South Africa aim to hand India their first loss and move to the top of the table
- India have been unbeaten in the Cricket World Cup 2023 with seven wins whereas South Africa have won six out of seven.
- Indian bowlers have picked 65 out of possible 70 wickets in seven games, while South Africa’s average batting score stands at 375 from five innings.
The match 37 of the Cricket World Cup 2023 will witness India and South Africa taking on each other at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 5th. The men in blue have bulldozed everyone in their path to win seven out of seven. Most recently, they annihilated Sri Lanka by 302 runs. India will be favourites heading into this match at 1.56
South Africa have won six games out of seven games, and have the best net run-rate in the competition. They have been ruthless while batting first, putting on huge totals. The Protea batters, who posted 357 in the previous game against New Zealand, will be tested here versus the best bowling attack in the world. South Africa have odds of 2.50 to win this match.
South Africa hold an edge in the overall head-to-head record against India in fifty-over cricket. The two teams have played each other in 90 ODIs, with South Africa winning 50 matches and India coming out victorious 37 times. As for the previous 10 encounters, the scoreline is tied at 5-5.
South Africa have been dominant while batting first but have had trouble while chasing the totals. India have been equally good doing both. India prefers chasing but wanted to bat first in the previous game to test themselves. Our toss prediction is that India will win the toss and bat first.
Both India and South Africa have been in incredible form but the men in blue are favourites due to better overall quality and experience at home. India have a win probability of 64% for this match.
The average first innings score at Eden Gardens after 32 ODIs in men’s cricket is 253. The highest team total recorded here was 404/5 by India.
Eden Gardens has historically produced pretty good pitches for batting with the ball coming onto the bat nicely. Fast bowlers could get some movement and bounce. As for the weather, Kolkata is likely to be hazy on Sunday and partly cloudy but rain should not affect the game. The temperature is expected to be around 26 to 32 degrees.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
Mohammed Shami: The Indian speedster has made an immediate impact since his inclusion in the side, picking 14 wickets in just three games. Shami has averaged just 6.81 per wicket in this competition and struck every 9.4 balls.
Heinrich Klaasen: The hard-hitting batter has scored 315 runs in the tournament at an incredible strike rate of 151, including one century and a half century. Considering India’s bowling attack, Klaasen should get enough game-time here and will be a key.
India are a side that can adapt better and have been dominant while batting first as well as chasing. They have an intimidating bowling attack that will pose a huge threat to South Africa, whose batting unit can be vulnerable. South Africa’s bowling has the tendency to leak runs and will be tested by India.
Our pick: Back India to win the match at 1.56
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Virat Kohli has scored 442 runs in the ongoing World Cup, averaging 88 at a strike rate of 89. He has four fifties and a hundred in the tournament. Back Kohli at 3.96 to be India’s top batter in the match!