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0.1 over (0 Run) What a brilliant start for Mukesh Kumar and India. Unlucky though in the end. Pitches one up on the stump with a hint of in swing. Reeza Hendricks takes the front foot out and looks to block it, in the end, gets a slight inside edge onto hits pads right infront of the stumps. There is a huge appeal for LBW but turned down. KL Rahul does not take a review.

Done with the pre-game proceedings and it is now time to get the play underway on a day where Cricket South Africa tries to raise awareness for breast cancer and the sold-out crowd is quickly starting to fill up the whole stadium. The umpires are out in the middle and so are the Indian players. Reeza Hendricks and Tony de Zorzi will be the opening pair for South Africa. Mukesh Kumar has the new ball in hand and is raring to go. A couple of slips in place, let’s go…

We are just a few minutes away from the start of the ‘Pink ODI’ in Johannesburg but first, the two sets of players along with their mascots will line up for their respective national anthems. It will be the national anthem of India first followed by the national anthem of South Africa.

India’s captain, KL Rahul says that he hasn’t played since the World Cup final but it is nice to be here and the Pink ODIs in South Africa are special. Adds that he would have batted first as well but what he garnered from the T20 game is that there might be some turn. Mentions that Sai Sudharsan, the left-handed batter is in and he is excited for him and a few exciting players who have done well in the Indian T20 League also get an opportunity. Adds that they know what the pressure is and how to handle it.

The South African skipper, Aiden Markram says that they will have a bat first as it looks like a used wicket and the ball is going to grip and turn well in the second innings bringing the spinners into the picture. He adds that Nandre Burger makes his debut in ODI cricket for South Africa, so two debuts in a space of three days for him. He further talks about ODI cricket being a good exposure for cricketers to gain experience in their career in front of a packed crowd against a good opposition.

India (Playing XI) – KL Rahul (C/WK), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sai Sudharsan (On debut), Shreyas Iyer, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.

South Africa (Playing XI) – Tony de Zorzi, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (C), Heinrich Klaasen (WK), David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Nandre Burger (On ODI debut), Tabraiz Shamsi.

TOSS – The flip of the coin lands in favor of Aiden Markram and South Africa will BAT first.

DEBUT ALERT! The visuals from the ground show skipper KL Rahul handing the Indian cap to Sai Sudharsan who is all set to make his debut in this game.

On the South African front, with Quinton de Kock’s retirement from ODIs, Reeza Hendricks assumes a pivotal role at the top of the order. While Hendricks has displayed remarkable form in T20Is, he aims to translate that success into the 50-over format where he seeks to enhance his consistency. The left-arm quick, Nandre Burger, fresh from his debut in the T20 series, is poised to earn his ODI cap, adding depth to the South African bowling lineup. The strategic decision regarding the inclusion of both spinners or the choice between Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi adds an intriguing dimension to South Africa’s team selection. As both teams strive to craft winning combinations and seize the series lead, anticipation and excitement reach a crescendo. The stage is set for a cricketing spectacle that promises drama, skill, and fierce competition. Stay tuned for the toss and lineup updates as we prepare for the imminent kickoff of this high-stakes ODI encounter. The cricketing world awaits a showdown of epic proportions! Toss and team news in a bit.

In this opener at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, India faces the absence of key players, including the prolific duo Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, along with the notable absence of pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj. The responsibility of spearheading the fast-bowling attack for the Men In Blue falls on Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, and Arshdeep Singh. Despite these challenges, India boasts a formidable spin attack featuring the experienced trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and Yuzvendra Chahal. As India seeks redemption against South Africa, the question looms large: Can they bounce back under Rahul’s leadership against a team that has historically dominated in the ODI format?

Greetings to cricket enthusiasts worldwide as we gear up for the thrilling spectacle of the first ODI in a three-match series between South Africa and India, broadcast live from the iconic Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The cricketing weather gods have smiled upon us, paving the way for a gripping encounter on the hallowed grounds of this renowned stadium. India, under the captaincy of KL Rahul, is set to embark on a challenging multi-format tour in South Africa, eager to put behind the World Cup heartbreak. Following Suryakumar Yadav’s commendable leadership that led Team India to level the T20 series without Rohit Sharma, Rahul now aims to secure India’s maiden ODI series win against the formidable hosts.

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