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India vs South Africa 3rd T20I: India's Predicted Playing XI

India vs South Africa 3rd T20I: India
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After registering a convincing victory in the previous game, the Men in Blue will be having their tails up while taking the field against South Africa for the third T20 on Sunday.

After registering a convincing victory in the previous game, the Men in Blue will be having their tails up while taking the field against South Africa for the third T20 on Sunday.

Leading the series 1-0, Virat Kohli and men will be keen on replicating their heroics from Mohali to clinch the trophy. The South Africans, on the other hand, will be determined to put forth a better display to challenge a mighty Indian outfit. Led by Quinton de Kock, the Proteas, after showing initial promise, seemed to run out of gas rather quickly in the 2nd T20I. While the batting fizzled after the departures of de Kock and Temba Bavuma, at no stage, did the bowling pack threaten to pose a worry or two to the Indian batsmen.

With the series on the line, the visitors are expected to come back strongly at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday evening.

Wary of this fact, the Indians will be looking to field their best playing XI to avoid any hiccups. With plenty of options at their disposal, Virat Kohli and Co will have their thinking caps on to hit the right form in Bengaluru tonight.

India's Predicted XI

While there might be a temptation to play KL Rahul at his home ground, a tightly packed top-order slims down the chances for the Karnataka batsman. The middle-order too, with Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya, is loaded with firepower and is likely to go unchanged.

The only spots up for debate are those of Krunal Pandya and Navdeep Saini. In a fair world, the senior Pandya, who didn't get an opportunity to shine in the previous game, would get another go. Saini, on the other, might have caught the ire of a few for leaking a few boundaries towards the end. It remains to be seen if the young pacer would be persisted with or the team management swaps him for the left-arm pace of Khaleel Ahmed.

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini/Khaleel Ahmed

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