India in South Africa: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men face stern pace test in 1st ODI

The hosts will be eager to unleash Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis at the first available opportunity.

updated: December 04, 2013 19:30 IST
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Johannesburg: India's young and relatively inexperienced batting line-up will undergo their toughest test yet as they kick-start their three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Despite being a shortened tour, neither hosts nor visitors are expected to take this series lightly and a lot of battles will be interesting to watch. For India, it will be an exercise to re-affirm faith in their young batters. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have all been tremendous in 2013, scoring over 1,000 runs in the calendar year and averaging over fifty. (Read: India vs South Africa: Top Five Indians to watch out for)

The trioka has scored runs in India, England, West Indies and Zimbabwe and their will be sky-high at the moment. However, Indian batting has been look top-heavy in the recent past, with the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina not being among the runs.

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