ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – 1st Match, Group B: India v South Africa, 6 June

While South Africa have at least been able to focus entirely on the cricket, India haven’t. For the past few weeks in India, cricket has dominated newspaper front pages and has been breathlessly reported on round-the-clock by television channels, but almost all of it has been about the corruption in the IPL, and the ensuing turmoil in the BCCI.

Big names missing in big game

First match of the tournament, every one is exited about the game and the kind of format tournament has, not a single team can take rest at any stage of the tournament. India team have had few bad weeks in the recent times and South Africa team may be missing some fire power in the form of G.Smith and Styen.

With new rules where only four players are allowed outside the 30 yards even after the power play is something which is going to be troublesome of any captain. Imagine all the rules are in favor of  batsmen. 20 overs of power play and then only four players are allowed in non-power play. Seems like ICC have decided that every team should have score 300+ at least in every game.

Anyhow, looking into the strength of both the teams. Indians batsmen have had the history of struggling against fast bowling and this is going to play bigger factor if the pitch would have swinging factor. On the other hand, South African batting line-up is rock solid. Both teams does have good quality pacers but SA bowler's pace make them favorite.

All in all, our expert believe that South Africa should win this game.

ICC Champions Trophy 2013 - 1st Match, Group B: India v South Africa, 6 June

  • South Africa (42% Votes)
  • India (58% Votes)