India's challenge will be to quickly re-accustom to Dhoni's (Left) ways after a Test series under Kohli    Getty Images
India’s challenge will be to quickly re-accustom to Dhoni’s (Left) ways after a Test series under Kohli Getty Images

India and South Africa will play the first match of their two-month long dual at Dharamsala in the Twenty20 International (T20I) format. This will be the first of three T20Is and will be of particular importance given the nearing ICC World T20 which will also be held in India. The series will be an excellent opportunity for both teams to test their preparedness against top-flight oppositions. India will go into the first match as favourites, especially after South Africa’s defeat to India A team in the warm up. SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 1st T20I at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala

South Africa’s problem in the warm up was their bowling, which failed to defend a highly competitive 189 against a rampant young Indian side. The lack of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in the ranks proved detrimental as most of the pace bowlers in the South African attack have no Indian Premier League (IPL) experience. VVS Laxman: India-South Africa T20I series can be a mouth-watering prospect

South Africa’s batting did a good job as can be expected from them. AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis all of who have loads of IPL experience were among the runs. For India the challenge will probably be to reaccustom to Captain MS Dhoni’s calm ways after a Test series under the hot-headed Virat Kohli. The teams appear level on paper, but India will have the home advantage.