Ajinkya Rahane

Rahane, Bhuvneshwar in for Rohit, Ashwin at Wanderers

[caption id="attachment_61400" align="aligncenter" width="580"]DSC08394 Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been included in the playing XI in the third Test. File Pic[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Johannesburg: India have made two changes to the squad that played in the second test at Centurion. Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane gets his first opportunity in the series while Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes in place of Ravichandran Ashwin. The hosts South Africa has made only one change with spinner Keshav Maharaj making way for Andile Phelukwayo on a greenish Wanderers wicket.

Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. According to Kohli, "Good grass covering, but the surface is always hard, and we want to put runs on the board. We've played very good cricket here, last time around was a very exciting Test. We're up against a side who are very strong in their home conditions. But we are looking to correct mistakes made in the first two games.”

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis after losing the toss said, "We were thinking of bowling first, just trying to get into their batting line-up. If there are three or four days of cracking sunshine, the cracks will get into the game. But if not, if there's rain around, it won't. The surface is hard and that's why we wanted a bowl too. It doesn't spin in Jo’burg. It's pacy and bouncy here. And we wanted to take the positive approach by adding another seamer, with Andile Phehlukwayo coming in for Keshav Maharaj. India are a quality cricket team and we want to beat them 3-0"

South Africa leads the series 2-0 going into the final match.


India : KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkwa Rahane, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pardya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

 South Africa : Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi.

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