Rain and cricket are always at loggerheads in Bengaluru. The dark clouds will greet both the teams early on Sunday and there is a 51% chance of the heavens opening up at 11 AM. The conditions will also be cloudy during the match timings but the chances of rain coming down hard reduce drastically. With an excellent drainage system in place at the venue, even if it rains, the action should resume soon.
The surface at the Chinnaswamy is more often conducive to batting. But its nature has changed over the last couple of years with the slower bowlers getting more purchase out of the pitch. With this being the first game of the season, it is expected to be a flat wicket. The dew expected to come into play and Chinnaswamy is a tough venue to defend a score which is the reason both the teams will be looking to field first after winning the toss.
Average first innings score:158 (Six T20 Internationals at the venue)
Bench –Khaleel Ahmed, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar/Rahul Chahar.
Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, George Linde/Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje/Beuran Hendricks
Bench –Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde/Dwaine Pretorius, Junior Dala.
Virat Kohli’s sublime form makes him a top pick in almost every match. He knows in and out of the Chinnaswamy Stadium as the venue is RCB’s home ground in the IPL.
Quinton de Kock also played a lot of cricket at the same venue when he was with the RCB for a season and even he will be crucial. As the boundaries are small, the likes of Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma are also good options.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captaincy Options: Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya
Vice-Captaincy Options:Rassie van der Dussen, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Rahul Chahar, K Khaleel Ahmed
South Africa (From): Quinton de Kock(w/c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde
15 September–India vs South Africa 1st T20I at 7PM in Dharamsala
18 September– India vs South Africa 2nd T20I at 7PM in Mohali
22 September– India vs South Africa 3rd T20I at 7PM in Bengaluru
2-6 October– India vs South Africa 1st Test at 9.30 AM in Visakhapatnam
10-14 October– India vs South Africa 2nd Test at 9.30 AM in Pune
19-23 October– India vs South Africa 3rd Test at 9.30 AM in Ranchi.