Fielders from India and South Africa who can save the match for their team on Sunday
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After overcoming their arch-rivals by 76 runs on Sunday, India's next challenge at the 2015 Cricket World Cup is perhaps even bigger: facing the mighty South Africans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
While both teams possess solid batting line-ups, the Proteas clearly have a much superior bowling attack as compared to the Men in Blue. But on a massive square at the MCG, what might differentiate the two teams could be the fielding.
Here are six fielders who could play a key role in their sides’ fortunes come Sunday:
1. Ajinkya Rahane
Perhaps India's best fielder along with Ravindra jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane's agility in the inner ring has proven to be of great help for the team lately. Rahane has taken 22 catches in his short career so far, and has been instrumental in saving several certain boundaries inside the 30-yard circle.
He is equally effective while patrolling the boundary line during the end overs of the innings, and he will certainly have to bring out his best on the field if India are to cut down the boundaries in the initial as well as the death overs against South Africa.
2. AB de Villiers
He might be regarded as one of the best batsman in world cricket today, but AB de Villiers first came into prominence thanks to his fantastic agility on the field.
The 31-year-old has taken 153 catches during a career that has lasted more than a decade, and one of his biggest strengths is his ability to field at any corner of the ground and pluck spectacular catches from any position. For a brief while he had taken over the wicket-keeping gloves too, but with Quinton de Kock in the side for the World Cup, one can expect him to be at his electrifying best in the outfield on Sunday.
3. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has made the backward point his own ever since he has taken that position from Yuvraj Singh. The 25-year-old has taken 39 catches in 111 ODIs, and along with having a safe pair of hands, he has an extremely powerful arm too. He has used that arm to effect several brilliant run-outs, in the process turning games on their head.
4. Faf du Plessis
Ever since making his debut in early 2011, Faf du Plessis has proved to be an extremely useful cricketer for the South Africans. The 30-year-old has taken 39 catches in 68 ODIs and has shown that he can field both inside the ring as well as on the boundary line. It goes without saying that his solidity in the field will be of crucial importance to the Proteas as they look to stop the marauding Indian batsmen in their tracks.
5. Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina is another one of those players who is exceptional both in the ring and on the boundary line. Raina is generally seen guarding the cover region and sometimes is placed in a short cover region as well.
The 28-year-old has taken 90 catches in 207 50-over games, and like Jadeja, has a very good throwing arm, which makes it difficult to attempt a second run or third run when he’s got the ball.
6. David Miller
In his short international career so far, David Miller has shown that not only can he be destructive with the bat down the order, but he can also be an asset in the field with his safe pair of hands.
In 31 ODIs, the 25-year-old left-hander has taken 19 catches and, like many of his teammates, has shown that he can be good at any part of the ground.