Live Cricket Score of South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Day 1

Wednesday, 24 Jan, 2018

It is India's first series loss under Kohli's captinacy and another loss in the third Test would make it 3-0.

Marco, younger to Duan Jansen by 15 minutes, said: "It is an incredible feeling to know that I had bowled to the best batsman (Virat Kohli) in the world and I really feel honoured to bowl to him and the rest of the team".

"Both teams have been taking 20 wickets, and I assume that that will happen again. Not many teams look half that when they come to India".

As if responding to the severe criticism of selections so far, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is set to return to the side, after mysteriously sitting out the previous Test. Keeping in mind the grass cover on the pitch, India may go into the game with a four-strong pace attack, backed up by Hardik Pandya.

Smith continued: "We all know he's an outstanding player, his intensity really benefits his own personal game, he loves that confrontation, that intensity brings the best out of him".

Despite South Africa's convincing victory in the second Test, not many were happy with the pitch at Centurion. "That was surprising. I don't see how we will ever be able to do that". Since Sunday, when the team regrouped after a three-day mid-tour break, Ajinkya Rahane has batted the longest in nets.

"We had our moments in both Tests where we looked like the number-one team".

Having been the go-to bowler at Newlands, Philander went at 2.87 and 2.50 in the first and second innings of the second Test, while Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Morné Morkel reaped the rewards. "As a captain as well, you want to proudly do better in situations when the game has gone away from you at times". Playing at Perth, the team, then led by MS Dhoni, was desperate for a win.

After sealing the series in Centurion, Faf du Plessis had pointed out that he wouldn't like to take the "foot off the gas pedal" as the Proteas push towards the no.1 Test ranking. "I will just have to run a little bit quicker from slip to slip".

"I can think of a place like Perth in Australia, where we have never lost, and we get to the ground and we feel, "we are confident here, we can perform here".

Therefore, given the daunting and lop-sided conditions they are likely to encounter, will India take the highly unconventional move of not fielding a specialist spinner in the XI? India had used the services of Ashwin in the first two Tests. It's been a pretty quiet series for majority, and if we can keep doing that we will change that stat. What they want is the beauty of a perfectly symmetric 3-0 scoreline, and India's battle is to avoid exactly that ugliness. Rohit played, he didn't do well, you are asking me Ajinkya didn't play.

Ganguly had also suggested that India play an extra bowler on Johannesburg track.