Champions Trophy: Match 11: India win toss, elect to field first

Doug Mendoza
June 11, 2017

Before South Africa's match against Pakistan, Zainab took a selfie with South Africa captain, AB de Villiers.

With both teams squandering the momentum gained from their victories at the start of their campaigns, the equation at the moment is pretty simple - both remaining games in Group B are knockout games, with all four teams on two points apiece. However, if both games are washed out, India and South Africa will qualify.

Heading into the last play-off match, India needed to defeat South Africa by a certain margin. Such has been India's consistency that in the last seven ICC tournaments dating back to the 2011 World Cup, they have faced this situation only twice.

Kohli would not be drawn on his team composition. The corresponding average for teams that batted first is 316. Tamim struck a magnificent 128 but England won the game courtesy of a unbeaten 133 from England's Joe root.

AB de Villiers has played 221 matches and in 212 innings he scored 9303 runs with the average of 53.77. He averages a whooping 74.11 against India. Indian pacer Umesh Yadav was replaced by star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashiwn.

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Ashwin's record against left-hand batsmen - 63 wickets at 24.23 - would be hard to ignore given South Africa have three in their top six.

"He's taken many wickets in the past and he's had success against us, as well, in India". The fast bowler could be expected to open the bowling with Kagiso Rabada in today's match.

After getting a selfie with Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper got out for a duck as well. I go through this a lot, as well. That's what I've experienced in the past and you tend to get overexcited and then you commit errors that can cost the team important runs.

"The team that can have the most composure, I would say will have a better chance of winning the game tomorrow".

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