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South Africa Releases Kagiso Rabada Ahead Of ODI Series Against India

South Africa Kagiso Rabada has been released from the ODI squad ahead of the 3-match series against India to manage his heavy workload in the Test series. The 26-year old has been rested to stay fresh for 2-match test series in New Zealand starting on February 17.

Kagiso Rabada and AB de Villiers
Kagiso Rabada and AB de Villiers

Kagiso Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against India

“No replacement will be brought in for him as there is an extended squad in place in the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE), but George Linde has been retained from the Test team as an extra spin-bowling option for the series,” Cricket South Africa released a statement.

Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against India as South Africa beat the visitors by 2-1 in a 3-match series. Rabada bowled 119.1 overs to pick 20 wickets with an average of 19.05.

In absence of him, Marco Jansen might get a chance to make his debut in the 50-over format as well. Jansen made a sensational debut in the Test series as a 21-year old picked 19 wickets in 3-match Test series to script a series win against the no.1 ranked team.

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South Africa beat India by 2-1 in 3-match series (Credits: Twitter @OfficialCSA

South Africa has had a formidable record against India in ODIs, more so at home. As the visitors could win only one ODI series in South Africa in 5 attempts. However, India’s only series win in the rainbow was registered in the last tour as they won by 5-1 in the 6-match series.

Since Jan 2021, South Africa had a bit of a struggle in this format as they failed to win any ODI series. First, they lost a home series against Pakistan by 1-2 in April, then drew a series against Ireland by 1-1. And right before the T20 World Cup, they lost a 3-match series in Sri Lanka by 1-2. They currently lie at no.9 in ICC Men’s ODI Super League. However, this series against India won’t be a part of the ODI Super League.

South Africa squad for ODI series against India:

Temba Bavuma (captain) Keshav Maharaj (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, George Linde, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.

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Khaya Zondo made his debut when India visited South Africa for an ODI series in 2018. Three years earlier, he had spent an entire series on the bench in India. (File Photo/AFP)
Khaya Zondo made his debut when India visited South Africa for an ODI series in 2018. Three years earlier, he had spent an entire series on the bench in India. (File Photo/AFP)

SA vs IND Stats Preview: India tour of South Africa 2021-22, First ODI

As India and South Africa are all set to play to lock horns for the 3-match ODI series, let’s look at some relevant numbers.

Virat Kohli not as captain?:

Tomorrow as the Indian team takes the field under the leadership of KL Rahul, it will be quite odd to see Virat Kohli walking out in the field without the captaincy duties. The last time he played an international game, was in an ODI game against New Zealand at Vishakhapatnam on October 29, 2016. Since then he played 179 games (51 Tests, 78 ODIs, and 50 T20Is) for India and he captained each of them.

India's Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
India’s Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo

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Captain KL Rahul:

As KL Rahul will walk out for the toss, he will become the 26th player to lead India in ODI cricket. It’s the second consecutive ODI series in which India will get a new captain. Last year when India travelled to Sri Lanka, Shikhar Dhawan was given captaincy duties as all test members were in England for 5-match series.

Head-to-head:

So far India and South Africa faced each other in 84 ODIs. The Proteas lead the head-to-head record with 46 wins while India won 35 games, three other games ended in a no result. At home, South Africa leads the head-to-head battle comprehensively with a 22-10 margin. However, this will be the first clash between the two sides at Boland Park, Paarl.

India previously played 3 games at this ground. While they beat Kenya and Netherlands but the game ended in a tie against Zimbabwe in 1997. South Africa played 7 ODIs here and they won 6 of them as their only loss was against New Zealand when the visitors beat them by 1 wicket in a low-scoring thriller in 2013.

India eyes Consecutive Series win:

Unlike in Test matches, India had already broken the jinx of the ODI series win in the rainbow nation in the last tour as they beat the Proteas by 5-1 in the 6-match series. It’s the only series win for India in 5 attempts as the hosts got the better of India on all other 4 occasions.

India also played two triangular series in South Africa and on both occasions they lost the final against the home side.

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

100 ODI wickets for Chahal?

Yuzvendra Chahal needs another 3 wickets to reach the milestone of 100 wickets. If he reaches the milestone in tomorrow’s match, he will be the quickest Indian spinner to reach it. Kuldeep Yadav completed 100 ODI wickets in 58 games. Currently, Chahal picked 97 wickets in 56 ODIs with an economy of 5.20 which included 2 fifers.

In the last South Africa tour, he had a phenomenal success along with Kuldeep Yadav as he picked 16 wickets in 6 games with one fifer.

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SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update – India tour of South Africa, 2021-22 

SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report, and Injury Update of 1st ODI match between South Africa and India.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 1st ODI Match Preview:

South Africa are set to host India in a three-match ODI series starting on Wednesday,19th January. Boland Park will host the first two games.

South Africa are fifth in the ICC ODI team rankings. The hosts are fresh from their Test series victory over India, and will hope to replicate a similar performance in the white-ball series.

The likes of Rassie Van Der Dusen, Marco Jansen, Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada will look to continue their good performances in the ODIs. While India have had the wood over the hosts in their last five face-offs, the two teams will start afresh on Wednesday.

India are fourth in the ICC ODI rankings. The visitors will be led by KL Rahul in the absence of newly appointed white-ball captain Rohit Sharma. India will look to provide an emphatic response after their Test series loss.

While taking on a pace-heavy South African team away from home won’t be easy, India have proven their prowess in challenging conditions. With the responsibility of leading the side taken off his shoulders, Virat Kohli, the run machine, will hope to start afresh.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 1st ODI Match Details:

Venue: Boland Park, Paarl

Date & Time: 19th Jan, at 02:o0 PM IST

Live Score:  CricketAddictor

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 1st ODI Match Pitch Report:

The pitch at Boland Park is a good surface. The track is expected to be batting-friendly, but should have something in it for bowlers. Pacers will need to exploit the initial passage of play when the ball swings and seams off the surface.

Batters should look to accelerate after a watchful start. The surface is expected to stay the same throughout the game. The team that wins the toss could look to bat first, and put up a formidable score.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 1st ODI Match Probable Playing XIs:

SA: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj

IND: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Top Picks for SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

SA

Rassie van der Dussen is a key player from the South Africa team. The right-handed batter has amassed 1049 runs from 23 innings at an average of 65.56.

Quinton de Kock will be a good pick for your fantasy teams. He often opens the innings for South Africa in the limited-overs format and has mustered 5355 runs at an average of 45.38 and has a healthy strike rate of 95.47.

Andile Phehlukwayo is a talented all-rounder who can contribute with both the bat and the ball. In 68 matches, he has scalped 80 wickets and has also scored 731 runs at an average of 26.10.

Kagiso Rabada is expected to lead the pace attack for South Africa in the upcoming match. He has scalped 126 wickets in 82 matches and has the best figures of 6/16.

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Without any doubt, Virat Kohli is a must-have player for your fantasy teams. The 33-year-old has struck 12,169 runs in the ODI format at an average of 50.39, which includes 27 hundreds and 28 fifties.

In only 38 ODI matches, KL Rahul has scored 1509 runs at an average of nearly 50. He has scored five centuries in this format.

Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the best performers for India across all aspects of the game. Having a look at his ODI stats, the experienced campaigner has bagged 150 wickets in this format.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to play a crucial role in the first ODI against South Africa. The experienced bowler has bagged 141 wickets after featuring in 119 ODI games, with the best figures reading 5 for 42.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Rassie van der Dussen 158 runs 63, 38, 75, 21, 10
Quinton de Kock 246 runs 45, 116, 173
Kagiso Rabada 37 runs + 7 wickets 62, 57, 99, 58, 13
Virat Kohli 281 runs 78, 87, 20
KL Rahul 258 runs 116, 131, 11
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 22 runs + 9 wickets 21, 225, 97, 53, 126

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain –  KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan

Vice-Captain –  Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SA vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper- Quinton de Kock (VC)

Batsmen-  Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (C), Rassie van der Dussen

All-Rounders- Ravichandran Ashwin, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen

Bowlers- Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

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SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for SA vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper- Rishabh Pant, Quinton de Kock

Batsmen-  Shikhar Dhawan (C), KL Rahul, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (VC)

All-Rounders- Andile Phehlukwayo, Venkatesh Iyer

Bowlers- Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Tabraiz Shamsi

SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, India tour of South Africa, 2021-22 
SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 1st ODI Match Probable Winner:

India is expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

 

Temba Bavuma (file photo)
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“I Am Not Worried About What Happened In That 2018 Series”-Temba Bavuma

South Africa‘s limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma doesn’t want to give too much emphasis on what happened in the last ODI series against India at home. Bavuma believes that a series win against India will give the hosts a hell lot of confidence going forward.

Notable that India beat the hosts by 5-1 in 6-match ODI series in 2018 in which India captain Virat Kohli scored 558 runs with 3 hundreds. It was India’s first-ever ODI series win in the rainbow nation.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: Twitter

“We will have to get things right in the next ODI series against India. I’m not too worried about what happened in that 2018 series. I’m more concerned about establishing our own style of play and implementing our strategy to good effect. An ODI series win against India would give us a helluva lot of confidence, and some momentum ahead of the games to follow,” Temba Bavuma spoke to Daily Maverick.

Temba Bavuma who was appointed South Africa’s white-ball captain last year in March is quite satisfied with how the proteas have made progress in last year. Bavuma believes that South African batters play spin better now which reflects in results.

In the Men’s T20 World Cup concluded in November last year, South Africa won 4 out of 5 games as they missed the semifinal berth due to net run rate.

“Perceptions are changing about this South African white-ball team. In the past, it was said that we lacked the ability to take on spin and that we struggled in overseas conditions. I feel like we proved a lot of people wrong at the T20 World Cup. We’ve just got to keep building towards that next T20 World Cup in Australia, which will require another shift in mindset,” he added.

India vs South Africa - | BCCI/Twitter
India vs South Africa – | BCCI/Twitter

“More emphasis on process, rather than results”- Temba Bavuma

Bavuma also stated that the team is not looking too far ahead as they will take one series at a time. Also, he stressed that they would focus more on getting the process right, rather than worrying about results.

“Perhaps we should take heart from what the T20 side has accomplished in recent times. That team didn’t place much emphasis on results, but rather on the process. We really came to grips with how we wanted to play. There was a lot of energy and intensity, especially with regard to our fielding,” he said.

Under the leadership of Temba Bavuma, South Africa beat West Indies by 3-2 in the T20I series, also clean swept Ireland by 3-0. However, their ODI results didn’t go their way as they lost to Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Also, their series against Ireland ended in a draw.

“Then we start to win consistently. Since the beginning of the West Indies series last June, we’ve won 13 out of 16 T20s. It’s something we want to replicate across the formats. If we bring the same energy to our ODI approach, we will build more confidence and momentum, and the big results will come,” Bavuma concluded.

The first match between India and South Africa will begin on January 19 at Paarl.

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South Africa leveled the series by 1-1.

SA vs IND Stats Review: India’s tour of South Africa 2021-22, 3rd Test

As South Africa beat India by 7 wickets in the Cape Town Test to clinch the series by 2-1, let’s look back at some relevant numbers of the match.

Final Frontier unconquered:

As South Africa clinched the series by 2-1, India will have to wait longer for their first test series win in the rainbow nation. It was the 8th Test series for India in South Africa and they lost 7 of them as the 2010-11 series was ended in a draw by 1-1.

The first time India travelled to South Africa was in 1992-93 when the hosts won the 4-match series by 1-0, In 1996-97 they beat India by 2-0 (3 matches), In 2001, Shaun Pollock led side beat India by 1-0 (2 matches), Graeme Smith & Co. beat the visitors by 2-1 (3) in 2006-07 and 1-0 (2) in 2013. Then in the last tour in 2018 Proteas under the leadership of Faf du Plessis got the better of Kohli & co. by 2-1 (3 matches).

In fact, India won just 4 test matches in South Africa- Johannesburg (2006), Durban (2010), Johannesburg (2018), Centurion (2021)

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South Africa beat India by 2-1 in 3-match series (Credits: Twitter @OfficialCSA

Deja-vu for Rahul Dravid:

It’s not the first time India squandered the advantage of 1-0 and ended up conceding the series by 1-2 in South Africa. In 2006-07, India under the leadership of Rahul Dravid achieved their first Test match win in the rainbow nation as they beat the hosts by 123 runs at Johannesburg to take a 1-0 lead And eventually they ended up losing the series at Cape Town by 1-2.

15 years later again, Rahul Dravid as a coach saw the same thing again as India took a 1-0 lead at Centurion and conceded the series by 1-2 at Cape Town.

Coincidentally the target for South Africa in the Cape Town test (2007) was 211 which they chased down for the loss of 5 wickets and here in 2022, their target was 212.

Catches win matches:

In this test match, all 20 wickets of India have been dismissed as ‘caught’. This is the first-ever such instance in Test cricket.

Previously there were 5 other instances where 19 wickets were dismissed as ‘caught’- Australia vs England at Brisbane 1982, Australia vs Pakistan at Sydney 2010, South Africa vs India at Durban 2010, Australia vs England at Brisbane 2013, South Africa vs England at Cape Town 2020.

Successful chasers against India:

In the 21st century, there were only 3 occasions when a team successfully chased down the target of 200+ against India in the 4th innings and South Africa was the team to do this on all 3 occasions- 211/5 at Cape Town in 2007, 243/3 at Johannesburg in 2021, 212/3 at Cape Town in 2021.

Hundred in losing cause:

Rishabh Pant’s hundred (100*) has been India’s first Test hundred for losing cause since Kohli’s 123 at Perth 2018. Overall this is the 9th Test hundred by an Indian batter to end up on the losing side in South Africa. Sachin Tendulkar appears in this list thrice while Kapil Dev, Mohammad Azharuddin, Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, and Virat Kohli are others whose hundreds went in vain in South Africa.

Luck goes for a toss:

This is the only third time when Virat Kohli won the toss and ended up on the losing side. All three occasions happened in the past 13 months- Adelaide 2020, Headingley 2021 and Cape Town 2022. Overall out of 68 tests as captain, Virat Kohli won the toss 31 times in which the team won 24 games, lost thrice while 4 games ended in a draw.

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“Reactions Like That Show Some Frustration And Teams Capitalize On That”- Lungi Ngidi

South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi opined that the emotions got the better of Indian players after a controversial DRS call when South Africa skipper Dean Elgar’s LBW dismissal was overturned.

In the 21st over of South Africa’s second innings, Dean Elgar was adjudged LBW against the bowling of Ashwin but as the batter reviewed the decision, the ball tracker projection left everyone in disbelief as it looked plumb in real-time. Post that incident, Indian players had a lot of things to say through stump mic as the hosts were getting closer to the target.

Lungi Ngidi.
Lungi Ngidi. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I Think Both Teams Are Still In The Game To Be Honest”- Lungi Ngidi

Reacting to the controversy, Ngidi said that the hosts capitalized on the situation well as they added quick runs at the end of the day.

“Reactions like that show a bit of frustration. And sometimes teams capitalize on that. You never really want to show too much emotion, but I guess we could see clearly right there that emotions were high,” Ngidi said.

That probably tells us that maybe they are feeling a little bit of pressure. That was a good partnership for us as well. So they really wanted to break that partnership. Those feelings ended up showing there. But at the end of the day, I think everyone reacts differently to certain situations and probably what we saw there, probably how those guys were feeling at the time,” he added.

However, he backed the technology (DRS) despite some questions raised over ball-tracker technology during the series.

“Yes (we trust DRS). I mean, we’ve seen it on numerous occasions being used all around the world. It’s a system in place and that’s used in cricket,” he added.

Though Ngidi denied that the hosts are ahead of the game and opined that the first hour is going to be crucial on the final day as South Africa needs another 111 runs with 8 wickets in the hand.

“I think everyone’s still in the game to be honest with you. If we would have a 60-run partnership upfront tomorrow morning that puts us in a good position. But if they take a wicket then the balance shifts to them. So I think it’s perfectly poised at the moment. Tomorrow’s morning session is going to be really important. We all know batting in South Africa is not easy. It’s going to be tough, but I think the team that does the best will come out on top,” he added.

Ngidi opined that the pitch isn’t too spicy and one can score big with the right application. He stated it as a good cricket wicket that has something for everyone. South Africa will resume their innings at 101/2 as they will be chasing the target of 212.

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When You Win, You Can Say That – Sunil Gavaskar Replies To Dean Elgar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that there isn’t much to read from Dean Elgar’s comments in the pre-match conference. Notable that Elgar said that India looked flustered in the second Test match because of the intensity shown by South Africa.

Notable that India’s regular skipper Virat Kohli missed the second test match due to an upper back spasm as Dean Elgar & Co. turned things around with a 7-wicket win at Johannesburg to level the series by 1-1. Dean Elgar himself led from the front with a gritty knock of unbeaten 96 which helped them to chase down the target of 240 in the fourth innings.

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Dean Elgar file photo (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

“We brought the intensity it almost flustered the Indians”- Dean Elgar

Things had been quite heated up during the test match. So Dean Elgar again sparked the debate ahead of the second test as the skipper said that India couldn’t match the intensity shown by the hosts and looked quite flustered.

“We saw that at the Wanderers when we brought the intensity it almost flustered the Indians quite a lot and that can play in our favour and it will almost be silly for us not to replicate that and or bring even more intensity for the next game,” Elgar had said.

However, Gavaskar didn’t conclude anything from that as he believes that Elgar made such a statement because his side ended up levelling the series.

“Hahaha! Yeah, when you win, you can say that,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports.

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Rassie van der Dussen was given caught behind on 1

“I think it all started from the Rishabh Pant dismissal when Rassie van der Dussen was standing at forward short leg. And then he got that delivery from Rabada climbing at his throat. As a bowler, you want to make the batter play something different than what he is used to.” he added further.

It all started when Rassie van der Dussen was given caught behind on the last ball before lunch on 2nd day of the Johannesburg test however the replays suggested that the ball bounced ahead of Rishabh Pant but the umpires didn’t change their decision despite they had a chance to do so. Pant and Van der Dussen also exchanged a few words when the former came out to bat and got out playing a rash shot.

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Kagiso Rabada ended with figures of 5 for 34 in the second innings AFP/Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada ended with figures of 5 for 34 in the second innings AFP/Getty Images
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I Expect Kagiso Rabada To Break All South African Records- Makhaya Ntini

Former South Africa speedster Makhaya Ntini believes that Kagiso Rabada has all the skills and fitness to break all South African records. Rabada reached the mark of 50 Test matches as he took the field to play the third and final Test match against India at Cape Town.

On the first day, Rabada bowled a hostile spell of 4/73 to restrict India to a total of 223. His battle with Virat Kohli was one of the highlights of the day as he kept testing the Indian captain with his movement and pace.

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Kagiso Rabada (file photo)

Rabada is playing his 50th Test match at Cape Town.

Before this test, Rabada picked 226 wickets in his 49 Test matches with an average of 22.57 which included 10 fifers.  And among all South African bowlers who picked at least 100 wickets, his strike rate of 40.8 is the best among all. Currently, Dale Steyn leads the tally of South Africa with 439 wickets which is followed by Shaun Pollock with 421 scalps.

Makhaya Ntini himself at no. 3 as he picked 391 wickets in 101 test matches which included 18 fifers. Though Ntini believes that Rabada can overtake all of them as he has the skills and age is on his side.

“Things are happening so quickly for him, man. He is strong, fit, bowls fast, and is skillful. He moves it both ways, has a very good short ball. He is hostile,” Makhaya Ntini said in an interview with Sportstar.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credits: Twitter

“I expect him to break all South African records. He already has more than 200 wickets. I think he will play way more than 100 Tests and finish with over 500 Test wickets that no South African bowler has accomplished. When he gets there, I will celebrate,” he added.

Ntini also lauded the Indian pace attack who had a great run in the last 3-4 years. He is quite impressed with Shami’s seam position who bowled a match-winning spell in Centurion. As he said that Indian pace is quite effective in every part of the world.

“It is very effective, that’s why you are so good overseas now. They are hitting the right areas. Bumrah’s approach and action are different from anybody else. It makes a huge difference. Shami’s seam position is excellent. And who would have thought Shardul could be as aggressive and thrustful as he was in the second Test. It is unfortunate Siraj was injured. He’s good,” Ntini said.

In the third test at Newlands, India is chasing their first series win in South Africa. On the first day, they bowled for 223 and South Africa finished the day with a score of 17/1 as they lost their in-form captain for the score of 3.

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SA vs IND Stats Preview: India tour of South Africa 2021-22, 3rd Test

As India and South Africa are all set for the decider at Newlands, Cape Town, let’s look at some relevant numbers for this test.

Another Test, Another Fortress?

This series has thrown up an interesting pattern so far. When India beat South Africa in the first test at Centurion, it was their first-ever test win at that venue. In the same way, India never lost a test match at Johannesburg before this series but South Africa managed to breach that fortress as well in the second test.

So will the pattern continue? As India never won a Test match here at Cape Town so will they be able to conquer another fortress? India played 5 test matches at this venue and lost 3 of them while the other two ended in a draw.

India cricket team. Credits: BCCI
India cricket team. Credits: BCCI

8000-club for Virat Kohli:

As Virat Kohli is all set to play his 99th Test match, he is just 146 runs away to become the 6th Indian batter to score 8000 Test runs. Sachin Tendulkar (15921), Rahul Dravid (13288), Sunil Gavaskar (10122), VVS Laxman (8781), Virender Sehwag (8586) are the other members of this exclusive club.

However, in the only test he played here at Cape Town, he scored 5 and 28 in his two innings in 2018.

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane is also 79 runs away to complete his 5000 Test runs.

Ashwin just 5-wickets away to break Kapil Dev’s record:

Ravichandran Ashwin needs another 5 wickets to become India’s 2nd successful Test bowler behind Anil Kumble (619). Currently, Kapil Dev stands at no.2 with 434 wickets. Ashwin picked 430 wickets in 83 matches.

He can take inspiration from Harbhajan Singh as the former off-spinner produced a terrific spell of 7/120 at this ground in 2011 which has been the best bowling figure by any spinner in South Africa for the last 50 years.

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, India Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

Coincidentally Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth are the only two Indian bowlers who picked a fifer at this ground.

Catch it!

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane need another two and one catch respectively to reach the milestone of 100 catches in Test cricket. Only five Indian players- Rahul Dravid (210), VVS Laxman (135), Sachin Tendulkar (115), Sunil Gavaskar (108), and Mohammad Azharuddin (105) have achieved this milestone before.

50th Test match for Kagiso Rabada:

This will be the 50th Test match for Kagiso Rabada. In 49 Tests he picked 226 wickets with an average of 22.57 with 10 fifers. His record at this venue is quite phenomenal too as he picked 35 wickets in 6 Tests with a strike rate of 34.2.

Head-to-head record:

South Africa is currently leading the head-to-head battle against India with 16-15 while in South Africa, the visitors could win only 4 games as opposed to 11 by the hosts.

Since readmission, South Africa had a brilliant record at this venue as they won 23 games out of 34 here and lost only 5 games. Though in the last game here in 2020, England beat the hosts by 189 runs.

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SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update – India tour of South Africa, 2021-22 

SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report, and Injury Update of 3rd Test match between South Africa and India.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 3rd Test Match Preview:

The third and final game of the Test series between South Africa and India will be played from January 11 at Newlands in Cape Town. The series is leveled at 1-1 and the decider is set to be an exciting affair.

After losing the first Test, the Proteas bounced back to win the second game and level the series. It was a hard-fought win for the hosts as their skipper Dean Elgar led from the front and ensured they won their first Test at the Wanderers against India.

KL Rahul led the Indian team in Virat Kohli’s absence and on winning the toss, he elected to bat first. They were bundled out on 202, thanks to some brilliant bowling from the Proteas’ pacers.

Shardul Thakur then starred with the ball and broke the back of South Africa’s batting lineup, picking up seven wickets. South Africa were knocked over on 229 in their first innings.

India only managed to score 266 in their second innings, setting a target of 240 for the hosts. Skipper Elgar stood tall against the Indian bowlers on a tricky pitch as he helped his side get across the line. He remained unbeaten on 96 to help his side win the game by seven wickets and level the series.

We saw an intense battle between both sides in the second Test and expect another cracking game in the coming week.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 3rd Test Match Details:

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Date & Time: Jan 11-Jan 15, at 02:00 PM IST

Live Score:  CricketAddictor

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 3rd Test Match Pitch Report:

The pitch at Newlands is a lively one. The bowlers will get some extra bounce off the surface and the pacers especially will continue to play a major role while operating on this surface. The batters need to be on their toes while batting on this bowling-friendly surface.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 3rd Test Match Probable Playing XIs:

SA: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

IND: Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma

Top Picks for SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

SA

Dean Elgar played one of the best innings in his career in the second innings of the 2nd Test. Taking blows often, he batted extremely well to give his side a 7-wicket victory. In 2 matches in this series, he has scored 202 runs at an average of 67.33, with the highest score of 96*.

Marco Jansen has impressed the cricketing fraternity in his debut Test series. In 2 matches, he has already bagged 12 wickets and has also scored 53 runs with the bat.

Kagiso Rabada has picked up the most wickets in this series with 13 scalps to his name. He is fierce and bowls with the same energy every time he runs in. He is a must-pick player for your fantasy teams.

IND

Lokesh Rahul is a technically sounded player and has adapted well to the bouncy surfaces of South Africa. Including a century and a half-century, he has scored 204 runs in 2 matches in this series at an average of 51.

Rishabh Pant faced a lot of criticism for his shot selection in the second Test. He is an instinctive batter and can score runs at a brisk pace. He should be the first choice wicketkeeping option for your fantasy teams.

Ravichandran Ashwin showed more resistance against the South Africa quicks in the second Test and accumulated valuable runs with the bat down the order. In 2 matches in this series, he has scored 80 runs and picked up 3 wickets.

Lord Shardul Thakur is a genuine wicket-taking bowler. He recorded his career-best figures of 7 for 61 in the first innings of the 2nd Test. In 2 matches in this series, he has scalped 10 wickets and has also scored 42 runs.

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Dean Elgar 321 runs 128, 15, 106, 146
Marco Jansen 53 runs + 12 wickets 134, 152
Kagiso Rabada 90 runs + 26 wickets 95, 137, 155, 150, 124
Ravichandran Ashwin 179 runs + 21 wickets 108, 212, 152, 57, 106
KL Rahul 409 runs 168, 8, 86, 181, 76
Shardul Thakur 228 runs + 24 wickets 53, 92, 215, 70, 191

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain –  Lokesh Rahul, Marco Jansen

Vice-Captain –  Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SA vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper- Rishabh Pant

Batsmen-  Ajinkya Rahane, Dean Elgar (vc), Temba Bavuma, Lokesh Rahul (c)

All-Rounders- Ravichandran Ashwin, Marco Jansen

Bowlers- Mohammad Shami, Kagiso Rabada, Shardul Thakur, Duanne Olivier

SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, India tour of South Africa, 2021-22 
SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for SA vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper- Kyle Verreynne

Batsmen-  Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Keegan Petersen, Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram

All-Rounders- Marco Jansen (c)

Bowlers- Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada (vc), Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi

SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, India tour of South Africa, 2021-22 
SA vs IND Dream11 Prediction

SA vs IND India tour of South Africa, 3rd Test Match Probable Winner:

South Africa is expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

 

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