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>3rd ODI: India v South Africa, Ahmedabad, 27 Feb 2010

>South Africa in India ODI Series

India v South Africa, 3rd ODI
Date: February 27, 2010
Played at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabadr
Match Star Time: Match scheduled to begin at 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT)

India have made the challenge of accomplishing their first clean sweep against South Africa much harder by resting regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Their absence means India will line up at Motera on Saturday without seven of their first-choice XI.

South Africa will be relieved to not have to deal with the openers but they still have puzzles in their own game to solve. They were soundly beaten in Gwalior and got close in the first ODI only because of Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell’s performances – with the bat. Their batting order, apart from AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis, hasn’t pulled its weight. They will hope Hashim Amla can build on the momentum he showed in a cameo in the second ODI but, in the absence of Graeme Smith, much depends on Herschelle Gibbs.

Team news

India have rested several players and have brought in the likes of M Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun. With three of India’s first-choice openers – Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir – missing, Vijay is in line for an ODI debut.

India:- 1 M Vijay 2 Dinesh Karthik, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Sreesanth, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Sudeep Tyagi.

JP Duminy has headed home to South Africa because of a finger injury sustained in Gwalior, opening up a spot in the middle order.

South Africa:- 1 Herschelle Gibbs, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis (capt), 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Alviro Petersen, 6 Mark Boucher (wk), 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Van der Merwe, 11 Charl Langeveldt.

Pitch and conditions

“There’s not going to be much grass and a score of 250-260 would be a good total,” Dhiraj Parsana, the curator, said. The toss could prove crucial as dew is expected to play a big role later in the contest. “Over the last two days the dew fall has been quite heavy because of clear skies and little wind. If it’s windy it drives away the dew.” The curator said a run-fest was unlikely and there would be something in for the bowlers. If so, it would make for an interesting change from the high-scoring games that have become the norm in India.

Stats and trivia

* Ahmedabad should offer hope to South Africa. India have lost six of their 11 ODI games here, including all of the last three.

* This is the first time South Africa have lost three one-dayers in a row since their dismal showing in the 2008 ODI series in England

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