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The third and deciding match of the three-Test series between India and South Africa begins on Tuesday at the Newlands Ground in Cape Town. The first two Test matches were mostly dominated by bowlers. We can see more runs being scored in Cape Town. The biggest reason behind this is that the pitch here is more suitable for batting than the pitches of other stadiums in South Africa.
However, it remains to be seen what kind of pitch the hosts captain Dean Elgar wants. The host team has the right to get the pitch prepared according to the strength of its team.
Will keep an eye on number 3-4-5 again
The eyes of Indian fans will once again be on the batsmen coming at number-3, 4 and 5 in the team’s batting order. It is expected that Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane will get a chance in this match as well. At the same time, captain Virat Kohli is making a comeback after recovering from injury. Rahane and Pujara scored half-centuries in India’s second innings in the Johannesburg Test. But, for the last two years, both these batsmen have not been able to play long innings. Same is the case with Virat. He hasn’t scored a century since 2019.
Spinners can also get help
The first two Test matches played in Centurion and Johannesburg were dominated by fast bowlers. Spinners can also play an important role in this test. In Cape Town, 130 wickets have been taken by fast bowlers in first-class cricket since 2020. At the same time, 85 wickets have been taken by spinners. Even if the fast bowlers take more wickets, the role of spinners cannot be denied here.
Rabada will play 50th Test of his career
The South African fast bowler, who has troubled the batsmen around the world with his bouncy balls, will go to play the 50th match of his Test career. He is South Africa’s seventh most successful bowler in the longest format of cricket with 226 wickets so far.
Virat can complete 8 thousand runs
If Team India’s captain Virat Kohli can score 146 runs in this match, then he will complete 8000 runs in Test cricket. So far five Indian batsmen have scored 8000 runs in this format. Sachin Tendulkar leads the way with 15921 runs. After these, Rahul Dravid (13265 runs), Sunil Gavaskar (10122 runs), VVS Laxman (8781 runs) and Virender Sehwag (8503 runs) have achieved this feat.