Overs: 38.0 / 50.0
Overs: 44.3 / 50.0
|19.4||R Ashwin to F du Plessis, 2 runs, some flight to du Plessis this time, du Plessis works it with the turn square of the wicket and comes back quickly for the second. He had to hurry and made it back since Jadhav didn't get a direct hit.|
|19.3||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, 1 run, imparts more air this time outside off, he drives it with the turn to cover.|
|19.2||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full on the pads and de Kock cashes in. It was towards the leg stump as he erred in line and QdK flicked it away to the right of deep square leg for four.|
|19.1||R Ashwin to F du Plessis, 1 run, turning into the batsman from length, he flicks it through midwicket for one.|
My colleague Bharath says Amla has averaged 113 against pacers and only 20.50 against spinners in this tournament
|18.6||RA Jadeja to F du Plessis, 1 run, slightly fuller this time outside off, driven into the covers this time and he keeps strike.|
|18.5||RA Jadeja to F du Plessis, 2 runs, much shorter outside off now, sits up a little and he's punched it through covers. Bumrah cuts it off at sweeper cover.|
|18.4||RA Jadeja to Q de Kock, 1 run, waits for the ball to turn in a bit and cuts it late behind square.|
|18.3||RA Jadeja to F du Plessis, 1 run, good length outside off, he punches it through extra cover for one more.|
|18.2||RA Jadeja to Q de Kock, 1 run, unleashes the reverse sweep as Jadeja comes over the wicket, towards third man for one.|
|18.1||RA Jadeja to F du Plessis, 1 run, slightly full outside off, steered towards cover point for one.|
|17.6||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, slightly full outside off now, de Kock gently pushes it into the covers.|
|17.5||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, bit of drift down the leg side, he tries to steer it to leg but misses. That was a stumping chance actually, but Dhoni could not collect the ball the first time.|
|17.4||R Ashwin to F du Plessis, 1 run, pretty full on the stumps, pushes it down to long-on easily.|
That's drinks. I'm off for a break too.
|17.3||R Ashwin to HM Amla, OUT, No run, and a wicket. Ashwin strikes. Flat and wide outside off, the ball skids on and Amla is slightly late in his cut. Gets a thick edge and a pretty significant deflection. Dhoni stands his ground, gets his gloves in an excellent position and takes a lovely catch. Quickened up off the surface there. Decent knock from Amla, set a strong platform for SA.|
|17.2||R Ashwin to HM Amla, No run, flight on off, defended.|
|17.1||R Ashwin to HM Amla, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, nicely hit. That's the difference between quality batsmen. Normally, batsmen choose to go over mid-off, but Amla decides to go wide of mid-off. To his right. Because if he mis-timed it, it would have been a very hard catch.|
|17.1||R Ashwin to HM Amla, WIDE, 1 run, quick and flat down leg, no turn. Amla gets inside the line and lets it go. Wide.|
SA's scores after 15 overs - 55 v SL, 62 v Pak and 62 v Ind.
|16.6||RA Jadeja to Q de Kock, No run, worked to midwicket. Flat, quick and straight, Jadeja's usual modus operandi. Good end.|
|16.5||RA Jadeja to Q de Kock, No run, a reverse paddle. Flat outside off, swept to third man. Nicely executed but finds the fielder.|
|16.4||RA Jadeja to HM Amla, 1 run, flat outside off, punched again off the back foot to deep point. No turn for Jadeja.|
|16.3||RA Jadeja to Q de Kock, 1 run, on the pads again, another simple flick earns de Kock one through midwicket.|
|16.2||RA Jadeja to HM Amla, 1 run, flat outside off, punched to the sweeper cover. More fluency in gap finding. Amla's strength in middle overs is to find gaps.|
Yash: "Kohli mentioned at the toss that Ashwin has been picked keeping in mind the three left-handers in RSA's team, would like to see how the presence of left handers impacts how Jadeja is used in this match"
|16.1||RA Jadeja to Q de Kock, 1 run, on the pads to start, nudged to square leg. This is defensive bowling.|
|15.6||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, 1 run, nice batting. Gets to the pitch and drives calmly to long-off. Nicely done.|
|15.5||R Ashwin to HM Amla, 1 run, flat outside off, nudged to square leg.|
|15.4||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, 1 run, gets down and drives to long-on. Pretty good batting.|
|15.3||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, tossed up outside off, chopped towards cover. More signs of a slow surface.|
|15.2||R Ashwin to HM Amla, 1 run, quicker, no flight, outside off. Pushed towards cover from the back foot..|
Aneesh: "Anwar - I think batsmen are in a T20 hangover. Cricketers are so used to playing a high-risked game that they think that it is safer go slow in the beginning."
|15.1||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, 1 run, a risky cut. Flat on off, no turn. de Kock cuts to point. Out if he missed, but he didn't.|
Shashank Rai: "Increasingly feel it'll be very difficult to score off Ashwin and Jadeja on this pitch. Key for South Africa - how much they can score off of Pandya/Yuvi/others."
|14.6||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, a slower ball on off, yorker. Jammed out.|
|14.5||HH Pandya to HM Amla, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, does it again. Wanted the same result, six over square leg but got right across and flicks to fine leg. Not enough bat on that but he plays with big margins and gets it..|
|14.4||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, another dot ball. Slower ball outside off, dabbed to backward point. Amla calls yes, but de Kock sends him back. Excellent call from de Kock.|
|14.3||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, good length outside off, carved away to backward point. Dot.|
|14.2||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, shortish on middle, Amla misses a pull. Struck on the body towards third man.|
|14.1||HH Pandya to HM Amla, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, that's massive. Gets right across outside off, converts a full delivery into a leg side offering and then flicks the ball waaay over square leg. Picks the short boundary, terrific batting.|
Anwar Khan: "It's strange how in teams seem to be going through a cycle, at least in this tournament. A few years ago rapid opening partnerships were all the rage. Before that it was about building a foundation with wickets in hand and that's where they're back again now"
|13.6||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, nice end. Full and straight, no room. No experimentation off the last ball. De Kock can do nothing but defend.|
|13.5||R Ashwin to HM Amla, 1 run, well bowled. Sees Amla coming and fires it on middle and off, worked to square leg.|
|13.4||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, 1 run, overpitched on leg, pushed away to long-on. Good from de Kock, didn't lose his head after dot balls.|
|13.3||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, lovely, That's three good deliveries. Flat on off, played back into the body.|
|13.2||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, on the pads this time and de Kock finds midwicket. pressure building.|
|13.1||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, overpitched outside off, jammed out.|
|12.6||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, and dropped. By Pandya's standards, that should have been taken. A full delivery outside off, pushed back to Pandya in his follow-through. Not too hard, maybe didn't know he had so much time. the ball bursts through the hands.|
|12.5||HH Pandya to Q de Kock, 1 run, good single, or was it? Driven to Kohli at mid-off, who gets across, picks up and under-arms a throw that misses the bowler's end by a few inches. Yikes, out with time to spare..|
|12.4||HH Pandya to HM Amla, 1 run, this is terrific bowling. Fullish delivery outside off, skewed towards midwicket for a run. Looking to hit that hard.|
|12.3||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, short and very wide outside off, Amla thinks of playing an upper cut but is wary of chipping a catch to third man so decides not to chase it.|
|12.2||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, on the pads, Amla manufactures something by walking across off. Clips to midwicket. Unfortunate.|
|12.1||HH Pandya to HM Amla, No run, fullish and wide outside off, Amla mis-times a leaden-footed drive to mid-off. No timing at all. Maybe this surface is a tad two-paced.|
Chapman: "Amla and de Kock both have played 35+ balls, are facing first change bowlers and patiently waiting for the fifth. A scary scenario in the offing for India. "
|11.6||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, and tries too much. Spoils a good over with tripe. Round-arm action, short down leg and de Kock helps himself to four with a pull past short fine leg.|
|11.5||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, drifted on, skidded on with the arm. An indication that the ball isn't turning. Offbreak on off, slow. De Kock somehow carves a cut to point. Tried to play off the pitch.|
|11.4||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, No run, quicker through the air, on the pads. Nudged to midwicket.|
|11.3||R Ashwin to HM Amla, 1 run, flat down leg, swept down to fine leg.|
|11.2||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, 1 run, fullish delivery outside off, pushed towards mid-off. Not hit too hard but the ball gets past Ashwin. Can think of a few who would have stopped one.|
|11.1||R Ashwin to HM Amla, 1 run, quick on the pads, defensive bowling. Worked to deep midwicket.|
|10.6||HH Pandya to Q de Kock, No run, 135 kph, fourth-stump line outside off, chopped back up the pitch. Amla sends de Kock back.|
Only three boundaries in the first 10 overs, second-lowest for teams batting first. The lowest is two, South Africa against Sri Lanka
|10.5||HH Pandya to HM Amla, 1 run, fullish delivery outside off, dabbed to third man for a single. Pretty effective batting, can make up the scoring later.|
Rambhu Acharya: ""About 10 runs short after the first Powerplay, but no wickets down." SA would take 35/0 rather than 50/1 in first 10 overs."
|10.4||HH Pandya to Q de Kock, 1 run, a bit straight, clipped to fine leg.|
|10.3||HH Pandya to Q de Kock, 2 runs, tight run especially to Jadeja but that's well-judged. It earns SA an extra. On a length on off, dabbed to point. Jadeja runs in late, and hurls a throw at the batsman's end. Misses and concedes an extra.|
Chaitanya: "Ashwin just needs 1 or 2 balls to turn and then the pitch not spinning will actually be a huge advantage!"
|10.2||HH Pandya to HM Amla, 1 run, that's short. A bumper on leg, pulled down to fine leg for a run.|
Santosh Battula: "I guess both sides are happy after the 1st 10 overs though each of them have different reasons"
|10.1||HH Pandya to Q de Kock, LEG BYES, 1 run, 131 kph, length on middle and off, de Kock misses a flick. Beaten on the outside edge. May have played the wrong line. Off the pad towards third man.|
About 10 runs short after the first Powerplay, but no wickets down. The platform is there. Pandya comes on
|9.6||R Ashwin to HM Amla, No run, the carrom ball to finish. Flat and wide outside off, moves away. Amla tries to execute a punch through cover with zero footwork. Misses..|
|9.5||R Ashwin to HM Amla, No run, lovely. Flight on off, but the length is not full. Amla thinks of hitting that but defends.|
|9.5||R Ashwin to HM Amla, WIDE, 1 run, drifts down leg for a wide.|
|9.4||R Ashwin to HM Amla, No run, flat and quick, aware that this is still the Powerp;lay. Good defensive bowling. Punched towards mid-on, midwicket gets across.|
|9.3||R Ashwin to HM Amla, No run, flat down leg this time, clipped to square leg. Tidy start from Ashwin.|
|9.2||R Ashwin to HM Amla, No run, manufactures room by just nimble footwork and punches a straight delivery but picks out cover.|
Abdullah Saleem: "I think mental strength has been the problem for South Africa more than anything else. They have never won any ICC tournament. That is why,they tend to stutter in knockout matches. If they somehow manage to win one tournament,it will become easy to win more."
|9.1||R Ashwin to Q de Kock, 1 run, straight on middle and leg, no turn. Worked to square leg.|
First look at Ashwin this tournament. A slip
Ryard: "As much as a fan I am of building an innings, SA need to be careful here not to fall in the same trap as the PAK match where we just could not get out of the building pahse...leaves you 50-60 runs short...not gonna work in the Q/F"
shahid: "I dont know why but i am losing intrust in watching cricket, do fallow it on cricinfo but not getting crazy about it like the past. I Analyzed why and only thing that changed in between is balance between BAt and Bowl. I loved to watch Akhtar snooring pace, missed the control of Glen, deadly yorkers from Waqar, a cold stare from Styen, A reverse swinging yorker from Wasem and yes i missed the reverse swing alot and i dont have the idea who on earth had made the rules like two new balls, field restrictions and small boundries (i dont mind big bats though but who cares. I know in my heart i have not given up on cricket i will be locked in a tv room in anticipation if i know Waseem is going to bowl at Sachin. This is not happning in case of Amir bowling to Virat because i already know who has the advantage its so frustrating."
|8.6||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, defends a good length ball coming in towards the top of off stump.|
|8.5||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, blocks a back of a length delivery on off stump.|
|8.4||B Kumar to Q de Kock, 1 run, slower ball, and de Kock is moved to sweep the ball, getting an inside edge to short fine leg. Good stop from Bumrah, diving to his left.|
|8.3||B Kumar to HM Amla, 1 run, now he leaps from his stance from leg stump out to way outside off to whip a good length ball outside off through midwicket. All that happens, however, is the ball takes the pad and wanders out to point. Sensational length bowling from India. Nothing to drive, nothing to flat bat.|
|8.2||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, through him! There is seam off the pitch - even if it is a used one - and Bhuvi is finding it. Hitting the deck, seam upright, on off stump and cuts in sharply to sneak through bat and pad as Amla wafts at the ball with no feet.|
|8.1||B Kumar to Q de Kock, 1 run, walks across onto off stump to drag a short delivery through midwicket..|
Amla standing about a foot outside his crease to Bhuvneshwar
|7.6||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, No run, a slower delivery outside off, driven to mid-off.|
|7.5||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, No run, a low full toss outside off, 142 kph, Amla wants to play straight so he misses out on a full toss. Beaten by pace as he taps one to mid-on.|
|7.4||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, LEG BYES, 1 run, fullish delivery down leg, off the pad towards fine leg. Pitching outside leg. Shuffled right across. One leg bye to fine leg.|
|7.3||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, excellent lines. Good length outside off, de Kock blocks towards point.|
|7.2||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, fullish outside off, fourth-stump line. 145 kph, driven to mid-on. Again that bottom hand taking it wider than it should have gone.|
Ashwini Sikerwa: "Why Bhumrah does not try to bowl Yorkers in his initial spells? He has such a wonderful control over yorkers which is a skill that most of the bowlers usually dont have. I think he should use it more as a surprise element with new ball."
|7.1||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, 1 run, walks right across. Wants to put him off his line and length. Back of a length outside off, Amla walks across and pulls down to fine leg.|
Good plans against de Kock: Not a single run through covers or squarer so far. Now they have a deep point in place, which made him try to drag one ball from outside off. He was beaten
|6.6||B Kumar to Q de Kock, No run, this is just a good delivery. On a length outside off, and moves away after pitching. De Kock is beaten. No shame, stick it out. ..|
|6.5||B Kumar to Q de Kock, No run, 138 kph, another ugly stroke. Just a little bit of lateral movement. De Kock wanted to drive, but the ball moves off the pitch with some angle. De Kock's feet are nowhere, rooted to the crease and the ball goes past.|
|6.4||B Kumar to Q de Kock, No run, short outside off, wrong shot selection. It sits up to be cut but de Kock was anticipating that straight line so he chooses to pull. but the ball goes past. Nice lines.|
|6.3||B Kumar to Q de Kock, No run, good length on a fourth-stump line, shovelled to mid-on from the back foot. Ugly skew.|
|6.2||B Kumar to HM Amla, 1 run, lovely. Good length outside off, dabbed away to third man.|
|6.1||B Kumar to Q de Kock, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, pulled to fine leg..|
Sorry to bring this up, but in that World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in 2015, SA lost Amla early, forcing them to improvise. His existence at the crease is crucial for SA
|5.6||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, No run, good length outside off, punched on the up towards cover.|
|5.5||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, wow. Shot of the day. Back of a length outside off, wasn't short enough to cut. So he didn't cut. Instead, he brings his bat down at a different angle and punches a drive. Cuts out the risk of an edge and finds the gap through point. Typical Amla quality.|
|5.4||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, de Kock's strong bottom hand takes a normal drive to mid-on to wide mid-on. Such fine margins and there's one.|
|5.3||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, on middle and leg, clipped to Yuvraj at square leg who sloppily misfields. De Kock wants to take advantage and Amla tells de Kock to chill by sending him back. Quick recovery from Yuvraj.|
|5.2||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, oh superb. Keep the next four balls there. Fuller than a good length, honing in on that off bail. Defended towards cover.|
Shivam: "Have to say the bowling has been underwhelming so far. If you are playing a bowler short you should try to get early wickets. Agreed the ball wont swing much, but atleast give it a try by bowling a bit fuller. Far too many short of a good length balls."
|5.1||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, that's the first short and wide delivery. De Kock laces a cut straight to backward point. Hmm, missed four there.|
|4.6||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, nice end. Back of a length outside off, hit up towards mid-off. The line to Amla has been good, not to de Kock.|
|4.5||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, quite tight outside off, scythed towards point. Jadeja is quick on it.|
|4.4||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, that's better. 140 kph, good length outside off. Amla is happy to stay on the back foot and punch, but finds extra cover..|
|4.3||B Kumar to Q de Kock, 1 run, way too straight for a man with a strong bottom hand. Back of a length on middle, nudged down to fine leg..|
|4.2||B Kumar to Q de Kock, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, runs says the umpire. Full down leg, off the pad or bat past fine leg. Easy runs. This isn't an attacking line..|
|4.1||B Kumar to Q de Kock, No run, that's a better length. Around off, no room, not full, not short. Pushed to mid-off.|
Avi: "i guess when comparing De Villiers and Kohli's run out skills, De Villiers is way better. He would've hit the stumps..." De Villiers and Warner have the quickest releases I've seen. Get in terrific positions to throw even before the ball has reached them
|3.6||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, 1 run, too straight again, easy run. De Kock nudges down to fine leg.|
|3.5||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, 1 run, that's nicely played. On the pads, worked to wide mid-on for a single. That's Amla strength, manufacturing singles from good balls.|
|3.4||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, No run, back of a length outside off, punched to mid-off from the back foot.|
|3.3||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, No run, almost rolled back. Good length delivery down leg, Amla pulls but it isn't short enough. Lobs up off his thigh pad, he isn't aware so he cowers over the stumps like he was protecting the stumps from precipitation. The ball trickles past alongside.|
|3.2||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, 1 run, slightly shorter down leg, some extra bounce and it takes the inside half of the bat to fine leg.|
|3.1||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, straight. Elegant. India's plan has been not to give width. But their lengths have been wayward. This is overpitched and straight and de Kock drives straight back with the full face. Delectable hit.|
Mustafa Moudi: "One team lost their last game due to over-attacking approach while other team lost due to over-defensive approach.... Expecting a role-reversal from both teams today"
|2.6||B Kumar to Q de Kock, 1 run, another calm flick down to fine leg for one. De Kock wanted two, but it ain't there. Sends Amla back.|
|2.5||B Kumar to Q de Kock, No run, that's better. It's straight but angled away. Pitches on middle, moves towards off. De Kock is expecting that line, nudges to square leg.|
|2.4||B Kumar to Q de Kock, 2 runs, the line is just a tad too straight to de Kock. With that strong bottom hand, he'll flick all day. Whips this through square leg.|
|2.4||B Kumar to Q de Kock, WIDE, 1 run, strays down leg, another wide.|
|2.3||B Kumar to HM Amla, 1 run, misjudged run. He had to wait for just that fraction of a second more to see if it passed the bowler. Driven to Bhuvi's left. Kohli at mid-off is quick on it and throws off balance but misses the stumps because of that lack of control. Amla was gone by a mile.|
|2.2||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, outside off, fuller than a good length and that brings Amla forward, blocks calmly into the off side.|
|2.1||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, good length outside off, punched from the back foot into the cover region..|
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|1.6||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, good end. Lovely over. Fullish delivery close to off, de Kock keeps it out. Cautious start from SA, as expected.|
Here's one from us: Bowlers are getting eaten alive in ODIs, claims former Australia captain Ian Chappell. Do you agree? Is it time to restore the bat-ball balance or are you fine with targets of 300 plus being chased down no sweat?
|1.5||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, full outside off, defended back towards mid-off.|
|1.4||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, 136 kph. Back of a length on leg, de Kock misses a glance and is struck on the body. Ouch..|
|1.3||JJ Bumrah to Q de Kock, No run, good call of "noo" from Amla. De Kock a bit tentative, a bit eager. Works one to square leg and sets off. The calm of Amla.|
|1.2||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, 1 run, slightly wide, that should be a warning not to bowl there. Back of a length outside off, not even wide enough to cut but Amla executes a nice cut to square third man..|
Shriniketh: "They key to RSA's batting success today is how far they exploit the 5th bowling option of India!"
|1.1||JJ Bumrah to HM Amla, No run, lovely start. On a length on off, still no swing or lateral movement of any kind. But the line is good enough to earn Amla's respect. Blocked.|
Collis: "Yeah, we beat France yesterday and also beat Nigeria (Super Eagles) 2-0 in footie."
|0.6||B Kumar to HM Amla, 1 run, a genuine edge. But the lack of pace from Bhuvneshwar and Amla's Test-type soft hands means the ball goes right down. Past second slip's right for a run.|
|0.5||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, fullish outside off, Amla comes forward and blocks into the off side. Pad very close to bat..|
|0.4||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, slightly wider outside off, seams back just a touch. Amla offers no stroke..|
|0.3||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, and again. Accurate around off, a solid defensive stroke. Amla's head right over the ball..|
|0.2||B Kumar to HM Amla, No run, lovely delivery. Good length on off, not much movement so have to be straight. Amla defends under his eyes.|
|0.1||B Kumar to Q de Kock, 1 run, good length delivery outside off, still no movement. Inside-edged towards square leg for a single..|
|0.1||B Kumar to Q de Kock, WIDE, 1 run, wayward start. No swing. Shortish delivery down leg, de Kock lets it go and earns a free run..|
Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla. India huddle up before taking the field. Quite a subdued opening stand for SA this tournament. Th Springboks, the other big team in SA, beat France yesterday. Will SA do the weekend double? Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the ball. Two slips in place. Let's rock.
10.55am Out come the teams for the national anthems. How beautiful does The Oval look bathed in sunshine as opposed to ...
10.40am Barring the absence of Dale Steyn, this is currently South Africa's strongest team. A strong No. 7, five bowlers and six sensational top-order batsmen.
India, too, relying on their strengths, spin. If any ground in England will take turn, it's probably The Oval, although it's slightly early in the season.
What's happening around the Champions Trophy? This is.
Rushi: "Since India decided to bowl first, they will have to face the hostility of Quinton De Kock as he has 55% chance of scoring century. He has scored 5 centuries in first innings against India in his 9 matches he played. "
Aditya: "Keep Calm and Trust Kohli.. whatever is the target today.. he'll get it!!"
Samraat: "Sa have never beaten india in CT but hold on india haven't beaten rsa chasing in last 8 matches"
Arjun: "Good thing is this time either AB or Virat will have to take early exit unlike IPL from where both of them departed early! Good luck for both of them.."
KisHan: "Views on team combination? I am not happy with Kedar in playing XI. If you want a batsman go with Rahane, he is better fielder too. Otherwise go with Shami, he is deadly on any surface with is accuracy and extra bounce."
namanjain59: "This is absolutely ridiculous. Ashwin should have come in place of Pandya. Pandya's bowling is absolutely rubbish, Umesh on the other hand has been bowling really well (except last match, but everyone were tonked in that game)."
Hamza Nawaz: ""Ashwin comes in for Umesh because they have 3 left handers".. But isn't that useless if the ball does not turn today?" Non-turning offspin is extremely effective as long as one ball turns.
10.00am India win the toss and choose to bowl
Virat Kohli: "Teams generally like chasing, gives us a chance to do what we need to do when we come out to bat. Depends on what the bowlers offer us. When you bat second, you know what you need to do. One change, Ashwin comes in for Umesh, keeping in mind they have three left-handers."
AB de Villiers: 'Probably not a bad thing to bowl first, but happy to bat. Excited to get a score. We seen some good scoring here, upto our batters to communicate really well to understand what is a good score. One change, Andile Phehlukwayo comes in for Wayne Parnell."
From the red of Royal Challengers Bangalore, to the blue and green of India and South Africa, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, two of the best in the world, have a laugh with each other before toss. Big, big toss this for South Africa. They would absolutely love to bat, a privilege they did not enjoy that Sunday in the 2015 World Cup in Melbourne.
9.50am An update from the ground. Firdose Moonda has this: Lovely and sunny with a bit of a breeze. I'd say no chance of rain for this one (which probably means a washout at 3pm).
And another update. This from diligent Naga: 'All Indian bowlers including Ashwin and Shami are bowling in the nets, making it a tad difficult to predict the bowling line-up. Rahane for sure is not training so he continues to sit out along with Karthik'
Arjit: "I would like to see both Ashwin and Shami get the nod ahead of Pandya and Bhuvi today. Terrific batting conditions as they say might need us to play with 5 proper bowlers along with Jadeja. Also we can surely show a bit of trust in Jadav and Jadeja for batting at 6 and 7."
9.45am Terrific batting conditions, sunshine and a knockout. Head says bat first. At least, that's what South Africa will do. But India, having been beaten here despite putting up 321 against Sri Lanka, may think about bowling and bat anyway. Toss not too far away. Where can this game be won and lost?
Here is also the preview.
India have the worst first 10 overs average since the last World Cup, which isn't a bad thing because they play their cricket that way. But is it time to adapt now against a terrific batting team? Nagraj Gollapudi dissects.
Siddhesh: "India will definitely prefer to bowl. Their batsmen play better with a target in mind rather than attempting to set one." I believe in doing what you're opposition doesn't want to do. It has to be a factor. Without overcast conditions, I'm batting.
Sushant: "Dhawan vs SA in ICC tournaments: 114 in 2013 Champions Trophy, 137 in 2015 World Cup.. Hat-trick of centuries anyone??"
Siddhesh: "We all complain about the rain, but the fact is it hasn't really had much impact on the points table so far. Even without the rain Australia were likely to end up with only 2 points (likely loss against NZ followed by a highly likely win against BD). Also India & South Africa have only themselves to blame for being in this situation rather than anything to do with the conditions."
Vinod Rajpal: "Almost 75% players in todays match should know the weak& strong points of each-other as they had recently played IPL... Jack of all being VK-ABD "
Samraat: "Already 2 finalist of WC 2015 are knocked out of CT17 without winning single match and here will have another semi finalist of WC2015 going home after this match.Thanks to rain and sub continent giant killers"
9.30am Yesterday's England v Australia game had all the makings of a classic, but I'm going for this Sunday blockbuster to be the game of the tournament, not just because of what's at stake but all the background noise, the quality of both teams, the criticism they'd like to silence and the camaraderie between the players involved. Welcome to the first of two quarter-finals to decide Group B, where the defending champions and the might of India face the firepower and talent of South Africa.
An upset for both teams has ensured that only one of these sides can make it through to the semi-finals. Win, go through. Lose, get on the plane. Go big or go home. India started their campaign with a resounding rout of Pakistan, who then went on to beat South Africa in a rain-affected game. India were subsequently thrashed by Sri Lanka, which now means the No. 1 spot in the group is up for grabs. Both captains have stressed on the importance of staying calm.
Jatin : "Both India and South Africa can still qualify for semis if both the remaning Group B games get washed out. " There isn't a high chance of rain today. It's a stunning summer's day, by England standards, with bright sunshine currently.
Mark: "So, two of the pre-tournament favourites come together in a shoot-out to see which one joins Australia at Heathrow airport. Surely South Africa can't add yet another notch to their string of hard-luck stories in global tournament? Surely India can't be knocked-out early? But one of them will be going home. Heart says that South Africa can't mess up this one too. Head says that India, despite their rather weak bowling, will be just too good."
Akshay: "A great day for sport lovers! SA vs IN in Champions Trophy and Rafa vs Stan in Rolland Garros. Though conflict is the spoiler.. "
Pomil Proch: " In CT2017 - Rank 8 beats Rank 1, Rank 6 beat Rank 2, Rank 7 beat Rank 4. England thump the old enemy down. Outside CT2017- Afghanistan beat West Indies. Outside the realm of Cricket - Wawrinka smothers world number one in the clay. The King of Clay Vs The man undefeated in grand slam finals and now this cracker of a content...All I am saying is that I am not complaining of the sporting action. "
|RG Sharma||C Q de Kock B M Morkel||12||23||20||1||1||60|
|S Dhawan||C F du Plessis B Imran Tahir||78||130||83||12||1||93.98|
|V Kohli||not out||76||136||101||7||1||75.25|
|Yuvraj Singh||not out||23||29||25||1||1||92|