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IND vs SA is one of the most awaited battles of the ICC World Cup 2023. Both teams have set the stage on fire in the ongoing tournament and have crushed opponents. India has qualified for the semi-finals whereas the Proteas are on the verge of booking their berth for the semi-finals.

IND vs SA: Two key battles to watch out for in India vs South Africa

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The clash between India and South Africa will take place at the iconic Eden Garden on Sunday (5th November). It’ll be a tabletop clash as the two best teams of the tournament will be up against each other. The fire vs fire battle will be enthralling to watch as batters and bowlers of both teams are in top-notch form. 

As IND vs SA game is around the corner, we take a look at two key battles to watch out for at the Eden Gardens: 

Rohit Sharma vs Marco Jansen 

One of the key battles to watch out for in the IND vs SA  will be between Indian captain Rohit Sharma and Marco Jansen. It’s fair to say that the contest between them can depict the result of the game. The Indian captain has been in the red hot form in the ICC World Cup 2023. He has taken attack to the bowlers right from the start and has provided his team with brutal starts in almost every game. But he has been struggling a bit against left-arm pacers upfront, which Jansen is. 

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The South African pacer has been exceptional with the new ball and has picked wickets in every game in the powerplay. The lanky pacer has put pressure on the opposition right from the start and has bowled impeccable lines and lengths. How Rohit Sharma will handle him will be one of the big questions ahead of the game. It’ll also be a heated battle as both loves to take the attack on.  

Mohammed Shami vs Quinton de Kock 

Another key battle to watch out in IND vs SA will be between Mohammed Shami and Quinton de Kock. The pacer has had his success over the batter whenever they have played against each other. But the Proteas batter is in red-hot form in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023. He is the leading run-getter of the tournament with over 470 runs to his name. He also has 4 tons to his name and his record against India is impressive as well. But on the other hand, Shami has looked in great touch in the tournament. In three games he has two five-wicket gaps and one four-wicket haul. The pacer has seemed unplayable in the tournament and would hold the key for India in the game against SA. 

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IND vs SA: Predicted Indian XI for game against South Africa

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With the way the Indian team is playing in the ICC World Cup 2023, it’s fair to say that they are unlikely to make any changes to their XI for the IND vs SA game. Till the time, Hardik Pandya returns, Suryakumar Yadav is expected to play. Here’s the predicted Indian XI for the game against South Africa

Rohit Sharma (c) 
Shubman Gill 
Virat Kohli 
Shreyas Iyer 
KL Rahul (wk) 
Suryakumar Yadav 
Ravindra Jadeja 
Mohammed Shami 
Kuldeep Yadav 
Jasprit Bumrah 
Mohammed Siraj