The winners clinched a third consecutive semi-final appearance with a game to spare after beating Bangladesh on Tuesday. India currently sits second in the table, one point behind Australia. India will overtake the five-time champions if it beats Sri Lanka and Australia fails to overcome South Africa on Saturday. Finishing top of the group would mean playing New Zealand in the semi-finals, while failing to do so would see India take on England at Edgbaston, the same ground where it lost to the hosts on Sunday.
Advertise India v South Africa 1st Test: TV channel, schedule, team news - All you need to know The Cricketer provides all the information ahead of the three-Test series between the two nations after the T20 contests South Africa have not won a series in India since when they won thanks to victories in Mumbai and Bengaluru.
What's the schedule? India have been near-enough imperious since the conclusion of the World Cup.
They left the tour of the West Indies unbeaten across all three formats, before the drawn T20 series with South Africa. The Windies were swept aside with a degree of comfort on India's last Test outing. In the first Test they won by a mammoth runs after scores of 81 and Ajinkya Rahane and figures of in the second innings from Jasprit Bumrah.
In the second Test, India continued their dominance as Bumrah took six wickets as the West Indies were bowed out for just in reply to the tourists' all out.
India would eventually cruise to a run success. Shubman Gill will be eager to make the most of his Test chance Who's in and who's out?
Shubman Gill is in contention for his Test debut after being included in the squad for the first time, with KL Rahul dropped completely. Rohit Sharma is braced for a spell at the top of the order following his white-ball success. Jasprit Bumrah was called-up in the original group but a stress fracture in his lower back has seen him replaced by Umesh Yadav, who went unused against the West Indies.
The Proteas are beginning life after Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla, following their respective retirements from Test and international cricket, respectively.
Anrich Nortje, Rudi Second and Senuran Muthusamy have been handed their maiden call-ups, while Faf du Plessis returns as captain after missing the T20 series.
This is South Africa's first Test outing since they were shocked last February by Sri Lanka, who became the first sub-continental side to win a series in the Rainbow Nation.
This is also their first match in the WTC, which began in earnest in August.
Sunny spells and warm conditions are expected for the first four days of this Test, which should ensure a result is delivered. On day five thunderstorms are likely, which could threaten the twilight of the game.
How can I follow it? Alternatively, Hotstar will be streaming the entire series. What are the odds?