Though South Africa has already lost the series, they would like to seal the final game at Ranchi any cost, as the game would make a lot of difference to the points table of ICC Word Test Champions. Regarding the same, the skipper of South Africa Faf du Plessis asks his batsmen to contribute heavily in the first innings at Ranchi to be in the safe zone.
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Sadly, they already lost the services of Aiden Markram, who registered ducks in both innings of the second Test match at Pune. Letting his anger out on a solid object in the dressing room, Aiden Markram hurt himself to stay away from the final Test of the series. Despite that, Faf du Plessis is confident of his side to knock runs heavily.
Reverse swing and spin will play a factor – Faf du Plessis
The skipper stressed that scoring heavily in the first innings will hold the trick, as it can lead to many things once the second innings start. He wants all the players to make as tough as possible for the opposition on the field in all sections of the game.
Further, speaking of the wicket for the final Test, he believes that it will be a turning wicket for sure. Faf du Plessis strongly quoted that reverse swing for fast bowlers and turn for spinners is going to be a massive thing in the Test match.
”We need to put big runs on the board in the first innings,” said du Plessis while addressing a press conference on Thursday. When you get runs in the first innings anything from there is possible. For us first innings runs will be vital and then anything could happen in the second innings,” he added.
“It is really important that you prepare as much as you can and make it as tough as possible,” du Plessis said. I think wicket will spin, I looked at the pitch and it looks dry and hard. So I think reverse swing and spin will play a factor in this Test match,” he added.
On the other hand, the hosts are looking to complete a whitewash of the tourists, after emphatic victories in the first two clashes. Virat Kohli’s men took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with an innings victory in Pune to continue The Proteas’ misery.