Dean Elgar raises his bat after completing his half-century, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, January 6, 2022 © AFP/Getty Images
Dean Elgar raises his bat after completing his half-century, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, January 6, 2022 © AFP/Getty Images

IND vs SA- Match Preview, India’s Tour Of South Africa 2021-22, 3rd Test. India is set to face South Africa in the 3rd and final Test match of the ongoing tour. IND vs SA 3rd Test of India’s tour of South Africa 2021-22 begins on January 11. The venue of the clash is Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town.

India defeated South Africa in the 1st Test by 113 runs. The home side made a comeback in the 2nd Test, winning the match by 7 wickets. In the match, India batted first and posted 202-10 in the 1st innings, with a half-century by KL Rahul (50). Later, with Keegan Petersen’s 62, South Africa piled up 229-10, taking a 27-run lead.

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Keegan Petersen
Keegan Petersen (Image Creidts: Twitter)

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In the 2nd innings, middle-order duo Ajinkya Rahane (58) and Cheteshwar Pujara (53) slammed fifties for India. The team eventually got all-out for 266, setting up a target of 240 for the hosts. In the 2nd innings, South Africa managed to reach the target with 7 wickets in hand, with Dean Elgar’s incredible 96 not-out. Now, the series is tied 1-1 and the winner of the IND vs SA 3rd Test will win the series.

Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, South Africa
Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar. (Photo: Getty Images)

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India has never won a Test series in South Africa. During the 7 Tests series in the past between both the teams in the Rainbow nation, South Africa won 6 while 1 ended in a draw. In head-to-head encounters, India and South Africa have played 41 Tests so far. India has won 15 games while South Africa has won 16 matches.

Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar
Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar, (Photo Credit: Getty)

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While playing on South African soil, India has won 4 Tests while South Africa has won 11 matches. 7 games ended in a draw. At Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa has won 3 games against India out of 5, while 2 ended in a draw.

IND vs SA- Match Preview, India’s Tour Of South Africa 2021-22, 3rd Test

India

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India will be led by Virat Kohli in IND vs SA 3rd Test. He wasn’t fit for the previous game but will be back on the field in the next. So far, KL Rahul is the top run-getter for India in the two Tests. The right-handed batsman has scored 204 runs in 4 innings so far. In bowling, Mohammed Shami is India’s highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets in 2 Tests.

After the defeat in IND vs SA 2nd Test, India takes the 4th spot in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points table. With 4 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws, India has a PCT of 55.21 after playing 8 games. India has most 53 points.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credits: Twitter.

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India Squad: Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Priyank Panchal, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.

South Africa

IND vs SA- Match Preview, India's Tour Of South Africa 2021-22, 3rd Test
South Africa (Photo: Twitter)

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South Africa will be led by Dean Elgar in IND vs SA 3rd Test. So far, Elgar is the top run-scorer for the team in the series, smashing 202 runs in 4 innings. Kagiso Rabada has been magnificent with the ball. In 2 games, he has scalped 13 wickets and is the top wicket-taker of the series currently.

After defeating India in the 2nd Test, South Africa has moved to the 5th spot from earlier 8th in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points table. With 1 loss and 1 win in 2 games, the team has a PCT of 50.0 and 12 points in their pockets.

Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar ( Credits: Twitter)

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South Africa Squad: Dean Elgar (c), Temba Bavuma, Sarel Erwee, Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, George Linde, Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Prenelan Subrayen, Quinton de Kock, Kyle Verreynne, Ryan Rickelton, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Glenton Stuurman, Sisanda Magala, Duanne Olivier.

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