Indian team will come down to capture the series, can create history

New Delhi. India, who made a stellar comeback from a big win in the previous match, will look to retain their momentum and clinch the series by registering a win against South Africa in the third and deciding one-day international, to be held here on Tuesday, in which the openers’ performance All eyes will be on After losing the first match by a narrow margin, India’s second-class team registered a seven-wicket victory in the second ODI to level the three-match series 1-1 and displayed a stellar example of their strength in limited overs.
The Indian team management, however, will be a little worried about the performance of the opening pair of skipper Shikhar Dhawan and young batsman Shubman Gill. Both these batsmen are struggling to score runs in the series so far. One of the most consistent Indian batsmen in ODIs, Dhawan has managed only 17 runs in the series so far. Now that the eyes are set on next year’s ODI World Cup, the veteran batsman will try to give the team a better start in the deciding match.
Gill, on the other hand, has not been able to take full advantage of the opportunities given to him at the top of the order. After being dismissed cheaply in the first match, he could not convert a good start into a big score in the second ODI. The Indian middle-order, however, looks strong with the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan and vice-captain Sanju Samson on board. While Iyer and Samson have shown consistency in their performances, Kishan seems to be in fine form. When the Indian team management is trying out players for the ODI World Cup, then all three will try their best to maintain their form.
In the bowling, Mohammad Siraj has made a strong claim to replace the injured Jasprit Bumrah in the team for the T20 World Cup. Spinners Shahbaz Ahmed and Ravi Bishnoi have also done well on their debut. For South Africa, this series is very important in view of next year’s World Cup. He will try his best to add some points to his account in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. South Africa are currently ranked 11th in the rankings and do not appear to be in a position to qualify directly for the 50-over World Cup. Temba Bavuma is in poor form. He was rested for the second ODI due to unwell and it remains to be seen whether he makes a comeback in the decider.
Caretaker captain Keshav Maharaj won the toss in the second ODI and made the wrong decision to bat as the dew caused a lot of trouble for the South African bowlers while bowling later. Despite this, South Africa will also leave no stone unturned in the deciding match. So far, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and David Miller have done well in the batting for his side. However, rain can disturb this match. The National Capital Region has been receiving heavy rains for the last three days and there is a possibility of rain on Tuesday as well.
Squad: India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar, Mukesh Kumar, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rahul Tripathi South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Genman Malan, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Henrik Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabrez Shamsi, Reeza Hendrix, Marco Janssen, Enrique Nortje and Andile Phehlukwayo. The match will start at 1:30 AM IST.
India has a chance to create history
India’s team also has a chance to create history in this match. India will win the series by winning this match. With this, India will beat South Africa at home after 12 years if they win this match to be held at Arun Jaitley Stadium. However, if the Indian team loses in this match, then hosting India will lose the series for the second time in a row. Earlier in the year 2015 also India lost the five-match series against South Africa.

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