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South Africa Vs India: 3rd Test Match Prediction. Who Will Win?

South Africa Vs India: 3rd Test Match Prediction. Who Will Win?

The South Africa India Test series has been nothing short of high-quality cricket, nail-biting finishes, tactical prowess, and raised the most debated question in Cricket right now; The home advantage. The South Africa India test series has a historical aspect added to it, and the question of how Virat Kohli’s overseas captaincy prowess was to be answered here. Unfortunately, unfathomable batting display led Kohli down and India lost yet another series to South Africa in their homeland. The wait for 25 years will now be stretched further. However, the third test may be a dead rubber, but the quality on display shouldn’t be questioned. India will be playing to salvage a consolation victory before the start of the shorter formats, and South Africa will be looking for a clean sweep to assert their dominance. The third test starts on 24th January and will be played at the historic Wanderers Stadium.

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Batting Side Last Match Analysis

It has been a poor batting display by India and there is no doubt that the team management would like to reshuffle a few things. Firstly, the Centurion pitch wasn’t as wicked as everyone expected it to be. The pitch was dry and the occasional deliveries were shooting up at the batsman or rolling under knee height. However, the Indian batting never looked at ease except for Virat Kohli who fought fire with fire and scored a tremendous 153 in the first innings. Murali Vijay looked like getting into his element but fell prey to a nothing delivery from Maharaj. KL Rahul looked out of sorts much like the man he replaced, Shikhar Dhawan. Pujara has himself to blame for becoming the first batsman to be dismissed run out twice in the same match. Kohli’s decision to keep Rohit in the starting XI baffled experts, and the latter couldn’t make it count. Rohit did score 47 in the second innings, but his decision to hook Ngidi raised a question about his temperament, and Kohli had to face the wrath of the media. Parthiv Patel played a few expansive shots but as his career has panned out till date, he failed prey to poor shot selection.

Bowling Side Match Analysis

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India as a bowling unit has been solid and there should be no doubt about that. On a docile pitch, the Indian seamers troubled the Proteas and Ashwin got through the top order in the first innings with ease. Had AB De Villiers not played such a vital and swashbuckling innings of 81, India may have had a chance of restricting the target to 150. Kohli was put under the scanner for dropping Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in place of Ishant Sharma, but the lanky pacer justified his place with tight bowling. Shami looked a little leggy in the first innings, but he ripped through the defenses of AB De Villiers and others in the second. Bumrah had a good game and bowled well in tandem with the other seamers. The bowling unit has been firing and the ability to pick up 20 wickets should be lauded.

South Africa In the Last Test Match

SA Bowling Analysis 3rd Match

It is tough on the opposition when a newcomer who didn’t even think of playing in the series, plays and rips through their batting line-up. The story of Lungisani True-Man Ngidi is nothing short of a miracle as the 22-year old was not in the picture when the team was announced, but somehow 20 days in 2018 and the whole World is in awe of this lad. Asked to deputize for Dale Steyn and selected above Morris, Ngidi was under the pump from day 1. Bowled decently in the first innings and took his debut wicket by getting Parthiv Patel to edge one. However, it was the second innings that saw him scalp his maiden 5-wicket haul as he bagged 6 for 39 in a spell filled with quality pace bowling and determination. Rabada had a good game as well and was handed new ball duties which he performed to perfection. Philander, Morkel, and Maharaj played their part with the ball as well as with the bat.

SA Batting Analysis of 2nd Match

AB De Villiers led the South African batting line-up and showed why he is such a master act even after taking a sabbatical. Aiden Markram played well for his 94 and Elgar got back into his groove with a well notched 61. Amla got among runs, and Du Plessis played the anchor role with ease. De Kock had a quiet game with the bat, but his keeping was on another level. It would be hard to imagine South Africa tinkering with their starting XI. Morkel shall be rested and Morris could make his way in.

Starting XI INDIA

India: Finally, we might see Rahane making his way in in place of Rohit Sharma and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar grab his spot with Bumrah making his way out. Parthiv Patel had a dismal match both with the bat and gloves and Dinesh Karthik may take his place. Other than that it depends on how India’s batting line-up stands up for the last test. Pandya had an indifferent game, but his fielding abilities will be a big boost.

Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

Playing XI South Africa

We don’t see South Africa making any change, and Du Plessis’ determination for a clean sweep means he will field his best eleven for the third test at the Wanderers.

Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis (C), Quinton De Kock, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi.

SA vs Ind 2nd Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming

TV channels: Sony Ten 1, Sky Sports, Fox Sports

Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV,

Match Predictions

Even the inclusion of Rahane doesn’t guarantee India a consolation win and the Proteas would be pumped up to make it 3-0 at the Wanderers that has seen few of the best matches between these two nations. South Africa should walk away with the bragging rights. However, it would be a tough battle. Let’s wait and watch. 

Keep checking this page, we’ll update with more news as soon as we get anything regarding the match analysis and prediction. Stay tuned.

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