Latest Match Report – South Africa vs India 3rd T20I 2023/24

Toss: South Africa He chose to bowl against India

Aidan Markram decided to chase his team to close the series against India in a dry Wanderers ahead of a public holiday. South Africans are given a day off tomorrow to commemorate the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup victory in October, and they wouldn’t mind an extra reason to celebrate.

To give them that, a Test South African attack will need to perform well, without all their leading pacers. With Kagiso Rabada rested, Lungi Nkiti out through injury and Gerald Coetzee and Marco Johnson cleared to play red-ball cricket in preparation for the Test, left-arm pacer Nandre Burger was handed his first cap and will bowl alongside Lizard Williams and Andile Pehlukwayo.
South Africa replaced Tristan Stubbs with an extra all-rounder in Donovan Ferreira and brought back experience in the form of left-arm spinner Kesav Maharaj. With Tabriz Shamsi in the XI, South Africa have two specialist spinners in the pace-friendly Wanderers deck. Their only option was to play Otniel Bartman, not a medium pacer, hence they opted for a combination of Maharaj and Shamsi. India did not change from Thursday’s defeat without a place for Ravi Bishnoi or Rudharaj Gaekwad.

Suryakumar Yadav said in front of a sell-out crowd that he would have opted to bat if he had won the toss, much to the delight of everyone after the series-deciding opening exchanges.

South Africa: 1 Reesa Hendricks, 2 Matthew Breitzke, 3 Aidan Markham, 4 Heinrich Klassen (Week), 5 David Miller, 6 Donovan Ferreira 7 Andil Pehlukwayo, 8 Kesav Maharaj, 9 Lizard Williams, 10 Nandre Burgers 11

India: 1 Yashshwi Jaiswal, 2 Subman Gill, 3 Tilak Verma, 4 Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), 5 Ringu Singh, 6 Jitesh Sharma (VK), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Arshdeep Singh, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, 11 Mukesh Kumar

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