Despite being a dead rubber, the third T20I in Indore is the last opportunity for both sides to experiment before the mega event in October. Rahul Dravid & Co. will make multiple changes to the Indian squad, whereas South Africa must replace Rilee Rossouw with Reeza Hendricks. India have a 100% win record at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
The final showdown
The passion for cricket in Indore is at an all-time high as the city hosts multiple international games. A couple of weeks back, cricket fanatics from the town visited the Holkar Cricket Stadium to witness Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar back in action. Even the practice session had a full-pack audience. During the Road Safety World Series, Indore hosted five T20 games.
India will give rest to KL Rahul and Virat Kohli for the last T20I on Tuesday. KL Rahul’s exclusion indicates that Rishabh Pant will open the innings with Rohit Sharma. Shabaz Ahmed is set to make his T20I debut; the Bengal all-rounder is well known for his hard-hitting abilities down the order. Considering David Miller and Quinton de Kock’s form, it will be challenging to fit in two left-arm orthodox spinners. In all probabilities, Axar Patel will play as a specialist batter on Tuesday. A decisive blow in the form of Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the World Cup will bring a golden opportunity for Deepak Chahar.
The Proteas are still looking for their first win of the tour. The two significant reasons for their failure are their death-over bowling and the lack of performance from their top order. Skipper Temba Bavuma and Rossouw are yet to get off the mark in this series. Reeza Hendricks can open along with Quinton de Kock, and Bavuma can drop down to the No. 3 position.
Bavuma’s form is essential for South Africa, and short boundaries and an excellent batting pitch might rejuvenate the visiting captain. South Africa must be desperately hoping to get back to winning ways.
Match: India vs South Africa
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date: 3 October 2022
Time: 07:00 PM IST
Where to watch: Star Sports Network | Disney+ Hotstar
Pitch report & Toss
A small-dimensions ground is likely to witness a high-scoring game. Slight dew is expected in the second half of the game, hence the side winning the toss will most likely opt to bowl first. India have scored their highest T20I score at this venue against Sri Lanka. 190 seems to be an on-par score.
Probable playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
Total played: 22
India won: 10
South Africa won: 11
No Result: 1
Home wins for India: 5
Away wins for South Africa: 5
India: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer
South Africa: David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks
India: Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh
South Africa: Wayne Parnell, Anrich Nortje
Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Suryakumar Yadav, Wayne Parnell, Aiden Markram, Harshal Patel, Lungi Ngidi, Arshdeep Singh
Captain & Vice-captain picks
Captain: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, David Miller
Vice Captain: Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram
The chasing side will have an advantage, the Powerplay overs being incredibly crucial. Rohit Sharma has scored a century at this venue and is expected to once again play a responsible innings on Tuesday. I am backing the chasing side to win the game.