Dhananjaya replaces injured Kusal Perera in Sri Lanka team

Discord and defeat, or amity and victory?

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"This is a big game as well, so he might just want to use that as an extra motivation for him to be able to leave a mark on the cricketing world in his 300th game".

Whichever side wins this game, will qualify for the semifinal stage.

But Pakistan bounced back to beat top-ranked South Africa by 19 runs on Wednesday at Edgbaston - the ground where they had succumbed so to India just days earlier.

So the Indians in recent times have inspired plenty of confidence in pressure situations, better than the South Africans anyway, whose reputation as perennial chokers seems to have dogged them for an eternity.

South Africa have been speaking about it for long, but somehow have failed to execute plans on the field. Since the loss to Bangladesh in July 2015, they have won 7 out of 9 ODI series, including beating India in India.

Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim starred with both bat and ball in that Cardiff clash and he will hope for more success upon on his return "home" - he was born in the nearby town of Swansea. They have a settled lineup.

Apart from winning the inaugural edition of the then ICC Knockout Trophy in 1998, South Africa don't boast of spectacular numbers in knockout matches. Tactical superiority wouldn't hurt either, and to that end India seem to be turning to the card they missed in the Sri Lanka game: Ravichandran Ashwin.

He sidestepped a query on whether Proteas love playing against Ashwin or not. His economy rate in this period has been marginally higher, 5.55, than his career average of 4.91. Kohli, true to tradition, was suitably cryptic, saying, "Yes, there are all kinds of possibilities". It's important for us to make sure we focus on why we've been successful over the last few months.

Sri Lanka play Pakistan in their last Group B game in Cardiff on Monday needing victory to reach the semi-finals. "The temptation is definitely there to change the XI". It was the 6th of June 2011 when AB de Villiers was named South Africa's new captain in one-day cricket.

"Not many people expected us to win and that took a lot of pressure off us". "It's really important to stay calm and not get overexcited. With Upul suspended that's why we got Dhananjaya down pretty quickly because we needed a batsman". "But I'm expecting the same intensity against India", De Villiers said.

It might sound all knee-jerk after a single defeat, but such is the brevity and snappiness of this tournament, that an instant change is justifiable, as Kohli alluded to in the press conference.

  • Stacy Allen