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Players from both teams shake hands after the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval.Getty

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India take on South Africa in their opening Group B fixture of the 2015 ICC World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 3:30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.

Overview

India and South Africa are high on confidence after registering victories in their respective opening matches in the first Group B fixtures. The defending champions defeated their arch-rivals Pakistan, while the Proteas notched up a win over Zimbabwe.

India's win was a morale-booster for M S Dhoni's side, helping them maintain their record of not losing to their neighbour in a World Cup match.

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Dale Steyn is hoping to inspire South Africa to World Cup gloryGetty Images

On the other hand, India have never defeated South Africa in a World Cup fixture so far. This will be a challenge for India and a win on Sunday at the MCG will further boost their confidence.

South Africa managed to avoid defeat against Zimbabwe, which was crucial for AB de Villiers' side. They will be looking to extend their record when they face India on Sunday in order to get to the top spot in Group A.

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • India to win: 8/5
  • South Africa to win: 1/2

What They Say

M S Dhoni (India captain): "If you have a partnership going, if you have wickets in hand, and if somebody starts to middle the deliveries, it becomes quite hard to contain the batsmen because of the pace of the wicket and also with that extra fielder inside. A lot of times you feel, okay, where to really bowl so we can contain the batsmen."

Team News

India

Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav

South Africa

Possible XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir