India vs South Africa ICC World Cup 2015:
India vs South Africa will be the 13th match of the ICC World Cup 2015.This match is to be played between the top two teams of pool B. India had a perfect start of their World Cup campaign by beating arch rivals Pakistan. Now India will face one of the strong contenders for the title, South Africa. This match is to be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on Sunday 22nd February. This is going to be a high octane face-off between India and South Africa. The teams have faced each other in three previous versions of ICC World Cup. India has lost in all the 3 occasions. Team India is under the guidance of its most successful captain MS Dhoni. Let’s see if this time India will be able to break the jinx or South Africa will again win over them.
The MCG will provide a crowd of over 90,000 passionate cricket fans for India vs South Africa quest. The atmosphere and size of the ground will play a huge role. The event of ICC Cricket World Cup will increase the tension and pre-match nerves. The team who settles down and find their rhythm quickly will win the game. 3 One-Day Internationals have been played at the MCG in this tournament and all have been high-scoring. I believe this trend will not change on Sunday.
South Africa looks perfect in all the departments. Their batting and bowling line-ups are one of the strongest in the tournament. The presence of de Villiers, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis and David Miller makes it Invincible. The bowling department contains Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott and Imran Tahir. This attack carries a lethal combination for the oppositions.
India has performed well in all the departments against Pakistan. Batting has always been the strength of Team India. Dhawan, Kohli and Raina played well against Pakistan. The bowling department also played a terrific role in that win.
MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane.
Probable Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
South Africa Squad:
AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.
Probable Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), David Miller, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
India vs South Africa is the biggest match of Pool B. It is going to be a contest between Indian batting line up and South African bowling unit. India vs South Africa is going to be the test of character for both the teams.