The 4th game of the 5-match Unofficial ODI series between India A and South Africa A will be hosted by Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).
The game will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Streaming available on Hotstar.
India A continued their supremacy over South Africa to clinch the 5-match unofficial ODI series with two more games to be played. For the remaining two matches, Shreyas Iyer comes in for Manish Pandey and takes over as India A skipper. The local boy Sanju Samson replaces Ishan Kishan who flies to Bangalore for Duleep Trophy final. Manish and Ishan played key role in the three wins of the home team.
Ishan left as India A’s leading run-getter of the tournament while Pandey stood as the player of the match on Monday. The star attraction for this game could be Shikhar Dhawan. The Indian opener is getting used to the big stage after getting ruled out of the World Cup 2019 due to a finger injury. He replaced Vijay Shankar who caught up a thumb injury after suffering a foot injury in the CWC 2019.
47, 21 and 30 – These are the number of overs to which the first three matches of this series were reduced to. Though the rain is stopping around the scheduled start of play, it is the overnight rain that fill the water on the outfield. Another delayed start is expected on Wednesday during the 4th One Day.
All three matches of this series have been shortened matches due to wet outfield. All the three matches witnessed the teams batting first scoring at around 7 runs an over. The chasing teams didn’t settle to any lower. However, the track here would suit spinners in the 2nd half of the chase.
Average first innings score: 206 (List A matches before this series)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2
Shikhar Dhawan replaced Vijay Shankar while Ruturaj Gaikwad makes way for Prashant Chopra.
Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson come into the squad for Manish Pandey and Ishan Kishan.
Rahul Chahar and Washington Sundar replace Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya.
Tushar Deshpande and Ishan Porel replace Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed.
Probable Playing XIs:
Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Shreyas Iyer (C), Sanju Samson (WK), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Ishan Porel
Bench – Prashant Chopra, Ricky Bhui, Shardul Thakur, Nitish Rana.
South Africa A:
Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Matthew Breetzke, Temba Bavuma (C), Khaya Zondo/Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks/Lutho Sipamla, Anrich Nortje.
Bench – Khaya Zondo/Kyle Verreynne, Theunis de Bruyn, Sinethemba Qeshile, Marco Jansen, Beuran Hendricks/Lutho Sipamla.
The experience of Reeza Hendricks and Shikhar Dhawan could help them produce big knocks for their team. Heinrich Klaasen has been his team’s most consistent batsman in this series. Shubman Gill would like to find a big score this time.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, George Linde, Reeza Hendricks
Vice-Captain – Heinrich Klaasen, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Janneman Malan
After the recent ODI series in Windies, the India A skipper Shreyas Iyer will be the most trusted option as captain. Moreover, he has good record in One-Day matches in India.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Heinrich Klaasen (VC)
Batsmen – Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan
All-Rounders – Shivam Dube, George Linde
Bowlers – Junior Dalal, Rahul Chahar, Tushar Deshpande
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen
Batsmen – Shubman Gill (C), Matthew Breetzke, Janneman Malan, Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounders – George Linde (VC), Shivam Dube
Bowlers – Bjorn Fortuin, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Porel
Going into the 4th One Day, only Axar Patel would have played three matches in this series. He could be replaced by Nitish Rana if the latter offers to fill the 6th bowler role.
India A is expected to win another match and extend the lead to 4-0.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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