The third and final Test match between South Africa and India will be played in Cape Town, starting on Tuesday (January 11). The series stands 1-1, with India managing to win the first Test by 113 runs and the hosts making a strong comeback by winning the second Test by seven wickets. India were outplayed in all departments of the game at Wanderers.
The visitors managed to do well with the ball but struggled to add crucial runs in the third innings of the second Test. India would be itching to make a good comeback in the last Test. Meanwhile, India missed Virat Kohli in the second Test, who was ruled out of the game due to a back spasm. However, he has fully recovered from it and is set to be back leading the side. Kohli will mostly come in place of Hanuma Vihari. With Pujara and Rahane scoring half-centuries in the last game, they are likely to retain their place.
Apart from Kohli, Ishant Sharma is likely to return to the team in place of Mohammed Siraj, who is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Ishant is India’s most experienced pacer in the current lot and has a fair idea to bowl on these pitches. India have a golden opportunity to win the Test series in South Africa for the first time. Meanwhile, the hosts would be keen to keep their proud record intact against India.