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11th Match, Group B - India v South Africa
11th June, 10:30 local, 9:30 GMT, Kennington Oval
The focus now shifts to Kennington Oval where India and South Africa will lock horns with each other on what will be a virtual quarter-final clash from Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy.
At one stage, both the teams looked favourites to make it to semi-final following their resounding wins in their opening games but the table has turned after India succumbed to a defeat against Sri Lanka while the Proteas suffered a loss to Pakistan, which meant now only one between the two teams will progress to the next stage.You can follow all the action at our Live Cricket Scores section and if you want a flutter, bet in play with a great offer from Bet Bright
In the game against Sri Lanka, India went on to post 321, though considering wickets in hand and the platform laid by the openers, they would have liked to have another 30 runs more. But, the much expected Indian bowling attack which had previously dismissed the opponents in all the games of the tournament including the warm-ups looked off colour for the first time. Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the early breakthrough but with not much swing available, he did not look threatening while Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja had an ordinary day. That raises the question on whether Virat Kohli will draft in the second spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin for one of the seamers on another slow track. Also the decision might be influenced by the number of left handers, the Proteas possess.
South Africa were found wanting against the spinners in the game against Pakistan where they were rocketed early by Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez and later Hasan Ali's three-wicket haul meant they could not quite get the total they wanted though David Miller's unbeaten 75 will give them a lot of confidence. Questions have been raised on the performance of AB de Villiers on big stages as he managed scores of 4 and 0 in the two games so far but one man who is likely playing India is Quinton de Kock, who has a astonishing record against them.
The return of in-form Morne Morkel is a big boost to the side while South Africa might be considering an option to replace Wayne Parnell with Andile Phehlukwayo.
Head to Head:
South Africa dominate the head to head record after registering 45 wins as compared to India's 28 in the 76 games between the two teams. However, in the Champions Trophy, the Proteas have lost all the three games against India played previously.
India: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3. Virat Kohli (captain), 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. MS Dhoni (wk), 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9. R Ashwin, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Umesh Yadav / Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa 1. Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Faf du Plessis, 4. AB de Villiers (captain), 5. JP Duminy, 6. David Miller, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Andile Phehlukwayo, 9. Morne Morkel, 10. Kagiso Rabada, 11. Imran Tahir
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