After the two back to back losses from England and Bangladesh. South Africa will be up against India who will be starting their World Cup 2019 campaign. The match will be played at Rose Bowl, Southampton on 5th June 2019. The match will be live from 3:00 pm IST. The contest promises to be a cracker.
India enters the tournament as one of the favorites to reach the finals of ICC World Cup 2019. The team has a very well-balanced side with the two top-ranked batsmen and the top-ranked bowler in the world at their disposal. The problem of 2 down in the batting line up is also solved as the KL Rahul played a brilliant knock against Bangladesh. With the likes of Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, and Dhoni the batting line up of team looks good. The bowling department will be led by Jasprit Bumrah who has the ability to take wickets at regular intervals. He will be partnered by Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav for sure. India is going to be well-rested and keen to take advantage of a South African side under tremendous pressure to win.
Player To Watch Out For – Virat Kohli
South Africa has injury concerns to some leading players and has lost both its matches in the ICC World Cup 2019 so far. Dale Steyn was already out injured and it looks like Lunge Ngidi has joined the list as well with Hashim Amla’s availability in question. Faf Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, and JP Duminy need to take more responsibility in batting. Rabada, Tahir and if Dale Steyn is available to team’s bowling will be boosted. They need to believe in themselves and come at the Indian’s hard because that is the only way they are going to win.
Player To Watch Out For – Faf Du Plessis
Pitch Report and Conditions
The overcast conditions and rain might lead to the pitch assisting the seam bowlers. But The Rose Bowl has more often than not been full of runs.
Probable Line Ups
India – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa – Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.
India will be the favorites for the match. But still, a thriller contest may be expected as South Africa will fight hard to register their first win.