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PREVIEW: Proteas aim to complete a whitewash

The Proteas clinched the series with back-to-back victories in Paarl but want to complete a whitewash at Newlands to end the bilateral engagement on a high.

Rassie van der Dussen - Proteas
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The Proteas clinched the series with back-to-back victories in Paarl but want to complete a whitewash at Newlands to end the bilateral engagement on a high.

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India will likewise be keen to add a victory that would reflect how competitive they have been.

 

South Africa vs India | Third ODI | Sunday 23 January 2022 | Newlands, Cape Town | 10:30

 

South Africa

 

The Proteas have won this series on the strength of their middle-order and their spinners in a curious flip of conventions.

 

The rich form of Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen has been augmented by Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan finding touch.

 

Sisanda Magala was the weak link in the last match although his bowling did improve as the India dig went on.

 

Given that the series has been sealed the Proteas might afford a run to the bowlers kept in reserve like George Linde and Wayne Parnell

 

India

 

India can take plenty away from this series if they put the results aside with some excellent batting from Rishabh Pant and great bowling at times from Jasprit Bumrah.

 

The middle-order problems that India have might be solved by greater continuity of personnel.

 

India are currently guilty of trying to do too much and despite naming the same XI for the two preceding matches, fiddled with the batting order.

 

KL Rahul’s captaincy has been criticised but he is only the stand-in skipper and has little experience in the role.

 

Verdict: South Africa

 

The Proteas will want to stay on top.

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