With the Indian captain leading from the front, things just got interesting in the ongoing Freedom series. Dhoni’s heroics in the 2nd ODI have has brought the Indian team back into gear and given them the much-needed confidence to boost their morale. The 3rd ODI will be a crucial one as both the teams need a win, South Africa to bounce back and get back in the winning groove and India crucially needs the win to keep the momentum with them.
The 2nd ODI was essentially a battle of equals, a tight game where Dhoni’s innings made all the difference. Though South Africa lost the match by 22 runs, they would take back a lot of positives to the talking table. With one the best death bowling attack in the world, the South African team would be happy with how their pacers have performed till now on the subcontinent wicket. The South African bowling team has secured a total of 20 Indian scalps in the series till now, to India’s small number of 8 wickets by the pacers. Thus making the best of the conditions, the bowling attack will be crucial for a victory for South Africa given India’s current batting crisis.
While death bowling has always been India’s major concern, in this series the batting has also been an object of the question. With the star players getting out cheaply, India’s already wobbly bowling unit does not have enough runs to defend. In the last match, though, the bowling unit put up an exceptional show, taking wickets at regular intervals and never really allowing the new batsmen to find their feet. If India wants to register a win at the Khanderi stadium, the batting has to realise its potential. India boasts a strong batting line-up with the likes of Shikar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina and for a win these match winners have to make an impact.
THE PREDICTED TEAMS:
INDIA: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma.
SOUTH AFRICA: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Beherdien, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada
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