Having suffered defeats in their previous matches, India and South Africa face each other in a Group B contest of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval on Sunday. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ অঘোষিত কোয়ার্টারে মুখোমুখি ভারত-দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকা]
Team India’s biggest strength has been its middle order – which features Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. The opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have also been in sublime form and this will be a big boost for the Indians. Overall, all the above-mentioned players are proven match winners on their day and have a wealth of experience under their belt.
With scores of 319 and 321 in the two games, the batting has a settled look. All the top-order batsmen have got a decent hit including the opening duo of Rohit-Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan, who conjured back-to-back century partnerships.
South African, meanwhile, has almost all the bases covered and doesn’t really have any weaknesses. But they have one problem of choking in the knockout stages – and this might just come back to haunt them. The batting looks solid with the like of AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis. The bowling also has a lot of variety with the likes of Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel. If they get going then India may well be in for a tough time. With this contest being a must-win contest for both the teams. they will surely go all guns blazing.
The Oval has been the truest surface. In three completed matches there, the record for the highest successful Champions Trophy chase has been broken twice in the last 10 days. Don’t bet against a third one, especially with clear weather. The pitch from the India-Sri Lanka game will be used again.
India will be favorites going into this match despite their recent loss to the islanders. In all ICC tournaments, including the World T20s, India have beaten South Africa eight times out of 12, including in each of their last four meetings.
India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt.), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Umesh Yadav/R Ashwin, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa (possible): 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Wayne Parnell/Andile Phehlukwayo 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com