Team India to face South Africa in its first World Cup Match today

RSTV Bureau
Southampton: India's captain Virat Kohli, right, shares a light moment with his teammates in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP/PTI Photo)

Southampton: India’s captain Virat Kohli, right, shares a light moment with his teammates in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP/PTI Photo)

Team India will face South Africa today in its first match of Cricket World Cup 2019 in Southhampton, England.

The pitch at the Ageas Bowl stadium in Southampton, devoid of grass cover, is expected to be a batting-friendly.

It will be the third match for South Africa. South Africa faced back-to-back defeats against England and Bangladesh earlier in the tournament.

After opening their campaign against South Africa today, India will take on Australia (June 9), New Zealand (June 13) and Pakistan (June 16).

The World Cup will span 48 matches in all, of which 45 will make up the group stage. Each team will play nine group stage matches, and the top four will progress to the semifinals, similar to how the 1992 World Cup was held.

(With inputs from news agency)