ICC Champions Trophy : India Vs South Africa Match preview

Defending champions India will face a stern test when they take on top-ranked ODI side South Africa in a do-or-die virtual quarterfinal clash of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Kennington Oval here on Sunday.

India’s confidence has been shaken after Sri Lanka effortlessly out-batted them in a high-scoring encounter, the Indian team and Kohli in particular will be keen to ensure that South Africa are continued to be known as “chokers”.

India will head into their final Group B fixture against the Proteas knowing that a win or washout will put them in the semifinals, while a loss would eliminate the defending champions from the eight-team marquee event.

AB de Villiers’s side, on the other hand, will be determined to break their losing streak against India in the tournament and seal a spot in the last-four.

Going into the match, both India and South Africa hold two points each after registering comprehensive wins against Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively in their opening clash.

While India slumped to a seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in their second match, South Africa went down by 19 runs against Pakistan at the Edgbaston. India have taken on South Africa three times previously in the Champions Trophy; winning all those encounters (2000, 2002 & 2013).

The winner qualifies for the semis, the loser goes home. India and South Africa have everything to play for when they lock horns at the Oval.

 

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (Captain), Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Hashim Amla, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo.

The winner qualifies for the semis, the loser goes home. India and South Africa have everything to play for when they lock horns at the Oval.

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