SA vs IND: Team India will be meeting South Africa in the third and final ODI match of the tour on 23 January, 2022 (Sunday) at the Newlands in Cape Town. South Africa have already sealed the three-match ODI series in their favour with an unassailable lead of 2-0. The Proteas registered a brilliant 7-wicket win in the second ODI against India and the hosts also won the first game by a convincing margin at the Boland Park in Paarl.
After two disappointing losses in the first two matches, Team India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul is very much likely to make multiple changes in the playing 11 for the 3rd ODI against South Africa. While considering his workload, vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah will be rested for the final game of the tour and right-arm speedster Mohammed Siraj is likely to return into the side while one of Deepak Chahar or Prasidh Krishna might replace out-of-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India’s senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has failed to pick up wickets on regular basis during the middle-overs in rather helpful conditions and thus, Jayant Yadav is very much likely to be given an opportunity in Cape Town.
Even after two below-par outings with the bat, Shreyas Iyer might retain his spot in the India playing 11 for this 3rd ODI against the Proteas on Sunday. The visitors can also try to move skipper KL Rahul back into the middle-order while opening the batting with one of Ruturaj Gaikwad or Venkatesh Iyer alongside Shikhar Dhawan.
Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav
Ravichandran Ashwin/Jayant Yadav
Deepak Chahar/Prasidh Krishna
Former India captain Virat Kohli will have to play an important role with the bat, if the visitors are to win their first ODI game in this tour. Kohli will be hoping to take confidence from his outstanding unbeaten innings of 160 runs in the third ODI during the 2018 South Africa tour. The 33-year-old Indian batsman amassed a sensational tally of 558 runs in the 2018 six-match ODI series at a phenomenal average of 186.
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