India opts to bat first

2011-03-12 09:57

Nagpur – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat against South Africa in their World Cup Group B game at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium today.

South Africa has four points from three games. After comprehensive wins over the West Indies and the Netherlands, South Africa lost to England in a low-scoring game at Chennai.

India, coming into the tournament as a favourite, is unbeaten so far. It is presently at the top of the group with seven points after three wins and a last-ball tie with England.

India made one change from the team that beat the Netherlands by five wickets, bringing in pace bowler Munaf Patel for leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.

South Africa brought in off-spinner Johan Botha for leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who suffered a thumb injury in the last match against England, which South Africa lost by six runs.

India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne van Wyk, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Johan Botha.

Umpires: Ian Gould, England, and Simon Taufel, Australia.
TV umpire: Billy Doctrove, West Indies.

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.

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