After a lot of excitement and anticipation, Team India is set to begin their 2019 World Cup journey when they take on South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Indian Team will be determined to start their campaign on a winning note while the Proteas would be hoping to bounce back after two consecutive defeats. We can expect another high-voltage drama when both these teams battle it out in an epic encounter.
South Africa has been struggling to find their feet in this World Cup campaign under hostile English conditions. Despite being the World number 3 ODI side, the Proteas got hammered in two high scoring games by England and Bangladesh, respectively. Faf du Plessis needs to tick many boxes before the must-win game against India. Their bowling department has to step-up after conceding more than 300 runs in both their previous matches. Having lost two back-to-back games, South Africa would be eyeing to register their first victory of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Indian team looked to be back at their best after thrashing Bangladesh in their last warm-up game. Often regarded as the title contenders, the Blue army has been one of the most consistent teams in the limited-overs cricket. Kohli & Co can be the team to beat in this edition of the World Cup, with KL Rahul putting the number-4 debate to bed with his incredible century in their previous practice match. MS Dhoni and Jasprit Bumrah too looked in excellent form, whose performance will be pivotal in India’s success in this World Cup.
Date: Wednesday, 5th June 2019
Time: 03:00 PM IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
League: ICC World Cup 2019
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar
Avg 1st Innings score: 262
Avg 2nd Innings score: 213
Highest Total: 373/3 (50 Ov) by ENG vs PAK
Lowest Total: 65/10 (24 Ov) by USA vs AUS
Highest Chased: 306/7 (49 Ov) by NZ vs ENG
Lowest Defended: 251/7 (50 Ov) by ENG vs SL
- Dale Steyn will replace Lungi Ngidi in the playing XI, who has been ruled out of the tournament following his injury.
- Hasim Amla will return at the top of the order with Aiden Markram can be pushed down to the number-3 spot.
- KL Rahul will bat at number-4 for the India Team following his good form.
- Vijay Shankar might also keep his place in the starting lineup if Kedar Jadhav is not fit for the game.
- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will play a crucial role in the middle overs.
Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir
Virat Kohli (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
- Quinton de Kock
- Faf du Plessis
- Kagiso Rabada
- Rohit Sharma
- Virat Kohli
- Jasprit Bumrah
Probable Playing XI
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram / Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (C), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi/ Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav/Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Md. Shami, Jasprit Bumrah