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- India vs South Africa 2019 1st T20I
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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That's that for today! Match abandoned!
Official news has come out the Dharamsala T20I has been abandoned. Given the intensity of the rain, this news isn't surprising at all. However, the fans will be disappointed given that India are playing at home after a long gap. 
Entire ground is covered now!
There isn't any space where that isn't protected by covers. That just reflects the amount of rain that has poured down until now. Like Harsha Bhogle exclaimed on live TV, the ground looks like a lake. 
Bad news!
Unfortunately, it is raining heavily at Dharamsala and that will further delay the start. 
Toss set to be delayed!
The toss is set to be delayed as the umpires are only having an inspection right now. The only good news that it has not rained in the last few minutes. 
Pitch Report!
The track is expected to be a very good one for batting with dew also expected to make an appearance in the second inning. This has to be taken into account by the captain who wins the toss as spinners might find it difficult to grip the ball. 
Weather Update!
Rain has been relentless in Dharamsala over the past couple of days and the weather gods have started to play a part today too. It had been raining for a while and the covers were removed only a few minutes ago. However, the outfield has taken a lot of water and it might take quite a lot of time for the groundsmen to get it match-ready. Fingers crossed that it doesn't rain anymore considering that dark clouds are still hovering over the ground.
South Africa will be playing with a line-up that would be completely different to the team that took on Sri Lanka in their most-recent T20I in March. While there are no  doubts about the make-up of the batting-order, George Linde and Junior Dala might miss out for the exciting duo of Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje.

South Africa (Probable XI): Quinton de Kock (c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van derDussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Predicted Line-ups!
There could be two or three changes in the Indian line-up from the eleven that took on the West Indies at Guyana in the team's most-recent T20I. Hardik Pandya will slot straight back into the playing XI in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been rested for the series. Apart from this change, Rahul Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to battle out for a spot while Shreyas Iyer might pip Manish Pandey for a middle-order spot. It also remains to be seen whether India continue to trust Shikhar Dhawan after his disappointing returns in the Caribbean even though KL Rahul is breathing down his neck.

India XI (Probable): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
Last five competitive T20Is between India and South Africa (Most Recent First)

February 24, 2018: India beat South Africa by 7 runs at Cape Town
February 21, 2018: South Africa beat India by 6 wickets at Centurion
February 18, 2018: India beat South Africa by 28 runs at Johannesburg
October 8, 2015: Match abandoned at Kolkata
October 5, 2018: South Africa beat India by 6 wickets at Cuttack 
Head to Head in T20Is

Overall

Total Matches: 14
India: 8 wins
South Africa: 5 wins
No result: 1

In India

Total Matches: 3
India: -
South Africa: 2 wins
No Result: 1

For India, this series will provide another chance to steadily shortlist the final 15-men squad that will be boarding the flight to Australia next year. The #4 ranked T20I side is coming off a dominating 3-0 series win in the Caribbean and they will look to continue in the same vein.

While the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma continued to churn out the runs against the West Indies, it was the mature and penetrative bowling displays from a young attack that caught the attention of all Indian fans. With India resting their main bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while also possibly looking beyond Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, these three T20Is give yet another chance for youngsters in the form of Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed and the Chahar brothers to make a case for a permanent spot in the T20I team.

Saini and Deepak Chahar, in particular, were mighty impressive against the West Indies with their varying skillsets of pace/bounce and swing. Chahar continued to build on those performances with good outings for India A against South Africa. This series will also the see the return of Hardik Pandya after being rested for the West Indies tour.
The tour will kick-off with today's first T20I at the beautiful Dharamsala stadium in Himachal Pradesh. Despite the absence of the relatively more experienced players like Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn, South Africa will hope to register their second consecutive win at Dharamsala with the Proteas defeating India by 7 wickets in their last tour of India in 2015.

The key players for this side are expected to be skipper Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and Kagiso Rabada while the likes of Reeza Hendricks, Anrich Nortje and George Linde will also need to step in order to defeat India at their den. Hendricks, Nortje and Linde also had impressive outings in the recently concluded tour against India A. 

For quite a few players and South Africa as a whole, this Indian tour presents an opportunity to regain some confidence after enduring a unimpressive 2019 World Cup campaign.


It is that time of the year when India kick-off their home season amongst excited fans across the country. The visitors are South Africa and they will surely be aware of the magnitude of the task in front of him in order to defeat the confident Indian team. South Africa have arrived on the Indian shores for a tour that includes three T20Is and three Test matches. Both the formats carry its due importance with the T20Is acting as preparatory matches for the 2021 T20 World cup while the Tests are part of the all-important Test Championships.
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