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  • Shreyas Iyer likely to slot in at No. 3 for the Men in Blue
  • As hinted by coach Rahul Dravid, Umran Malik may sit out in the first few games

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Indian cricket team will kick-start their preparations for the T20 World Cup with a five-match T20I series with South Africa, starting with the first game at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi

After a hectic IPL season, the Indian cricket team are ready to face South Africa in the five-match T20I series that begins on Thursday. With the T20 World Cup only months away, the road to Australia will start with the first T20I at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

The five-match series against South Africa will provide Head Coach Rahul Dravid with an opportunity to try out a number of options at different positions. With many T20 specialists included in the squad after a successful IPL outing, the series will certainly give a better idea about who could be on the plane to Australia.

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1st T20: India vs South Africa Playing XI

In his latest press meet, Dravid didn't spill the beans on the playing XI. But with KL Rahul ruled out, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad are likely to open. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are likely to strengthen the middle order while Deepak Hooda and Hardik Pandya could be the lower-order batters along with Dinesh Karthik.

Amid all the talks around pace-sensation Umran Malik, Dravid hinted that the Jammu Express will sit out at least for the first few games. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Avesh Khan should be India's designated pacers unless there are some last-minute injuries.

India Playing XI (probable): KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan/Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik/Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal.

South Africa Playing XI (probable): Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (C), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorious, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje.


India vs South Africa head to head

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IND vs SA 1st T20 live toss and match timings

India vs South Africa live match will begin at 7:00 pm IST while the toss will take place 30 minutes before the scheduled start of play, i.e. 6:30 PM IST.

India vs South Africa Live Telecast details:

The Match will be aired live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3, and Star Sports 2 HD.

India vs South Africa live broadcast free

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