Date: January 11-15, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM IST (every match day)
Venue: Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town
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After India breached South Africa's fortress i.e. Centurion in 1st Test, the home side ended India's unbeaten streak in Johannesburg in the 2nd Test. As a result, the exciting 3-match series now awaits the deciding contest which is set to be played in Cape Town from January 11 (Tuesday) onwards.
While Dean Elgar's side will be keen to continue the momentum, India will be hoping that the trend in the series (of breaching fortress) continues as they have never won a Test at this venue before. With Virat Kohli likely to be back for visitors, one can expect a fiery and thrilling game of red-ball cricket at the iconic Newlands Cricket Ground.
Both the wicketkeepers did not have a great outing in the previous Test as they missed an opportunity to play a big knock. However, Rishabh Pant has a history of bouncing back when he is under pressure and he could be back to his best in Cape Town. Among the batters, KL Rahul and Dean Elgar are two of the highest run-scorers in the series and are obvious picks. With Virat Kohli also likely to be back for this match, one can expect a match-winning performance from him in the decider.
Marco Jansen has been one of the most impressive players in the series so far, making contributions with both bat and ball. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin could also get some assistance from the wicket which is historically one of the most spin-friendly wickets in South Africa. Kagiso Rabada and Mohammed Shami have looked unplayable at times and they could be in for a few more wickets in the final Test. Shardul Thakur could once again prove to be the X-Factor considering he is riding high on confidence.
Probable Playing XIs
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Keegan Petersen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Temba Bavuma, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, , Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier
India: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
People's Pick for Fantasy
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Kyle Verreynne
Batters: Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram
All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Marco Jansen
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur
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