( 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||South Africa vs India, 3rd Test Match|
|Date||Jan 24, Wed – Jan 28, Sun|
|Time||1:30 PM, 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL|
|Venue||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Match number||Test no. 2294|
|TV Umpires||Michael Gough|
|Reserve Umpire||Adrian Holdstock|
|Match Referee||Andy Pycroft|
Here are the squads for both the teams:
|F du Plessis (c)||Middle-order batsman||V Kohli (c)||Top-order batsman|
|HM Amla||Top-order batsman||AM Rahane||Top-order batsman|
|T Bavuma||Middle-order batsman||R Ashwin||Bowling allrounder|
|TB de Bruyn||Middle-order batsman||JJ Bumrah||Bowler|
|Q de Kock||Wicketkeeper batsman||S Dhawan||Opening batsman|
|AB de Villiers||Wicketkeeper batsman||RA Jadeja||Allrounder|
|D Elgar||Opening batsman||KD Karthik||Wicketkeeper batsman|
|KA Maharaj||Bowler||B Kumar||Bowler|
|AK Markram||Opening batsman||Mohammed Shami||Bowler|
|M Morkel||Bowler||HH Pandya||Allrounder|
|CH Morris||Bowling allrounder||PA Patel||Wicketkeeper batsman|
|L Ngidi||Bowler||CA Pujara||Top-order batsman|
|D Olivier||Bowler||KL Rahul||Opening batsman|
|AL Phehlukwayo||Bowler||I Sharma||Bowler|
|VD Philander||Allrounder||RG Sharma||Top-order batsman|
|K Rabada||Bowler||M Vijay||Opening batsman|