Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Confident India eye 3-0 lead against depleted S

Confident India eye 3-0 lead against depleted S

De Kock has been ruled out of the remainder of the Momentum One-Day (ODI) series and upcoming T20 worldwide series against India due to a left wrist injury.

Titans wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen, who was included in the squad after Du Plessis was ruled out after the series-opener in Durban, is being lined up to make his ODI debut at Newlands.

"Quinton suffered an extreme blow to the left wrist while batting in the second ODI on Sunday and felt severe pain and discomfort".

Seven months after a stupendous show in the World Cup, the Indian women's team shook off rustiness easily with a crushing 88-run win in the series-opener here on Tuesday.

De Kock was hurt during South Africa's heavy nine-wicket loss to India in the second match of their six-game ODI series in Pretoria on Sunday, which the hosts lost to go down 2-0.

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

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

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

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. While South Africa shot into a 2-0 lead, the visitors had to chop and change repeatedly to find a plausible combination throughout the prior series.

De Kock's injury leaves South Africa without an opening batsman and their first-choice wicketkeeper, but he has gone through a torrid time right from the first Test in Cape Town. De Kock's current mindset certainly came under scrutiny after the first ODI at Kingsmead when he walked off without reviewing an lbw decision off Chahal.

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