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IND vs SA: The battle of the top two teams, the battle for the Top position in the ICC World Cup 2023 Points table, the undefeated and undisputed India will take on South Africa in the 37th match of ICC World Cup 2023 on 5 November. The game will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from 02:00 PM. Overcast weather and rainy conditions are in Kolkata right now so let’s check out the IND vs SA Rain Prediction, Weather Forecast of Kolkata, and Pitch Report of Eden Gardens.

India and South Africa have been like big boys in the room. Both have made their domination and fearsome character in this tournament. Men in Blue and Proteas are already officially qualified for the semifinals but they will fight this for their reputation.

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On a surface where the South African skipper felt his team could use an additional spinner, India would also be tempted to go with the R Ashwin route. But if past performance is any indication, they will continue with the lineup that has worked well for them in the last few games, even if it entails using the same five bowlers in back-to-back games.

India appeared to be a greater danger when they chased after they amassed five victories when batting second. However, that was because they were unfamiliar with batting first. When they did, they dominated by a margin of 100-run and 302-run victories. Thus, India appears more confident and fluent than ever.

South Africa have been an absolute beast batting first. They have breached the 350-run mark four times in 7 matches in this ICC World Cup 2023. They lost one to Netherlands while chasing the target but they are a strong side while chasing too.

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The eyes will be on the Birthday Boy- Virat Kohli. He has never played an ODI on his Birthday. This will be the first time he will play an ODI on his Birth date and we must expect a record century from the chase master run machine Kohli.

Overall, it is going to be a good match. South Africa have always put up a tough fight against India and this time it is the stage of the World Cup if they can do the same. Down below is the IND vs SA Rain Prediction, Weather Forecast of Kolkata, and Pitch Report.

IND vs SA Weather Forecast

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IND vs SA Weather Forecast of Kolkata (weather.com)

It is predicted an overcast and rainy day in Kolkata City before the match hours. Kolkata has a humid and overcast kind of weather throughout the match. Today, on 5 November 2023, the temperature of Kolkata City is expected to peak at 30°C in the afternoon and drop further as the sun goes down.

Humidity is predicted to hover between 60-80% in the match hours and winds will gust towards the Northwest at a speed of ~7Kmh during the day.

IND vs SA Rain Prediction

There are relatively high chances of rain in Kolkata City of West Bengal. The rain possibility is around 60% just before the match starting time, however, there are around <5% chances of rain in the match hours. There will be >60% of the sky covered under clouds. An overcast day for India vs South Africa is what weather.com predicts. Though, as it is aforementioned, the weather here in Kolkata is rainy in the morning so the game might start a bit late.

Pitch Report of Eden Gardens

The Eden Gardens pitch is seen to be favorable to the batters. It is easy for the batsmen to play strokes because of the pitch’s reliable bounce. Fast bowlers do, however, also display their strength when opening with a fresh ball. On the other hand, the value of spin bowlers grows in the second half.

The first innings totals in the tournament’s two games played here were 229 and 204, respectively. However, Bangladesh and the Netherlands were the ones who managed to score them. The reality on Sunday looks very different.

Who will win IND vs SA?

When we come to Men-to-Men marking, it is a neck-to-neck fight. India have won all of their matches in the tournament till now and will want to carry this momentum forward. Where South Africa lost one unfortunately but they are spitting fire off their bats and balls.

Though, it is very hard to predict who will win as both teams are the best on their day, India with a home crowd advantage may prevail.

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