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World Cup 2019, Match 8- IND Vs SA, Preview: Men In Blue Hope For Bright Start Against Battered Proteas

After the Asian battle between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, it is now time to shift the focus on to the second double-header of the World Cup 2019 extravaganza. In the first game on Wednesday (June 5), India will be squaring off against South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. This will be the opening match for the Men in Blue in this tournament, while the Proteas have already lost both their games. Thus, both the teams will be quite desperate to announce themselves in this biggest cricketing carnival.

The Virat Kohli-led team are about to start their World Cup campaign at the time when most of the teams have already completed a couple of games in this 50-overs quadrennial tournament. They didn’t have the best of starts in their England journey, conceding a crushing 7-wicket defeat in the first warm-up match against New Zealand. But then Team India came back strongly in the next preparatory game outplaying the Bangladeshi side by a convincing manner.

Both KL Rahul and MS Dhoni compiled remarkable hundreds in the warm-up clash against the Tigers, however, the former’s coming back amongst the runs at the much-debated number four spot was the biggest positive for the team. Indian captain Virat Kohli has regained complete fitness after developing a thumb injury during the training session and is ready to take the field. However, there are still some major doubts on Kedar Jadhav’s availability for this game and in case he fails to recover in time, fielding a balanced side would be a big worry for the Indian team management.

On the other hand, South Africa’s World Cup campaign is off to a disastrous start, suffering two clinical losses against England and then to Bangladesh. In both the games, Proteas have discovered a new weakness in their approach. During the first game against England, it was the batting department which performed well below-par as South Africa got bowled out for 207 runs in 39.5 overs. And then against Bangladesh, their bowling and fielding came under the scanner.

The likes of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram need to take up the responsibility and one of these three should try to bat through the innings. Hashim Amla is expected to be fit for this game after missing the Bangladesh match following a concussion suffered during the tournament opener, while the duo of Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn will be requiring some more time in order to regain complete fitness.

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India’s likely Playing XI

The pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will open the batting for India and they will be expected to be back in form and provide their team a great start. Virat Kohli at three will be the balancing wheel of this Indian batting line-up, while KL Rahul has already sealed the number four position and the thinktank will be hoping that the right-hander continues his sensational form on consistent basis. MS Dhoni will bat at five and in case Jadhav fails to attain complete fitness, Vijay Shankar will come in his place.

In that case, India might go in with the troika of all-rounders, Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. One of the two leg-spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav will have to make way in order to accommodate Jadeja in the line-up. The duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are the sure shot starters as the frontline seamers.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav/Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

South Africa’s likely Playing XI

Proteas’ veteran batsman Hashim Amla will most likely be fit for this clash and if that happens, Aiden Markram, who has not managed to put up significant performance in both the games, will be forced to make way. Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will open the innings along with one of Amla or Markram. The in-form South African skipper Faf du Plessis will be aiming to lead his side from the front by playing a match-winning innings. He will head the middle-order which includes the likes of Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy and David Miller.

As the duo of Steyn and Ngidi are out with their respective injuries, South Africa will have to play all of three all-rounders, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius. Morris will accompany Kagiso Rabada as the specialist fast bowlers, while Imran Tahir will be the frontline spinner.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla/Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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