Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 09:30 IST
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India
India seeks clean sweep, South Africa looks for resurgence
Another match, another venue but the dominance remained the same from India even in conditions where Pacers got enough assistance. The victory in the second test meant India is to make history by winning 11 series on the trot at home. On the other hand, South Africa which is in transition is affected by injuries. The Proteas skipper pressed upon the side’s inability to convert good starts into something substantial and that’s where the gulf between the two sides stood at. Now bouncing up from back to back defeats is a real task, given India’s dominance at home and South Africa’s struggle through the series.
South Africa is likely to bring in Z Hamza in place of A Markram who had self-inflicted an injury to his wrist. K Maharaj who was injured during the second test is likely to be replaced by either G Linde or D Piedt. There is only a slight chance of H Klassen making his debut in place of T De Bruyn. India, on the other hand, might consider resting M Shami by bringing in K Yadav.
The surface at Ranchi has proved to be too slow in the only match played at the venue back in 2017. In the domestic scene, it is the same case. Pacers enjoyed success here. The forecast is for rain through the five days so expect interruptions along the way.
The Indian Captain is just in a mood to break records. In the latest, he has become the highest run-getters for Captains in the first 50 tests. He has an impressive PPM of 187 in the tour which makes him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team.
It is very rare that Pujara doesn’t score a hundred in a home series. It could be the time at Ranchi where he has good memories. His PPMC of 122 makes him a worthy pick in the last test.
Faf du Plessis
The Proteas skipper is the most consistent batsman for the side in the series. He has brought all his experience playing in India to the table. He has a PPM of 100 on the tour which is above his career PPM in the format.
No one would miss out on the Indian spinner in their fantasy team as they are likely to pick more wickets in the match. Alongside Pujara, he has also had a great outing when he played at the venue back in 2017 against Australia. Adding to his bowling armory, he has also scored crucial runs for the team down the order. He has a PPM of 182 and an MDTA of 1 in the series.
Just like Jadeja, he is a must-have in Ranchi. He may not have been as good as with the bat as he used to be, but he doesn’t seem to stop picking wickets anytime soon. He has a PPM of 122 and an MDTA of 1 on the tour.