This year, India and South Africa have played two Tests, six One-Day Internationals, and eight Twenty20 Internationals. However, the stakes in Perth will be higher than in the previous 16 meetings between the two teams this year. Should the weather cooperate, Sunday’s game could add to the World Cup’s growing list of nail-biters.
After winning their previous matches in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, India and South Africa will meet in Perth on Sunday in a crucial Group 2 match of the Super 12 stage.
South Africa defeated Bangladesh by 104 runs on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. At the same stadium, India defeated the Netherlands by 56 runs a few hours later.
With victories for South Africa and India, the Men in Blue now lead Group 2 with four points, while the Proteas are second with three. South Africa, on the other hand, has a healthy net run rate of +5.200 as a result of their crushing victory over Bangladesh. A win for either team improves their chances of making the semi-finals.
This year, India and South Africa have played two Tests, six One-Day Internationals, and eight Twenty20 Internationals. India was in South Africa at the start of 2022 to play four Tests and a three-match ODI series.
South Africa then toured India shortly after the conclusion of the IPL 2022 season to play a five-match T20I series. That series ended with both teams winning two matches apiece, with the fifth match being rained out. Later that year, just before the World Cup, South Africa returned to India for a three-match T20I series, followed by a three-match ODI series. Both series were won by India by 2-1 scores. However, the stakes in Perth will be higher than in the previous 16 meetings between the two teams this year.
India will rely on Virat Kohli’s recent form. The former Indian captain has not been dismissed despite scoring back-to-back fifties in this World Cup. India’s batting lineup appears more dangerous after captain Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav both scored half-centuries against the Netherlands, with the latter earning Player of the Match honors.
The only thorny issue in terms of batting is KL Rahul’s form. So far, the opener has been dismissed cheaply on scores of 4 and 9. Bowling appears to be in order. Everyone who has been asked to bowl this season has taken at least two wickets.
India will need both their batting and bowling to perform well against South Africa, who will be on a high after a clinical performance against Bangladesh. Quinton de Kock hit a fifty against the Bangla Tigers, and Rilee Rossouw hit the World Cup’s first century. The bowlers then backed up the batsmen, with pacer Anrich Nortje taking four wickets and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi taking three to complete the rout.
South Africa’s only concern ahead of the big game is the health of captain Temba Bavuma. Bavuma was dismissed after only two balls against Bangladesh. His pre-tournament form was also subpar. In September, the South African captain was dismissed on scores of 0, 0, 3, and 8 in ODIs and T20Is against India.
Should the weather cooperate, Sunday’s game could add to the World Cup’s growing list of nail-biters.
Guide to Forms (last five matches)
- India: W-W-L-W-W
- South Africa: W-NR-W-L-L
South Africa vs. India Head-to-head
- 25 matches have been played.
- India wins with 13 points.
- South Africa wins with 9 points.
- No outcome: 2
Perth Stadium’s pitch is on the faster side. Both teams’ fast bowlers will be licking their lips and itching to take on the opposing batsmen. The average first innings total of the three World Cup matches played at this stadium is 133.
Rains in multiple Australian cities have begun to wreak havoc on this World Cup. Saturday’s. Four Super 12 matches had ended in a No Result due to rain at the time of writing. However, the rain is expected to stay away from Perth on Sunday. Accuweather predicts 1% chance of precipitation on Sunday evening. The weather will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 10°C.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh are possible India XIs.
South Africa’s possible XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tabraiz Shamsi,
Suggestions for top fantasy picks
- Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli, Rilee Rossouw, and David Miller are the batsmen.
- Quinton de Kock is the wicketkeeper.
- Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel are both all-rounders.
- Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, R Ashwin, and Anrich Nortje are the bowlers.
Odds on Betting (OKBET)
2.50 South Africa
What to look out for: The match starts at 4:30 p.m. IST. The match will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network in India. The live-action can be viewed online via Disney+Hotstar.
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