India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Virat Kohli look to continue teams winning run against Proteas

The Men in Blue would be brimming with confidence following their emphatic performance in their last tour to the Caribbean Islands.
India vs South Africa 1st T20I: Virat Kohli look to continue teams winning run against Proteas India cruised to a 3-0 series win in the T20Is against West Indies. (Photo: Getty)
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After dominating the West Indies on their home turf, Virat Kohli and his men now turn their attention to the visiting South Africa team as they face them in the 1st T20I at HPCA stadium on Sunday. 

This series also gives Team India a chance to further their preparations for next year's World T20.

 India was ruthless against the West Indies, with only rain denying them a clean sweep of the Test, ODI and T20 series contested between the two nations. Even though a number of leading figures were rested, India cruised to a 3-0 series win in the T20Is and left behind the disappointment of the World Cup where they had to face a heart-wrenching defeat to New Zealand in the semi-finals. While Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were in among the runs against the Carlos Brathwaite-led side, debutant Navdeep Saini had starred with the ball alongside experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

This series will witness return of star all-rounder Hardik Pandya after he was rested for the complete Windies tour and is a certainty to feature in the playing XI against the South Africans.On the other hand, a young Proteas side led by Quinton de Kock, will look to leave behind their dismal performance in England in the World Cup and will look to come up with a new hope.

There are three new faces in the form of Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje in the South Africa squad who would be eager to perform at the big stage. Veteran all-rounder Chris Morris was not considered for selection, while the trio Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, and Lungi Ngidi was also overlooked. In Kagiso Rabada, they have a bowler who can wreak havoc to any batting unit and turn the game on its head.

The last time these two teams faced each other in the shortest format of the game was in 2018 when India had beaten the Proteas 2-1 in the three-match series played in South Africa. One of the things that might play a spoilsport on Sunday is the weather as rains and thunderstorms are predicted on the match-day.

Squads:

 India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.

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