IND vs SA Dream11 Team Prediction: Both the teams will play for 40 Championship points in the otherwise dead-rubber Test.
The third Test of the ongoing South Africa’s tour of India will commence from tomorrow at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. Having made its Test debut in 2017, it will only be the second Test match to be played at the venue.
With India gaining an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, the match would have been a dead-rubber had it not been for the 40 points at stake with respect to the ICC World Test Championship.
While an Indian victory will make them the first team to cross the 200-point mark in the tournament, the same will make South Africa the first team to lose their first three matches.
If South Africa captain Faf du Plessis’ novel toss tactics work for him tomorrow, you never know if South Africa ends up getting off the mark in the Test Championship.
IND vs SA Dream11 Team Prediction
India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been ruled out of the match citing shoulder pain. The hosts have announced a maiden Test call-up for the 30-year old Shahbaz Nadeem.
On the other hand, South Africa will be without their injured pair of opening batsman Aiden Markram and spinner Keshav Maharaj. While batsman Zubayr Hamza is likely to replace Markram, George Linde has been called in as Maharaj’s replacement.
Probable Playing XI
1) Mayank Agarwal 2) Rohit Sharma 3) Cheteshwar Pujara 4) Virat Kohli (c) 5) Ajinkya Rahane 6) Ravindra Jadeja 7) Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 8) Ravichandran Ashwin 9), 10) & 11) Ishant Sharma / Mohammed Shami / Umesh Yadav / Shahbaz Nadeem
1) Dean Elgar 2) Temba Bavuma 3) Theunis de Bruyn / Heinrich Klaasen 4) Faf du Plessis (c) 5) Zubayr Hamza 6) Quinton de Kock (wk) 7) Senuran Muthusamy 8) Vernon Philander / George Linde 9) Dane Piedt 10) Kagiso Rabada 11) Anrich Nortje / Lungi Ngidi
Players to watch out for
India – Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja
South Africa – Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock
Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The surface at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium is expected to be the “typical Indian Test wicket”. While the batsmen might get to score a few runs on the first two days, expect the spinners to call the shots from Day 3 onward.
As far as the Toss Prediction is concerned, expect the winning captain to elect to bat first for chasing any target on a turning Indian wicket is no mean task.
IND vs SA Dream11 Wicket-keepers
Much like the last match, South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock is my lone wicket-keeper batsman for this match. Having scored an impressive century in the first Test, de Kock has showed why he can be successful in Test matches in India.
Positive spirits in today’s training session. All set for tomorrow! 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/BieZYpeiIo
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 18, 2019
IND vs SA Dream11 Batsmen
Indian opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma are my first two batsmen for this match. The newly-formed duo has scored in vicinity of 650 runs including four centuries in two Tests. Given Agarwal and Sharma’s current form, it is imperative to include them.
Other than India’s opening batsmen, captain Virat Kohli is also in my team as the third Indian batsman. Coming on the back of his seventh Test double century, Kohli is in sublime touch after what has being considered as a mediocre year for him in Tests.
South Africa opening batsman Dean Elgar and du Plessis are my remaining two batsmen for this match. With both the batsmen being among the runs in the series, the Proteas would be hoping for them to stand tall in Ranchi.
IND vs SA Dream11 All-rounders
Given how well both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have played in this series, it would be a blunder to not include them in your Dream 11 fantasy team for the third India vs South Africa Test. The two spinners have counter for more than 400 dismissals in 70 combined home Tests.
With Jadeja once again slated to bat at No. 6, notable improvement in his batting should earn you significant points like the last match.
IND vs SA Dream11 Bowlers
Both the Indian pacers in Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav have made it to my team. While Shami has been in stellar form in the last year or so, Yadav proved in Pune why he is a must-have especially in home Tests. If India rest one of them to accommodate an extra spinner in Nadeem, you can also do the same in your team.
The move will give you an additional half credit which you can use to buy any other South African bowler than Dane Piedt. With uncertainty around Piedt’s selection, stay alert during the toss and make the change accordingly.
1) Virat Kohli needs 190 runs to go past former India captain Rahul Dravid and become the third-highest run-scorer among Indian batsmen against South Africa. In 11 Tests against the Proteas, Kohli has scored 1,063 runs at an average of 62.52 and a strike rate of 60.70 including three centuries and half-centuries each.
2) Since March 2017, Ravindra Jadeja is India’s sixth-highest run-scorer in Test matches. In 18 Tests, the southpaw has scored 792 runs at an average of 49.50 and a strike rate of 64.54 including a century and seven half-centuries. Out of the 24 innings played during this period, Jadeja batted at No. 8 and 9 on 13 occasions.
3) Umesh Yadav has grabbed the most number of wickets for a fast bowler in Asian conditions in the last decade. In 31 Tests, the 31-year old pacer has dismissed 90 batsmen at an average of 28.65, an economy rate of 3.28 and a strike rate of 52.2.
Dream 11 disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.