World Cup 2019, IND vs SA: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

Virat Kohli lost the first toss of World Cup 2019 with India been asked to field by South Africa in Southampton.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat.   -  AFP Photo

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat against India at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday.

Team news: Hashim Amla and chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi come in, Chris Morris still in the team as Aiden Markram sits out. For India, Mohammed Shami makes way for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kedar Jadhav is fit to play, no Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI.

Pitch report: Shaun Pollock believes it to be a batting surface with white grass seen in patches. The conditions may help the bowlers but the surface looks more batting friendly.

Weather: According to Accuweather, there is 55 per cent chance of precepitation. It's partly cloudy in Southampton, with occasional sunlight making its way. So intermittent showers can be expected.


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.

Virat Kohli: 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.

Playing XIs:


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

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

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