The third and final test between South Africa and India starts tomorrow at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Under the normal circumstances, this match will be of academic interest only, as South Africa have already wrapped up the three-match series by winning the first two matches. But two things make this match potentially exciting. First, South Africa treat this as a revenge series for their humiliation in India in the last tour to the sub-continent and will go for a clean sweep. Second, India’s pride has been hurt, and they desperately need a consolation win. For online betting, such emotional aspects will not matter. South Africa remain favourite to win the match.
Preview – South Africa
South Africa may be forced to make one change in the squad. Opener Aiden Markram was injured. He is a doubtful starter. Also injured is the first-choice replacement batsman Temba Bavuma. That means Theunis de Bruyn is likely to open the innings along with Dean Elgar. The rest of the batting line-up remains intact. South Africa will once again unleash its four-pronged pace attack against India in a lively pitch at the so-called Bull Ring.
There is forecast of rain all five days. But the rains in these parts are usually short bursts, much like a Morne Morkel bowling spell. There will be enough for the pace men on either side to bundle out the batsmen twice. The ferocity of the pace bowling and the tenacity of the batting line-up make South Africa a hot punt for Cricket Betting.
Preview – India
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is under fire from multiple quarters. The decibel of criticism will increase if India lose this match as well. Everything indicates that India are likely to lose this match too.
The news from Indian camp suggests that Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play in this match. It is really a good news. Both the players should have played in all the test matches. But the overall team combination remains in doubt. Since the pitch is a green top, overly favouring fast bowlers, R Ashwin could be dropped.