After a rain-hit match that ended in a draw, India and South Africa are now preparing for their 3rd Test match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on 25 November 2015.
The ongoing Gandhi-Mandela series 2015 took an interesting turn after the washout in 2nd game. This will be a crucial Test match now in Nagpur as Indians will look forward to seal the series early, whereas Proteas will play to level the series so that the match in Delhi remains valid. As is known, the pitch is pace-friendly, thus, the hosts have decided to retain same squad. However, there are speculations that Amit Mishra might replace Stuart Binny in playing XI, who was earlier called back to squad for Bengaluru Test.
Even in the 2nd game, team India continued to dominate over the top-ranked test team in World and South Africans on the flip side, seem to be losing their ground slowly. The primary reason for this lackluster performance on part of visitors is that two of the three batting mainstays have failed to perform so far, with AB de Villiers single-handedly taking up the challenge. Now, ahead of the next game, we provide betting tips, odds and predictions for India vs South Africa 3rd Test match. Find here….
Captain Kohli likes to play with five bowlers in Test matches. The same trend is expected to continue in the next game. As for the squad, Rohit Sharma is playing excellently in domestic cricket and there is every probability that he will be part of the team replacing Ajinkya Rahane, who is out of form. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could be the two spinners in team alongside Mishra. Shikhar Dhawan is once again back in form and Captain Kohli is quite confident about him being a part of the team.
Pujara, Saha and Murli Vijay are the other key players in home team and are likely to be retained. Overall, the Indian players are doing well in all departments and it will not be surprising to see them register another win.
South Africa is at numero uno when it comes to Test ranking. However, some crucial amendments need to be made in the squad currently. Hashim Amla, however, has a tough job in hand to select the best team ahead of the next game. Dale Steyn would be another welcome addition in the side. Speculations are that Rabada might get a chance to play over Kyle Abbott in India vs South Africa 3rd Test.
In the last two Test games, none of the players except for AB have succeeded in playing like pros. Although bad weather or some uncalled for emergency could lead to a draw-like situation, but chances are bleak that South Africa will win the 3rd Test match.
The pitch very well supports pacers, so it might not be too scoring a game. The toss winning captain is expected to bat first and set a good Total.
Post the 108-runs win in first game and excellent display of cricketing skills in 2nd, the Blue Caps are now comfortably ahead of visitors with a 1-0 lead. According to trusted online punters, betting odds for India vs South Africa 3rd Test stand at-
India- 2.14, South Africa- 4.1 and Draw- 3.35
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