After a fantastic win in the recently concluded T20I series against Australia, the Indian cricket team will face South Africa in a limited-overs bilateral series. The first T20I is scheduled to commence at 7:00 PM at the Greenfield International Stadium, Kerala.

IND vs SA Dream11 prediction

Both India and South Africa have been in good form ahead of this series. While India thumped Australia, the Proteas picked up wins against England and Ireland in the shortest format.

For the hosts, Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel had a terrific series against Australia and will be looking to continue their good form in the build-up to the T20 World Cup. 

Meanwhile, Reeza Hendricks and Kagiso Rabada would be the key players to take on a confident Indian team.

When the two sides met earlier this year in a five-match T20I series in India, it ended 2-2 with the final match getting abandoned due to rain.

IND vs SA Dream11 team tips for the first T20I 2022

Top tip: Best batter 

Suryakumar Yadav will be the no-brainer pick among batters. The hard-hitting batter has been in amazing form and can be expected to give big returns in this match. He scored 115 runs in three matches at an average of 39.33 and strike rate of 185.48 against Australia, including a fiery inning of 36-ball 69 in the final match. He is currently selected by roughly 77% of the fantasy players and will be a great choice for 8.5 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler

India pacer Harshal Patel will be a smart pick from the bowlers’ section. Although the 31-year-old had an underwhelming series against Australia, he can be backed to come good against the Proteas. Moreover, he finished as the leading wicket-taker with seven wickets in four innings when the two sides met earlier this year in June. Also, he is selected by less than 10% of the fantasy players and hence, can be a differential pick.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Coming in at 8 credits, all-rounder Axar Patel will be the top all-rounder pick for this clash. He finished as the top wicket-taker against the Aussies with eight wickets in three encounters and was rightly awarded the Man of the Series award. The all-rounder can come in handy with the bat too, as he showcased his hitting abilities during the West Indies tour a couple of months back. In T20Is overall, he has taken 29 wickets in as many matches and has scored 153 runs.

Proteas’ Quinton de Kock will be our recommendation from the wicket-keepers’ spot. Against India, de Kock has scored 173 runs in five innings at an average of 43.25. Furthermore, he scored 221 runs in seven innings for Barbados Royals in the ongoing CPL 2022 at an average of 44.20, which suggests that he will be among runs in this series too. 

IND vs SA T20I squads 

India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton De Kock (wicket-keeper), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo


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