South Africa defeated India by 31 runs in the first One-Day International, which was a very easy victory in the end, as they played some really good cricket. India continued to make the same errors that it has been making for the last several years, and its reliance on runs from the top three batsmen remained to be the root reason of its abysmal performance. There were a lot of positives for South Africa to take away from the first match, and there were a lot of things to consider for India.
For starters, Temba Bavuma was personally responsible for consuming a large number of deliveries but he played fairly good live cricket. South Africa reached 296 runs, which is no longer a match-winning total in one-day international cricket. During one stretch, it seemed as if the team would fall at least 30 runs shy.
Neither Janneman Malan nor Aiden Markram seemed to be committed, and David Miller did not receive enough time in the middle. It was a magnificent performance from Rassie van der Dussen, and how he attacked the spinners speaks well for him in the following matches. In this match, he would be our selection for the Top Batsman South Africa betting market as well.
South Africa’s bowling assault lacked the venom that they required to win the game. Aiden Markram began bowling for them, and the Indian batters showed him a surprising amount of respect for his abilities. That is very unlikely to occur again. Furthermore, seam-bowling resources are quite limited. On sluggish surfaces like the one we saw in Paarl, the likes of Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, and Andile Phehlukwayo are not going to give the Indian batters anything to worry about.
Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj were fortunate in that they were able to make use of the circumstances in their favour, but we don’t believe they were able to take wickets simply because they were better. They were on the receiving end of some very poor batting performance.
As harsh as it may seem, South Africa’s performance was far from flawless. They need players like Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram to make a significant contribution in this upcoming match, or else their bowling would struggle to hold the Indian batting in check.
In the bowling department, India began the match brightly, but could not manage to take enough wickets in the middle-overs. To be honest, we believe the Indian team would have been content with pursuing 296 runs. There were no demons on the field, and the bowling was just above-average at best. This is the point at which the Indian batters must accept responsibility for the defeat.
As a result, KL Rahul was unable to get going, and both Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were dismissed even though they had South African bowling at their disposal.
A lack of energy, which is not normally associated with the team, was evident in this disappointing performance. In addition, India’s middle-order remains a complete and utter disaster. Assigned to the positions of 4, 5, and 6 in the batting order, Rishab Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Venkatesh Iyer batted. Venkatesh Iyer and Rishab Pant are ranked at least one spot higher than they should be, in our opinion. If Iyer is not good enough or healthy enough to bowl, India cannot afford to field him as a pure hitter, and his inclusion in the XI should be discussed.
India is missing someone like Suryakumar Yadav, who is an excellent middle-order player since the team is trying to find a solid middle-order player. Even Ashwin, when it comes to one-day international cricket, is a bad pick. The fact of the matter is that he is not taking enough wickets in the middle and is a liability with the bat. India’s tail is just too long, and the country’s middle-order problems are still unresolved in many respects.
In the first match, the bowling assault seemed to be very mediocre. Jasprit Bumrah seemed to be the only bowler with a realistic chance of picking up a wicket. We would also want to see Deepak Chahar or Navdeep Saini given a chance to play in the team to assist provide some wicket-taking power to the squad in this area. India’s cricket has been plagued by selection concerns for quite some time, and we don’t expect any significant changes to be made in this match, either.
However, the overall quality of the top-3 is so high that it serves to obscure many of the issues on the sidelines.
South Africa and India have played 85 ODI’s. India has won 35 of them and South Africa has won 47.
We’re going to put our money on India to win. We don’t expect much to alter between the two teams from their first meeting, but we do believe that the Indian top-3 will be unable to lose two games in a row against one of the poorest South African bowling assaults we have seen. One or two of India’s batters get going, and that is precisely what we will be counting on in this match. India has a lot of difficulties that are covered up when one or two of its batsmen get going.
DATE AND TIME: 19th January 2022 @2:00 PM IST
Venue: Boland Park
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