Team India face a depleted South African side looking to bounce back into winning ways after two mediocre performances against England and Bangladesh. While South Africa sweat on the fitness of Lungi Ngidi, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn, India come into this game, high on confidence from their second warm-up game.
With the likes of KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav finding their touch in the warm-up game, India are seemingly back to their best and enter into the game as the firm favourites while Faf du Plessis will hope for a better performance on the field if they are to get over the mighty Indians.
With the Rose Bowl hosting its first game of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, the hype surrounding this clash is immense and should be worth it with Virat Kohli leading his team for the first time in a World Cup event.
Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen
Virat Kohli (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
Playing XI Updates
Although Hashim Amla is expected to be fit for this game, Aiden Markram’s knock gives South Africa a pleasant headache to deal with. One of Dale Steyn or Dwaine Pretorius should replace Lungisani Ngidi, who injured himself on the field against Bangladesh.
Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis have scored fifties in the first and second game respectively but weren’t able to continue on which has proven to be one of their shortcomings so far. Much is expected of Rassie van der Dussen who has gotten starts in each of the two games while JP Duminy’s part-time off spin is also going to be vital with Ngidi’s injury.
Kagiso Rabada hasn’t played by his lofty standards yet and is one to watch out for while the likes of Imran Tahir and Chris Morris complement his nicely in the bowling unit.
Possible XI: Markram, de Kock(WK), du Plessis(C), Miller, Dussen, Duminy, Phehlukwayo, Pretorius/Steyn, Morris, Rabada and Tahir.
With KL Rahul all but sealing the number four spot for himself, India are set to field their strongest side with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opening the batting for them. In Virat Kohli, they have perhaps the best ODI cricketer in their ranks while KL Rahul and MS Dhoni’s contributions are also bound to be crucial on Wednesday.
Kuldeep Yadav’s return to form and his record in the previous ODI series in England should earn him a spot in the side alongside Yuzvendra Chahal. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to partner Bumrah owing to his added batting ability. Hardik Pandya’s performances are very critical to India’s fortunes with the all-rounder set to fill in the fifth bowler’s spot and also provide the impetus at the end of the innings.
Possible XI: Dhawan, Rohit, Virat(C), Rahul, Dhoni(WK), Jadhav, Pandya, Bhuvneshwar, Kuldeep, Chahal and Bumrah.
South Africa vs India, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 8
5 June 2019, 3:00 PM IST
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
In the two warm-up games played at the Rose Bowl, good batting tracks were on offer with swing and seam upfront for the pacers. Spinners were also able to extract turn with the likes of Zampa and Vandersay making good use of the conditions. 280 should be par on this surface although the firepower on either side could propel the scores to a figure in excess of 300.