Champions Trophy 2013: South Africa sweat over Steyn's fitness as India mull batting options

Dinesh Karthik may gain promotion in the batting order after back-to-back hundreds in warm-up games; South Africa live life without Kallis and Smith.

updated: June 05, 2013 17:16 IST
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Cardiff: Former winners India and South Africa clash in the inaugural match of the ICC Champions Trophy here on Thursday in a pool that almost everyone sees as the tournament's Group of Death. With every game a virtual shootout, both Team India and the Proteas will be eager to make a head start.

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Although history never counts in international cricket, India have a good record against South Africa in the Champions Trophy. India lead 2-0 in head-to-head having won by 95 runs at Nairobi's Gymkhana ground on October 13, 2000 and by 10 runs at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium on September 25, 2002.

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