Kolkata awaits a nail biter as India play against South Africa

The top 2 teams of the tournament go against each other in the most-anticipated game in Kolkata on 5 November 2023. Rohit Sharma-led Indian team have been on a roll and didn’t lose a single game in the tournament till now. However, the game against South Africa will still turn out to be their toughest challenge ahead of semi finals.

The first two semi finalist will be looking to test themselves before the knockouts. Except for India, the team that has looked confident and consistent is South Africa.

Weather & Toss
The weather in Kolkata is expected to have an average temperature of 32 degrees with a precipitation chance of 10%. On the toss, it will be interesting to see if team which wins the toss will opt to bowl first, utilising the dew factor on the venue.

Head to Head
India and South Africa have faced each other 5 times in the ICC Cricket World Cup. The overall record is in South Africa’s favour. The Proteas have won 3 games while India has won 2.

Team Analysis

It’s certain that both teams will not be making any changes to the side, especially after Hardik Pandya being ruled out of the World Cup. Hence, both India and South Africa will start will same playing 11 which featured in the last league match.

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav.

South Africa
Temba Bavuma, Quinton De Kock, Rassie, Henrich, Marco, Keshav, Rabada, Markram, Miller, Gerald, Ngidi

Who will win?
With India’s performance in the World Cup and how team is playing together, on and off the field, India will win. Hopefully, it will be 8 in 8.


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