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Cricket World Cup 2023: IND vs SA Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs South Africa, Cricket World Cup 2023 (IND vs SA)

Date: November 5, Sunday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, Kolkata

The 37th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played between India and South Africa at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This top-of-the-table clash promises to be a thrilling spectacle.

India delivered a resounding victory in their previous match against Sri Lanka, showcasing their dominance once again. Opting to bat first, they amassed a formidable total of 357 runs. The standout performances came from Shubman Gill, who scored 92, Virat Kohli with 88, and Shreyas Iyer’s notable contribution of 82 runs.

In response, Sri Lanka faced a formidable bowling attack and were bundled out for a mere 55 runs. Mohammad Shami led the charge, claiming five crucial wickets, while Mohammad Siraj chipped in with three wickets of his own.

South Africa showcased their prowess in their previous match by convincingly defeating New Zealand with a staggering margin of 190 runs. Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen delivered outstanding performances, both notching centuries to propel South Africa to a formidable first innings total of 357.

In response, New Zealand struggled and was dismissed for a mere 167 runs, failing to mount a significant challenge. Keshav Maharaj played a pivotal role for South Africa, claiming four crucial wickets, while Marco Jansen contributed with three wickets of his own. Gerald Coetzee also made his presence felt with two wickets, and Lungi Ngidi added one more to the wickets tally, collectively sealing South Africa’s commanding victory.

Ahead of the 37th game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here’s everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: Hardik Pandya will not be returning for the remainder of the tournament.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav.

Predicted XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

South Africa team news and predicted XI

Team news: South Africa do not have any injury concerns and are at full strength for this match.

Squad:  Temba Bavuma (capt), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen

Predicted XI: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi/Gerald Coetzee

Pitch report and weather update 

Expect a batting friendly venue for this high-stake match. But the pace bowlers have also done well on this wicket.

There is no chance of rain in Kolkata on Sunday. It will be mostly hot and sunny with maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius in the noon.

Head-to-head record

South Africa currently holds the lead in head-to-head records. Over the course of 42 years and 90 matches, South Africa has emerged victorious 50 times, while India has secured 37 wins. Additionally, three of their encounters concluded without a result.

The two teams have met five times in the ODI World Cup. South Africa has won three of these encounters, while India has emerged victorious in two matches.

Five players to watch out for 

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IND vs SA, Cricket World Cup 2023

Virat Kohli – batsman, India

Virat Kohli will be looking for a big knock on his birthday, and going by the form he is in, a match-winning knock is quite possible. Kohli is the top run-scorer for India in the tournament, with 442 runs in seven matches.

Shubman Gill – batsman, India

Shubman Gill has been inconsistent but comes into this game on the back of a knock of 92 runs against Sri Lanka in the previous game and will be looking for another important knock in Kolkata, where he has a lot of experience playing as it was once his home ground in the IPL.

Mohammad Shami – bowler, India

Mohammad Shami has been absolutely sensational. He has already taken 14 wickets in just three matches, including two fifers.

Quinton de Kock – wicketkeeper batsman, South Africa

Quinton de Kock has been batting wonderfully. He is the top run-scorer in the tournament, with 545 runs in seven matches.

Aiden Markram – batsman, South Africa

Aiden Markram is the second highest run-scorer for South Africa, with 362 runs in seven games at an average of 60.33.


IND vs SA – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The India vs South Africa ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on November 5.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.



Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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