The second Test between South Africa and India, like the first, ebbed and flowed for the duration of the match before finally ending in India’s favour. The seven-wicket win margin may give the impression that the match was one-sided, but it was not. With a win in that match, India had a chance to write history, but they failed to take the initiative and ended up on the losing side.
The Proteas’ victory has nicely balanced the series. India still has a chance to write history, and with Kohli set to return, they will be as hungry as ever. South Africa, on the other hand, will be overjoyed with their victory and will emerge with renewed confidence.
The third match of the series, which will be played at Newlands Cricket Ground, will be the ultimate test for both teams. Which team will triumph in the finals and take home the trophy? The only way to know is to wait and see! For the time being, the third Test of the series between South Africa and India looks set to be a thrilling contest.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 11th, 2022, at the Newlands in Cape Town.
Match Details to Note
Match: South Africa vs India, 3rd Test Match, India Tour of South Africa, 2021-22
Date: January 11, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:00 PM IST
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
South Africa vs India Team Previews
The Proteas was led by Dean Elgar, who put on a master class on a difficult pitch facing 300+ balls across two innings with scores of 23 and 96*. Their batting lineup, which included Keegan Peterson, Van Der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, and Aiden Markram, put up a valiant fight, consistently scoring in the 30s and 40s.
Their pace trio of Lungi Ngidi (3 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (6 wickets), and Marco Jansen (7 wickets) performed admirably in this game as well. Duanne Oliver, who claimed four wickets in his first comeback match, will be a valuable addition to their pace attack. Keshav Maharaj bowled one over in each of the two innings in the previous match and will look to bowl more overs and claim his first wicket of the series.
Dean Elgar put in hard work with the bat in the last three innings, scoring 77, 28, and 96* while facing 120+ balls in each. We expect him to have a big game in this match to help his team finish with a high total.
Kagiso Rabada bowled a fantastic spell on the third day of play to get his team back into the game. He has 13 wickets in two games so far in this series, and he leads the wickets chart.
South Africa Squad
Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Prenelan Subrayen, Beuran Hendricks, Duanne Olivier, Sisanda Magala, George Linde, Sarel Erwee, Ryan Rickelton, Glenton Stuurman
Predicted XI: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Vereyenne (wk), Keegan Peterson, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Oliver, Marco jansen
Virat Kohli, the captain, expected to be back in the starting lineup. KL Rahul leads India’s batting charts with 204 runs in two matches, including a century and a fifty, while his opening partner Mayank Agarwal has started all three matches but has failed to convert them into big scores (60, 4, 23, & 26). The middle order duo of Rahane and Pujara scored fighting fifties but will be scrutinised alongside Virat because they have been due for big runs for a long time.
Shardul Thakur dominated the bowling department in the previous game, taking 8 wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had a poor last game by their standards and will be looking to make amends in this game. Ravi Ashwin (80 runs, 3 wickets) has chipped in with both bat and ball in foreign territory to help his team. Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma could replace the injured Mohammed Siraj.
Mayank Agarwal got off to fast starts of 26 and 23 in both innings in the previous game, but he couldn’t convert them. In this crucial game, he will look to make a big score at the top of the order.
With match figures of 1/119 in the previous match, Jasprit Bumrah was slightly off-color in the second innings. We expect him to make a strong comeback in this match, which will be played at the same venue where he made his Test debut.
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Priyank Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Risabh Pant (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa vs India Toss Prediction
As the game progressed, the pitch improved, and South Africa and India scored more runs in their second innings. However, both teams anticipate that the pitch here will deteriorate in the next two days and will opt to bat first in this match.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Newlands will be yet another bowler-friendly pitch where the ball will be expected to do the talking. Batters must work hard before attempting big shots, and spinners may find little help from this track. In this match, we expect to see scores in the 250-350 range.
The first two days of the match are expected to be overcast and cloudy in Cape Town. Rain may appear in this match, but it will have little effect on the outcome.
South Africa vs India Match Prediction
The Indian team has made outstanding comebacks to win almost every series they have played recently (England in away and home conditions, Australia in away, and New Zealand at home). Both teams have an equally potent pace attack and batting lineup, with India having more experience. So far, South Africa’s middle order has proven to be more tenacious than India’s. However, due to their experience and ability to make a comeback, we expect India to win this match and the series 2-1.
India is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.67.
- Pacers have dominated the series, taking 70 of the 73 wickets that have fallen in the two matches so far.
- In their most recent away tours, India defeated Australia (2-1) and England (2-1).
- So far, South Africa has won four and drawn one Test match at Newlands against India.
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