Toss India chose to bowlvs South Africa
Maharaj captained the team in their loss at Ranchi, where regular captain Temba Bavuma was forced out through illness, and is now unwell himself. Bavuma and wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi are both “feeling better,” according to Cricket South Africa but remain out of the XI as a precaution. The seriousness of Maharaj’s condition is not known.
As a result, South Africa’s top order will remain the same as it was in the second ODI, with Reeza Hendricks keeping his place at No.3. Allrounders Marco Jansen and Andile Phehlukwayo have both been included in place of Wayne Parnell, in what may be an audition to see who will replace the injured Dwaine Pretorius at the T20 World Cup while Kagiso Rabada has been rested. Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje will lead the pace efforts with Bjorn Fortuin in the XI as the sole spinner.
Despite conditions expected to favour quicks, India stuck to a three-spin, three-seam strategy and made no changes to the team that won convincingly on Sunday. That means Rajat Patidar and Rahul Tripathi will have to wait to make their debuts.
The match is significant for South Africa because they are chasing World Cup Super League points. It is also Mark Boucher’s last ODI as national men’s head coach. In this tenure, which has lasted almost three years, fifty-over cricket has been South Africa’s weakest format. They have won two out of eight series.
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Ishan Kishan, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Sanju Samson (wk), 6 Washington Sundar, 7 Shahbaz Ahmed, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Avesh Khan
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Janneman Malan, 3 Reeza Hendricks, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Bjorn Fortuin, 10 Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
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