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'Men in Blue' Begin Cup Campaign against South Africa Today

'Men in Blue' Begin Cup Campaign against South Africa Today

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London, June 5, 2019:

The Indian cricket team, the 'Men in Blue', are all set to begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against the South African team today.

India will look to cement their status as one of the tournament favorites, while the 'Proteas' will be looking to salvage some pride after suffering consecutive losses to hosts England and former "minnows" Bangladesh.

Skipper Virat Kohli's brigade of youngsters as well as experienced warhorses like former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have a lot riding on their backs, with a billion people counting on the 'Men in Blue' top bring home another cup.

South African captain Faf Du Plessis' injury-depleted side will be looking to mount a comeback after shocking defeats in the first two matches.

The India-South Africa clash takes place at 3 pm, while another encounter between New Zealand and Bangladesh will begin three hours later. Both New Zealand and Bangladesh registered wins in their opening games.

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, David Miller, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pertorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamshi, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Chris Morris and Rassie van der Dussen.

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