The third ODI between India and South Africa will be played at Cape Town on January 18. The five-match series is tied at one game apiece. India will be relieved with their win over South Africa at the Wanderers after it had seemed for most part of the game that South Africa were going 2-0 up. However, they would also realise that they need to bat much better than they have in the series so far without which, winning on a tall-scoring Newlands will be difficult. South Africa, on the other hand, will be rueing their previous loss. It was that kind of a result that made the fans term the side as ‘chokers’ once again and it could well allow the Indians to make a comeback into the series. Before the game, India had lost 12 out of their last 13 games to South Africa in their own country and that would have been one confidence-sapper for the visitors.
India will need to make a forced change. Tendulkar is out due to injury and that will mean that the Indians will look to get in Yusuf Pathan. Parthiv Patel has been brought into the squad but it needs to be seen whether he will make it to the side in time for the third game and whether he will get there before the fourth ODI only. This means that one of Virat Kohli, Pathan or Rohit Sharma will be asked to step up and open the innings for the side. Kohli has been doing well at the number three and could just be expecting too much to get him to open while Pathan may struggle against the rising new ball. This leaves Rohit Sharma as a good option to open the innings with Murali Vijay.
South Africa need to look at their batting line-up closely as it looks a tad weak beyond the top five. With the inexperienced Colin Ingram and David Miller at three and six, it can hardly augur well for the side. However, the one thing going for them for this game would be the fact that the track will be full of runs and make it easier for the home team to bat through the 50 overs without the worry of getting bowled out. Imran Tahir could be looked upon to make his debut but more importantly, the side could pitch in for Robin Peterse as the fifth bowler in place of Wayne Parnell, to give themselves an extra batting option.
India (possible): 1 M Vijay, 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Harbhajan Singh, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Munaf Patel, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ashish Nehra
South Africa (possible): 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Johan Botha, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Wayne Parnell, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Match Timings: Jan 18, 2010 (14:30 local | 12:30 GMT | 18:00 IST)
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