South Africa and India will battle it out in the third and final Test of the three-match series. With a gritty knock from the skipper, the hosts levelled the series 1-1 with an impressive win in the second Test by 7 wickets. Duanne Olivier’s addition was a boon for them as he wicket up some crucial wickets. The Proteas showed great technique against the top-quality Indian pace attack especially in the second innings, despite getting massive blows often on the body.
India, on the other hand, missed their skipper Virat Kohli badly in the second Test. They were short of runs in the 1st innings although they showed more intent in the second. Experienced duo Pujara and Rahane scored half-centuries in the second innings and showed everyone they still have huge potential to score runs in the tough conditions. They haven’t won a Test series on South African soil and it’s an amazing opportunity for them to create history.
South Africa vs India, 3rd Test
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Date & Time: January 11th-15th, at 2:00 PM IST and 10:30 AM Local Time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
It’s a fast-paced track where the bowlers can extract extra bounce and pace. There will be a challenge for the batters to face the seamers. It’s hard to chase on the fourth innings and hence batting first is a good option here.
Probable Playing XIs for SA vs IND:
Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi
Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma