A must-win game for both the teams, after facing a shocking defeat from Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Team India and South Africa will take on each other in a crucial encounter. This match will be played like a quarter finals of the Champions Trophy. The One who wins this game will qualify for the semi-finals and the one who losses will go home.
This do or die game will be played at Kennington Oval in London tomorrow (Sunday 11th June 2017).
South Africa played like a true champion against Sri Lanka but they were undone by the Pakistani bowlers in their 2nd match of the tournament. AB De Villers rare failures amazed anyone in that match. It was a terrible batting performance by the number 1 ODI side.
The Proteas looked good with the ball against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel and number 1 bowler Kagiso Rabada are in good form. It was Imran Tahir’s wonderful spin bowling against Sri Lanka that won South Africa the game comfortably.
Against Pakistan, David Miller showed that he can also bat well in pressure situations. His of 77 not out was an alone hand in that South African innings.
Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada showed their batting class against Pakistan. But South Africa needed them to fire with the ball against Pakistan. They were defending just 220 runs and Morne Morkel was the only bowler who looked more threatening.
For India everything started off well, they had good warm up games and a big win against Pakistan boosted their confidence. But it was a shock against Sri Lanka that might be hard to digest.
No worry on the Indian openers they are in good form. Rohit and Dhawan added 2 hundred runs partnership in back to back games.
Against Pakistan the Indian opening pair put on 136 runs and against Sri Lanka they put a 138 run stand.
Dhawan’s form has been brilliant in ICC Champions Trophy tournaments. He scored another hundred in this tournament. He played a master class innings of 128 against Sri Lanka.
Like in like his RCB mate AB De Villers, Virat too was out on a duck against Sri Lanka. India will need Virat to fire in this match. He is the one guy that can take game away from south Africa.
Against Sri Lanka it was good that Dhoni got a chance to bat before this crunch game. But in consistency of Yuvraj and Hardik will worry India.
Hardik and Yuvraj both played a good hand against Pakistan but they failed to deliver against Sri Lanka. These two power hitters should bat well and bat through for India in their next game.
There might be possibility of drooping Umesh Yadav, Yadav was very expensive against Sri Lanka. It should be Ravichandran Ashwin or Mohd Shami to replace Umesh Yadav.
Indian bowling looked good in the warm up games and against Pakistan but it was their bowling which made them to lose this game.
A lot is expected from Ravindra Jadeja as well, he is a player who can turn the game around with his batting, bowling and exceptional fielding. Ravindra Jadeja is 3 in 1 for India.
Kedar Jhadav hasn’t got much of chance to play till now. He finished off pretty well against Pakistan after Dhoni’s dismissal and he should make a mark if he gets a chance to bat.
India Vs South Africa head to head in ODIs –
India Vs South Africa in England –
- India and South Africa will play their 1st match at the Kennington Oval in London
The Weather at Kennington Oval in London – According to the BBC weather report Dull start for many with drizzle in places. Whilst cloud will break, leading to some sunny spells developing, eastern parts likely to remain cloudier with further rain possible later. It will be Breezy.
Playing XI of India –
For India Ravindran Ashwin should make to the playing XI. He should in for Kedar Jhadav or Umesh Yadav.
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Playing XI of South Africa –
South Africa should persist with Morne Morkel. Morkel is a handy bowler in these overcast conditions and he has a good record against India.
AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), David Miller, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.