India vs South Africa 3rd ODI in Cape Town

The Proteas, who slipped 2-0 down in the six-match one-day global series with India courtesy of a nine-wicket defeat at Centurion on Sunday, have already been hampered by injuries to skipper Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers.

Opener Smriti Mandhana's superb fifty and the pace duo of Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey combining for seven wickets, guided the Indian women's team to a 88-run win over South Africa in the first of the three-match ODI rubber here February 5.

He sustained the injury during the second ODI against India at SuperSport Park on Sunday, and will require two to four weeks to make a recovery.

It was a complete performance from India and come Wednesday, Mithali and her team will eye an encore, which will hand them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. The third ODI at Capetown will boost the team record as well as their first series victory in South Africa.

Twice previously, India have managed to win two ODIs in a bilateral series in South Africa - in 1992-93 and in 2010-11.

A win for South Africa will see India move back to no.2.

The leg-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has put the hosts under real pressure during the first two matches, claiming 13 wickets in the process.

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However, they struggled to build partnerships as regular wickets undermined their run-chase.

The three-match series, also a first-round fixture of the ICC Women's Championship, gives both the teams a chance to directly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup.

In a way, this could be a blessing in disguise for the hosts.

And the list has only grown with Quinton de Kock (left wrist injury) ruled out before the third ODI.

De Kock's injury leaves South Africa without an opening batsman and their first-choice wicketkeeper, but he has gone through a torrid time right from the first Test in Cape Town.

Zondo scored only 25 runs off 45 balls, and played far too many risky strokes, but in an innings that folded for 118 runs in 32.2 overs, he was the joint top-scorer with JP Duminy.

  • Tabitha Byrd