Ganguly breaks silence on sending show-cause notice to Kohli
22 Jan 2022
India have been outplayed in the three-match ODI series against South Africa after they lost the first two encounters. The Proteas have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead and would be looking to complete a whitewash in the third ODI slated to take place on Sunday in Cape Town.
The home side has been riding on some exceptional performance from the batting unit while the bowling department has been able to pick wickets at crucial junctions to keep them in the hunt.
The bowlers have been clinical in breaking the partnerships just like they did in the second game twice. The South African bowlers got an important breakthrough when they dismissed Shikhar Dhawan after the opener had put up 63 along with stand-in captain KL Rahul on the board and then got rid of Virat Kohli who was undone for a five-ball duck.
Similarly, the bowling unit was able to break the steady stand between Rahul and Rishabh Pant after they had stitched 115 runs for the third wicket. A quick fall of wickets pushed the visitors on the back foot and prevented them from putting up a huge total.
India would now look for a consolation win in this final ODI.
Match: RSA vs IND, 3rd ODI, India tour of South Africa, 2021-22
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
The track in Cape Town is expected to provide some assistance to the fast bowlers. Having said that, some good pace and bounce can be expected with the ball coming nicely on the bat. A high-voltage drama is on the cards. The team that wins the toss might opt to chase.
South Africa can experiment
South Africa might experiment with the playing XI and can include someone like Marco Jansen, considering the kind of pitch that is expected in Cape Town. The batting lineup has been in good shape and the hosts won't be looking to make any changes there.
Tweak in Indian line up on the cards
The Indian team has been thoroughly dominated in the series but they would still like to conclude the fixtures with a win.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was hit for 40 runs in the first four overs that he bowled in the second match and looked out of touch. The management might get in Deepak Chahar who also gives a batting option in the lower order.
Probable Playing XI
India: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer , Venkatesh Iyer, R Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Sisanda Magala, Marco Jansen and Tabraiz Shamsi
Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur (VC), Tabraiz Shamsi (C)