South Africa vs India, (24 – 28 Jan), 2018, 3rd Test Match Preview

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( 3rd Test Match ) South Africa vs India Cricket Match Preview by Golden Jeeto

The start of India’s tour of South Africa wasn’t favourable for the visiting team and the home team had a really good first test in Newlands. South Africa won by 72 runs and showed Indians that they are on their turf now. But, the contest isn’t over yet. This Indian tour comprises three test matches and the third test is going to be played in Johannesburg at New Wanderers Stadium on 24th of January, 2018.

Although Indian bowlers performed admirably, the batsmen couldn’t play well against South Africa’s star bowlers, which is why it is important for Virat Kohli and team to start building up a strategy to tackle these players. The highest total ever to be recorded at this ground in tests was against India, which was 450/7 in 136 overs.

At times, it is difficult for India to play in overseas conditions, but if there’s any team that can do well overseas, it is this team. Virat Kohli and team have always kept fitness in check and they spend a lot of time in the field enhancing their skills. They would hopefully have a strategy in place to come back into the series, which is currently led by the Proteas 1-0.

It is interesting to see the test match played by AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis and Hashim Amla and it is going to be a thrill to see them tackle ace Indian seamers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Both the teams are determined and not afraid to take risks, which makes the third clash between them even more interesting.

Match Preview

MatchSouth Africa vs India, 3rd Test Match
DateJan 24, Wed – Jan 28, Sun
Time1:30 PM, 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL
VenueNew Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Match numberTest no. 2294
Season2017/18
UmpiresAleem Dar
Ian Gould
TV UmpiresMichael Gough
Reserve UmpireAdrian Holdstock
Match RefereeAndy Pycroft

Here are the squads for both the teams:

                                       South Africa                                        India
           PLAYER            ROLE             PLAYER                ROLE
F du Plessis (c)Middle-order batsmanV Kohli (c)Top-order batsman
HM AmlaTop-order batsmanAM RahaneTop-order batsman
T BavumaMiddle-order batsmanR AshwinBowling allrounder
TB de BruynMiddle-order batsmanJJ BumrahBowler
Q de KockWicketkeeper batsmanS DhawanOpening batsman
AB de VilliersWicketkeeper batsmanRA JadejaAllrounder
D ElgarOpening batsmanKD KarthikWicketkeeper batsman
KA MaharajBowlerB KumarBowler
AK MarkramOpening batsmanMohammed ShamiBowler
M MorkelBowlerHH PandyaAllrounder
CH MorrisBowling allrounderPA PatelWicketkeeper batsman
L NgidiBowlerCA PujaraTop-order batsman
D OlivierBowlerKL RahulOpening batsman
AL PhehlukwayoBowlerI SharmaBowler
VD PhilanderAllrounderRG SharmaTop-order batsman
K RabadaBowlerM VijayOpening batsman
UT YadavBowler

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Sarmad

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