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India vs South Africa : Today’s Match Live Score/UpdateMarch 12, 2011 08:03:53 IST
Last Updated : March 12, 2011 11:42:56 IST
After winning against Netherlands and Ireland, India will play against South Africa in Nagpur. Match has scheduled to begin at 14:30 local time.
It is a super Saturday for all cricket fans as the two cricketing giants, India and South Africa are all set to face each other at Nagpur this afternoon.
India till now has not lost any of their matches in the World Cup 2011.
After a nail biting tie match against England, India defeated Ireland and Netherlands in their last two games.
Although, Dhoni and his men has already booked their position in the next round, Saturday’s clash against South Africa will give the Indian cricketers a good preparation for the next round where they will surely face tougher challenges.
Both India and South Africa will aim at winning this match as both the teams are looking forward to end as group leaders and move to the next round with lot more confidence.
Meanwhile, commenting on Indian leg spinner Piyush Chawla, Indian skipper MS Dhoni said: “I think Piyush have been applauded a lot in the other way.”
Piyush Chawla has received continuous criticisms for his poor performance in the World Cup 2011, till now, and certain experts have also raised the need to give a chance to spinner Ashwin in place of Chawla.
On the other hand, South Africa received a 6 runs defeat at the hands of England in their last match.
South African players will target to win this match against’ Men in Blue’ to make their position stronger in the Group B points table.
Meanwhile, on this week’s ICC Cricket World Radio Show, commentator Robin Jackman has backed South Africa to beat India in the side’s Cricket World Cup 2011 clash on Saturday despite the Proteas’ loss to England.
“I thought South Africa bowled and fielded brilliantly against England but the bottom line is that England did the damage to the South Africa middle-order and it ultimately meant South Africa lost.
“I don’t think South Africa will be worried about the top and middle-order batsmen like Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis failing to fire in the game against England as they know they have the ability to do it.
“India and South Africa are two fantastic teams, and with the pitch being pretty flat in Nagpur I expect a lot of runs on the board and I think the team that bowls and fields the best will win it.
“On that score, I would probably think South Africa are the more athletic and better fielding side and marginally the better bowling side, so I think they’re the likely winners. I think it’s going to be a humdinger,” said Jackman of the Proteas next fixture.
South African skipper Greme Smith feels that his side has faced the Indian side for a long period of time this ‘summer’ when India toured South Africa, so both the teams knows about each other quite well.
Earlier this year, South Africa had clinched the One Day International series against India at South Africa by 3-2 margin.
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