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India vs South Africa: South Africa Playing 11 vs India (Predicted), 3rd T20I, South Africa Tour Of India 2022.  India will lock horns with South Africa in the third T20I on Tuesday (October 4). India have already sealed the series 2-0. David Miller’s valiant unbeaten 106 went in vain as the Rohit Sharma-led side defended 237. India defeated South Africa in a T20 bilateral series for the first-time on home soil. Now India will be eying a whitewash while the visitors would be aiming for a consolation win.

India had won this ongoing series of three T20I matches with 2-0 and now a have golden chance to have a clean sweep against South Africa. The first T20I game was low scoring and the second T20I match was high scoring where more than 200 runs were scored in each innings. The good news for India is that their key batters are scoring runs which is a good sign for the side and they will get some confidence right before the 2022 T20I World Cup.

India vs South Africa
India vs South Africa (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

South Africa had put full strength in the series against India but had lost the series. They have to win this match at any cost otherwise, they are going to face a clean sweep. The bowling unit of South Africa had totally failed to give the best performance in both previous matches. They leaked 237 runs in 20 overs in the previous match.

Six bowlers were used by South Africa in the previous match and Keshav Maharaj was the only successful bowler from their side who picked two wickets in four overs against just 23 runs. No other bowler from their side could manage to pick any wicket. Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Aiden Markram were the bowlers who remained wicketless in the previous match.

David Miller and Quinton de kock. PC- BCCI
David Miller and Quinton de Kock. PC- BCCI

South Africa has a good sign as their key batter, David Miller is back to good form. Quinton de Kock was struggling in the previous matches but he is also back to good form and may give some kind of confidence to South Africa for the World Cup. The batters of South Africa were good in the previous match and scored 221 runs in 20 overs but they were 16 runs short of the target.

David Miller was the most successful and highest run-scorer from their side who scored a century. He scored an unbeaten 106 runs off just 47 balls and smashed eight boundaries and seven sixes. Opener Quinton de Kock also remained not out after scoring 69 runs on 48 balls with the help of three boundaries and four sixes. Aiden Markram contributed by scoring 33 runs. Rilee Rossouw and the skipper, Temba Bavuma once again failed to open the account on the scoreboard.

Lungi Ngidi PC- BCCI
Lungi Ngidi PC- BCCI

Proteas on the other hand may try out benched Reeza Hendricks in place of Rilee Rossouw, keeper Heinrich Klassen in place of Tristan Stubbs, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius in place of Wayne Parnell and bring back Tabraiz Shamsi in place of Lungi Ngidi.

2nd T20I:- India 237 for 3 (Suryakumar 61, Rahul 57, Kohli 49*, Maharaj 2-23) beat South Africa 221 for 3 (Miller 106*, de Kock 69*, Arshdeep 2-62) by 16 runs

SA Probable XI: Temba Buvuma, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje

India vs South Africa: South Africa Playing 11 (Predicted) vs India, 3rd T20I, South Africa Tour Of India 2022

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo: Twitter)

Quinton de Kock will be looking to replicate his IPL 2022 performance in upcoming India vs South Africa T20I series as well. He was dismissed after scoring only 1 in the 1st T20I against India. He was clean bowled by Arshdeep Singh.

He scored an unbeaten 69 off 48 balls showing signs of returning to form in the 2nd T20I against India but failed to win the match chasing a stiff target of 238. He and David Miller (106*) were involved in a 174-run unbroken partnership as Proteas finished on 221/3, 176 runs adrift of the target.

He isn’t in good touch with the bat in T20Is of late averaging 17.25 (T20I World Cup 2021), 18 (vs India June 2022), 5.67 (vs England 2022) and 7 (vs Ireland 2022). The wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock had an excellent IPL 2022 as he finished third in the most runs list after smashing 508 runs in just 15 innings at an impressive strike rate of 148.97 for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

Temba Bavuma

Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Skipper Temba Bavuma will have the responsibility of occupying the crease from one end and keeping the scoreboard ticking in upcoming India vs South Africa T20Is. Temba Bavuma is a very compact player and has all the shots in his arsenal. Opener Temba Bavuma may bat down the order in the inconsequential 3rd T20I. He was dismissed without scoring in the 1st T20I despite playing 4 balls as he was bowled by Deepak Chahar. He scored another duck playing 7 balls in the 2nd T20I.

Despite being the captain of the side, Temba Bavuma still has a point to prove as far as his T20 talent is concerned. He got injured during the Proteas’ last India tour in June 2022 managing just 61 runs in 4 T20Is averaging 20.33. He was retired hurt after scoring 8* in the 4th T20I and didn’t play subsequent England and Ireland T20Is. He is yet to score in this series.

Reeza Hendricks

Reeza Hendricks (Image Credits:Twitter)
Reeza Hendricks (Image Credits: Twitter)

Reeza Hendricks didn’t play the 1st and 2nd T20I but may play the 3rd T20I in place of Rilee Rossouw, who was dismissed without scoring in both T20Is against India. Rilee Rossouw last played for South Africa in the 2016 T20I World Cup before the recent England series where he managed 131 runs in 3 T20Is averaging 65.5 and was the 3rd highest run-getter.

Reeza Hendricks scored 57, 53, and 70 (against England) before his 74 and 42 (against Ireland). He was the leading run-getter against England, amassing 180 runs in 3 T20Is averaging 60. He may also open and replace Temba Bavuma.

Reeza Hendricks hit his fourth successive T20I fifty as South Africa defeated Ireland by 21 runs in their series opener at Bristol on Wednesday. Reeza Hendricks, who hit three half-centuries in the Proteas’ recent 2-1 series win over England, top-scored with 74 in a total of 211-5 and shared a third-wicket partnership of 112 with Aiden Markram (56). He scored 42 in the next match against Ireland.

Aiden Markram

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram (Photo by Christiaan Kotze / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)

Aiden Markram is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from South Africa. Aiden Markram was the 2nd highest run-getter of Proteas in the 1st T20I by scoring 25 crucial runs to help his team recover from 9/5. He was lbw off Harshal Patel. He scored 33 off 18 balls in the 2nd T20I before being bowled by Axar Patel. His innings included 4 fours and a six.

His last 3 T20I scores against England and Ireland are 51*, 56 and 27. He didn’t feature in the previous T20I series against and in India in June 2022.

David Miller

David Miller. Image-Twitter.
David Miller. Image-Twitter.

The left-handed batter David Miller was in his prime best during IPL 2022 as he played several match-winning knocks for the champions Gujarat Titans. David Miller was bowled by Arshdeep Singh playing only 1 ball in the 1st T20I against India. However his unbeaten 47-ball 106 in the 2nd T20I went in vain as Proteas managed 221 in pursuit of a stiff 238 runs target.

There will be high hopes from David Miller following his exploits for the Gujarat Titans (GT) in IPL 2022. The attacking left-hander displayed a different kind of maturity, smashing 481 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 142.73. He managed 96 runs averaging 48 in 5 T20Is in June 2022 against India.

Tristan Stubbs

Tristan Stubbs
Tristan Stubbs (Image Credits: Twitter)

The 21-year-old Tristan Stubbs had impressed everyone with his power-hitting skills in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 Challenge as he scored 293 runs in 7 games at an average of 48.83 and a strike rate of 183.12.

Also, he was roped in by Mumbai Indians (MI) as a replacement for injured Tymal Mills for the IPL 2022. In 8 T20Is, he has scored 119 runs averaging 29.75 but was dismissed without scoring in the 1st T20I against India and wasn’t required to bat in the 2nd T20I. The likes of Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, and Heinrich Klassen may play instead of the youngster.

Wayne Parnell

Wayne Parnell
Wayne Parnell. Image: Twitter

Keshav Maharaj

Keshav Maharaj
Keshav Maharaj, Credits: Twitter

In the spin department, the bowling duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi will want to choke the flow of runs during the middle overs. In the 1st T20I against India on September 28, 2022, he top-scored with 41 but conceded 21 runs in 3 wicketless overs. He was the pick of the bowlers and was the most economical bowler in the 2nd T20I on 2nd October, returning with figures of 2/23 in 4 overs.

Tabraiz Shamsi

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image: Twitter

Tabraiz Shamsi is a genuine wicket-taker, as his record in the T20I format proves – 69 wickets in 57 T20I games. The pitch at Indore is expected to provide some assistance for the spinners, and the spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi will want to take full advantage of those conditions in the India vs South Africa 3rd T20I.

Tabraiz Shamsi played the 1st T20I but was expensive as he conceded 27 runs in 2.4 overs and was wicketless. He may return in place of Lungi Ngidi who conceded 49 runs in 4 overs in the 2nd T20I.

Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada
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Kagiso Rabada, the Proteas pace spearhead had a memorable IPL 2022 campaign for the Punjab Kings (PBKS). He was the third-leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 23 wickets in 13 games at a strike rate of 12.52.

He will be key to the Proteas’ fortunes in the T20I series. He had taken 2 scalps in 4 T20Is averaging 43 in the last June 2022 series against India. He dismissed Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for a duck as the Indian skipper edged one to Quinton de Kock in the 1st T20I.

He recorded figures of 1/16 in 4 overs in the 1st T20I, but was too expensive in the 2nd T20I, returning with figures of 0/57 in 4 overs at an economy rate of 14.2. He may be rested for the inconsequential 3rd T20I. Dwaine Pretorius may play in place of him or spinner Tabraiz Shamsi may be back in his place.

Anrich Nortje

Anrich Nortje
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Following a long injury layoff, the pacer Anrich Nortje returned to competitive cricket, representing the franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) during IPL 2022. He claimed nine wickets in six matches and had begun to find his groove towards the latter half of the group stage.

Express pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will have the responsibility to take wickets during the field restrictions.  He had taken 4 scalps in 5 games averaging 29 in the June 2022 India tour and 1/12 in the only T20I he featured in England tour.

He took the prized scalp of Virat Kohli but conceded 32 runs in 3 overs in the 1st T20I against Proteas. He was expensive in the 2nd T20I, as in only 3 overs, he conceded 41 runs at an economy of 13.7.