India vs South Africa, 2019: 3rd Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

India vs South Africa, 2019: 3rd Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

South Africa is battling with injuries and struggling with team combinations as India looks to inflict a clean sweep.

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Match Details:

The 3rd Test of the three-match series between India and South Africa will be played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (IST) (4:00 AM GMT).

This game will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Live Streaming will be available on Hotstar.


Nothing much has changed for South Africa from the last time they toured India. This time though, this inexperienced team is yet to find the right balance for the subcontinent conditions. The players that the selectors have backed to come good have largely disappointed overburdening one or two other players. To make this much worse, the Proteas have been hit by a couple of injuries as they move to the beautiful city of Ranchi in the northern part of India. To put things into perspective, the visitors seem to come nowhere near to a rampant Indian team.

The hosts have been playing some truly fabulous cricket at home. Winning 11 series in a row show the way they’ve been dominating the oppositions. A majority of the teams haven’t been able to decode the spin mantra and thus have struggled. With a bowling unit capable of picking 20 wickets without really breaking a sweat, Virat Kohli will look to clean sweep the visitors and register yet another one of those memorable victories.

Weather Report

The conditions in Ranchi don’t seem to be highly encouraging ahead of this Test match. There is a rain prediction on each of the five days of this Test match. Naturally, the humidity will be on the higher side and there will be a cloud cover on all the five days. There is a possibility that we might miss out on a lot of action in this game.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The pitch that will be used for this game is reported to be quite dry. Thus, it is expected to assist the spinners and will be another stern test for the visitors. However, with the overcast conditions, there might be something on offer for the bowlers as well with the new ball. Reverse swing might come into play in the later parts of an innings.

Injury and Availability News:

Aiden Markram is ruled out of the third Test after a self-inflicted wrist injury. Keshav Maharaj also will not play this game due to a shoulder injury. George Linde has been called up to replace Maharaj.

Probable Playing XIs:


Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami/Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.

Bench: Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami/Kuldeep Yadav, Hanuma Vihari.

South Africa

Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza/Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis (C), Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock (WK), Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Piedt/George Linde, Lungi Ngidi.

Bench: Zubayr Hamza/Theunis de Bruyn, Anrich Nortje, Dane Piedt/George Linde.

Top Picks:

Virat Kohli scored a fabulous double century in the last game. The Indian skipper is in great form and must be a part of your Dream11 Fantasy team. Both the Indian openers (Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal) and all-rounders (Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin) are worthy picks. From South Africa, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock are the best bets for your Dream11 Fantasy side.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Faf du Plessis

Vice-Captain Options – Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Quinton de Kock

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Quinton de Kock

Batters – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis

All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Ravichandran Ashwin, Senuran Muthusamy

Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Quinton de Kock

Batters – Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma

All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin (VC)

Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Lungi Ngidi, Umesh Yadav

Expert Advice:

You must go for Quinton de Kock ahead of Wriddhiman Saha in your Dream11 Fantasy team as he is the more likely wicket-keeper to bat in both the innings of this Test match. Moreover, there aren’t many options available in the bowling department and credits will be an issue. Thus, it is recommended to make necessary changes once the teams are out.

Probable Winners:

India is expected to win this match and make it a clean sweep.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.