The 5th and final game of the 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).
This game will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Streaming available on Hotstar
India A and South Africa A square off for the fifth and final time in their ongoing Unofficial ODI series at the Greenfield International Stadium on Friday. India has dominated every game in the series with their spinners and middle-order starring for them against the Proteas. Although Heinrich Klaasen and Bjorn Fortuin have done their bit, South Africa A hasn’t been able to capitalize on the key moments leading to their poor showing.
With this being the last game, fringe players on either roster will look to make most of this opportunity with the likes of Anrich Nortje and Lutho Sipamla vying for the third pacer spot in the South African senior side. As for the Indians, clean-sweep beckons although it wouldn’t be smooth sailing considering the strength and talent in the Proteas line-up.
Although the weather forecast is clear for the most part of the day, there is a threat of rain in the latter half of the match. All the matches in the series so far have been troubled by rain and should be on different on Friday as well. Another delayed start is expected during the final ODI of this series
As the game progresses and the pitch wears down, spinners will find it helpful although the batsmen should be able to score freely on this surface. With all the previous games being shortened here, teams tend to score at a rate in excess of six. Pacers should also get some help with the new ball during the powerplay overs.
Average score: 206 (List A matches before this series)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Prashant Chopra, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Porel and Tushar Deshpande
Bench: Shivam Dube, Anmolpreet Singh, Axar Patel, and Ricky Bhui
South Africa A:
Matthew Breetzke, Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Sinethemba Qeshile, Kyle Verreyne, Khaya Zondo, Marco Jansen, Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Lutho Sipamla, and Anrich Nortje
Bench: Temba Bavuma, George Linde, Heinrich Klaasen, and Junior Dala
Shubman Gill has underwhelmed in this series with no scores over fifty to his name. Nevertheless, he is their best batsman, who even won the man of the series award against West Indies A. He is due for a big score at the top of the order for India A in this series.
Shikhar Dhawan is one of the best openers in the world and showed everyone exactly why he is so on Thursday. The south-paw got some runs under his belt against a strong Proteas attack with a couple of stylish cover drives. On a good batting surface, he is crucial to India’s fortunes.
Matthew Breetzke has looked solid in all the three games he played this series. Although he looked a bit troubled by leg-spin, he should add some runs to his tally of 67 in this series.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Matthew Breetzke
Vice-Captain – Rahul Chahar and Shreyas Iyer
Although Shubman Gill has been one of the most consistent performers for the India A side, Shikhar Dhawan’s international experience gives him the nod for this game.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Sinethemba Qeshile
Batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan (C), Matthew Breetzke (VC), Shreyas Iyer, Reeza Hendricks, Shubman Gill
All-Rounders – Washington Sundar
Bowlers – Tushar Deshpande, Rahul Chahar, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Sinethemba Qeshile, Kyle Verreyne
Batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill (C), Shreyas Iyer, Matthew Breetzke
All-Rounders –Washington Sundar
Bowlers – Rahul Chahar (VC), Bjorn Fortuin, Ishan Porel, Lutho Sipamla
With the threat of rain lingering around, top-order batsmen and pinch hitters are crucial to the cause for this game which implies the selection of the likes of Shubman Gill and Sinethemba Qeshile
Spinners have enjoyed success at this venue, making them viable options. Heinrich Klaasen could be given a break with the wicket-keeper slated to play in the Test series as well against India A which paves the way for Khaya Zondo or George Linde.
India A has already won the series but the South Africans haven’t done too badly in this tour. They should get over the Indians on Friday and add respectability to the scoreline.
*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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