New Delhi: India will look to play for pride when they take on South Africa in the third and final T20 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. After already having lost the series, India could still find themselves with a window of opportunity to beat the mighty Proteas.
After having being outplayed in the 2nd T20 match in Cuttack, the hosts will be hungry to go in for the upcoming ODI series with a victory. Momentum will be the key for MS Dhoni-led side and they need to pursue it.
For the Proteas, most of the players have stepped up to earn them back-to-back wins. Their overall unit has played some intense cricket and the all-round balance will please skipper Faf du Plessis. Ahead of the third T20 match, we look at one player from each side who could make the difference.
MS Dhoni (India): The Indian skipper's experience will be a decisive factor in how India fare at the Eden Gardens. Dhoni's leadership blended with some changes could do well for India and the captain cool knows what it takes to get some shine back from a top quality opposition. Dhoni has managed to score only 25 runs in the first two games and it might propel him to bat up the order to take control this time. His power would be a crucial factor given the big Eden boundaries.
Albie Morkel (South Africa): The all-rounder who made a comeback to the South African side after more than a year, impressed with his bowling skills in the 2nd T20 and picked up three crucial wickets. Albie has been an important player in the Indian Premier League over the years and knows the surroundings very well which is of a big plus for the team. Apart from his bowling, Albie's skills with the bat speaks volumes and down the order he is a dangerous entity.