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ICC World Cup 2019: India vs South Africa – Playing XI & Pitch Report

ICC World Cup 2019: India vs South Africa – Playing XI & Pitch Report

Date & Time: Monday, 5th June, 3:00 PM IST

Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

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Being the only team that hasn’t opened their points table yet, India will be playing South Africa at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, today at 3:00 PM IST. The 8th World Cup match is still seeing Proteas going through some crisis having lost their two opening matches. All set to be exciting, the two-time world champions may even try to edge South Africa out of the series towards elimination.

India (IND)

If KL Rahul is prepared at number 4, speculations about the 2nd spot are still on even as the team has to decide between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. Kedar Jadhav is declared fit for the tournament and at the same time, if India prefers two wrist spinners, then it would be best to bring in Bhuvneshwar Kumar who actually has an edge.

Probable Playing XI

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

South Africa (RSA)

David Miller will be replacing Hashim Amla who has been declared fit now. After suffering a hamstring strain and a defeat against Bangladesh on Sunday, Lungi Ngidi has been benched. If he has to be replaced, then Dwayne Pretorius is the best option.

Probable Playing XI

Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir

Pitch Report

Wednesday might see a lot of runs, as the Ageas Bowl pitch is flat, white and a little grassy. Some light scattered showers are forecast today. Even as India was training, their session was cut short due to heavy rains, but things got bright again. In two days’, time, you can expect some more. The pitch is well-balanced and provides the perfect combination for the bat and the ball. Rains are expected as the day progresses along a chilly Southampton morning.

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