The Group B of the Champions Trophy has now become a knockout group as a result of suprising defeats that both India and South Africa had to face against underdogs Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. South Africa’s batting order collapsed in front of a good bowling attack of Pakistan and in the second innings sensible batting allowed Pakistan to grab a 19 run victory by D/L in the rain hit contest.
India on the other hand showed top class batting in the first innings against Sri Lanka but failed to show the same performance in the bowling department. Youngsters Mendis and Danushka had a superb stand followed by experienced batting by their captain Mathews and Perera which dominated India’s strong bowling lineup and powered them to a successful highest run chase in the history of Champions trophy.
India will surely make some changes in their bowling attack after a disappointing loss against Sri Lanka. All rounder Hardik Pandya may be dropped due to his failure to play as an extra pacer. Ashwin will be included in the playing XI due to the majority of left handers in the South African team and depending upon the bowling conditions at the Oval either Umesh or Shami will be given a place in the team.
On the other side the South African team is expected to come out with the same playing XI in the big knockout game against the defending champions. With both the teams needing a win to qualify for the semifinals, India and South Africa will play a virtual quarter-finals on June 11 at The Oval.
What an outstanding batting display by SL. Group split wide open. Two virtual quarterfinals…winner takes all. #PakvSL #IndvSA #CT17
@imVkohli has the task cut out for his men before the crunch game against #SA. Can #IND taste sweet victory at The Oval on Sunday? #INDvSA
We look at the probable XI of both the teams ahead of their big encounter tomorrow-
VIRAT KOHLI (C)
MS DHONI (WK)
QUINTON de KOCK
FAF du PLESSIS
AB de VILLIERS
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