The first match of the three-match ODI series between India and South Africa is to be played in Dharamshala a little later than now. In Dharamsala, it was raining at 3 in the morning, but the sun is blazing at this time. The sky is cloudy, but it is expected that if the weather remains the same then the match will start in time. Toss was to be done at 1 pm but due to wet field it could not be done on time. 6.30 cutoff time is kept. If the match is not possible by this time, then it will be canceled.
The rain stopped at 2 pm after which the decision was taken to remove the cover from some part of the grounds . It started raining at 1.20 pm after which the players of both the teams went from the field towards the pavilion. After the toss, the umpires could not even inspect the ground. Due to the continuous rains, now one over is being cut every four minutes as per ICC rules.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya, opener Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar have returned for this series in the Indian team. Today's match has been overshadowed by rain. The Indian team would like to start with a win in the first match of the series against South Africa today. Earlier in Dharamsala, the T20 played between the two countries had to be canceled due to rain last year. The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association has made adequate arrangements to deal with the rain during the match.
Indian captain Virat Kohli would like to make a fresh start by forgetting the embarrassing defeat against New Zealand from this match. The series against South Africa is not going to be easy for India. Against Australia, the visiting team won 3–0 while playing at home and they are in excellent form.