The stage is set for a showdown as India and South Africa collide in the 37th match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, November 5. With both teams displaying exceptional form, this clash promises to be a thriller that fans won’t want to miss.
India currently stands atop the tournament table with a flawless seven wins from as many matches. Their performances have been exceptional, showcasing their prowess in every facet of the game. The batting lineup has fired consistently, the pace bowling attack has been relentless, and the spinners have provided valuable support, making India a formidable and well-rounded unit.
On the other hand, South Africa has been equally impressive, with a minor hiccup in a match against the Netherlands. Their batters have been in prolific form, consistently amassing runs, and their bowlers have complemented them effectively.
The key players for South Africa, including Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Heinrich Klaasen, have been the driving force behind the Proteas’ strong showing. However, they face a stern test against India’s formidable bowling attack, setting the stage for a thrilling contest.
India, led by Rohit Sharma, has seen contributions from Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul in their batting department. Their form has been crucial to India’s success in the tournament. The challenge for South Africa will be to overcome India’s potent bowlers, and it remains to be seen how they tackle this formidable task.
As the match approaches, both teams will look to maintain their winning momentum. India will aim to continue their exceptional form, while South Africa will be determined to overcome India’s challenge and secure a crucial victory.
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.
Virat Kohli: The Indian batting stalwart has amassed 442 runs in this World Cup at an average of 88.40. He is the highest run-scorer for India and has smashed four fifties and a century in this tournament.
Quinton de Kock: The South African wicketkeeper-batter has an excellent ODI record against India. He is also the highest run-scorer in this tournament, with 545 runs at an average of 77.85.
While South Africa has been very impressive with their performances in this World Cup, India have played totally on another level. They have been unbreakable and have crushed opponents on their way. The hosts are the favourites to win this game.