Thrilling Start: South Africa and India Clash in 1st ODI of 2023/24 Series

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Wanderers is usually a high-scoring venue with the thin Highveld air, small boundaries and good quick pitches, but the turn on offer in the T20I meant the two captains looked at the surface with caution. Both XIs had a debutant: left-arm fast bowler Nandre Burger for South Africa and left-hand opening batter Sai Sudharsan for India.

South Africa’s middle order wore the same look as in the World Cup, but the bowling attack featured changes as the main bowlers prepare for the Tests against India. They also brought in new openers: Tony de Zorzi for Quinton de Kock, who has has retired from ODIs, and Reeza Hendricks for the rested Temba Bavuma.

India’s XI bore little resemblance to the side that played the World Cup final last month. Their main players were either rested or preparing for the Test matches. KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav were the only two players in this XI that played the World Cup final.

South Africa 1 Tony de Zorzi, 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram (capt.), 5 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 6 David Miller, 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Nandre Burger, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

India 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Sai Sudharsan, 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (capt. & wk), 6 Tilak Varma, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Arshdeep Singh, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mukesh Kumar

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