Wicketkeeper De Kock adds to South Africa's injury woes

Posted February 07, 2018

AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock have all been ruled out of the remaining matches on this Indian tour.

Cape Town: South Africa played the second One Day International like minnows and any Cricket fan must not be expecting the same in the third encounter irrespective of India's convincing win. De Kock sustained the injury during the second ODI against India at SuperSport Park on Sunday, and will require 2-4 weeks to make a recovery. "The CSA medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month".

India have never won or drawn a bilateral ODI series against South Africa in South Africa, if they win the third ODI, they will have assured at least a drawn series for the first time.

Virat Kohli-led team India, enthusiastic with two successive wins, will try to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the one-day series against South Africa.

Barring opener Rohit Sharma, the top order batting comprising Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have been in impressive form while in the bowling department, the wrist spin twins - leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav - have literally been the reason behind India's two victories so far, sharing 13 wickets between them.

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A win for South Africa will see India move back to no.2.

However, they struggled to build partnerships as regular wickets undermined their run-chase.

The three-match series, also a first-round fixture of the ICC Women's Championship, gives both the teams a chance to qualify directly for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup.

Stand-in captain Aiden Markram and batting coach Dale Benkenstein have openly said that understanding Kuldeep and Chahal will take time as they bring in an element of newness. The target for South Africa was 214 runs. The 23-year-old is only in the fledgling stages of his ODI career, and is still working out his own gameplans to be successful at this level.

South Africa will hope, though, that De Kock's enforced break proves to be a blessing in disguise. De Kock hasn't made even one half-century in eight innings across the two formats. Television replays showed the ball to be turning past his leg-stump.