India v South Africa ICC Champions Trophy Live Stream: Semi-final spot at stake
The 2017 Champions Trophy sprung to life with Pakistan and Sri Lanka surprising Group B favourites South Africa and India respectively - setting up a huge clash on Sunday, June 11.
India v South Africa starts at 7.30pm AEST (10.30am local). Watch and bet on live streaming cricket at bet365 > sports > live streaming cricket.
Now the qualification is in real balance with India set to take on South Africa at The Oval on Sunday. If the weather stays good, this winner-takes-all promises to be a humdinger.
A brash Sri Lanka stunned India by handing them a defeat and throwing the group wide open. After the start India had to their campaign – they thrashed Pakistan in their opener – the Lankans were supposed to be an also-ran. However, India messed up with the bat and the ball in executing their plans, leaving them with an onerous task of beating the Proteas.
The form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the top is the only comforting factor for Virat Kohli. His own form is under question while the middle order has been inconsistent. Bowlers have performed well against Pakistan although the loss to Sri Lanka exposed their inability to take wickets.
South Africa are not faring any better, either. After an impressive start against Sri Lanka where they won by 96 runs, they were brought crashing to earth by a rejuvenated Pakistan side. The Duckworth-Lewis method loss by 19 runs highlighted their inefficiencies with the bat.
The poor form of AB de Villiers is a worry although Hashim Amla at the top of the order is very consistent for them. Bowling led by Kagiso Rabada is a class unit and will hope to trouble the Indians with pace and bounce.
Line-ups and Key Players
Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja will feel the heat for their places with Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin waiting in the wings. With a do-or-die battle looming, Kohli may go for the jugular and bring in Mohammad Shami to replace Umesh Yadav.
Wayne Parnell went for runs early with the new ball, which may prompt a recall for Andile Phehlukwayo. However, the Indians are susceptible to swing up front which may give a lifeline to the off-color Parnell.
Form & Stats
India have traditionally struggled against South Africa and their win-loss record of 28-45 in 76 ODIs is a testimony to that. In England though, they have played twice earlier and shared the honours.
The last time these two sides met was in a five-match series in India in 2015 that the Proteas won 3-2. India however, have a good record (6-3) against South Africa in ICC Tournaments, having won four of the last five encounters.
A special mention about Quinton de Kock who loves playing India. In nine ODIs against the Blues, the dynamic opener scored at an average of 74 and hit five centuries.
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