Match: India vs South Africa, 2nd ODI
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Date and time: March 15, 2020, at 1.30 PM IST
After the first ODI between India and South Africa was washed out, the two sides will travel to Lucknow and aim to take a series lead in the second ODI there. Due to the threat of the coronavirus, the last two matches of the ongoing series will be played without any spectators at the venue. Fans can, however, still be part of the engrossing encounter by downloading fantasy cricket app and playing the fantasy cricket game on Howzat, where they can win big real cash prizes too. Go to this top fantasy cricket app, join a fantasy cricket league and win cash while enjoying your favourite game.
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India vs South Africa
Preview: The first ODI between the two teams at Dharamsala was washed out by rain, which means that just two games are left in the series. India recently suffered a whitewash against New Zealand in the format, while South Africa walk into the ODI series after a 3-0 sweep over Australia. For India, S Dhawan, H Pandya and B Kumar have all recovered from injuries and should be slotted right in, while S Gill is likely to make his debut in Lucknow. F d Plessis and Rassie van return to the South African side after missing the last series, but the Proteas will miss the presence of K Rabada, who is suffering from a groin injury.
Toss: The wicket at Lucknow will be flat and will have plenty of help for batsmen. There will be considerate dew in the second innings as well, which should further aid the team chasing. Hence, the captain winning the toss is likely to choose bowling first.
Weather and pitch conditions: Winter has not yet receded fully in the northern city, which means that the evening will get slightly chilly. The day will be pleasant. There is only a 20% chance of rain.
India: Probable Playing 11 and Key Players
Probable playing 11: S Dhawan, S Gill, V Kohli, S Iyer, L Rahul (wk), H Pandya, R Jadeja, N Saini, B Kumar, J Bumrah, Y Chahal
Key players: V Kohli is at the top of the ICC ODI rankings. Despite having a poor series against the Black Caps, the Indian skipper will be looking forward to silencing his critics. L Rahul is in the form of his life and was one of the most consistent performers with the bat in New Zealand, where he smashed two fifties in the T20Is and then a fifty and a hundred in the ODI series that followed. Y Chahal had an impressive ODI series against the Kiwis, where he finished as the leading wicket-taker with six wickets in two matches at an economy rate of just 5.25. He will be the key in the middle overs.
South Africa: Probable Playing 11 and Key Players
Probable playing 11: Q de Kock, Janneman M, F d Plessis, Temba Bavuma, D Miller, H Klaasen, JJ Smuts, A Phehlukwayo, L Ngidi, A Nortje, K Maharaj
Key players: F d Plessis will play his first ODI since the World Cup last year and will want to make a memorable comeback to the team in the format. He averages over 47 in ODIs, has 12 hundred to his name and is one of the most experienced batsmen in the side. H Klaasen is the in-form player for South Africa. He topped the run charts in the recent ODI series against Australia, making more than 50 in every game. He had knocks of 123*, 51 and 68* and will want to continue his rich form. L Ngidi will be the biggest hope for the side in the absence of K Rabada. He was the best bowler for South Africa against the Aussies. He took nine wickets in two games at an economy rate of just 4.88, with a six-wicket haul in the third ODI.
Suggested Howzat Dream Team
Wicket-keeper: Two wicket-keepers, Q de Kock (10 credits) and L Rahul (9.5 credits) have been picked in the suggested Howzat dream team. The South African skipper has a good record against India, while L Rahul is in supreme form and can run away with the game on his day.
Batsmen: Two batsmen each from the two teams have been picked. S Dhawan (9.5 credits) and V Kohli (10.5 credits) will both be eager to make a strong statement in the game. The Indian captain had a below-par tour of New Zealand, while S Dhawan is returning back from injury and will want to shine. F d Plessis (9 credits) and H Klaasen (8.5 credits) make fantastic picks as well. The former too is staging a comeback and will want to shine. H Klaasen is an aggressive player in the middle overs and he will be eager to take on the Indian spinners.
All-rounders: Both A Phehlukwayo (8.5 credits) and R Jadeja (8.5 credits) are budget picks. The Indian completes his overs quickly, earn points with his fielding and has the skills to smash the ball out of the park as well. A Phehlukwayo has emerged as an underrated star, playing vital knocks and picking up crucial wickets with his fast bowling.
Bowlers: Y Chahal (8.5 credits) is expected to trouble the South African batsmen on a wicket that might have a bit of turn. He is an excellent budget pick, and so is B Kumar (8.5 credits), who will get swing with the new ball. L Ngidi (9 credits) is a star bowler who will want to raise his game while leading the bowling attack.
Captain and Vice-Captain: L Rahul and Q de Kock
NOTE: The suggested Howzat dream team is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual Playing 11 is announced by each team (15 to 30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.
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