India will face South Africa as both teams have qualified for the semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 to be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 5th November. Both teams have been in superb form of late.
Indian team is on a high winning 7 matches in a row and a win tomorrow will guarantee their spot at number 1. South Africa would be looking to make amends with superb performances against Men in Blue losing only 1 match so far.
It promises to be an exciting encounter between the top two teams in this tournament so far. Indian team would look to Virat Kohli’s birthday present.
Both teams have quality players that can change the course of the game with their abilities allowing them to win match for their country.
Here we look at the 5 Players To Watch Out For Between India and SA in WC 2023
- Shubman Gill
The stylish right-handed batter Shubman Gill had a decent outing in the previous match against Sri Lanka. He looked in sublime touch putting the bad deliveries away for boundaries not allowing the bowlers to settle.
After reprieve, Gill took the attack to Lankan bowlers and hit boundaries at will. He was dismissed 8 short of his century putting on brilliant 2nd wicket partnership along with Kohli.
Gill has a poor record against South Africa with only 80 runs from 3 matches including the best score of 49. He would be hoping for a superb performance in the first 10 overs along with Rohit Sharma laying a foundation and helping Team India register win.
- Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock continued his dream run with his 4th century in the tournament. He looked cautious initially before taking the attack to New Zealand bowlers. It was a superb batting effort as de Kock scored 114 and was dismissed.
De Kock would be looking to provide another solid start against top-quality Indian pace bowling department and not lose any early wickets that would put pressure on the middle order.
De Kock has a sensational record against India in the ODI format with 1072 runs from 19 matches including 6 centuries and 2 half-centuries with the best score of 135.
He would play a key role in helping South Africa provide a decent start that would allow them to put pressure on Indian bowling.
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli showed his class with some lovely shots against Sri Lankan bowling. He struggled initially against disciplined Sri Lankan bowling as there was some seam movement that created doubts on batters’ mind.
He played some brilliant strokes that kept the momentum going along with Shubman Gill. His knock looked impressive taking singles and hitting boundaries keeping scoreboard ticking. Kohli fell 12 short of the 49th ODI century.
King Kohli has scored 1403 runs from 30 matches (28 innings) including 5 centuries and 4 half-centuries to his name including the best score of 160 not out.
Kohli would be looking to showcase his batting abilities at number 3 and hope to give Kolkata fans record levelling 49th ODI century helping Team India register a win.
- Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada was included in the playing XI during the previous match against New Zealand. He bowled with great control not allowing them to score easy runs. Rabada gave away 16 runs in his 6 overs picking up 1 wicket.
Rabada would be hoping for wickets that would allow South Africa to put pressure on the Indian batting. He has a decent record against India in the ODI format with 20 wickets from 14 matches at an economy of 5.11 runs per over and figures of 4 for 41.
He would be looking to prove his worth against strong Indian batting lineup and make sure that South Africa break India’s winning streak.
- Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah was at his lethal best during the previous match against Sri Lanka. He got rid of Pathum Nissanka off the very first delivery with superb delivery. Bumrah has looked sharp not allowing the opponents to score runs easily.
He bowled 5 overs giving away just 8 runs and grabbed 1 wicket. It was a remarkable opening spell by Bumrah that did not allow Lankan batters to score runs easily.
Bumrah has picked 17 wickets from 11 matches at an economy of 4.08 runs per over with best figures of 2 for 24. He would be looking to pick early wickets in the first 10 overs to put the South African team under pressure.