India bat against South Africa in high-voltage clash


MELBOURNE: India won the toss and elected to bat in their World Cup Pool B match against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Defending champions India kept the same team that beat Pakistan in their opener while South Africa, who saw off Zimbabwe in their first game, brought in Wayne Parnell for Farhaan Behardien.

Some 80,000 spectators are expected to watch the match where the winner will almost certainly be assured of a place in the knock-out rounds.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell.

 Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV Umpire: Steve Davis (AUS)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

Weather forecast: Partly cloudy. Maximum temperature of 34 Celsius. – AFP