New Delhi: The third and decisive Test between Team India and South Africa begins today on Tuesday. India will be eyeing to win the match and take over the series. On the other hand, the South African team will put all their efforts into not losing the Test series against India at home.
Virat Kohli's return to the Cape Town Test has boosted India's morale. Kohli was dropped from the second Test due to a back strain. In Kohli's absence, KL Rahul captained Team India. However, bad news also surfaced for India before the match that Mohammad Siraj was ruled out of the third Test due to a hamstring injury. Team vice-captain KL Rahul will start the innings for India in the third Test.
Rahul, who has scored the most runs in the current Test series, has so far left off-stump balls. His brilliant century in the Centurion Test played a big role in Team India's victory. Mayank Agarwal is likely to be with Rahul in the top order, as he did in the first two matches. Cheteshwar Pujara, then Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are set to be number three-four-five. Rishabh Pant will play the role of wicketkeeper-batsman. Ishant Sharma's chances of joining Team India have increased after Mohammad Siraj was injured in the bowling. Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and R Ashwin will have the responsibility for taking 20 wickets.
India's likely XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma.