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India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI, Cape Town

India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI, Cape Town

"The Cricket South Africa medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month".

South Africa have opted not to call up a replacement for De Kock.

After a runner-up finish in the World Cup, Mithali Raj and her team did not play any global games - thanks to lackadaisical planning on the part of the BCCI.

South Africa will hope, though, that De Kock's enforced break proves to be a blessing in disguise.

Spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been fantastic in the first two ODIs, bagging 7 and 6 wickets respectively.

Electing to bat, left-handed batswoman Mandhana hit eight boundaries and a six in her 98-ball innings and shared a 99-run stand with skipper Mithali Raj (45) to help India post 213 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.

Khaka struck again to remove Mandhana and from 154/2 in the 36th over, South Africa's bowlers and fielders did well to turn up the pressure.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Meanwhile, the Indian team is relishing a fine role reversal from the Test series.

Overall, the best partnership for South Africa has only been 76 for the sixth wicket between Du Plessis and Chris Morris at Kingsmead. India has never won a Bilateral Series in South Africa, although they were close in 2010-11, yet they failed to win that series and they end their tour with 3-2 in One-day Internationals.

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.

If it so comes about, this will also be India's third- ever win at Newlands, for the Men in Blue have only played four ODIs at this ground, winning two and losing two, since 1992.

On current evidence, the visitors are expected to draw level in this statistic too and look worth their money as concerns the lead.

A win for South Africa will see India move back to no.2. Although the team management has been consistently saying that they do not pay much attention to the rankings, but Kohli and Company would not want to lose points and would prefer to stay at the top.