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IND vs SA 3rd ODI: Team India may change playing XI to avoid clean sweep

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IND vs SA 3rd ODI: Team India may change playing XI to avoid clean sweep

Highlights

  • The third ODI between India and South Africa is to be played on 23 January
  • The last match of the series of team matches will be held in Cape Town.
  • Hosts South Africa have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

Cape Town. After losing the first two matches, the Indian team, which is now trying to avoid a clean sweep, may take the field with some changes in the third and final ODI against South Africa here on Sunday. The Indian team’s strategy failed completely in the first two matches. The batsmen failed to put up big partnerships in the middle overs while the rest of the Indian bowlers, barring Jasprim Bumrah, were disappointing and their bowling was club-class. In both these matches Indian bowlers could take only seven wickets. He took four wickets in the first match and three in the second match.

In no time could experienced bowlers like Ravichandran Ashwin and especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar challenge South African batsmen like Rasi van der Dussen, Jaaneman Malan and Quinton de Kock. Desperate to play all the strategic moves after the failure of the first two matches, head coach Rahul Dravid may try Jayant Yadav and Deepak Chahar to revamp the attack in the next match.

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The first two matches were played at Boland Park where there is less pace and bounce and even captain KL Rahul conceded that the conditions here are very home-like. Despite this, the failure of the Indian players is a matter of concern. Though Newlands is likely to have more momentum and bounce, India would like to leave no stone unturned to avoid losing the series 0-3.

The tour has not been memorable for captain Rahul so far except for a century in the first Test. He may be considered the captain of the future but so far he has not impressed with his leadership skills. Apart from captaincy in the first two matches, Rahul also disappointed in batting. He failed to rotate the strike which is considered essential in ODIs. This increased the pressure on the later batsmen as well.

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With the return of Rohit Sharma, Rahul may lose his place in the top order as Shikhar Dhawan has shown good form on his return. Virat Kohli scored 51 runs in the first match but he was dropped from the ODI captaincy and he did not see the same energy on the field. Apart from this, both Iyer Shreyas and Venkatesh have not been able to impress so far, which is a matter of concern for India.

Teams are as follows: India: KL Rahul (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Famous Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini.

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Zubair Hamza, Marco Jensen, Jaaneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Felukwayo, Dwayne Pretorius, Tabrez Shamsi , Rasi van der Dussen, Kyle Verne.

The match will start at 2 pm Indian time.

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