After a loss in the first ODI, the Proteas made a comeback and levelled the 3-match ODI series in the 2nd fixture against India on Tuesday. The third and final ODI between the two teams is scheduled to take place on Thursday at Boland Park.
The decision to bowl first by South Africa turned out to be a positive one as the team kept the game under control from the start.
Team India still has the opportunity to win the series but their batting lineup needs to up their game to score a win in the 3rd ODI. The top bookmakers in India have great odds with them.
In the last 2 ODIs, Sudharshan has scored two half-centuries and has an average of 58.5.
The betting tip is...
Sai Sudharsan will score a half-century
The Proteas came to the ground with some changes as 28-year-old Nandre Burger was making his debut for the ODI format. Burger made the full use of the opportunity and picked up 3 crucial wickets of the opposition in 10 overs while maintaining his economy at 3.
Beuran Hendricks & Keshav Maharaj also picked up two wickets at an economy of 3.64 & 5.10 respectively.
Since the chase was for a low score, the batting unit was under no pressure. Reeza Hendricks (52 off 81) gave a good start but the highlight of the match was the century of Tony de Zorzi as he scored 119 off 122 at a strike rate of 97.54.
Rassie van der Dussen also contributed with 36 off 51 runs and helped the team to reach close to the winning number.
The Proteas have the winning combination and they won’t be making any changes in the squad.
Predicted Lineup: Rassie van der Dussen, Tony de Zorzi, Wiaan Mulder, Nandre Burger, Keshav Maharaj, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Lizaad Williams, Beuran Hendricks
The start for the team India was filled with mixed bags. Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad was gone for 4 off 2 but Sai Sudharsan again stepped up and scored 62 off 83 at a strike rate of 74.70.
Tilak Varma (10 off 30) & Sanju Samson (12 off 23) displayed a low score but skipper KL Rahul at number 4 gave a major push to the score & scored 56 off 64.
On the bowling front, there was not much contribution as the bowlers were under pressure because of a low score. Arshdeep Singh and Rinku Singh picked up a single wicket but couldn't help Team India to stop the opposition from winning the match.
Skipper KL Rahul won’t be making any changes but he will make sure to have some tough talk with the batting unit.
Predicted Lineup: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sai Sudharsan, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Lokesh Rahul, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh
South Africa displayed a dominating performance in the previous fixture and they will be eyeing to continue the momentum. However, team India has a good depth in their batting with new faces performing at their best.
With the mixed combination of experienced and fresh faces in the team, we predict that India will be able to win the 3rd ODI.