India are set to host South Africa for the five-match T20I series. The first fixture of the T20I series is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 9 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Team India are gearing up for the series after the conclusion of the 15th edition of Indian Premier League(IPL). The Men in Blue had won 3-0 in their last T20I series against Sri Lanka. They are expected to feature in this game with 3 wicketkeepers in the form of Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, and Dinesh Karthik. It will be a toss-up between Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan for the third fast bowling option. The players like Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal have been in top form ahead of this series and will look to continue the same form. The side will not have the services of veteran stars like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
Meanwhile, South Africa also defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in their last T20I series. The South African side will be led by Temba Bavuma and he will be in charge of a team. Most of the players in the Proteas team were a part of the IPL 2022 this year and will have a basic idea about the condition and pitch in the subcontinent. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, and Kagiso Rabada will need to deliver it on the pitch.
WAGING ODDS: India (1.66) Vs South Africa (2.10)
India are the favorites and are priced at 1.66, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹166.
MI are the underdogs and priced at 2.10 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹210.
The pitch is normally a slower one. However, the outfield is typically quick because of the small boundaries. Thereby, the team that gets to bat first will be keen to put up a total of about 170 and pressurize the chasing side. Spinners may be able to take advantage of the pitch’s slowness. Going by the recent record and the home advantage, India are likely to get away with the victory.
Prediction: India to win