IND v SA 1st T20: India win toss, elect to bowl first against South Africa


India have won the toss and elected to bowl first in the T20I series opener clash against South Africa. Back-to-back T20I series’ for India ahead of the next month’s coveted T20 World Cup is a testament that the side is not leaving any stone unturned to live up their dream of lifting the title for the second time.

Rohit Sharma-led will try to get the fine-tunning done in the T20Is against South Africa before the showpiece event. India have defeated Australia 2-1 in the T20I series which concluded in Hyderabad on Sunday. The series win against defending T20I World Champions is a major boost to India’s morale which dripped following their second-round exit in the Asia Cup.

Team India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh.
South Africa XI: Qd Kock(w), T Bavuma(c), R Rossouw, A Markram, D Miller, T Stubbs, W Parnell, K Rabada, K Maharaj, A Nortje, T Shamsi.

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