South Africa vs India 8th Match Prediction

One of the tournament favorites India will kickstart their world cup campaign against South Africa today at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. India is no.1 ranked side and red hot favorites to win the title for the third time. Led by enigmatic Virat Kohli India is more settled unit in this world cup. Their openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in top-notch form followed by dynamic Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

Their fast bowling department seems to be settled now with Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. The only headache they will face is taking a decision on Chalal and Kuldeep. As of now, team management is looking to keep both the spinners for the opening encounter considering South Africa’s inability to handle spin. If anyone left out Ravindra Jadeja will find a place in playing X1.

South Africa, on the other hand, is having a terrible start in this world cup. They suffered heavy loss against another tournament favorites England in the opening match of the ICC World cup 2019. But in the second match, they again suffered a shocking defeat against minnows Bangladesh. Problems seem to be plenty for South Africa as their premium bowler’s lungi Nigidi and Kagiso Rabada are not at their premium best and their batting has been the overall flop. They will be hoping for the recovery of Hasim Amla and Dale Steyn against India because these two players are great assets and add more value to the team.

 

Team statistics:

History is against India when they head towards their first encounter against South Africa at Ageas Bowl. Both the teams have met each other in 4 occasions in the world cup and South Africa emerges successful by winning 3 out of the 4 matches. India has won only one match and that too came in last world cup 2015. Considering the current form India is having a clear advantage but had to play their potential to get better off South Africa.

Pitch report:

Pitch at Ageas Bowl seems to be batting friendly and we can expect a high scoring game today.  Weather is expected to play a role and weather report predicts that you can expect an intermittent shower. So teams chasing will have a greater advantage than teams batting first. So teams should put up a strong partnership in top order which helps them to forge a competitive total.

Expected playing X1:

India:

Virat Kohli(capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar  Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Kedhar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadhav, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chalal

South Africa:

Hasim amla, Quinton de kock, faf du plesisis, aiden makram, JP Duminy, david miller, andile phehlukwayo, kagiso rabada, lungi nigidi, Imran tahir, chris morris.

Players to watch out for:

Virat Kohli:

Currently, the best batsmen in the world across all formats Virat Kohli is the backbone of the Indian batting order. India will look for a strong performance from him which will help them to regain the trophy.

Rohit Sharma:

Another talented batsman who has got the reputation of scoring daddy hundreds is not in a prime form these days. He will look to put up a strong performance which will help him to gain confidence while heading towards later stages of the tournament.

Quinton de Kock:

In order to turn the fortunes, Quinton de Kock should score heavily for South Africa. One of the greatest players of spin in South Africa line up he will look to turn the fortunes in his country’s favor.

Kagiso Rabada:

A complete bowler who has hit the lengths and Yorkers right Kagiso Rabada can dismantle any batting line-up. To stop fearsome Indian batting line-up he has to put a strong a performance

What can we expect:

If the weather didn’t play spoilsport we can expect a high-quality cricket from both the teams. Considering the current form India has got the better chance to emerge victoriously.

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