India look to take unbeatable lead over SA

India look to take unbeatable lead over SA

And that count has only grown with each passing match.

AB de Villiers and regular captain Faf du Plessis were both sidelined by finger injuries, De Villiers for the first three matches and Du Plessis for the series.

Cricket South Africa announced Monday that De Kock was in "severe pain and discomfort" after being struck on the left wrist while batting in the second match in Centurion on Sunday.

India now hold a 2-0 lead over a depleted South Africa side, who will go into the third ODI without AB de Villiers, captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. They had also lost 5-2 in the other instance.But given the hosts' current travails, history repeating itself would be a major disaster for the Men in Blue.This is because the Proteas are beset with injury problems. With no replacement named for De Kock, Heinrich Klaasen is expected to make his debut.

Precariously placed at 236/6, India could hardly dream of a total past 300, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar repeated his feats of the Test series and gave Kohli the license to hammer the South Africans at will. "But these guys (Chahal and Kuldeep) are a lot slower", Benkenstein had said after the second ODI.

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Even though conditions suggested otherwise, stand-in captain Aiden Markram won the toss and surprisingly chose to bowl first. Kohli and India look hungry for a 6-0 whitewash and ther tour will not even be over then as there are three T20 Internationals scheduled for after that.

According to Shikhar, it is hard to read Kuldeep than Chahal. The Proteas absolutely need to bowl first and try to restrict India to a chase-able score. A third win and it could well be curtains for South Africa in the ODI series. Historically, Newlands has been lucky for South Africa as they played 33 matches at the venue, and won 28.

That's not to lay everything that went wrong for the home side on Wednesday at the door of a 23-year-old who played his third ODI and his second as captain.

Barring opener Rohit Sharma, the top order batting comprising Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have been in impressive form while in the bowling department, the wrist spin twins - leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav - have literally been the reason behind India's two victories so far, sharing 13 wickets between them.

South Africa: Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen (wk).

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