Third ODI: South Africa win toss, choose to bowl first

Indian batsman Virat Kohli in action during a One Day International match between South Africa and India at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town South Africa Wednesday Feb 7 2018

However, the matches will have an impact on the Women's Team Rankings on which India is presently ranked fourth and South Africa at sixth. And that count has only grown with each passing match.

India are 2-0 up in the six-match series. "And this is giving us the advantage".

At the end of 50 overs India posted a target of 304 runs for South Africa losing 6 wickets. Mandhana's 135-run knock was an impressive sight that deserved to be witnessed by all Indians, but it was probably not as India's cricket insane populace was eager to watch the third match in the men's ODI series against South Africa instead. South Africa will announce the squad for the remainder of the series on Thursday with AB de Villiers expected to return from a finger injury. Heinrich Klaasen, the talented wicket-keeper batsman is highly rated in South Africa and looks destined to get a game in the middle order. As for the rest of the pack, they would need to pick up pace if the hosts are to reduce the deficit.

Earlier, Kohli scored the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against South Africa in South Africa, going past Sourav Ganguly s 127 at Johannesburg in 2001.

Stand-in skipper Aiden Markram won the toss on Wednesday and said he's hoping the "ball will come quicker onto the bat in the evening".


India's batting improvement after the Test series is remarkable. The bowling has been put to its paces more than the batting has with wins by six-wickets and nine-wickets respectively. So far in two matches, Chahal (seven) and Kuldeep (six) have shared 13 wickets between them. Play and win up to ₹40,000 today!

There's a school of thought that the South Africa batsmen aren't trying to wear down Chahal and Yadav and suffering from a lack of patience. India would look to extend its winning streak in the third ODI and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

South Africa, however, have a fantastic record at the Newlands.

Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who has already played in Tests and Twenty20 internationals, was making his one-day global debut in place of Morne Morkel, while all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo replaced wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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