India and South Africa enter this series in contrasting fashion. India were whitewashed 3-0 by New Zealand, while South Africa swept Australia by the same scoreline.
Virat Kohli has failed to cross the 20-run mark in 7 of his last 8 innings across formats and he will hope to re-discover his silky touch in this series.
India have played four ODIs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, losing two and winning two. South Africa, on the other hand, will be playing their maiden ODI at this venue.
Hardik Pandya will make his return to the ODI set-up in this series. Pandya hasn't featured in an international game since September 2019 but he has been in stunning form of late and will hope to make his return a memorable one.
South Africa's struggles against spin are well-documented which means Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal will fancy their chances of running through the visitors' brittle middle-order.
Last 5 Head To Head
Venue Details and Pitch Report
12 Mar, 01:30 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Joel Wilson (West Indies), Richard Kettleborough (England, TV), Virender Sharma (India)
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium is one of the lower-scoring venues in the country. The average first innings score at this venus is just 214 and three of four games have been won by the chasing team. Considering the amount of rain that's hit the region recently, the pitch is expected to be quite damp and aid the pacers early on.
Heavy rains are forecast throughout the day and the game is likely to be affected.
After a few miserable displays in New Zealand, India will hope for a turnaround in fortunes when they host South Africa in a three-match ODI series. Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya are set to return to the Indian side, but the form of skipper Virat Kohli remains a major concern. For South Africa, all eyes will be on rising star Janneman Malan following his exploits against Australia.
Despite their recent struggles, India enter this contest as firm favourites and should have enough firepower to see off the Protea challenge.