India nailed a win at Mohali followed by a rain affected match at Bengaluru. While the Indian team would aim to step up with another spirited performance, the South African team would aim to bounce back and register a win in the 3rd test at Nagpur. Watch India vs South Africa 3rd test live streaming and telecast on HotStar and Star Sports HD network with live Hindi and English commentary.
India looked in complete control in the second test but rain God had some other plans. While the team and fans were hoping for another win to take the series to 2-0, the weather played a spoil sport. Ground staff, players, spectators and almost everyone involved gave their best with a lot of hope till fifth day, but it rained cats and dogs in Bengaluru to call off the match. The series score is now 1-0 in favour of India.
With just two matches left, India needs just one win whereas South Africa would look for two straight wins. This brings the visiting team under more pressure. With 1-0 down they have a lot to struggle from hereon. Especially when they are finding it very difficult to cope up with the spin! The third test venue would be Nagpur which might provide another turning track.
Even Indian batsmen would agree that they were troubled by the spin too. But they edged out the South African team with those extra runs that gave the home team a win in Mohali. The likes of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stood tall against the spin and collected some valuable runs.
Its good to see Shikhar Dhawan leaving away some balls outside off. That was the corridor where he was troubled a lot. He played a good innings at Bengaluru. He is well backed by Indian captain Virat Kohli. He is completely confident of the whole team and would love to clinch his first ever test series in India.
Last time when South Africa played at Nagpur in 2010, they enjoyed the conditions here. But this time they are well aware of the fact that the pitch is likely to support the spin. Hence they need to be prepared for another vicious spin attack in the reckoning!