Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa win toss and opt to bat first vs India

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat first against India in Match 8 of ICC World Cup 2019 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

South Africa have brought in an extra spinner in Tabraiz Shamsi while India are fielding two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal ato go with two allrounders in Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav, meaning Mohammad Shami mises out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are the pacers.

Teams:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi

Virat Kohli: The crowd support will be massive for us. Lots of people who live here and lots who are travelling here. For us its about keeping composure, remembering why we got the results in the last two years and continuing the same way. Bhuvi, Bumrah, Kuldeep and Chahal are all playing. When these guys and Hardik are playing along with Jadhav, we are always a strong bowling attack. I’m very excited, after so much cricket in the last two years. Couldn’t be more grateful and happy.

Faf du Plessis: We are having a bat. Mostly because of the makeup of the side against two spinners, that’s the best option. Amla is back for this game. Morris is still playing, and we’re bringing in an extra spinner. We didn’t have the ideal start, but we need to keep going. We need to win 6 games to get to the semis, we have seven games left.