Indian women look to seal series

Chahal-Kuldeep effect South Africa train with five wrist spinners ahead of third ODI
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal celebrating
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07 February, 2018

Mandhana (84) and Punam Raut (19) gave a solid start of 55 runs weathering the South African new ball attack under testing conditions.

Spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been fantastic in the first two ODIs, bagging 7 and 6 wickets respectively.

South Africa wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Momentum One-Day International (ODI) series and upcoming T20 International series against India due to a left wrist injury. "The Cricket South Africa medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month", South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying in a Cricket South Africa (CSA) release.

The usually prolific Hashim Amla-De Kock opening partnership has yielded a best of only 39 runs in the first two matches of the series. He has not crossed fifty once in eight innings across all formats.

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India will fancy its chances to take an unprecedented 3-0 lead when it will take on a depleted South African team, plagued by injuries, in the third One-day global of the six-match series at Newlands here on Wednesday. Virat Kohli, who has named 35 different playing elevens in 35 Tests, could very well field the same team for this third successive ODI. If that happens, then in Cape Town (Newlands), India will win the third of five matches in 1992.

In three ODIs against South Africa here, they have lost two and won one, the latter in 2010-11 when they had shot into the series' lead (aforementioned). India wins that match by 2 wickets remaining and designates their first win against South Africa in Capetown.

India's spin bowlers have dominated the series thus far and given the visitors a real chance of winning their maiden ODI series on South African soil.

But no one in India was able to see team perform. The Indian team management has repeatedly said that rankings don't warrant much attention, but these are brownie points that Kohli and Co. wouldn't want to miss out on.


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