South Africa vs India 1st ODI Highlights 2023 – 17 Dec

Pitch and weather: The Wanderers is usually a high-scoring ODI venue thanks to its true bounce and the rarefied Highveld atmosphere. Three of the last four games here have produced 300-plus first-innings totals. A largely clear day is expected in Johannesburg, with temperatures in the high 20s (Celsius).

South Africa vs India Highlights 2023, India tour of South Africa 2023 1st ODI (D/N), The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, Sunday 17-12-2023.

“Used wicket, want to bat on it first, playing two spinners,” says Aiden Markram. “Fantastic day (pink day), hopefully both teams can put on a good show. One debut: Nandre Burger. Exciting to give some good guys opportunity, they are important to stake a claim.”
“Special day, says KL Rahul. “Seen lots of pink ODIs on TV. Would’ve chosen to bat too, same strip as the T20. There was spin and it was dry in that T20. Sudarshan on his well-deserved debut, Ruturaj, Tilak, Sanju as always a name that’s exciting for the fans. Axar, Kuldeep would love to see this pitch. (IPL exposure) They know what pressure is, how to handle themselves under pressure. They come with that intensity’s experience.”

Toss: South Africa chose to bat.

South Africa team: Zorzi, Hendricks, Dussen, Markram, Klaasen, Miller, Mulder, Phehlukwayo, Maharaj, Burger, Shamsi.
India team: KL Rahul, Gaikwad, Sudharsan, Iyer, Tilak, Samson, Axar, Arshdeep, Avesh, Kuldeep, Mukesh.

Head to Head In ODI’s: 91
South Africa Won: 50
India Won: 38
South Africa ODI Rankings: 3rd
India ODI Rankings: 1st

Form guide
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
South Africa LWLWW
India LWWWW

Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 10:00 AM Local
Umpires – Bongani Jele, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire – Ahsan Raza
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Allahudien Paleker
Match number – ODI no. 4713

Post Match Presentation

Markram:

Tough one. We would’ve liked to put on a really good score batting first. Credit to their bowling attack with the lateral movement. We weren’t even to settle and build partnership. Problem right from the start and couldn’t pull things back. (Misread the pitch?) We expected it to go around a little bit. Generally in the day games it does do something for 5-7 overs, we’ve seen that before. But today it went along for longer and we couldn’t get in and build partnerships. (Aggressive batting – was that the general way out in tough conditions?) Strange one. I think it comes down to individuals. When you are out there you have to assess yourself and communicate with the partner. We encourage guys to be positive but also choose smart options. We’ll have to assess. (Would you bat first again?) Probably not [laughs].”

Rahul:

“Lost three ODIs as captain here last time around. Good to get a win here in SA today. The plans were to bring the spinners into the game, but there was lot of help in the wicket early and the boys [pacers] bowled really well. (Chopping and changing players in the XI, esp the bowling attack) Its just how cricket is being played in the last couple of years. You have to rest some players, you prioritise one format every now and then. Now it is T20s and Tests. But we want to take guys who are doing their best. Everyone’s doing well in first class and IPL too, so good for them to get a taste too.”

Player of the Match Arshdeep Singh:

“Feel little sore but loving the movement. I learnt about the altitude only after a few overs when I was running out of breath. Had to build on from there. (Last year to here) Personally it feels good because when you play you have a dream to play for the country. I am enjoying my role and want to thank Rahul bhai as well. He said I should come back strongly and aim for a five-for. (how does this set you up for the next 2 games?) Its about enjoying the game. When we go to Gqeberha, we need to know what will work there and look for a good result there too.”

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