With the knockout stage getting closer with each passing game now its important to win the game against stronger opponents and gain the momentum going forward into the tournament. So far in Group B India is the only team who has not lost a single game but despite of all that they have been criticized of making a smaller target set by associates look like fighting total in the end. In both the games against Ireland and Netherlands they failed to register a convincing win to give a certain sign of dominance.
An earlier victory against Bangladesh and a tie with England has virtually assured it of a quarterfinal berth with seven points from four outings. On the other hand South Africa has four points in three games and looked more balanced & dominant side till they choked against England while chasing the modest 171 runs target for victory in Chennai.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was positive, despite his team's stuttering performances in chasing targets of 208 against Ireland and 190 against the Netherlands on the eve of the crucial encounters against South Africa.
Indian team most concern part is their bowling which is yet to be clicked together. Apart from Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh no bowler looked like picking up the wickets. Harbhajan Singh has picked up just one wicket so far in his four outings and India needs him to pick wickets during middle overs to put pressure on the opposition.
India batting looked settled and is likely to have same batting department which has featured in last four encounters. However Sachin and Sehwag needs to built on the start rather than throwing there wickets away at crucial juncture of the game. Both batsmen after some super innings in an earlier game are dew for the big one and hopefully they will come in the orange city Nagpur. Betting Sites like also putting India on top for this game by considering there formidable batting lineups.
South Africa will also look to set record straight after a fragile batting display in the lat game against England. They need to remove the tag “Choker” associated with them, if they have any chance of winning this world cup.
With both teams looking for a win, it will be an interesting game on the card.
Pitch & Conditions
The Pitch at Nagpur as always provides a high scoring thriller and similar score line is expected in India and South Africa game. With green lush outfield anything in the gap will certainly reach the boundary as soon as blink of an eye. Team winning the toss is likely to bat first in such a pressure game.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 14:30 PM India Time)
Piyush Chawla is likely to be retained again in the squad to partner Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra is likely to partner Zaheer Khan in the pace department.
With injury to Imran Tahir South Africa will bring Johan Botha in place of him to play with two spinners and two regular pace attack with Jaques Kallis fill the showe of fifth bowler along with JP Duminy.
India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (Captain), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (WK), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne van Wyk, Robin Peterson, Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.