Match Preview for India Vs South Africa
It goes without saying that the top three- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli- will be key to deciding India’s fate in the match. KL Rahul most probably cemented his place at number four after his century against Bangladesh. Vijay Shankar would be desperate to find his feet at the earliest.
MS Dhoni is in jaw-dropping form. The Men in Blue are likely to bench Yuzvendra Chahal and go with the spin-bowling options in Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. Jadeja also adds depth to the batting. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are the fast bowlers. Hardik Pandya needs to step up as well.
Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury that he suffered during the 2019 edition of the IPL. Lungi Ngidi also developed a hamstring injury in the game versus the Tigers and has been ruled out for a few days. Dwaine Pretorius is likely to be included in the eleven.
South Africa would want to forget the start they made in the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England and Wales. After losing to hosts England by 104 runs, Faf du Plessis and Co slumped a 21-run shock defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. Both their losses came at the Kennington Oval in London. Their next match isn’t speculated to be easy as it’s against India on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton
To players’ dismay, there are chances of rain throughout the day from the morning at 9 am. The cloud cover will start at 71 per cent and will extend up to 99 per cent. The atmosphere is expected to be nice and cool with the temperature around the 17 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will be hovering around the 50s and 60s.
Pitch and conditions
First things first, rain is likely to put a damper on your plans. If you believe in god, you know what to do. If you are an atheist, be positive and hope for a miracle anyway.
Only one warm-up game was played at The Rose Bowl, and it saw Australia defend their 298-run target by 12 runs against England. It was an even battle between bat and ball. Expect nothing less when India play their first game of the 2019 World Cup against South Africa.
The highest total registered here is 373 for 3, while the highest chased is 306 for 7.
Playing Combinations of India Vs South Africa Match
Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
India Vs South Africa Head-to-Head in World Cup
India (1) – South Africa (3)
India – the firm favourites
History suggests that South Africa have the upper hand, that India’s first win against them in World Cup came only in the previous edition. Shikhar Dhawan scored a brilliant century and the bowlers then played well in tandem to run down South Africa.
India are ranked No. 2 in ICC ODI Rankings, only after England. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are ranked first and second in ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen, while Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal are at the first, seventh, and eighth positions respectively in ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers.
Can South Africa stage a comeback?
After their embarrassing loss against Bangladesh on Sunday, once the stands were empty and the players were
bowling alone. For the last four years, he has been in and out of the team due to a shoulder injury. There are no reports over his fitness yet, but judging by his body language, it was evident that he is hurt by South Africa’s consecutive loss and wants to make amends against India. With Lungi Ngidi injured, Steyn’s comeback makes more sense.
OUR MATCH PREDICTION
- India has a very well-balanced side with the two top-ranked batsmen and the top-ranked bowler in the world at their disposal
- South Africa has injury concerns to some leading players and has lost both its matches in the ICC World Cup 2019 so far
- India has beaten South Africa in six out of the seven matches so far