After the T20 series and the first ODI, the result of the 2nd ODI brought some interest into the Paytm Freedom Series between India and South Africa. A fighting knock from the under pressure Captain Cool MS Dhoni steered India to an impressive win the last ODI match. Time to capitalise for India and clinch another win. Watch India vs South Africa 3rd ODI live streaming on HotStar and Star Sports HD with live Hindi and English commentary.
Let us first recap the 2nd ODI. India batted first at Indore and seemed like losing it. It was MS Dhoni to came to the rescue and steered the innings to a respectable total. After a shaky start at 124/6, MS played a calm and composed innings of 92 off 86. Ajinkya Rahane yet again proved his consistency with another half ton. Even Harbhajan contributed valuable 22 runs in the end.
Chasing a target of 248, South Africa got a steady start. Faf du Plessis scored 51 runs. At 134 for 2 it seemed South Africa is marching ahead for another victory. But some clinical bowling performance from the Indian bowlers, grabbed a much awaited victory for the home team. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar took three wickets for 41 runs. Harbhajan and Axar took two and three wickets respectively.
The third ODI will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, Gujarat. Security is beefed up at the venue due to some local protests by Hardik Patel. The capacity of this stadium is 28,000. This would be a day encounter between the two teams.
This is a high scoring venue so one can expect a lot of runs. The average 1st innings score here is 325 runs while the second innings average score is 316. So we can even enjoy a nice chase!
Spirited performance from India's captain has certainly lifted the spirits of the Indian team. Let us hope we see some great knocks from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli this time to take India to another victory. At the same time, we can certainly expect a bounce back from the strong South African team. AB de Villiers knew it was a poor batting performance at Indore. The score was gettable but the batting line up collapsed in the middle overs.
While the Rajkot pitch awaits another high scoring match, we wait for another cricketing cracker!