South Africa V India, 3rd Test: South Africa Predicted XI
It has been a sensational performance from the South African boys in the 3 match Test series against India so far and after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series following a comprehensive victory at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Despite some mediocre performances by their batsmen, the bowlers have stood up and risen to the job on all 4 innings which have been the reason behind India’s downfall.
With a 2-0 lead already, South Africa would be looking to whitewash India and they are unlikely to tinker with their winning combination from the 2nd match.
Here is South Africa’s predicted XI for tomorrow:
The southpaw has been an impressive batsman for the Proteas at the top of the order. Even in the previous encounter, he stitched together a valuable partnership with AB de Villiers. Elgar has some technical flaws in his batting but time and again he has overcome it with his solid performances.
The right-hander scored a fluent 94 in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test and looked in ominous touch. He struck some exceptional shots but just when he looked set for a century, Ravichandran Ashwin came to India’s rescue. He failed in the 2nd innings but his innings in the 1st essay proved to be crucial for the Proteas.
Amla scored an impressive 82 in the 1st innings and shared an impressive stand with Markram. He has been a prolific run-scorer for South Africa over the past several years and has been a rock in the middle order for the home team.
AB de Villiers
Mr 360 provided the much-needed impetus to the South Africa in both the matches. Especially in the previous encounter, it was de Villiers who helped South Africa set India a competitive total with a score of 80 which was decorated with 10 fours.
Faf du Plessis
The skipper has played some useful knocks in the series so far but hasn’t been able to convert it in to a big score. He has looked steady at the crease and struck some exceptional shots during his fluent 63 in the 1st and 48 in the 2nd innings.
Quinton de Kock
The southpaw is a stylish batsman and scores at a brisk rate. He was a total failure in the previous encounter with the bat and was eventually dismissed by Mohammed Shami after surviving three consecutive chances.
The medium pacer has been at his phenomenal best in the series so far and it was on the back of his sensational bowling South Africa managed to win the opening Test. He has been a reliable batsman lower down the order as well.
Maharaj is arguably the best spinner South Africa has produced in the last few years and in this series too, the left-arm spinner has been quite impressive in this series too.
The tall young fast bowler has been a sensation for the Proteas in his brief career so far. He already has a better strike rate and a better average than Steyn, Morkel and Philander.
The debutant was at his ominous best in his very first match and prized out 6 Indian batsmen in the 2nd innings which was instrumental in handing the home team a comprehensive victory