Virat Kohli-led India will look to cement their hold on the six-match ODI series as they take on South Africa in the third match at the Newlands Stadium.Cape Town.
India are currently 2-0 up in the series while the hosts have lost four of their key players to injury. Skipper Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn are all missing from the Proteas side.
Given their injury list, the South African team is in a precarious situation and this match is somehow a must-win for the hosts if they are to make a comeback in the series. De Villiers is expected to return for the fourth game. India, on the other hand, appear to have regained their form after the 1-2 Test series loss, in the limited-overs format. Skipper Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan have been in sublime form with spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav taking wickets at will.
South Africa opted to field, with two debutants in the XI, in their must-win third ODI against India at Newlands. Heinrich Klaasen and Lungi Ngidi were handed their maiden caps. Ngidi replaced Morne Morkel, who was rested, while Phehlukwayo came in for Tabraiz Shamsi.
India went in unchanged after comprehensive victories in Durban and Centurion. Virat Kohli was more than happy to bat first at a venue where the average first-innings score in day-night games is 311. South Africa trail 2-0, and barring a win in this match, cannot win the series.
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Kagiso Rabada struck early as he removed Rohit Sharma for a duck. Aiden Markram has won the toss, and South Africa will bowl first. For the hosts, Lungi Ngidi and Heinrich Klaasen make their debut. After crushing South Africa by nine wickets in the second ODI at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Virat Kohli’s Team India will look to take an unprecedented 3-0 lead when they face a depleted South African team in the third ODI at Newlands here on Wednesday. The visitors dismantled the Proteas in the first two matches played in Durban and Centurion and would look to continue their form in the third ODI.
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