India vs South Africa, 1st ODI, Live Blog, Cricket Score and Updates

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the 1st ODI between India and South Africa at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. India are still hurting from back-to-back series loss in New Zealand – the 0-3 drubbing in ODIs followed by another 0-2 sweep in Tests. South Africa are coming off a 1-2 loss to Australia in ODIs too but did well to trump the five-time World Champions 3-0 in T20Is. Also, South Africa had beaten India 3-2 the last time they played an ODI series here in 2015. Last year, India took the T20I leg 2-1 and would be eager to complete the double.Also Read - Virat Kohli Could be 'Removed as RCB Captain Mid-Way' Through IPL 2021: Ex-India Cricketer

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India: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah Also Read - Virat Kohli Gives Motivational Talk After Thumping Loss vs KKR, Video Goes Viral | WATCH

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (captain and wk), Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, George Linde, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi,

Live Updates

  • 5:25 PM IST

    LIVE: Match has been abandoned in Dharamsala due to unrelenting rain. The ground is still in covers and the drizzle continues. Focus now shifts to Lucknow, the venue of the second ODI of the three-match series. Reports are trickling in that they final two ODIs might be played behind closed doors after government’s advisory to avoid public gatherings.

  • 4:56 PM IST

    Live: It’s still drizzling in Dharamsala. Puddles have formed on the covers. We are just about 90 minutes away from the cut-off time of 6:30 pm now. We advise you to not have high hopes. This could be a washout.

  • 4:15 PM IST

    India vs South Africa 2020: So the rain has reduced to a drizzle now. The fog has disappeared too. For a 20-20 game, the cut off time is 6:30 PM IST. Reportedly, it will take almost an hour for the groundstaff to make things perfect for the match. Doesn’t look promising at the moment.

  • 3:50 PM IST

    It is raining heavily and there is fog as well. Chances of a game are bleak now.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    Live Update From Dharamsala: The rain is back. It’s gotten heavier. The work of the groundstaff undone and covers are back on. Floodlights have been turned on as well. Looking gloomy. Meanwhile, this is going eerily similar to the series opening first T20I between these two teams last wear when the contest in Dharamsala was washed out due to rain.

  • 2:50 PM IST

    IND vs SA: Though it’s not raining, it’s still dark in Dharamsala. Efforts continue to get the ground ready. It’s been over an hours since the scheduled start of the match. No word over when the ground will be ready though. There’s a forecast of thunderstorms around 5:00 pm IST. So things aren’t looking rosy at the moment. Fingers crossed.

  • 2:45 PM IST

    Live Updates, India vs South Africa 1st ODI: The cricket fans in Dharamsala have been unfazed by the threat looming in light of the coronavirus outbreak globally and, despite the sports ministry directing Himachal Pradesh state administration to avoid mass gathering, the crowd continues to build up for the series opening first ODI between India and South Africa on Thursday.

    Spectators could be seen making their way into the stadium wearing protective masks.

    Sports Secretary Eadhey Shyam Julaniya has said he has had conversations with the chief secretaries of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh asking them to follow the advisory issued by the health ministry ‘in letter and spirit.’
  • 2:31 PM IST

    Here’s what Bhuvi had to say on match eve:

    “It’s difficult to maintain pace when you are returning from an injury because it always plays on the mind that if you strive for pace then the injury might reoccur. The best option is such a case is to play matches as much as possible to gain confidence that you are fit.

    If we look from the team’s perspective, if a bowler is injured and there are 2-3 bowlers to replace him, you know there is healthy competition. So, it’s a positive point because then you will be making your comeback with a positive mindset. You will prepare for the competition. So, it’s good for the team as well as for an individual.”
  • 2:28 PM IST

    IND vs SA live update: Latest visuals coming in from Dharamsala. Does not look great at the moment.

  • 2:08 PM IST

    More good news: Covers are being taken off, one at a time. The pitch though remains covered for now.