Cricket: India vs South Africa live streaming on ESPNStar. India may have the home advantage. But will it be able to take advantage of that is something to be seen.
Now when India is up against quality attack of South Africa fans and critics have started asking many questions about India’s performance in the ICC World Cup 2011 till now. Though India has not lost any of its matches but its overall performance has not been eye-popping.
Its biggest weakness this time is bowling. With now bowlers save pacer Zaheer Khan getting wickets, things have looked difficult. Other bowlers, including spinner Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla and R Ashwin are yet to showcase their skills.
India is sitting pretty at the top of the group, but it has to sort out things before the big games of the quarter finals start. Fans and experts still remember the match against England which was tied-up despite the fact that India had scored more than 300 runs.
The bowlers are to be blame as they were unable to restrict the England batsmen. With the match against South Africa being played on a batting track it is going to be a thriller. A team with good bowling attack can only have some impact left.
That is why South Africa may play extra pacer. The last minute information coming out from their dressing room is that they may drop spinner Imran Tahir as they aware of the fact that Indians are better spin players. Chances are high that Lonwabo Tsotsobe may come in. Johan Botha might replace Tahir. AB will be there so that South African gets an extra bowler.
It would be interesting to see how India’s captain MS Dhoni sorts out the Indian puzzle. With pacers like Ashwin and Sreesanth not in form things have turned out to difficult for the Indian captain. Munaf Patel is bowling well. But there are fears that he may give runs that would be suicidal at the last stage of the match.
India (probable): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (wk/capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ashish Nehra/Piyush Chawla/R Ashwin, 11 Munaf Patel
South Africa(possible): 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Morne van Wyk/ Johan Botha, 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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