IND vs SA 1st T20I Live Score: Injuries & COVID-19 cases have already hit both the teams even before the start of the T20I series. After India’s Captain KL Rahul & Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been ruled out of the series on the eve of the first T20I due to an injury, South Africa were left without Aiden Markram for the first match following a positive Covid-19 test.
The series has been played without any bio-bubble & will continue as planned with all the other members testing negative for COVID-19. Markram’s unavailability has forced South Africa to shuffle their batting order & will now see David Miller to come in at No.4, having usually batted at No.6 for the Proteas squad. Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, and Rassie van der Dussen make up the top three, leaving no room for Reeza Hendricks. While Tristan Stubbs is all set to make his debut for the national team at No.6.
South Africa have both their seam bowling all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius and Wayne Parnell, and both specialist spinners, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi playing for the Proteas squad. With South Africa’s, star pacers Kagiso Rabada and fit-again Anrich Nortje included in the Playing XI, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen were benched. Anrich Nortje was out of action since the T20 World Cup 2021 due to a hip injury. However, the express pacer turned out in the IPL for Delhi Capitals after missing the initial few games.
For India, Dinesh Karthik is all set to hit the field after staying away from the main team for more than three years. In the absence of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant is leading India’s T20I squad while Hardik Pandya will serve as his deputy. India went with two spinners in Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, alongside three seamers plus Hardik Pandya.
IND vs SA, 1st T20I Live Score: Playing XI
Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (capt, wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
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