South Africa to 'Go Pink' in first ODI versus India

The last time South Africa played in pink, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored centuries. The hosts will hope their batsmen carry on their 'colourful' form.

Updated: December 04, 2013 19:33 IST
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The South African players will wear all-pink kits instead of their traditional green jerseys in the first ODI of the three-match series against India, which begins in Johannesburg on Thursday. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has set aside December 5 as 'Pink Day', in support of breast cancer awareness.

South Africa wore pink once before during an ODI against Pakistan at the Wanderers in March this year. In that game, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored sensational centuries as the hosts beat Pakistan by 34 runs. If Amla and De Villiers are in similar moods, India will be in for a very tough challenge. (Top-five South African players)

CSA has also urged fans to wear pink to the match and raise awareness of breast cancer. Various activities have also been planned throughout the day for spectators. The 'best-dressed child' under the age of 12 will hand over the Man of the Match award after the game. The 'best-dressed family' will also get to meet and greet a few of the South African players. (Related: Kallis, Steyn fit for first ODI)

However, all the activity off the field is not expected to take South Africa's focus away from the job at hand. In a series limited to just three ODIs, winning the first game means half the job done. Both sides will be aiming to gain the advantage. (Read: Match preview)

Despite playing away from home India head into the ODI series as favourites. South Africa have only won 12 out of 26 ODIs this year while the Men in Blue have won six ODI competitions on-the-trot and are ranked No.1 in the world while the Proteas are at a lowly fifth. India are aiming for a winning start to their shortened tour, but the hosts are likely to be pretty and effective in pink.

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