South Africans defeated India in the recently finished test series by 2-1 and they were expected to continue the same in ODIs. Unfortunately South Africa left out with experience as some senior players got injured and haven’t been able to play the first two 50 over matches. On the other hand, Indians have taken full advantage of the scenario, especially the shaky middle order batting lineup. The two Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are successfully pestering South African batsmen.
The absence of AB de Villiers for the first three games has been a discouraging news South Africa anyway, and with Faf du Plessis with right index finger fracture and Quinton De Kock with his wrist injury will also be going out of action therefore the batting is quite short of experience. The most senior and dependable Hashim Amla is struggling too. As Faf du Plessis was not available for the second one day, Aiden Markram was given the charge to become second youngest captain in South African Cricket history. To take the reins so early and unexpectedly in absence of Plessis, Markram is up to a gigantic task with a very little experience. Time for South Africa is running out and the next game decides all. They need to win and stay alive in the ODI series but the things are not quite in their favor.
Virat Kohli is in his prime form and Indian’s have caught their breath and going for the last kill to avoid series defeat. With the upcoming one day on Wednesday, India will surely be looking for the third consecutive victory to make it 3-0 and ensure that they don’t lose the series.
The third match venue is at Newlands on the sporting wicket that has something for all. South Africa has won the first two exchanges at the venue back in 1992 and 2006 but India winning the third and final encounter in 2011.