Virat Kohli-led India's predicted playing XI for 3rd T20I against South Africa
The ongoing South Africa series is a chance for Virat Kohli-led India to test their squad strength and identify the right players for the right roles ahead of the World T20 in Australia next year. The Men in Blue have been unbeaten in their last four T20I encounters and will be looking to make it five wins in five games when they take on South Africa in the final third T20I of the three-match series in Bengaluru on Sunday.
India are yet to lose a game across formats post their exit from the 2019 World Cup and Kohli's men will be keen on keeping the record intact against the Proteas, who are trying to reshape their squad in the shortest format of the game under Quinton de Kock. India have already taken a 1-0 unassailable lead in the ongoing series after their win in the second encounter in Mohali on Thursday.
It was a ruthless performance from the Indian side with the bowling and batting department firing together. While the bowlers were impressive to restrict the visitors on a moderate total of 149 runs in 20 overs, captain Kohli led the chase in a fantastic manner with an unbeaten 72 off 52 balls as the Men in Blue won the game without breaking a sweat, chasing down the target with six balls to spare.
Kohli might not want to tinker with the winning combination in the final third game of the series but will be tempted with the idea of giving opportunities to the likes of Rahul Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed, who warmed the bench in the second T20I. However, a change is seemingly unlikely with all four all-rounders getting game time.
With the game being played at the batting-friendly Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, all eyes will be on Rishabh Pant, who has been facing immense criticism for failing to execute his plans properly out in the middle, often falling cheaply. It will be also a chance for Rohit Sharma to take over from Kohli as the leading run-getter in T20Is once again.
Here's India's predicted playing XI for the 3rd T20I against South Africa in Bengaluru:
India - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar/Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini/Khaleel Ahmed