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As Stand-in Captain, Aiden Markram Bowls First Against An Unchanged West Indies Side

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Aiden Markram, South Africa’s new T20I captain, had to step in for injured ODI skipper Temba Bavuma after his century in Saturday’s match. With South Africa still scheduled to play two important ODIs this season – World Cup Super League matches against the Netherlands on March 31 and April 2 – Markram was left out as a precaution.

South Africa made four changes from their XI that lost to West Indies at the weekend, including Reeza Hendricks replacing Bavuma who had been rested. That left South Africa with all change at the top with Ryan Rickelton and Tony de Zorzi starting as openers with Quinton de Kock left out; Aiden Markram came in at No. 3, with Reeza Hendricks unavailable due to a cut on his right index finger.

Heinrich Klassen, David Miller (back from the PSL), and Wayne Parnell replaced Tristan Stubbs, Tabraiz Shamsi and de Kock on a dry surface. South Africa only used one spinner in Bjorn Fortuin while Sisanda Magala had to withdraw due to splitting the webbing in his right hand.

West Indies kept the same team that defeated South Africa and were content to set them another target

 Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram

Today, a large crowd is expected in the university town of Potchefstroom as South Africa observes Human Rights’ Day – a public holiday commemorating the 69 victims of the Sharpeville Massacre, massacred by Apartheid police in 1960.

South Africa: 1 Ryan Rickilton, 2 Tony de Zorzi, 3 Aiden Markram (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen and 5 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 6 David Miller 7 Marco Jansen 8 Wayne Parnell 9 Bjorn Fortuin 10 Gerald Coetzee 11 Lungi Ngidi.

West Indies team lineup: 1 Kyle Mayers; 2 Brandon King; 3 Shamarh Brooks; 4 Shai Hope (captain’s pick); 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Rovman Powell; 7 Jason Holder; 8 Odean Smith; 9 Yannick Cariah; 10 Akeel Hosein; 11 Alzarri Joseph.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent for South Africa and women’s cricket. She specializes in covering both men’s and women’s matches.

Baltej Yadav: “Hoping Dane van Niekerk gets a game today. RCB have nothing to lose and Heather Knight has not been stellar.” — To be fair to Knight, she was once their highest wicket-taker and has made some useful cameo appearances in an unfamiliar role.

While we wait for the toss, take a look at Sruthi Ravindranath’s preview of what might await us today

Hello! My name is Shashwat Kumar and I will bring you every moment of this potentially captivating encounter.

One team comes into this matchup having won their last two games, while the other has lost two consecutive losses. A week ago, nobody would have predicted Mumbai would be coming off two consecutive defeats. But here we are.

It is the nature of the World Premier League that this is exactly the case today. RCB have made some impressive comebacks recently, but their qualification hopes are now over after the UP Warriorz claimed victory yesterday.

Mumbai still has plenty to play for, at least from their perspective. Yesterday’s crushing defeat meant they relinquished the top spot to the Delhi Capitals; both teams are tied on 10 points with MI having an inferior NRR. If MI want to remain at the top of the table, they need to win today and hope DC do not improve on their result.

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