World Cup warm up for South Africa and India
The One Day International (ODI) cricket series between South Africa and India, which starts in Durban on Wednesday, January 12, will be a World Cup warm up for both teams. India is set to host the World Cup (which starts on February 19) and will start it as one of the favourites, while the bookmakers are likely to give South Africa an outside chance.
South Africa and India will play 5 matches in this ODI series. While the 3-match Test series was drawn 1-1, India won Sunday’s iconic Twenty20 match at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban by 21 runs. This was the first cricket match played at the stadium and was also the last international cricket match for South African legend Makhaya Ntini.
The crowd, in excess of 50 000 people, was the largest ever at a cricket match in Africa. Among the spectators were South African President Jacob Zuma and Bollywood legend Shahrukh Khan.
Some of the players to watch closely during the ODI series are India’s Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, as well as South Africa’s Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn. Star Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has been rested because of a shoulder injury, while South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis will miss the series because of a chest injury.
Tickets are available online through TicketPros and through PostNet stores. Tickets range from R70 to R300, depending which stadium you are going to and where you wish to sit. These tickets will sell quickly, so don’t delay in getting yours.
Below are the fixtures:
1st ODI: January 12, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban
2nd ODI: January 15, Wanderers, Johannesburg
3rd ODI: January 18, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town
4th ODI: January 21, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
5th ODI: January 23, SuperSport Park Centurion, Pretoria
The above photo of the Wanderers in Johannesburg is courtesy of Daz M Smith
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