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

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
Season 2017/18
Umpires Aleem Dar
Ian Gould
TV Umpires Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee Andy Pycroft

Here are the squads for both the teams:

                                       South Africa                                         India
           PLAYER             ROLE              PLAYER                 ROLE
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
UT Yadav Bowler

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Sarmad

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