Group B have become wide open after India and South Africa were defeated by Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. Group which was considered as a formality and semi-final entrants were supposed to be fixed as South Africa and India is now suddenly came to life. And this has given rise to two phenomenal knock-out games. Both teams were considered to be one of the prime contestant for the champions trophy final is on the verge of a knockout. Both teams have few things to be made clear, and it is their bowling which was the main factor for their loss. India, when losing a match against Sri Lanka in ICC tournament have never went on to win one. South Africa on the other hand carry the tag of chokers and have failed to overcome at crucial knockout games. South Africa and India both have now the equal amount of chance to qualify for the knock-out stage and the equation is simple, win the match and qualify for the semi finals.
What: India vs South Africa, champions trophy, 11th June, 15:00 IST
Where: the Oval, London
What to expect: pitch will help the seamers but in the end would prove to be better batting track. There is no prediction of match threatening rain which is a good news.
South Africa: LWWLL
India: there would be urge to play Ashwin against south Africa as they have three left handers in their line-up. But the question is on whose place, Ravindra Jadeja was wicket less in last match and could be replaced by Ashwin but if India goes on with two spinners than Umesh Yadav might be left out from the playing XI.
Probable XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt.), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Umesh Yadav/R Ashwin, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: they would not think much to alter the combination of playing eleven though JP Duminy is out of form from few matches but South Africa don’t have any suitable replacement for him. Wayne Parnell who has expensive record against India could be replaced by left arm spin of Keshav Maharaj.
Probable XI: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Wayne Parnell/Andile Phehlukwayo 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir
Players in the Spotlight:
Shikhar Dhawan: there is two side of Shikhar Dhawan, one that he is showing in the champions trophy and the other when he hunt for runs. Shikhar Dhawan is now become the highest run scorer in champions trophy and would love to score more runs at this crucial game.
David Miller: apart from his hard hitting abilities, he has shown enough temperament to play and save wickets for whole of the innings. His batting abilities would be tested for one more time at this crucial game.
Match Prediction: this crucial game could fall on any side, India being the favorite at first place but proteas have the potential to change the game any time.