomorrow is the beginning of that process.

  • welovepakistan on December 4, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    best of luck south africa, crush flat track great team!

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 4, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    India needs 2 things to happen for it to win an ODI - Keep Ishant out of the team, and hope their young batsmen click. The first one is easy. For the second thing to happen, we need some luck.

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    why they are not letting umesh yadav in the playing XI

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  • on December 4, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    why they are not letting umesh yadav in the playing XI

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 4, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    India needs 2 things to happen for it to win an ODI - Keep Ishant out of the team, and hope their young batsmen click. The first one is easy. For the second thing to happen, we need some luck.

  • welovepakistan on December 4, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    best of luck south africa, crush flat track great team!

  • vr.mandalapu on December 4, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for tomorrow's match.But I have my own doubts about the middle order which,conspicuously, is under- performing.I am sure this trip will settle the contingent for the world cup.Tomorrow is the beginning of that process.

  • msdhoni123 on December 4, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    good luck team India. I think Dhawan,Kohli and B Kumar are the players to watch out for. Especially Kohli he can score big at very high scoring rate consistently, Dhawan not consistent as Kohli but still can cause a huge amount of damage. The team would be better if we slot in Rahane at 4 and Dhoni at 5. Then choose between Raina and Yuvi for number 6 spot. I also think bhuvi will be a big threat to the SA in this conditions. I remember in the tri series and champions trophy he was breaking partnerships while keeping low economy rate.

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    i dont agree with firdose here. i think they will definitely go with miller in place of mclaren. Including mclaren and kallis both in an odi squad with duminy also available to roll his arms doesnt make any sense.Hope to see a good contest between bat and ball. Again kohli and dhoni will be the key for india . good luck to both the teams..

  • vkishore on December 4, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Too much build up and talk of bracing for hostile tour. I dont think so. India have faced quiet a bit of fast bowling of late and the Indian trend of wins recently is going to continue. Times have changed. This is a much better team than earlier teams which toured SA.

  • Kanyalayush on December 4, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    I think India (we) should give a chance to DINESH KARTHIK after all what did he did wrong.He deserves a place in the side if raina & yuvraj are not able to get runs

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    it will be a great sight to watch the reality of Indian team away from home. its always easier to rule on own grounds.

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I think this is going to be a mouth watering contest with india's top 3 are in red hot form south african quicks are surely goin to test our fab 3 must wait to see the response of the indian batsmen to seam and swinging conditions of sa