India vs South Africa: Complete In-running Guide to the Third Test

Ed Hawkins

Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:54 AM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 7:54 AM UTC

Is there any hope for the tourists as they lose the toss once again?

<div><h2>India vs South Africa</h2><p><strong>From 20 October 2019 at Ranchi</strong></p><p>It is hard not to feel sorry for South Africa. Already two-nil down, key spinner Keshav Maharaj injured and on his way home and Aiden Markram, the man who came into the series with a big reputation, joining him after breaking his wrist in fury at his poor form, they really could have done with winning the toss in Ranchi on day one.</p><p>It was not to be. India batted. Again. And they are set for a monster total. Again. This was why pre-game tips on this Test were irrelevant. The toss is so key in India that we often repeat ourselves about the outsider needing a wearing, crumbling pitch to reduce the gulf in the fourth innings.</p><p>Once again, India will be able to widen the chasm with South Africa having to bat last. At some stage on day two, South Africa are likely to be in. Although the form of Rohit Sharma was so hot on day one that there could be worries India could go on and on.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>If the Saffers do get in on day two, the question is who will top score. There seem to be only three candidates. Dean Elgar, Faf Du Plessis and Theunis De Bruyn. Elgar has a big century already, Du Plessis has a solid record against spin – largely honed in the middle overs in one-day international cricket - and Quinton De Kock, who has shown himself to be an adept player of turn domestically, completes the trio.</p><p>With Kagiso Rabada getting early success with the new ball, it could be that Elgar, in the opening slot, gets a tough time. So, Du Plessis and De Kock could thrive with an old ball. Du Plessis is 4.5 with Betfair and De Kock 6.0 with the same.</p><p>We’re also keen on the draw price on the exchanges. If South Africa can show some stickability – and this looks like a road – we expect it to trade close to even money. Currently it’s around 3.75.</p><h2>Best Bets</h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Virat Kohli to score a first-innings fifty 2.2 Bet365</strong></em></a></p></div>
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