ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India vs South Africa

"WE are not invincible", said India captain Virat Kohli as he tried to make sense of the stunning loss to Sri Lanka despite posting, what he thought, was a winning total in their Champions Trophy clash here.

Whichever side goes wins this game will qualify for the semi-final stage. "To me, every game is the same; you win some, you lose some".

For India, The form of Sharma and Dhawan has been explosive during the opening two matches.

Pakistan suffered a 124-run thrashing at the hands of arch-rivals and defending champions India but then notched up an upset win over world number one side South Africa to stay alive.

Hafeez said that Pakistan team is ready for the match against Sri Lanka and players are well prepared. "As for people's perception-we can't sit here and think of what people perceive us to be or what people had expected of us as a team".

Coming to South Africa, they were outplayed by Pakistan in their last match, and they will be sure to make amends. The rivalry between the two sides is more even when it comes to ICC events.

India will take on South Africa tomorrow in a bid to secure a semi-final spot and keep the hopes of a successful title defence alive. If they get more adventurous, South Africa could think of the left-arm spin of Keshav Maharaj. Needless to say, India will be heavily dependent on them to provide a platform once again on Sunday. Therefore, the Indian batting line-up looks as well-endowed as ever in this tournament but what made experts bullish on India's chances in this tournament was the talent of their bowling line-up.

India lost Rohit Sharma early in the chase but skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a partnership of over 100 runs.

Skipper Kohli showed promise of returning to his old glory with the bat during his unbeaten 81 against Pakistan.

We've seen plenty of brilliant fielding throughout the tournament and with the pressure on going over 1.5 run outs at 7/4 is a market that always appeals to me.

What adds to the challenge that Kohli faces in the upcoming game is the fact that his record against the South Africans (39.68) is his lowest amongst all 10 Test-playing nations.

"You guys in the media said my first match as captain was the biggest yet".

His ability to shift gears in the blink of an eye can create somehow difficulties and confusion for the opposition. Ashwin and Jadeja may not have got too many wickets but removed openers Amla (35) and De Kock (53, 72 balls) after to create inroads.

Another big match. Another knockout, a virtual quarterfinal. He just does it really well when he gets going.

Quinton de Kock was the lone batsman who stood solid against the Indian bowling attack.

As such, from an Indian point of view, there is nothing different to be done against South Africa on Sunday atleast in terms of batting.

South Africa have four batsmen in the top ten rankings for batsmen in ODIs.

  • Julie Sanders