“It’s always a cracker playing against these guys,” du Plessis says of playing against India. “Nice and loud. It’s a great occasion, looking forward to it.”
“The crowd support is going to be massive for us,” says Virat Kohli. “We’re pretty used to the crowds wanting us to win. It’s about keeping our composure and being professional about what we do. We’ve seen a few games happen in the tournament, the pattern of play, and how teams are playing. There’s a lot to learn from that. It’s a very balanced bowling attack that we have. The reason we have both spinners playing comes from the series we played against South Africa and the way those two dominated the middle overs. There’s no bigger motivation than representing your country, let alone captaining your country at a World Cup.”
Watch SA v Ind cricket highlights videos today – 8th match, ICC Cricket World Cup from The Rose Bowl, Southampton (England) Wednesday, 5-6-2019.
South Africa v India Icc Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights
South Africa win the toss, and they’ll bat.
1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa team
1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Imran Tahir.
The pitch spent most of the day before the game under covers, but it appeared to have had a close shave, with a brown – rather than green – tinge to it afterward. That probably means that, as usual, this will be a high-scoring game. Indeed, in the last five matches played here, the average first innings total is 311, and the average winning first innings score 336. Including the aforementioned high-scorer between England and Pakistan here, the team setting a total has won three of the last five games at the Hampshire Bowl. There was rain around the day before the game, and while the forecast is a little better on match day, inclement weather could still play a role.
“Kedar Jadhav is back to full fitness,” declared Kohli on the eve of the game, and he will likely fit snugly into India’s lower-middle order. The other questions for India will be around whether to part the wrist-spinners or play them together, as well as who the third seamer position will go to. The top order, meanwhile, looks settled, with Rahul the strongest contender for No. 4 with the form on his side.
Steyn and Ngidi are out, but Hashim Amla did have a net the day before the game and will play if fit. Beuran Hendricks, Steyn’s replacement, will only arrive on the morning of the match, so he’s not an option, and South Africa will instead have to decide whether to play two allrounders, two spinners, or an extra batsman. One way of squeezing both Amla and Aiden Markram in could be to play Markram at No. 5 – a position he has recent experience in domestic franchise cricket.
Match Timings: 10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Umpires – Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough
TV Umpires – Richard Illingworth
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Aleem Dar
Match number – ODI no. 4150