SA v IND

3rd ODI – SOUTH AFRICA VS INDIA – FANTASY PREVIEW

Team India’s domination continued in the second match and now they have an unassailable 2-0 lead in a six match ODI series. Lot of injury issues hurts the home side South Africa and the latest addition to the list is the wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. The visitors has an upper hand at the moment, but South Africans would not give up easily. Third ODI between South Africa vs India schedule to start at 1 PM Local | 4:30 PM IST on Wednesday, 7th February 2018.

 

SOUTH AFRICA :

The team which won 17 one-day internationals at home, now faced back-to-back heavy defeats on the hands of India in the on-going series. The star player AB de Villiers was the first one who ruled out for 3 matches with an injury. After scored a well deserved century in the first game, skipper Faf du Plessis had been ruled out from remainder of India series with fractured finger. The importance of those two big players in South Africa lineup had seen very clearly when the team bowled out for the lowest total at home on Sunday. Quinton de Kock who struggled for form throughout the home season, now ruled out for the remainder of the series with wrist injury. Batting all-rounder Farhaan Behardien and wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen were added to the squad ahead of 2nd ODI last Sunday. Now on the absence of De Kock, Klaasen will make an ODI debut and will do wicket-keeper’s job behind the stumps. As Quinton is not available, the opening slot is open now. Stand-in skipper Aiden Markram who used to open the innings in test format, will open the innings along with the experienced Hashim Amla. Markram generally play so well in limited overs format, but he failed with single digit-scores in both occasions. Now, he is in critical situation to prove that he has ability to lead the side and also could score lot of runs with a bat.

The classic Hashim Amla started off well in positive way in both matches but failed in playing big knocks. He departed for scores 16 and 23 runs respectively. With this weak batting unit, Amla’s responsibilities has been increased to the mountain level and he needs to take full burden on his shoulders. Amla used to play for Cape Cobras in domestic matches and that will help him to perform better in Cape Town. Batting all-rounder JP Duminy is expected to move forward in the batting order and bat at no. 3. Duminy tried a lot in the last match but he also fell at one point for 25 runs. He has played so many good knocks for Cobras at this same venue this year, hopefully will play another good innings at Newlands, Cape Town. Limited overs specialist David Miller’s failures continue in the international matches. He scored 7 and 0 respectively in those first two matches. Miller has a lot of things to prove at this level of his career and he could come with a challenging performances in this crucial match. Khaya Zondo made his debut in the last game and scored very crucial 25 runs in middle-order. He had played enough of List A matches and performed so well in that. He will keep his place in the XI and no surprise if he play match saving knock in this game.

South Africa definitely in a need of extra batsman and that would bring Farhaan Behardien in to the XI. He had a stunning domestic season for Titans and as he awaiting to get back in South Africa’s jersey for long time, he won’t miss the opportunity like this. His part-time bowling also will play a role in this game. Heinrich Klaasen set to make his debut for South Africa and he may bat at no. 6 or 7 based on match situations. South Africa has played with two spinners Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi but that strategy didn’t work out in that last game. Shamsi may go back to bench and in that case Tahir will get a company from part-timers like Duminy and Markram. Chris Morris yet to pick a wicket in this series, but his useful contribution with a bat at lower order was very crucial for the team. He is quality bowler and he could be back to form at any moment. Kagiso Radaba has huge amount of pressure on him after those two average performances. He is the big impact bowler and he may pick at least 2 wickets in this game. Morne Morkel has a chance to make a way for the youngster Lungi Ngidi.

 

INDIA :

Team India moved to top of the ICC Rankings for the ODI teams with those back-to-back wins in the ongoing series against South Africa. Wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had played a big hands in both matches and turned matches on their team favor. Chahal and Kuldeep has shared 8 wickets among them in the last match on Sunday. India’s top order batting also looks solid at the moment but Rohit Sharma was the only one who dismissed for 20 or fewer runs in both occasions. Skipper Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan took team home safely with 9 wickets victory in the last game. As South Africa side looks more weaker with injuries, India has a good chance to take 3-0 lead in the series. Rohit Sharma started the innings with 2 fours and a six in early overs, but couldn’t carry into half-century or more. The only player who scored double-century thrice in ODIs, should find his rhythm back by playing long innings.

Shikhar Dhawan had another good start on other day, this time he scored an unbeaten half-century. Dhawan who had a very good 2017, carrying forward that form to 2018 too. Dhawan is expected to play much bigger innings in this game. King of Chasing Virat Kohli has played one more good innings in the chase on Sunday and he scored an unbeaten 46 runs. He is the best batsman and a trump card of India, with the form he is in India could chase any kind of target. Ajinkya Rahane involved in the match winning partnership with Kohli in the first game and scored 79 runs. It was his 5th half-century in five consecutive innings. Rahane didn’t get an opportunity to bat in the last game as India won by 9 wickets, but he could play another good innings in this game. Former skipper MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav would take care of middle-order business once again. Both Pandya and Jadhav used to share fifth bowlers job while Dhoni take cares of gloves work behind the stumps. All three of them didn’t get enough of batting opportunities in both matches, but once the time is come, they will play a key role for the team.

Spin sensations Chahal and Kuldeep turned the match into India’s favor in Durban by picking wickets in middle-overs. The duo done the same in centurion too. Chahal has picked his first ever five wicket haul in the ODIs while Kuldeep settled with back-to-back three wicket hauls. Both the spinners economical rate also mind-blowing and they are the biggest threat for South Africa in the series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who bowled an expensive spell in the first game, came back strongly with a spell of 1 for 19 runs in 5 overs. His new-ball partner Jasprit Bumrah also bowled well and claimed 1 for just 12 runs in 5 overs. As Cape Town surface helps pace bowlers Bhuvi and Bumrah may take more wickets in this game.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

SOUTH AFRICA :

  • Hashim Amla
  • Aiden Markram
  • David Miller
  • Farhaan Behardien
  • Chris Morris
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Imran Tahir

Wild Card Pick – JP Duminy

 

INDIA :

  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Virat Kohli
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Yuzvendra Chahal

Wild Card Pick – Rohit Sharma

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

SOUTH AFRICA :

1. Hashim Amla, 2. Aiden Markram, 3. JP Duminy, 4. Heinrich Klaasen, 5. David Miller, 6. Farhaan Behardien, 7. Khaya Zondo / Andile Phehlukwayo, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Morne Morkel / Lungi Ngidi, 11. Imran Tahir.

INDIA :

1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Ajinkya Rahane, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Kuldeep Yadav, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal.

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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