India vs South Africa: 3rd Test Preview, Team News, Trivia and TV Guide

India won their first test in South Africa some eleven years ago in Wanderers.

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India will take on the Proteas for the final test of the three match series in Johannesburg, which starts from 24th January.

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The Scenario:

India have lost the test series already with the final game to spare. Both in Cape Town and Centurion, the visitors surrendered at the South African hands and suffered damaging losses.

Team News:

For the home side, there will not be any changes as reported. Dale Steyn is out and his replacement Lungi Ngidi put up a champagne performance in the last test and became Man of the Match as well. So it is expected that du Plessis will go with the same side unless some forced case.

Indian team are hinting that Ajinkya Rahane may return to the team, and most likely it will be for Rohit Sharma. Ashwin and Pandya both are expected to play unless any further thoughts come, but there is also a chance that Bhuvneshwar Kumar can come back to the team as well.

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Rahane is expected to return in Johannesburg

Preview:

India’s away woes have not taken any respite in this tour, but a win at Wanderers will surely create an uplift the team desperately needs at this moment. Kohli and his men should bat well to stay in the contest, and get their mindsets right. Too much soft dismissals hurt the away side in the last test along with their horrendous fielding. In the field India will have to improve as well, especially catching. Ravi Shastri said that a few days more to prepare would have been ideal for them, but it was them who declined to play warm up games and opted to practice. For the South Africans, they will be certainly eyeing for a clean sweep which looks much more probable than an Indian fight back.

 

Trivia:

India won their first test on South African soil at the Wanderers in 2006 which was the comeback test of Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly scored an unbeaten 51 in the first innings while Sreesanth was the star in the bowling for the Indians.

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TV Guide:

The match will be live on Sony Ten network with commentaries on both English and Hindi from 13.30 IST from Wednesday, January 24.

 

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