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India set to begin World Cup campaign against South Africa

June 5, 2019
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India's captain Virat Kohli speaks during a press conference ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

LONDON (AP) — It’s Day 7 at the Cricket World Cup and finally Virat Kohli’s India team will get its campaign under way against South Africa.

The two-time champions will be heavy favorites against a South Africa squad that is coming off losses to England and Bangladesh and has been hit by injuries.

Injured South African paceman Dale Steyn was ruled out of the tournament on the eve of the match, but opening batsman Hashim Amla is likely to be fit to play at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl after missing the loss against Bangladesh because of concussion protocol.

New Zealand and Bangladesh are set to meet in a day-night match at the Oval. Both teams are coming off impressive wins. New Zealand opened with a 10-wicket thumping of Sri Lanka in Cardiff and Bangladesh beat South Africa.

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