The performance of India in the bilateral series is unsurprisingly that of the best team. Every area they look the better. Top order in sublime form, spinners taking wickets in regular intervals. There is no doubt that the Indian spinners and captain Virat Kohli have played a major role in India’s two victories. It is anticipated that spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal continue spinning the ball to mesmerize the South Africans. India will have their sights set on an unprecedented 3-0 lead when they take on a South African team, which has quite literally fallen apart due to injury blows, in the third ODI of the six-match series.
Injuries to key players – AB de Villiers (three ODIs), Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock (ODI, T20 series) – hasn’t helped South Africa’s cause either. AB de Villiers was ruled out before the series began, Faf after the first ODI and De Kock after the second. Multiple injuries and inclusion of inexperienced youngsters won’t make things easier for the Proteas who are now playing catchup. With no replacement named for De Kock, Heinrich Klaasen is expected to make his debut. However, this could be a blessing in disguise for South Africa with De Kock out of form in the series so far and Klaasen coming in as the highest scorer in domestic cricket.
The weather forecast is great: Cool and mostly sunny. And the head-to-head record at the venue makes it quite fascinating too, with South Africa having won the first two exchanges at the venue – in 1992 and 2006 – but India winning the third and final encounter in 2011.