Two strong teams of Pool B in 2015 world cup India and South Africa will be playing against each other today at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne. This is the 13th match of tournament and it will start at 14:30 local time and 9:00 IST. MS Dhoni to lead Indian side in the match whereas AB de Villiers will be captaining Proteas.
Head to Head
India and South Africa have played 70 times in One-Day Internationals against each other and Proteas have dominating record. In overall record SA won 42 matches whereas India got succeed to beat Africa on 25 occasions. Indian team record is worst in World Cup matches against South African side as in played three games, India never defeated Proteas.
Overall (70 Matches) – INDIA 25 : 42 South Africa
World Cup (3 Matches) – INDIA 0 : 3 South Africa
In past 3-4 months Indian cricket team didn’t play good cricket as per their standards and results were not in their side. But winning the opening match of 2015 world cup against arch rivals Pakistan is really a morale booster for team India for the upcoming challenge against South Africa. Though we mean it that Pakistan is not a strong team but still the India vs Pakistan match is always a high pressure game for both sides. So team India will play tomorrow’s match with a great confidence.
The good thing happened with Indian team in the match against Pakistan is that opener Shikhar Dhawan showed some good character it played cricketing strokes to reflect that he is trying hard to get in from. Virat Kohli was not in good form in Triangular series in January and didn’t bat well in the warm-up games too. But Kohli’s hundred against PAK in first match of world cup is really a morale booster for him.
Indian team needs to work on their middle order batting and at the last overs of innings. India didn’t score well in last 5 overs of Pak’s match and MS Dhoni is the big factor. He has to score quick runs in the last few overs to make the difference of 30-40 runs. Bowling was good in the opening game but still there are concerns over hitting the right areas as Indian bowlers bowled wide bowls too much.
Batting will be the key for India to win against South Africa. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni will be the key players for team India to put pressure on strong Proteas bowling attack. Before this match Indian star Virat Kohli also believes that it will be morale booster to defend world cup title if we get win over South Africa.
Virat said, “To get over that hurdle tomorrow will be immense self‑belief booster for us in many ways. It’s very important to hold momentum in a tournament like the World Cup.”
One of the biggest and strongest teams of 2015 world cup South Africa team will be highly depending on their bowlers to put pressure on team India. Dale Steyn is not hundred percent fit but still he’ll play tomorrow’s match. Mornel Morkel, Parnell and Tahir will be having responsibility to take Indian wickets as early as possible as India is having great batting line-up.
South Africa is having great batting line-up this year in Australian conditions. Openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are in good touch and we can’t say much about Faf Du Plessis and Ab de Villiers as both these batsmen are in tremendous form. Recently De Villiers scored quickest hundred in 50 over format of game in just 31 balls. So he is in destructive form.
In the first match against Zimbabwe these top four batsmen failed to score the runs and team lost 4 wickets at just 83 score. So if this situation happens again Proteas have got solid JP Duminy and David Miller at the lower end to handle the situation. Both players did great job in previous match and took team’s total past 300. So South Africa has good chance to win against India again in world cup.
Proteas Captain AB de Villiers also believes that India is a dangerous side and we have to play realy well to beat them at MSG. He said, “We know (India’s) a very dangerous side, and we’re going to play accordingly and hopefully come out on top tomorrow.”
No doubt South Africa vs India match will be full with excitement and everybody will supporting their favorite teams. As per current form and teams on paper, South Africa has got slightly edge over team India. As per our (Sports Mirchi) prediction South Africa has got 55 percent chances to win today against Indian team.