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India v South Africa in numbers

India v South Africa in numbers

India successfully chased the target of 192 with the loss of just two wickets at The Oval cricket ground. Now, every team has an equal chance of making it to the next stage, and this also brings some changes in the tournament.

For South Africa, neither the batting not bowling looked to have clicked after a 19-run defeat by the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method against Pakistan in their previous match.

Virat Kohli (India) has posted 50+ in two of his last three ODI innings against South Africa; recording knocks of 138 and 77 in that time. India will be tempted to play R Ashwin, who has not featured in a single game so far in this Champions Trophy.

More so after knowing what can happen to Ravindra Jadeja when there is absolutely nothing in the strip. "If spinners bowl well, just like Pakistani spinners did against South Africa then who knows?", Gavaskar concluded. The channel group has made all necessary arrangements to enhance the viewing experience, and they have employed top-rated commentators like former Indian Captain Saurav Ganguly, Australian spin legend Shane Warne, Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjarekar to narrate the live actions.

Perera had to retire hurt during Sri Lanka's inspired 7 wicket victory over India on Thursday.

The other aspect that the Indians must rectify is they must need to give powerful act in the innings as the tournament requires so.




1st ODI: It was the first match between the two after the 2015 World Cup clash.

Dhawan also became the fourth batsman in the history of the Champions Trophy to get three consecutive scores over fifty. No, they're not. When it comes to batting, Pakistan are probably one of the least aggressive sides in this tournament, with only Bangladesh for company. "Even if we had four points on the board right now, we still would have gone out there to try to beat South Africa, and that's exactly the mindset we are going to take into the next game". De Villiers (112) scored yet another century but with hardly any support at the other end, failed to get his side past the finishing line. Whatever be the case, it would appear that de Villiers has got out cheaply twice in a row, looking to force the issue without getting himself in.

Talking to media in Cardiff, Hafeez said that he personally likes the tag of "unpredictable", given to Pakistan cricket team by many.

"Look, I'm still in good form", De Villiers told reporters on Saturday. Still hitting the ball well, as always. It's just a matter of going out there and doing it. What might ease his act in the game is his excellent strike-rate against the Indians (111.21) in ODIs, the second highest for a batsman against an opposition against which he at least faced 1,000 balls. Another aggressive shot from Sharma proved his downfall as a mistimed slog was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Morne Morkel.

In-form Miller was involved in a awful mix-up with Du Plessis to end up at the same end as South Africa slumped to 142 for 4 from 140 for 2 in a space of six deliveries.


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