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India vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Dharamsala: Match Abandoned Without a Ball Being Bowled

Cricketnext Staff | September 15, 2019, 8:13 PM IST

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  • 19:52 (IST)

    MATCH ABANDONED: And so the match has been abandoned due to incessant rain at Dharamsala. This is not good news for the Indian fans who were looking forward to the home series. 

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the first T20I between India and South Africa. After a longish away season, India start the home leg with this series. Out of the Test mode, they would like to make a winning start and make a statment early in the series, against a struggling South African side. 

19:52 (IST)

MATCH ABANDONED: And so the match has been abandoned due to incessant rain at Dharamsala. This is not good news for the Indian fans who were looking forward to the home series. 

19:49 (IST)

"He is not the biggest guy, who can muscle the ball over the fence, but there are different ways of doing it. I am uncomfortable saying he is a red-ball cricketer. He has played two ODIs with a hundred and a fifty, so he is a good cricketer," the 48-year-old said. "He will certainly get his opportunity on this tour and I think he is ready to make transition into being somebody in that engine room, who can be good at rotating strike and have good plans so that other hitters like David, Dwayne and Andile, some of the biggest hitters on the planet, can bat around him," he further added.

19:41 (IST)

"He recently got a hundred in the CSA (domestic ) T20 final. It's easy to pigeonhole him and say okay he plays Test cricket. But Temba is wonderful all-round cricketer. Yes he needs to learn a couple of all-round options and that's really about it, Klusener defended the pint-sized batsman's selection. However, he agreed that Bavuma's game will be more about rotating the strike and give opportunities to big hitters like David Miller, Dwayne Pretorius or Andile Phehlukwayo.

19:33 (IST)

"They are great cricketers and we are not taking anything away from that and our focus will be on ourselves and little areas that we can take advantage and maybe that's one of them," he said. One of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball during his playing days, Klusener was asked about what he expects from a player like Temba Bavuma, whose game is not naturally suited to the demands of T20 cricket.

19:26 (IST)

"Looking at the Indian team, that (inexperienced bowling attack) is an area we are going to take advantage of just like I suppose, you look at opposing teams and at areas, which you can take advantage of," Klusener said during a media interaction on the eve of the first T20 International. However he made it clear that by no means he underestimates the Indian attack.

19:20 (IST)

South Africa will like to put pressure on India's inexperienced pace trio of Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed and Deepak Chahar during the three-match T20 International series, visiting side's assistant batting coach Lance Klusener said on Sunday. The trio has together played 16 T20 Internationals between them and the former South African all-rounder sensed it as an opportunity for the Proteas as their new look team tries to settle into a groove.

18:52 (IST)

"One great thing about him (Dhoni) is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person," Kohli replied when asked if the legend is in his scheme of things for next year's World T20 in Australia. 

18:46 (IST)

It continues to pour in Dharamsala. 

18:37 (IST)

On the eve of the T20 International series against South Africa, Kohli maintained that the 38-year-old Dhoni will "remain valuable" as long as he continues playing the game even as team management grooms youngsters like Rishabh Pant. 

18:30 (IST)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has always put the interest of Indian cricket in mind and is "on same page" with the team management as far as his international future is concerned, skipper Virat Kohli said on Saturday.

18:25 (IST)

A delayed start seems likely at this point. 

18:20 (IST)

And then there is Navdeep Saini with raw pace and Khaleel Ahmed bringing in the left-arm variety but known to leak runs. Will they be persisted with in the long run? In next 13 months, Kohli will seek all the answers. 

18:15 (IST)

Last but not the least is the pace department where Bumrah is the only certainty. Deepak Chahar, who generates movement during first spell, is an inspired investment for shortest version. 

18:10 (IST)

Not to forget, India have a back up finger spinner in young Washington Sundar, who in his U-19 days was a hard-hitting top-order batsman. So where this leaves Kuldeep and Chahal in T20 scheme of things is anyone's guess. 

18:05 (IST)

And with all-rounder Krunal Pandya also shaping up well and Ravindra Jadeja's experience set to come in handy, where does it leave the much in demand wrist spin duo, who had replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja (for the better part) post 2017 Champions Trophy. 

18:00 (IST)

The other fascinating aspect will be the future of spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, at least in the shortest version. Rajasthan leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is a young talent and is being billed as one for the future. 

17:55 (IST)

Manish Pandey has been in and around for years now and despite the kind of quality he possesses, the Karnataka batsman has not inspired highest confidence in the chances he got. So will it be Pandey at No 4 or Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer, who was in fine form during the Windies one dayers? 

17:49 (IST)

Retirement is Mahendra Singh Dhoni's individual call but does the team management intend to look ahead like the selection committee does? It is yet to be known and Rishabh Pant's indiscretions doesn't make it easier for Kohli and Shastri. 

17:45 (IST)

There are many questions that the team management will have to answer in the next 13 months during which IPL will also be held. Save Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah (rested for this series), at least seven slots in playing XI and four more in the 15-member squad are up for grabs, with some bold steps on cards.  

17:39 (IST)

There will be around 20 odd matches for captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri to build a near perfect combination going into the World T20 in Australia in October next year. 

17:36 (IST)

A good spell from Rabada or a cameo from David Miller could pose challenge for the Indians, while some of the others like Test specialist Temba Bavuma or Anrich Nortje will like to prove their credentials in absence of Faf du Plessis or Hashim Amla. 

17:29 (IST)

The real battle begins now with this series against the likes of Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada, who are also in the midst of a tough transition phase. 

17:23 (IST)

India's 3-0 series win against the West Indies could be called a pre-cursor as it was just after enduring a disappointing end to their ODI World Cup campaign. 

17:18 (IST)

Virat Kohli will be venturing into the unknown with a clean slate, where a few seasoned hands will be backing a group of immensely talented youngsters, in his quest for World T20 title which begins with a three-match bilateral series against South Africa here on Sunday. 

17:11 (IST)

Hello and welcome to the first T20I between India and South Africa. After a longish away season, India start the home leg with this series. Out of the Test mode, they would like to make a winning start and make a statment early in the series, against a struggling South African side. 

India vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Dharamsala: Match Abandoned Without a Ball Being Bowled

India vs South Africa 1st T20I Live Updates: MATCH ABANDONED: And so the match has been abandoned due to incessant rain at Dharamsala. This is not good news for the Indian fans who were looking forward to the home series.

Catch India Vs South Africa live score from the first T20I at Dharamsala through our live blog. The game will start at 7PM and can be watched live on Star Sports network for Hindi and English commentary. Live streaming will be available on Hotstar.com. You can follow ball-by-ball action on our live blog at Cricketnext.com.

PREVIEW: India and South Africa will face off in the first T20I of a three-match series at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday as preparation for the World T20 goes up another notch. The Indian cricket team come into this series following a clinical performance across formats in during their tour of West Indies. India didn’t lose a single game in either the Tests, ODIs or T20Is and will be brimming with confidence against a South Africa side that are in a rebuilding phase. And even though a number of leading figures were rested for the T20I leg of the Caribbean tour, India cruised to a 3-0 series win in the T20Is.

While Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were in among the runs against the Carlos Brathwaite-led side, debutant Navdeep Saini had starred with the ball alongside experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is back in the squad after he was rested for the complete Windies tour and is all but a certainty to feature in the playing XI against the South Africans. On the other hand, a young Proteas side led by Quinton de Kock, will look to leave behind their dismal performance in England in the World Cup and prepare for the future in the absence of stalwarts like Dale Styen, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla.

There are three new faces in the form of Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje in the South Africa squad who would be eager to perform at the big stage. Veteran all-rounder Chris Morris was not considered for selection while Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi were also overlooked. In Kagiso Rabada, they have a bowler who can rip through to any batting unit and turn the game on its head, as evidenced by his superb showing in the 2019 IPL. However, despite the lack of experience, they are expected to pose a greater challenge to India than the West Indies did last month. The last time these two teams faced each other in the shortest format of the game was in 2018 when India had beaten the Proteas 2-1 in the three-match series played in South Africa. One of the things that might play spoilsport on Sunday is the weather, as rains and thunderstorms are predicted on the match-day.

Squads

India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (C), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde. ​

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1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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