After slamming the arch-rivals Pakistan in a comprehensive win at Adelaide, India face one of the pre-tournament favourites South Africa in their toughest group game at the ICC Cricket World Cup. When the two top sides from Group B take to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, fans are likely to witness many a battle within a battle. Here is a look at key fights in store:
1. Rohit Sharma vs Morne Morkel
Rohit Sharma’s technique against the pacers is among the best in the Indian line up. Opening the batting he will be raring to prove a point after his failure against Pakistan. With Morne Morkel’s extra pace and bounce and Rohit’s gift of timing, it sure promises to be a mouth watering contest!
2. Virat Kohli vs Dale Steyn
The best versus the best! If there is one contest the world would stop to see is that of Kohli and Steyn. Both these men are the best at what they do and they have no chinks in their armoury whatsoever. Ball for ball and shot for shot they have an answer to whatever one throws at another. Watch out for this one!
3. AB de Villiers vs R Ashwin
The superman from South Africa has openly dismissed Ashwin as no threat whatsoever. One has to agree that Ashwin might not be a match to de Villiers’ greatness, but the wily spinner from Chennai always has more than a trick up his sleeve.
4. Ravindra Jadeja vs Faf du Plessis
These two guys know each other pretty well considering the time spent in the same team in Chennai Super Kings. The middle overs as it proved it the Pakistan game turned out to be the game changing period. These two are probable to come face to face during that time and it will be interesting to see who comes out trumps.
By Ashirbad Hazarika