South Africa vs India Preview: TSR presents Predicted Playing 11, Toss prediction and Weather report for Match 8 of Cricket World Cup 2019
The ICC Cricket World Cup has finally ended its string of one-sided contests, with two back-to-back cliffhangers. While Bangladesh defeated the South Africans by 21 runs at the Kia Oval, Pakistan ended their 11-match losing streak in One-Dayers against the Hosts England at Nottingham, by handing them a 14-run defeat on Monday.
With the World Cup coming back to life, it is expected to get a lot more spicier with as the days progress. And on June 5 (Wednesday), we have another drooling game beckoning the ardent fans.
On Day 5 of the World Cup extravaganza, it will be the No.2 vs No.3 in the ICC ODI rankings who will lock horns at The Rose Bowl, in Southampton. India, which is the only team yet to kick-off their World Cup campaign will clash against the South Africans who will be playing their third match of the tournament, after losing both their opening encounters against England and Bangladesh.
South Africa vs India Preview
South Africa and World Cup matches have not been in good terms with each other, no matter how eagerly they beckon each other prior the Tournament’s commencement. They have kicked-off their campaign on a similar note, yet again. While they suffered a heavy 104-run drubbing against the Hosts on May 30, they depicted their uncharacteristic selves against Bangladesh, suffering a 21-run blow on Sunday.
What’s more worse are the looming injury concerns in their camp off-late. Their veteran fast bowler, Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the 2019 World Cup owing to a serious shoulder injury, while another pacer Lungi Ngidi will be out of action for 7-10 days owing to a hamstring injury which he sustained during the match against Bangladesh. Moreover, it is still unsure whether their best batsmen- Hashim Amla will be available for tomorrow’s clash or not.
Barring Imran Tahir and Andile Phehlukwayo, the entire bowling line up struggled against Bangladesh, who posted their highest ever score in an ODI game (330/6 in 50 overs). Kagiso Rabada also struggled as he was unable to scalp even a single Bangladeshi wicket.
In the batting front, the return of David Miller will definitely come as a sigh of relief for the Proteas. He looked good with his 38 (43). In fact all the batsman have made useful contributions in the two matches at some in time. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, skipper Faf du Plassis, and van der Dussen have chipped in with useful contributions. The only problem is that they have not been able to play long, match-defining innings thus far. And it is this reason that cost them the previous match against Bangladesh.
The Indian side, on the other hand, are brimming with confidence with their 95-run win against Bangladesh in their second Warm-up match at Cardiff. KL Rahul’s century (108 off 99) has sealed the no.4 spot for India in the batting order. MS Dhoni’s century (113 off 78) also provided the vital boost India would require in this World Cup.
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Both the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma struggled against the new ball in both the innings, especially against the deliveries that angle back into the batsmen. India is vulnerable on that front at the moment, and the duo will have to address that real quick.
In the bowling department, Kuldeep looked good with his figures of 10-0-47-3 against Bangladesh, as his form was a real cause of worry off-late. Jasprit Bumrah and co. looked good too in their brief spells.
The loss against the Kiwis in the first Warm-up match, was a perfect wake-up call for the Indians and they need to be wary of the English conditions which have changed its colours in the World Cup so far.
South Africa vs India – Predicted Playing 11
The two Proteas speedsters- Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi will not be in action for at least a week now in the World Cup. The former has been ruled out of the entire tournament. Beuran Hendricks will likely make his World Cup debut. Hashim Amla might make way for Aiden Markram, if he gets fit for the game. Apart from these, South Africa is expected to make no changes in their Playing 11.
The Indian side’s prediction for tomorrow’s game is a tricky one to be very honest. With the overcast conditions expected at Southampton, the two pacers alongside Jasprit Bumrah- Mohammad Shami and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar might well be given a thumbs up. This would mean that they will have to play with one of either Yuzvendra Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav, in the spin department.
Ravindra Jadeja was good with the bat in the first Warm-up match against New Zealand. He was the only batsman who looked comfortable against the Kiwi quicks and the English conditions. His ability with the ball is unquestionable.
With Kedar Jadhav also sweating it out in the nets the other day at Southampton, he seems to be fully fit to feature in his maiden World Cup match. This would mean that Jadeja might sit in the dressing room for the first match.
South Africa Playing 11
Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (Wk), Francois du Plessis (c), Rassie vsn der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks.
India Playing 11
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa vs India- Pitch and Weather Condition
The Rose Bowl at Southampton has been a paradise for batsmen in the recent past and the numbers are quite telling – the average first-innings score is 311. The spinners average 60.1 at this venue.
Talking about the weather, there will be a cloud cover over Southampton on Wednesday. The chances of precipitation is mere 10%. Thus we are in for a full game tomorrow without any inclement weather conditions. The average temperature will be around 17 degree Celsius.
With cloud cover expected tomorrow, teams will be tempted to bring out their spin bowling arsenal early on after winning the toss. Batting will become easy after the end of the mandatory powerplay. Thus, the team that wins the toss will surely bowl first in Southampton.
Where would the match telecast?
The clash between the two sides will be broadcast live on the Star Sports network and Hotstar, and will commence from 03:00 IST.