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03-Apr-2014 10:55:00 GMT
India v South Africa, World T20, semi-final

South Africa Braces for India Spin Test

Dhaka - South Africa are getting themselves into a spin ahead of their WorldT20 semi-final against India at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur on Friday.

India are on a high after four victories on the trot but team combination and injury to Yuvraj Singh will be a worry for India.

While the Indian team management will be hoping that Yuvraj recovers fully from his ankle injury which he sustained during a football session, selecting the final XI could be a tricky proposition for them.

The dilemma facing the Indians is whether to retain Ajinkya Rahane in place of out of form Shikhar Dhawan.

While Dhawan is known to be destructive batsman, his form has been a big concern which may prompt the team management to retain Rahane. However, if Yuvraj does not recover fully, both Rahane and Dhawan are likely to be in the playing eleven in such a scenario.

While skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will wish that senior pro Yuvraj remains fighting fit for the crucial match, the South Africans will be wary of the quality spin attack that they will have to encounter in order to book a berth for the final.

India have so far convincingly crushed some of the teams such as Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh while registering a comfortable win against defending champions West Indies.

South Africa, on the otherhand, have recorded some close victories against New Zealand, Netherlands and England in their last three games.

India would like to move on from their forgettable first two-and-a-half months of 2014 and their opponents would like to shed off their 'chokers' tag in this current ICC event.

It will be a match where Indian spinners will like to re-affirm their dominance on the slow turner at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium while the AB de Villiers and the Quinton de Kocks would hope to turn the tables on the Indians.

De Villiers has the ability to decimate any attacks and he has done that consistently in IPL and also for South Africa. Indians will certainly be wary of him. Not to forget that regular skipper Faf du Plessis is fighting against time to get fit for the match.

Quinton de Kock's hat-trick of ODI centuries will also be fresh in Dhoni's mind as he tries to ensure that South Africans 'stick' to their 'Chokers' tag.

Teams from

India -
MS Dhoni (Capt. & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra and Varun Aaron.

South Africa - Faf du Plessis (Capt.), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers, Farhan Behardien, JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks, Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Aaron Phangiso.

Stats & trivia

  • India and South played 7 T20I, India won 7 while two won by South Africa.
  • In World Twenty20 -- India won 3 out of 4, South Africa beat India in 2009 at Nottingham.
  • Yuvraj Singh need 61 runs to become first Indian reached 1000 runs in T20 international.

Match facts
Friday April 4, 2014 (day/night)
Start time 1900 local (1300 GMT, 6:30pm (IST)

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