What: South Africa vs. India, first one-day international
Where: Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. GMT (1:30 p.m. SAST)
Live Stream/TV info: SuperSport 2
Weather: Thunderstorm season in Johannesburg means that rain is likely to disrupt proceedings, especially since these storms tend to come late afternoon. It should not be significant enough to completely ruin play, but whoever wins the toss will have one eye on the weather for sure. Accuweather says a storm around lunchtime and another one at around 6 p.m. SAST is likely, but these should pass fairly quickly.
South Africa and India are two very different one-day sides at the moment. South Africa are unsettled, unsure, struggle when batting second and seem to not have an identity at all. India are settled, solid, certain and thrive when chasing. They are a blossoming and charismatic one-day team which is enchanting even if you are on the receiving end of a thrashing.
While the build up to the tour has been dominated by off-field shambles, the players have somewhat been overlooked. Indian skipper MS Dhoni, as quoted by The Daily Maverick, suggested that perhaps organizing a match for the administrators to "go at it" might be a good idea.
The Indian team is packed with talented batsmen and young bowlers who will face a big test of settling and calming down on bouncy South African wickets. It's a vital tour for the visitors because, although their squad for the 2015 World Cup doesn't need much fiddling, the experience they will gain outside of the subcontinent will be crucial.
At the other end of the spectrum sits South Africa. A team which can't decide on a final XI for any game and are constantly making changes to combinations. They're also a team which has won just three games out of the 11 in which they have batted second this year. Forming partnerships when chasing is not their forte at the moment.
The one-day series probably has more at stake for South Africa rather than India and, if South Africa lose more than two of the ODIs coming up against India, it might be time for heads to roll.
AB de Villiers has been instrumental in the one-day team throughout the year. His batting has proven invaluable in almost every situation and while handing over the gloves to Quinton de Kock has taken some pressure off him, he now has the pressure of playing the versatile role of being an attacking player trying to save a match and being an anchor to try and knuckle things down.
Virat Kohli is nothing short of extraordinary. He averages over 57.00 in one-day games in South Africa and he has, without a doubt, been one of the best performers in the format this year. It will be a different beast playing on the bouncy Wanderers track, but he shouldn't have too much of a problem adjusting his game.
AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane.