India will lock horns against South Africa at Cape Town to play the decisive Test match of an exciting Test series. India won the first test match of the series at Centurion. However, South Africa made a good comeback at Wanderers in the second Test match with a brilliant knock of Dean Elgar, who played some good live cricket. This match holds a huge importance for both sides in terms of World Test Championship.
The captain of Indian Test side, Virat Kohli has missed the second Test cricket match with a niggle. He is expected to be fit for the third test match of the series against South Africa. So, he will undoubtedly be back in the first XI. Hanuma Vihari played an important innings of 40 runs in the second innings of the second test match. However, he is the most likely person to be benched in this match. On the other hand, Mohammed Siraj is currently having an injury. So, Umesh Yadav might replace him in the final test match of this series.
The middle order of India has failed to perform in the pressure situations. There are doubts over Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s place in the team sheet. Both of them have scored a half century in the second innings of the second test match. So, they might have earned another match to prove themselves. However, a failure in this match might be the last nail in the coffin for these two batsmen. Rishabh Pant has also failed to get runs with the bat in the first two matches of the series. However, it will be quite unlikely for the Indian team management to drop Pant in this crucial test match.
South Africa were outclassed by the Indian cricket team in the first test match. However, the side led by Dean Elgar has made a brilliant comeback in the second test match. The pacers of South Africa are playing really well. The team management is hoping that the batting unit will deliver for them in the last test match. Dean Elgar played a brilliant knock of 96 in the second innings of the second test match. It will certainly be regarded as one of his career best knocks for the winning cause of his team.
India and South Africa have faced each other in 41 Test matches. India have won 15 matches while South Africa have been victorious on 16 occasions. Remaining 10 matches ended with a draw.
South Africa are slightly ahead of India at this moment to win this test match and the series. The advantage of the home condition will certainly help the Proteas and the momentum is also with their side. However, we have seen this Indian cricket team do wonders in Australia. It will not be surprising to see a turnaround in South Africa too.
Date and Time:
January 11th 2022, Tuesday, 02:00 PM IST
Newlands, Cape Town