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Virat Kohli (Photo: AFP)
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first in their final ICC Champions Trophy 2017 game against South Africa at the Kennington Oval on Sunday.
Ravichandran Ashwin, as expected, returned to the starting XI after missing the opening two games and as the holders seek to avoid an embarrassing first-round exit at the ‘mini World Cup’. The off-spinner returns to the side to replace pacer Umesh Yadav.
South Africa have made one change as well, with pacer Wayne Parnell making way for Andile Phehlukwayo.
After thrashing Pakistan in their opener, the Indians suffered a shock upset against Sri Lanka to complicate matters. South Africa, lost to Pakistan in their first game of the 8-nation tournament but managed to beat Sri Lanka in their second game to leave Group B finely balanced.
Despite losing the toss, Proteas skipper AB de Villiers was pretty upbeat as he declared, "I'm pretty happy batting first. Pretty excited and hope to set a good total today."
India: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli (c), Y Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), H Pandya, K Jadhav, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, J Bumrah
South Africa: Q de Kock (wk), H Amla, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), D Miller, JP Duminy, C Morris, A Phehlukwayo, K Rabada, M Morkel, I Tahir
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