Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
Indian team start their campaign against South Africa
Our prediction is India will win the match!
Indian team is touted as one of the favorites to win the 2019 World Cup and they have been playing an impressive brand of cricket for the last 2-3 years. Skipper Virat Kohli will look to start the campaign with a win against the South African team. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan need to get some runs and make an impact straightway in the tournament. MS Dhoni and KL Rahul are in good form and scored their respective centuries in the practice match against Bangladesh.
Kedhar Jadhav`s place in the starting XI is subjected to his fitness and availability. Big Hitting Hardik Pandya will be the No.1 all-rounder of the Indian team. The wrist spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav may pip Ravindra Jadeja as the spinners in the playing XI. Mohammed Shami will partner Jasprit Bumrah as the pace bowling attack of the Indian team. India has one of the excellent team with equally potent bowling and batting attacks.
South Africa is having their worst start to their World Cup campaign and they have lost two matches so far against Bangladesh and England. Their batsmen have been put under pressure chasing scores in excess of 310 in both their matches. Faf Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, and Rassie Van Dussen have scored 50+ scores but failed to make a big impact in the chases. David Miller, Aiden Markram and JP Duminy have got starts but did not capitalize on it.
Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn are expected to return to the team after injury lay-offs in this match. Kagiso Rabada was not at his impressive best in the two matches he played so far. Lungi Ngidi is sidelined at least for a week after his injury in the last match. Andile Phehlukwayo will take the all-rounder`s slot in the team. Imran Tahir is their impact bowler and he will have a big role in this match.
Quinton de Kock – De Kock has been in good form and has scores of 68 & 23 in the two matches. He has looked good in both matches but failed to make a big score. His form will be a big factor in South Africa`s chances of victory.
Andile Phehlukwayo – Phehlukwayo has been good with the ball giving away runs at less than 6 RPO and chipping in with crucial wickets in both the matches. He failed to make an impact with the bat and will be keen to prove his worth in this match.
Recent Stats (2 matches)
Rassie Van Dussen– 91 runs, Avg. -40.5, Strike rate – 92, HS-50, 50s-1
Imran Tahir – 4 wickets, Economy – 5.9 RPO, BB – 2/57
Faf Du Plessis(C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(Wk), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie Van Dussen, Chris Morris
Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir
Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli Is the currently No.1 ranked batsmen in the ODI format and he is the most consistent player in the ODI format. Virat will look to make a winning start to the tournament.
Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah is one of the lethal bowlers in the world cricket and his unorthodox action can be tough to pick. He has an excellent Yorker and slower balls in his kitty. He is the No.1 ranked bowler in the ODI format.
Recent Stats (practice matches)
MS Dhoni – 130 runs, Avg. -65, HS-113, Strike rate – 108, 100s-1
Yuzvendra Chahal – 4 wickets, Economy – 5.8 RPO, BB -3/55
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Kedhar Jadhav/Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
YS Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, JJ Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Southampton pitch has something in it for both the bowlers and batsman. We can expect scores in the range of 280-300 runs easily in this match, Any score above 320 runs will be considered bad. The match day promises to be cloudy with nearly 50% chances of rain.
South African team will look to bat first after succumbing twice in two matches to win the toss. India will be looking to chase down the target set by South Africa in this match. Both Skippers may double bluff the opposition too.
Indian team is one of the strongest teams in the World cricket and they will look to establish their dominance with a win in their opening match. South Africa is low on confidence after two back to back losses against Bangladesh and Hosts England. We expect the Indian team to win this contest!
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