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SAvIND: Virat & Co look for 3-0 lead against Struggling South Africa


Team India would look to take a 3-0 lead when they take on struggling South Africa to be played at Newlands, Cape Town tomorrow. It was a dominating performance by Virat Kohli and his boys who outplayed the hosts in all departments. If the Men in Blue win the third ODI at Cape Town, they will one step closer to winning their first bilateral ODI series on the South African soil.

In the second match at Centurion, Virat Kohli won the toss and invited South Africa into bat. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav troubled South African batsmen with their variations. Both Indian wrist spinners took 8 wickets between them. The Indian bowlers created havoc and bowled out South Africa for just 118. While chasing the paltry total of 119, Rohit Sharma was dismissed cheaply. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli showed their class winning the match by 9 wickets. Dhawan remained not out on 51 while Kohli continued his brilliant form remaining not out on 46.

South African struggled in the second One day international played at Centurion. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put on 39 runs for the first wicket. After that host lost wickets at regular intervals. The top scorers for South Africa were JP Duminy and Zondo with 25 each respectively. In the bowling department, only Rabada was the wicket-taker.


The Indian team would be looking to keep the pressure on South African batsmen with the same XI that played in the second One-day Internationals. It has been dominating so far for team India in the 2 ODI matches so far.

South Africa will be without their wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock as he has been ruled out of ODI and T20I series due to a wrist injury. Heinrich Klaasen would come as a replacement for Quinton de Kock. South Africa would be thinking of playing four fast bowlers. Also, Farhaan Behardien might come as a replacement for Zondo.  They need their top order to fire against India’s new ball bowlers of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Also, they need JP Duminy, Miller to come good if they have challenged the Indian team.

They will without AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock which is a big blow for the hosts. It is going to be a big challenge for South African batsmen to face the wrist spinners of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

Here we look at the probable XI

India Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Ajiyanka Rahane, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

South Africa Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram (C), JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi,


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