De Silva replaces injured Perera in Sri Lanka squad

South Africa captain AB de Villiers has won his fitness battle for Sunday's crunch Champions Trophy showdown with India at the Oval.

A solid start for both the sides.

There is no need for India to press the panic button as they have been playing good cricket of late.

If Monday's must win clash between the two sub-continent teams yields no result due to rain, then India and South Africa are likely to go through to the semi-finals. The two have a better net run-rate than that of Pakistan and Sri Lanka and would go through even if all the teams end the group tied on three points each. Now, every team has an equal chance of making it to the next stage, and this also brings some changes in the tournament. The 33-year-old's first golden duck in his long and successful ODI career came during South Africa's shock 19-run loss to Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

South Africa will be determined to snap their winless record against India in this tournament while Virat Kohli's side will be determined to avoid a slip-up as they look to seal a spot in the semi-final.

While India have roped in Ravichandran Ashwin in place of Umesh Yadav, South Africa are going with Andile Phehlukwayo in place of Wayne Parnell.

More so after knowing what can happen to Ravindra Jadeja when there is absolutely nothing in the strip. "Everyone looks forward to games like these and everyone is very excited". They have compensated for that by scoring a lot of runs in the last 10 overs.

And 24 hours later, Sri Lanka had a winning return at the Oval courtesy of a stunning seven-wicket success against India. The proud performer that he is, Ashwin will be smarting after being excluded in the first two games and it can only work positively in India's favour.

The fourth and fifth run outs by India in this tournament sent a shiver through the South Africans that they couldn't shake off. "We wanted to step up that intensity", Kohli added.

Sri Lanka too suffered an nearly as heavy a loss in going down by 96 runs to South Africa first up in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams. South Africa captain De Villiers: "It is always very disappointing when we lose but the way we lost was the most disappointing".

His ability to shift gears in the blink of an eye can create somehow difficulties and confusion for the opposition. De Villiers simply put the icing on the cake with a 61-ball 119. "Against Pakistan you said was the biggest match of my career here", he said.

"It's just a matter of going out and doing it".

Quinton de Kock was the lone batsman who stood solid against the Indian bowling attack. His dismissal saw the Indian bowlers starting to dominate proceedings as the rest of the South African batsmen displayed poor shot selection at times. "So it is the same for South Africa as well". "This is probably our best game we played so far", Kohli said after the match. In the images posted by the agency, fans can be seen reciting Hanuman Chalisa for Team India's victory.

  • Julie Sanders