South Africa won the toss and have decided to bat first in the opening match of a three-match series. While Marco Jansen is making his debut for the hosts, India have included Venkatesh Iyer in XI.
Even India would have batted first. “As a team we’re ready to do both things. We have some quality spinners in our attack, and with Bumrah and Bhuvi starting, if we can get a couple of wickets early we can put some pressure on them,” said KL Rahul.
“The wicket looks a bit dry. We’d like to make use of the best of the batting conditions. Hopefully it slows up to allow our bowlers to get the best of the conditions,” said Temba Bavuma.
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk) 2 Janneman Malan 3 Aiden Markram 4 Rassie van der Dussen 5 Temba Bavuma (capt) 6 David Miller 7 Andile Phehlukwayo 8 Marco Jansen 9 Keshav Maharaj 10 Tabraiz Shamsi 11 Lungi Ngidi
India: 1 KL Rahul (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Venkatesh Iyer, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal