India will eye to take an unassailable lead when they meet the Proteas in the third One day international in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Setting the Scene:
India have comprehensively beaten the hosts in the first two ODIs. In the first, the Indian team chased down a decent total while in the second the Indian spinners bamboozled their batsmen and bowled them out for a mere 118 runs. The visitors have a 2-0 lead and a win tomorrow will mean that they surely won’t loose the ODI series.
India have been the superlative side this series
Indian side are without any major problems and may well be going with the same side unless some condition assessments force anything different.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
For the hosts, they have another injury scare as Quinton de Cock has been ruled out for the rest of the series. Heinrich Klaasen will make his debut for de Kock while Shamsi is expected to be dropped as Behardien is likely to come in.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (capt), JP Duminy, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
India are in a position where the South Africans were in the test series. It has to be seen how they approach in Cape Town, which also is South Africa’s most favorite ODI venue at home as they have won 28 out of 33 matches at the Newlands. There has been talks of positivity and inspiration from the home dressing room and they will have to be more applicable on the pitch. They couldn’t handle the wrist spin of Kuldeep and Chahal and need a prompt improvement in that department. The pitch will be decent and will help bowlers, and the Indian fans can realize that India can continue their winning streak against a rattled South African side.
The match will be telecast live on Sony Ten 1 and DD Sports from 16.30 IST on Wednesday.