World Cup 2019, Australia vs South Africa (AUS vs SA) buildup: All eyes will be on Steve Smith and David Warner as Australia take on South Africa for the first time since both batsmen were given 12-month bans for ball-tampering. Smith and Warner, who have been subjected to repeated booing at the ongoing World Cup in United Kingdom, were hit with year-long bans by Cricket Australia for their roles in an extraordinary incident during a Test in Cape Town that saw team-mate Cameron Bancroft indulge in a brazen breach of the rules by applying sandpaper to the ball. Reigning champions Australia are already through to the semi-finals but Saturday’s match could determine whether they finish top of the standings and so avoid a last-four clash against resurgent hosts England.IND vs SL Live Score, Updates
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Imran Tahir is readying himself for an emotional farewell to one-day international cricket, although the veteran is upbeat about the Proteas’ future. This has been a disappointing World Cup for South Africa, with just two wins from eight games so far and the Proteas have long been out of the race for semi-final qualification.
Australia vs South Africa Predicted Playing 11, World Cup 2019 LIVE Updates:
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
South Africa win the toss, elect to bat first.
India vs Sri Lanka: Head-to-Head in World Cup
Sri Lanka have a better head-to-head record against the Men in Blue in the World Cup as the island nation have won 4 out of the eight matches that have been played so far. While India has won three, no results were produced in one of the clash.
Team management has made it clear that I will bat No. 7: Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik said that the Indian team management has always been very clear about his batting position in the World Cup, disclosing that he was instructed to assess the situation and play accordingly at No. 7.
"If we are batting first, then make sure we get to the par score that’s required. They’ve made it clear that this is where I’ll be batting, and my role is to make sure, whatever the situation is, assess it and do the best that I can," the Tamil Nadu cricketer said. [READ MORE]
Dhoni should play for another one or two years: Malinga
Amidst criticism for his slow approach in the ongoing World Cup, former India skipper MS Dhoni gets support from Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga. The pacer believes that Dhoni can still play international cricket for another one or two years before handing over the responsibility to the young generation.
“I think MS (Dhoni) should play for another one or two years. He is the best finisher in the last 10 years. I don’t think anyone can beat him in future. He has to give his experience and situation handling to all the young players. They (India) have good experience in past captain MS Dhoni. I think that’s why they are a successful team. I think they are good enough to beat any team in this competition,” Malinga said. [READ MORE]
WATCH: Why Dhoni is a key player for India
No easing up for Australia as they face South Africa
With their place in the semifinals sealed with two group games to spare, Australia’s players might have been forgiven for briefly easing off amid a long and gruelling Cricket World Cup schedule.
An eighth group-stage victory for the Australians would guarantee them top spot, whatever second-place India does against Sri Lanka earlier Saturday in Leeds. That would mean Australia returning to Old Trafford to take on New Zealand again in the semifinals, a repeat of the 2015 title match.
As for the South Africans, they were planning for this game to be potentially make or break for their hopes of qualifying for the semifinals. All the jeopardy has been removed because of a disappointing campaign in which the Proteas have won just two of their eight games.
However, Du Plessis said it still was an important match for his team, particularly because it would be the last at a World Cup for some of the players who he didn’t specifically name. [PREVIEW]
Will Mayank Agarwal make his ODI debut?
Vijay Shankar's replacement Mayank Agarwal has already joined the team but KL Rahul, with a couple of fifties, has ensured his place at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma, who would be gunning for a fifth World Cup hundred. However, with nothing to lose will we Mayank getting inducted in the PLAYING XI today?
All eyes on Dhoni as India look to solve middle-order crisis
Despite being in a safe spot, the Indian unit will look to solve their middle-order crisis when they take on Sri Lanka in their final league fixture in Leeds on Saturday.
The middle-order has repeatedly failed to fetch quick runs in the death overs and the team has been heavily dependent from their top three, comprising KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and skipper Virat Kohli.
MS Dhoni has been heavily criticised for his lack of intent and will take the opportunity against Sri Lanka to break the shackles in the death overs. However, the former India skipper will be up against another veteran Lasith Malinga, who will be firing in at the block-hole or bowl his variations of slower deliveries. [PREVIEW]
Hello and Welcome!
Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The first match of the day, which starts at 3:00 pm, will be played between India and Sri Lanka. A win against Sri Lanka will take the Indian side to the pole position provided Australia lose their final game against the already ousted South Africa, which will be played later in the day.