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India vs South Africa, 1st ODI Match at Dharamsala Highlights: As it Happened

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Cricketnext Staff | March 12, 2020, 6:04 PM IST

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  • 17:25 (IST)

    UPDATE: So the match has been called off without a ball being bowled. 

  • 15:39 (IST)

    UPDATE: Some good news coming through now. The rain has finally stopped and ground staff are doing their best to make the ground ready for play. 

  • 15:00 (IST)

    UPDATE: The rain has come back and the covers are on again. We start to lose overs from here on. 

  • 13:23 (IST)

    DELAY: Expect further delays as it has started to rain again and the covers are back again. Stay tuned for further updates. 

17:25 (IST)

UPDATE: So the match has been called off without a ball being bowled. 

16:31 (IST)

It's drizzling now and the fog has cleared now. But the time is running out now. Two hours to go before the match can finally be called off.

16:16 (IST)
16:02 (IST)

There is no improvement in the playing conditions till now. All the fans would be hoping that we have a game at least. 

15:50 (IST)

It's not looking good at the moment, and there's rain, and now fog too. The fans are leaving the stadium already. 

15:39 (IST)

UPDATE: Some good news coming through now. The rain has finally stopped and ground staff are doing their best to make the ground ready for play. 

15:33 (IST)

Tendulkar had taken 300 innings to get to the landmark. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is currently second on the list having reached 12,000 ODI runs in 314 innings while former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara did so in 336 innings. Kohli will be looking to break the shackles in the first opportunity he gets in the South Africa series as he has been going through a rare rough patch of form.

15:25 (IST)

India captain Virat Kohli is just 133 runs away from reaching 12,000 runs in his ODI career and could do so in India's upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa. Kohli has 239 innings under his belt in his career which means that if he crosses 12,000 in this series, he will break Sachin Tendulkar's record to become the fastest to the landmark.

15:12 (IST)
Hopefully we get to see a match
15:00 (IST)

UPDATE: The rain has come back and the covers are on again. We start to lose overs from here on. 

14:43 (IST)

Gary Kirsten (93) and Hansie Cronje (66) scripted a two-wicket win at Faridabad to keep South Africa alive in the series but a Tendulkar masterclass (122 off 138 deliveries) helped India chase down 282 at Vadodara and with that seal the series. Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly was the leading run-getter of the series with 285 runs in 5 matches at a strike rate of 90.18.

14:36 (IST)

The 2000 series was highly competitive with 4 of the 5 matches going down to the wire. The middle-order duo of Jadeja-Robin Singh stitched together a 92-run sixth-wicket stand to help India chase down 301 at Kochi.

14:27 (IST)

Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad then ran through the top and middle order to reduce South Africa to 96 for 7 before Dave Richardson and Pat Symcox came together and put together 88 for the eighth-wicket almost pulling off a miraculous win. But India’s two bowling heroes of the day returned to bowl out the visitors for 185 handing India a 35-run win and the trophy.

14:20 (IST)

South Africa had the better of India in the tri-nation Titan Cup in 1996 winning all the three group stage matches before faltering in the final in Mumbai. Tendulkar top-scored for India with 67 before Ajay Jadeja gave the innings the impetus at the end with an unbeaten 43 off 42 deliveries.

14:09 (IST)

India won both their matches against South Africa in the five-nation Hero Cup in 1993 going on to win the tournament. The more memorable was the semi-final encounter at Eden Gardens when Tendulkar defended six of the final over conceding just three runs in the only over he bowled in the match. India were victorious by 2 runs. Mohammad Azharuddin, their skipper had rescued the innings with a fine 90 after a top-order collapse and scored 46.15% of India’s total of 195.

14:00 (IST)

Again, although, India have won 3 of the 5 bilateral ODI series (two or more matches) between the two countries at home, they have not quite dominated as indicated by the series-scoreline over the years. South Africa have been very competitive in the Group Stages of multi-nation tournaments/series in India before choking on the big stage in the knockouts – a perennial problem with the South African team

13:53 (IST)


South Africa have won 13 of the 28 matches (and lost 15) they have played against India in India. Overall, against all opposition in India, they have a favourable win-loss ratio having won 23 and lost 18 (one no-result) of the 42 matches they have played. Only Australia (win-loss ratio of 1.472) and Pakistan (1.368) have a better record for touring teams in ODIs in India.

13:46 (IST)

Ravi Shastri and Manjrekar hit hundreds in Delhi – it was the only century of the latter’s ODI career. But a strong reply by the South African top-order (Kepler Wessels 90, Peter Kirsten 86 and Adrian Kuiper 63 off 41 deliveries) gave them a significant first win in an ODI as they chased down 287 with 8 wickets and 20 balls to spare. Kepler Wessels with 211 runs in the three matches was the standout batsman of the series.

13:40 (IST)

Sachin Tendulkar came out to bat at 3 for 2 and scored a match-winning 62 off 73 balls helping India chase down 177 in a closely fought opening encounter at the Eden Gardens. Allan Donald picked 5 wickets for the visitors. Kris Srikkanth, Navjot Sidhu and Sanjay Manjrekar registered fifties to record a comfortable 38-run win in Gwalior.

13:34 (IST)

South Africa first visited India in 1991 in what was the most historic and significant tour for the nation. It was their maiden official international series in the post-Apartheid era. The series consisted of three ODIs and it was the first time South Africa was playing the format officially.

13:23 (IST)

DELAY: Expect further delays as it has started to rain again and the covers are back again. Stay tuned for further updates. 

13:20 (IST)

De Kock replaced Du Plessis as skipper of the ODI team for the three-match series against England, when Du Plessis was surprisingly left out in a clear signal that his tenure was headed to an end. Du Plessis then quit as South Africa captain across all three formats of cricket, but said he would remain available for selection and after also being left out for the 3-0 home series win against Australia over the last fortnight, was restored to the squad for the three matches in India.

13:13 (IST)

“It’s still great to have him around. The experience he has picked up over the years will be a great help to us in this series. “He’s been given a chance to have a break. I feel it was important for him to put his feet up for a little bit and regather his thoughts.”

13:07 (IST)

New South Africa captain Quinton de Kock has welcomed the return to the One Day International squad of his predecessor Faf du Plessis as they prepare to meet India in Dharamsala on Thursday. “Faf plays big role for us from a leadership point of view. He’s here to help out a lot of the younger guys in the team, and he still adds a lot of value to us and he also knows he has lot of value to give to this team,” De Kock told a news conference on the eve of the match.

13:01 (IST)
12:58 (IST)

The board's announcement comes in the backdrop of growing doubts over the IPL, which is scheduled to begin on March 29. There have been reports that the Maharashtra government has banned ticket sales for the IPL, while the Karnataka government has decided to wait and watch. India has so far reported around 60 cases of coronavirus infected people.

12:51 (IST)

The board said it has issued mandates to airlines, hotels and state associations about 'thorough sanitization' of all facilities that the team will use during the tour. The BCCI also listed measures taken to ensure safety of spectators, saying all washrooms in the stadiums will be stocked with sanitizers and hand-wash liquids. The state associations will also ensure that the public has access to information and education material on the COVID-19 through posters and public announcements.

12:45 (IST)

* washing hands with soap & water for a minimum of 20 seconds,

* use of hand sanitizers,

* covering mouth while sneezing or coughing,

* reporting to the medical team immediately in case of fever, cough or any illness,

* avoid touching face, mouth, nose and eyes before thoroughly washing hands,

* avoid eating out at restaurants where hygiene standards are unknown or compromised,

* avoid close contact & interaction with individuals outside the team environment (to avoid cross-infection from unknown individuals). Includes avoiding handshake, handling unknown phones for selfies.

12:41 (IST)

The BCCI said they have been monitoring the situation and educating players, support staff and the respective state associations about the standard guidelines set by the government health ministry and the World health Organization (WHO).

The board listed the Do’s and Don’ts of personal hygiene including but not limited to:

12:39 (IST)

With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) gripping all walks of life including sports events around the world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has released a list of precautions taken to avoid spreading of the virus during the three-match ODI series against South Africa beginning with the first game in Dharamsala on Thursday.


India vs South Africa, 1st ODI Match at Dharamsala Highlights: As it Happened

India vs South Africa, Latest Updates: UPDATE: So the match has been called off without a ball being bowled.

​PREVIEW: Hardik Pandya's eagerly-awaited international comeback adds a lot of context to India's three-match ODI campaign against South Africa starting Thursday where the hosts would be aiming to put the New Zealand tour behind them. Amid the ever-rising danger of coronavirus and threat of rain once again playing spoilsport, Pandya's all-round flamboyance will keep skipper Virat Kohli in a good headspace as he would be desperately trying to forget the 0-3 mauling in the last series in New Zealand. Pandya last played an ODI against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final in Manchester and his last international game was a T20 against the Proteas in Bengaluru in September last year.

He forced his way back into the national team with his all-round performances at the DY Patil Corporate Cup, where he looked completely fit and ready to go. Skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri has spoken openly about ODIs being least of priority in a World T20 year. But his men can ill-afford to lose another series against an inexperienced South African side which is buoyed after crushing Australia 3-0 in their own den. Especially having lost five international games (two Tests included) on trot, the Indian skipper, enduring one of his rarest of rare bad patches in last six years will be keen to buck the trend.

Kohli managed just 75 runs against the Kiwis, and going by his standards the Indian skipper would be itching to silence his critics, who have raised eyebrows after his statement on ODIs not having context in the current calendar. The presence of Pandya along with a fit-again senior opener Shikhar Dhawan (shoulder dislocation) and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (sports hernia surgery) makes India favourite on paper against a South African side that comprises of seasoned campaigners like Quinton d Kock, Faf du Plessis and David Miller in their ranks. The three players automatically pick themselves in the playing XI while Manish Pandey might just get a longer run at No 6 now that Kedar Jadhav has finally been dropped from the squad.

In the absence of Rohit Sharma, who is yet to recover from a calf injury, Dhawan's return would lend valuable experience to the Indian top-order, which badly missed both the openers in New Zealand Dhawan had dislocated his shoulder during the final ODI against Australia at home and missed the New Zealand series. Bhuvneshwar's return will give India good depth during the slog overs where Shardul THakur had seemed completely misfit. Mohammed Shami has been rested for the series after getting a blow on his shoulder in the second Test in New Zealand.

Ravindra Jadeja is expected to be the lone spinning option on a seamer-friendly Dharamsala track unless team management feels the urge to include Kuldeep Yadav in the team. South Africa, on the other hand, are coming into the tour brimming with confidence after whitewashing Australia in the three-ODI series. Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen, who were rested for the ODIs against Australia, are part of South Africa's touring party. Since quitting as captain, du Plessis has not had a good run and would like to do the course correction in his most preferred format. Heinrich Klaasen and Kyle Verreynne, both of whom played crucial roles in South Africa's ODI series win over Australia, would look to carry on their form in India while Temba Bavuma, who suffered a hamstring strain and missed the last two ODIs against Australia, has also returned.

Janneman Malan earned his maiden India tour call as the 16th member of the squad after his match-winning ton in the second ODI against Australia. This will be South Africa's maiden ODI at this venue while India have played four ODIs here, losing two and winning two. The side batting second has won three of the four contests at the ground.

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1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
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