India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: High on confidence, a dominant India is looking for a 3-0 clean sweep, as the hosts will lock horn with Proteas in the third Test match at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, on Saturday. In the previous Tests, South Africa was phenomenal in the first innings; however, it collapsed in the second innings.
In a major setback for the visitors, Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the final Test following a self-inflicted wrist injury. Now, his absence might give a chance for Dane Piedt for a comeback in playing XI. Meanwhile, India is likely to deploy the winning combination for the Ranchi Test. India is also dominating the ICC World Test Championship with 200 points, retaining the top spot.
South Africa has already lost both the matches in the three-match Test series. Therefore, it is eyeing to get some points on the table in an order to be in the race for the mega-Test championship. Virat Kohli and his men have been phenomenal throughout the series. Be it Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin, every single player is dominating the visitors.
Do you know?
- Virat Kohli is just 44 runs away to become the sixth captain to reach 5000 Test runs. If he achieves the milestone in the Ranchi Test, he will be the fastest to achieve this.
- If Proteas lose the Ranchi Test, it is only the third time of them getting whitewashed in a series of 3 Tests or more. Earlier, it came against Australia- away in 2001/02 and at home in 2005/06.
- South Africa is having the seamers average of 75.83 in the series against India, which is the worst for them in any Test series.
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Dane Piedt/George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje/Lungi Ngidi
India: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav/Kuldeep Yadav/Hanuma Vihari