AB de Villiers fit to face India in crunch Champions Trophy clash

AB de Villiers fit to face India in crunch Champions Trophy clash

One edge will cut a path to the semi-finals‚ the other to the scrapheap of teams who are no longer in the running for a place in the final four.

Kohli's side, ranked third, came into this tournament as holders and were seen by many as potential winners.

"That's why we play cricket, we want to play on the big stage against the big teams and tomorrow is one of those games".

"You need to have a good balance of being competitive, being passionate about the game, but at the same time, not getting over-excited".

India's shock loss to Sri Lanka and South Africa's similarly surprising defeat by Pakistan in their last Champions Trophy outings has thrown open the section and with the weather forecast clear and the surface true, Sunday's clash could be a classic.

"Such matches against South Africa test you as a player and team, the team that holds its composure tomorrow, will win".

With all four teams in Group B locked together on two points with one game to go - Sri Lanka play Pakistan on Monday in the last match of the group stage - one of the expected last-four sides will be going home early. "We're very excited about tomorrow and I also feel really excited about the opportunities". No other channel will air the contest between India and South Africa in India.

"As a cricketer, honestly, I crave games like this". This is an important match for both the countries.

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Morne Morkel (currently 177) needs two more scalps to go sixth in the all-time list of South Africa ODI wicket-takers (leapfrogging Dale Steyn). "If they don't field well then Sri Lanka will go through".

After making four runs in his side's comfortable victory over Sri Lanka, De Villiers recorded his first golden duck in ODI cricket in the rain-affected loss to Pakistan on Wednesday.

"Look, I'm still in good form", De Villiers told reporters on Saturday. "He is hard to stop when he gets going", de Villiers added. "There's nothing I can say here that's going to change anything except for that I still believe I can and hopefully I'll prove that".

South Africa haven't made the Champions Trophy final since winning the inaugural edition in 1998 and De Villiers, like Kohli, is calling for a composed display from his team. "We definitely have looked at the last game and where we can make a bit of a change".

"The guys generally perform better if they are relaxed in their mind sets and not too tense. I think I make some good calls", he said.

"To get that smile on our faces while we're playing is going to be really important, and I'll try and lead from the front".

"The tendency will be there‚ because we all live for these kinds of moments".

"Maybe that was a difference, the crowd was supporting us and that's why the players were boosted".

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