India vs South Africa, Sunday November 5

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india vs south africa, sunday november 5
india vs south africa, sunday november 5

India vs South Africa: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Match Preview
Who: India vs South Africa

When: Sunday November 5, 2:00 p.m. (08:30 GMT)

Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

South Africa captain Themba Bavuma bristled at the mention of the neckband label ahead of Sunday’s clash against India in Kolkata.

The Proteas have lost in 10 semi-finals at the International Cricket Council (ICC) global events.

This is a high that the national cricket team has reached since being eliminated in the semi-finals of the 1999 Cricket World Cup in Australia, when success was within their reach.

“If we fail [against India], I don’t think it will be a matter of choking,” Bavuma said in the pre-match conference.

“I doubt you agree with that for India too, that they are choking in case they withdraw. »

India have won seven out of seven so far, while South Africa have lost just once – a surprise defeat against the Netherlands.

“You have two in-form teams going against each other and it’s just about who will break through first and who will be able to exploit that moment of vulnerability or that vulnerability,” Bavuma continued.

“We understand that there will be tense moments in the World Race, moments that we have overcome to get here, and there will be others. We will deal with them as best we can. »
The captain has only managed to score 111 runs in the five matches he has played so far.

This is in stark contrast to his opening partner Quinton de Kock, who has accumulated 545 runs in his seven matches.

Bavuma has always had a conundrum in terms of strike rate in narrow cricket, only concentration has been heightened by the absence of runs.

The 33-year-old returned to the team after illness for the final match with a start that even eclipsed de Kock’s 24 from 28 balls in a blistering debut against New Zealand.

“I just have to continue to stick to my processes, continue to prepare as much as possible, and if I do that, hopefully the result will improve,” he added.

“There is still a lot of cricket to be played and I am confident that I will have a role somewhere on the fringes of the championship. »

Team India News:

The biggest news for India is the absence of Hardik Pandya until the end of the championship.

The vice-captain failed to return in time from the ankle injury he suffered while trying to stop a ball off his own bowling against Bangladesh.

Mohammed Shami will reserve his place in the team since he has taken 14 wickets since replacing Pandya.

With his championship found to be vacant, Prasidh Krishna was called into the team as a cover.

South Africa team news:

The South Africans have no injury concerns after their success against New Zealand.

Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi lost his place against the Kiwis due to Kagiso Rabada’s return from injury.

The Kolkata surface has been seamless so far, so the Proteas are unlikely to remove the spinner unless they are plagued by injuries.

Match:
South Africa, unsurprisingly, have a one-day international peak against India.

Out of 90 matches, the Proteas have won 50, with India winning 37 and three scoreless.

Over the last 10 meetings, the score is 5-5, with India winning the last two, only South Africa have won all four meetings before this point.

Their last World Cup encounter was in England in 2019, when India won by six wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

This is the first time they have played together since India won by seven wickets in New Delhi in October 2022.

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