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It’s been 6 days since the World Cup started, and India finally find themselves playing their 1st game. When the tournament started, there would have been a nervous energy surrounding the camp. But it must have all subsided after the kind of start the South Africans have got.
Just when the South Africans would have thought that it cannot get worse than this, they seem to have been hit by a storm. Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the game, but more devastatingly, Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament. This happens to be a bitter blow to their hopes. It’s the last thing they’d have wanted. But now they have no choice but to start their redemption without their top bowlers.
Pitch and Weather conditions: The pitch was brownish in colour with a small smattering of grass. So it should be good for batting with a bit of assistance for the spinners. Weather is expected to play a huge part and we could as well see a rain-curtailed game
Probable Playing XI:
India – 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 KL Rahul, 5 MS Dhoni, 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa – 1 Quinton de Kock, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Faf du Plessis, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller/Tabraiz Shamsi, 7 JP Duminy, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Chris Morris, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir
Winner prediction: India