ODI series preview: India v South Africa
South Africa got their long tour to India off to a winning start by claiming the T20 series two-nil, but now they must compete in the five-match ODI series, and India may have the upper hand.
The sides are fairly even in terms of results against each other, with their last 10 completed ODIs seeing India win four and the Proteas six. Their most recent clash, at the World Cup in March, went to India.
The Proteas welcome fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel back into the squad after they were rested for the T20s. Albie Morkel makes way for his brother, restoring the pace attack to full power.
Spin-wise, Imran Tahir will be the premier tweaker, with JP Duminy his likely second, and it remains to be seen whether another spinner will be added. Aaron Phangiso, forever carrying drinks, will hope that's the case.
The captaincy returns to AB de Villiers for the series, with Faf du Plessis left to focus on his batting, and De Villiers will likely be relieved of his wicketkeeping duties. Quinton de Kock will keep, after he found himself sidelined in the T20s.
As for India, they are set to hand a debut to all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh, who replaces Ravindra Jadeja in the squad. Amit Mishra has also been included, with Dhawal Kulkarni making way.
Since the World Cup, India have played ODIs against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. They lost to Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe were hardly stringent opposition, so they'll hope they're well enough prepared. Either that, or the Proteas suddenly find the conditions impossible.
For South Africa, JP Duminy has been the most in-form on the tour so far. He was man of the T20 series, with two unbeaten knocks, and his spin and fielding abilities will make him a formidable opponent. And he has plenty of experience in India, thanks to the IPL.
India will look to star batsman Virat Kohli for the runs, and for his steadying hand if the openers fail. The Test captain has been in decent form this year, and will be keen to show off his home ground advantage.
Last Five Head-To-Head Results
2015 World Cup group match: India won by 130 runs in Melbourne
2013 Third ODI: No result in Centurion
2013 Second ODI: South Africa won by 134 runs in Durban
2013 First ODI: South Africa won by 141 runs in Johannesburg
2013 Champions Trophy group match: India won by 26 runs in Cardiff
India: MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav
South Africa: AB de Villiers, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Khaya Zondo
First ODI: 11 October in Kanpur
Second ODI: 14 October in Indore
Third ODI: 18 October in Rajkot
Fourth ODI: 22 October in Chennai
Fifth ODI: 25 October in Mumbai
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