Virat Kohli urges India to keep cool

Considering his excellent record against India - Morkel has 25 wickets at 21 in 14 matches - there should be little doubt that he should get the new ball.

And that after each have played only two games in the tournament. De Villiers's maiden first-ball exit came during South Africa's shock 19-run loss. Otherwise Sri Lanka would be selecting from 13 players with Upul Tharanga suspended due to the over-rate ban he picked up when standing in for Mathews as captain against South Africa.

The Indians have a similar story to tell. But their chances of reaching the knockout stage were messed up when they suffered a seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in their next game.

Sunday's match‚ then‚ is a decider in more ways than that it is a de facto quarter-final. AB too agreed it was important to "stay calm".

"I crave games like these‚" Kohli said.

"But I'm very excited with this opportunity for the team and for myself on the big stage to go and just enjoy what we do best and that's to play cricket and to enjoy each other's company out there".

"It is a must-win game but we've played quite a few of them in the last 12-18 months and had a lot of success in them".

De Villiers and his India counterpart‚ Virat Kohli‚ are teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore of the Indian Premier League. We all live for these kind of moments.

"I felt the guys were really hungry to succeed and unfortunately came unstuck [against Pakistan]".

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If sources close to selectors are to be believed then Kohli threw in names of right-arm leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem as possible replacements for Ashwin.

"You want to be part of matches that are as important as this one". If you don't get them out early, they can do some damage.

"It's a great scenario where you literally have two matches now which are going to be even more competitive cricket".

Pakistan were also inspired by playing in front of a partisan crowd, something they have rarely enjoyed since a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore led to them playing most of their major matches overseas. "He is hard to stop when he gets going", de Villiers added. Sunday's high-pressure match against India will provide an insight into whether that is something he is capable of.

They have played South Africa seven times in one-day global tournaments‚ and won four of those games.

South Africa‚ then‚ have never beaten India when the threat of elimination has hung over their heads.

South Africa's skipper is indeed fit as a fiddle. On match eve, he was made to bowl for almost two hours, meaning India had taken cognizance of the three left-handers in the SA lineup - De Kock, David Miller and JP Duminy.

That should be more than motivation to do so on Sunday.

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