South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first in the 3rd ODI against India being played at Rajkot on Sunday, Oct 18, 2015.
De Villiers said that 99% of his decision to bat first is because of the scorching heat. His players need not field in the hot sun.
There is one change in the Indian squad that played the second ODI, spinner Amit Mishra included in place of pacer Umesh Yadav.
Dhoni thinks its a good pitch to play, he said after the toss: “Looks like a good surface, we were looking to bat first as well.
“But not too disappointed as our spinners will come into play with the dew factor. Umesh Yadav makes way for Amit Mishra. The last game was good for us, getting a win is always good and you don’t want to be 2-0 down very early.”
Three spinners for India apart from Suresh Raina.
When last reports came in the score was SA 184/3 in 35 overs. Looks live India needs to chase a score of 300 plus.
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India team: Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, MS Dhoni, AM Rahane, V Kohli, SK Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, B Kumar, MM Sharma and A Mishra.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Farhaan Behardien, Dale Steyn, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel.
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