Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

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HPCA Stadium - Dharamshala
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Venue description:

Sitting at 1457 meters above sea level, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala, is widely regarded as the most picturesque cricket stadium in the world. With the beautiful Dhauladhar mountain range lacing its backdrop, the HPCA stadium offers one of the most stunning views to its visitors, especially when the mighty peaks are blanketed in snow.

Even though international cricket made its first appearance here only in 2013, the HPCA stadium has already established itself as a world-class cricket destination in a very short time. Best known for being the abode of the Dalai Lama, this quaint little town first found its place on the cricketing world map in 2010, when Chennai Super Kings locked horns with Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

How does the pitch play?

With India losing its recent T20I against South Africa even after setting an imposing target of 200, one can easily make out that the pitch here usually offers a lot of runs. Since the ground is located at a high altitude, the ball travels faster as well. In addition, the dew becomes a major factor in the evening if you're playing during the September-March period. That's the reason why teams prefer to chase at this venue.

Apart from eight IPL games, the ground has also hosted two ODIs. The first ODI at this stadium may have been a dull encounter, but India made up for it by making 330 in their next game here. Virat Kohli made 127 in that match as India managed to beat the West Indies by 59 runs, despite Marlon Samuels cracking a 106-ball 112.

India Vs South Africa 1st ODI Match Prediction

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India vs South Africa 1st ODI Match Prediction

South Africa has arrived on Indian shores for a short tour comprising three one-day internationals. The opening ODI is scheduled to be played on March 12 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. The live telecast of the match will begin at 1:30 PM local time.

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Toss Prediction

The venue has hosted four one-day internationals to date out of which three have been won by the side bowling first, and with rain threat looming large, the toss-winning captain will most probably opt to field first.

Weather Report

The weather for this first ODI does not look good as thundershowers have been forecast for Thursday all day long. There is a 70% chance of rain in the morning which means we could have a delayed start and possibly lose some overs as well.

Pitch Condition

Dharamsala has mostly witnessed even contests between bat and ball when it comes to the game's fifty-over format. Being located at a high altitude, the ball travels faster here which makes it easier for the batsmen to hit boundaries. However, wet conditions on Thursday will mean ample swing and seam for the pacers, particularly with the new ball.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for India vs South Africa, 1st ODI 2020.

India have beaten South Africa seven times in their last eight encounters against them in the game's fifty-over format.
India suffered a 0-3 whitewash against New Zealand while South Africa are coming off a 3-0 series sweep over Australia.
South Africa are without one of their bowling mainstays in Kagiso Rabada which means a weakened pace attack.