|Hello and welcome to sports star Report from day 1 of the third Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town Newlands.|
Skipper Virat Kohli has recovered from upper back spasms and will lead India in the tiebreaker of Tuesday’s free series from here – 1-1 after two Tests.
The weather forecast for the exam is good. A draw is impossible.
Speed bowling should be encouraged at Newlands. There will be seam movement and bounce.
Winning throws and being cheeky in the first quarter, over 300 in total, and then applying pressure as the field deteriorates is a viable strategy for victory.
If India loses a pitch and has to play, its Pacers must bowl in the right lane and dismiss South Africa within 225.
Kohli revealed that Mohammed Siraj, who is still recovering from a hamstring strain, will miss the third Test.
India will have to choose between Ishant Sharma, who brings a stump line and bounce, and Umesh Yadav, a slippery, faster two-way bowler.
Once again, a good start is crucial for India to counter South Africa’s tentative attack.
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Much depends on the open partnership between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. If they set up a sizable stance in the first Test, denying an early threat to the Kookaburra ball, South Africa could be chasing the game rather than taking control.
The confidence shown by Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the Wanderers’ second innings will be a consolation for India ahead of the big game. Kohli will be eager to contribute. He needs to be nervous around him and not play with the goods he receives.
Kohli said the Indian management had a conversation with Rishabh Pant about batting options during training. India wants this explosive southpaw to fire, but do so wisely.
India’s tempo attack could hurt the squad, but Jaspurit Bumra and Mohammad Shami will have to get their radars right. Shardul Thakur is a nimble bowler with bounce and athleticism.
If the field deteriorates, perimeter player R. Ashwin could come into play. He also adds depth to the bat.
South Africa’s inspiring captain, southpaw Dean Elgar, will be a stumbling block for Indian bowlers.
Aidem Markram, a compelling shooter, is looking for some form. Finally, Protea hits have a shape. Keegan Petersen is a compact and attractive third hitter. Rassie van der Dussen is a hitter with guts and two feet.
Temba Bavuma Jr. is an effective striker with a solid defense. Goalkeeper batter Kyle Verreynne has good technique.
South Africa is unlikely to make any changes, so the onus will be on the top six.
Then came a four-pronged attack by Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen and Duanne Olivier. They have the ability to make progress, and the hostile Labada rediscovers his magic.
In such a high-pressure matchup, the team with the fewest mistakes has the upper hand.
Could Table Mountain, the fascinating backdrop of Newland, inspire the Indians to conquer the mountain?
India: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.
South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi.
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goalkeeper: Rishabh Pants
batter: Dean Elgar, Mayank Agarwal, Temba Bavuma, KL Rahul
all-rounder: Ravichandran Ashwin, Marco Jansen
bowler: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada, Shardul Thakur
Team composition: IND 7: 4 SA remaining credits: 1.0
Team India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Deputy Captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Week), Wriddhiman Saha (Week), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, I Sant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, MD. Siraj.
Standby players: Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nagwaswalla.
South Africa team: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vc), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.
Where to watch IND VS SA third test live
|This Third Test between India and South Africa will show largeIVE on Star Sports Network and play online Hotstar from 2pm.|