India and South Africa will lock horns in the first T20I of the three-match series at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, September 28.

Both teams recently played out a five-match T20I series in June which was squared at 2-2 after the last game was washed out due to rain.

Pitch report:

The Greenfield International Stadium has not hosted any T20I game since 2019, but the track here is expected to provide decent support to both batters and bowlers. Dew might come into play, so bowling first seems to be an ideal decision at this venue.

Probable XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram/Rilee Rossouw, Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen/Tristan Stubbs, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje

Match Prediction:

Case 1:

  • India wins the toss and bowls first
  • Powerplay score: 40-45
  • South Africa total: 155-165

Case 2:

  • South Africa wins the toss and bowls first
  • Powerplay score: 45-50
  • India total: 160-170

Team batting second to win the contest.

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