Another victory for India against South Africa would ensure the latter’s overthrow from the ODI series. The visitors are confident enough after winning the previous two matches and there is no sign of any probable reprisal from South Africa. The team were still comparable in terms of form and recent records in the format, but injury issues did disrupt South Africa’s formation. Three batsmen from the primary XI are being dropped from the team. This have put more responsibility on the part of bowlers to defend whatever the weakened batting lineup can score. Ahead of the third ODI at Newlands, Kagiso Rabada spoke how they need to “speak the right language” for some change of fortune against India.
It is not only injury that slackened South Africa, but also India’s new wrist-spin attack. In the second ODI, Faf du Plessis was absent apart from AB de Villiers, but the way South Africa scrambled to India’s bowlers, exposed their current frailty against wrist-spinners. This blend of spin attacks has been through new fervor in bowling in global cricket with team’s getting at least a single such attack on board. While on the same time, batsmen specialized in playing such spells have also become an unavoidable option for team selectors.
With Faf du Plessis playing with some resistance in Durban, South Africa still seemed to work against India’s wrist-spin. But for the upcoming match at Newlands, the home team does not appear to have any special strategy. Additionally, the batting line-up is through a drastic change. Quinton’s absence brought Heinrich Klaasen as a debutant. This would change the top ensemble with Aiden Markram batting second down the line. The player will also lead the team as the captain.
India does not have much to change. Further, Newlands have been always amicable for batsmen. This might emerge as the winning point for India as the team have a tested and proved ensemble to gather runs. On the other hand, South Africa’s injury stricken batting front seemed to have become feebler against India’s attack.
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