Southampton : India kick off their 2019 ICC World Cup campaign against under-fire South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. India is one of the favourites going into the tournament. South Africa, on the other hand, has endured a disastrous start to their campaign, losing both their matches so far. The India-South Africa clash takes places at 3 pm, the New Zealand Bangladesh fixture starting three hours later. Both New Zealand and Bangladesh registered wins in their opening games.
The two time world champions plan to push South Africa towards elimination in Southampton by deploying a feared bowling line-up led by Jasprit Bumrah, the top-ranked one-day international bowler in the world.
Jasprit Bumrah is ably supported by fellow quicks Mohammed Shami, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.
Wrist openers Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal lend variety to India’s attack, but their primary weapon in seaming English conditions will be the pace bowlers.
Bowling is going to be India’s strength,” former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar told reporters.
“India would be favourites alongside Australia and England. New Zealand are the dark horses. The rest are all underdogs.”
“We are praying that “God gives strength to team India so that team, under the leadership of Virat Kohli, win a one sided match.” Not only thus we prayed that India beat all the teams and win the World Cup” Acharya Pandit Rajendra Trivedi, one of the fans who offered prayers told the media.