ICC Champions Trophy 2013: India vs South Africa Watch live online streaming

After getting a place in the Group of Death, India will look to maintain and continue the form they exhibited in the tournament`s warm-up games as they lock horns with South Africa in the Champions Trophy opener, which will be their first match outside the sub-continent in 15 months on Thursday at Cardiff.

Every match in this tournament counts a lot with each team only having three fixtures and a loss will in their opening match will put them under a lot of pressure to win their next matches. South Africa are in a spot of trouble with a few key players suffering the injuries but need Morne Morkel to step up with the ball in the absence of Steyn. India’s batting lineup is quite tough and stable but they must pick up some early wickets and Morne Morkel should find inspiration from somewhere to get back into good form. The probable South African squad will include: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Rory Kleinveldt, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

India – the World cup champions are well able to defend in the 50-over format contest. They have not played a limited over international outside the sub-continent in the last 15 months but the two grand victories in their practice matches against Sri Lanka in Birmingham and Australia in Cardiff will them with a fair idea of the conditions to confront. Dinesh Karthik is in superb form during the warm-up matches and he will want to consolidate his selection with another big score. The likely Indian lineup will include: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma/Murali Vijay, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja/ Irfan Pathan, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav.

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