India and South Africa are set for an exciting clash at Melbourne. Both the teams go into the match with a win under their belt. India beat Pakistan in much hyped encounter whereas the Proteas survived a Zimbabwe scare .
A win for either teams here opens up their chances of reaching the quarters of the tournament. The match in all likelihood will be between South African bowling and Indian batting. Dale Steyn , Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, and if picked Imran Khan Tahir will test the Indian batting for sure.
Indian bowlers fared well against arch- rivals Pakistan and MSD would be hoping for an encore against the Proteas. The skipper could mull over using three spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel given the Proteas’ vulnerability against spin.
Indian batsmen rose to the occasion against Pakistan so they need to repeat this against the Proteas too. For the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it is time to stand up and deliver. The team can least afford to rest on its laurels of beating Pakistan. The Proteas with the likes skipper AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, David Miller and JP Duminy are no pushovers and are a strong all–round unit.
The Indo-Pak match was much-hyped and in the end proved to be a one-sided affair as India outclassed them. One hopes that Ind-SA match lives up to the expectations and the Indians are able to break the jinx of losing to the Proteas at the World Cup on all previous occasions this time. So the onus is on MSD and his boys in blue to reverse the trend. But the veritable question is: Can they do it?
Likely Teams : India Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav
Proteas skipper the hard- hitting and innovative AB de Villiers had said there were zero chances of South Africa going for an all-pace attack, and backed Imran Tahir to play.
South Africa : Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), David Miller, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir