Having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead, India will be looking for another facile victory against the Proteas, which will propel them to the second position in the ICC Test rankings.

However, with the Jamtha pitch at BCCI president Shashank Manohar's hometown Nagpur incurring the wrath of ICC match referee Jeff Crowe, who rated it as sub-standard, the focus will be firmly on the pitch at the national capital.

While the Feroz Shah Kotla track is not expected to be a rank turner, the primary character of the pitch has been of low and slow nature, which is unlikely to change. India's spin troika have so far accounted for 47 out of the 50 South African wickets in the five completed innings across three Tests.

Of them, Ravichandran Ashwin emerged as the leader of the pack with 24 victims to his credit, while Ravindra Jadeja has made an impressive comeback with 16 scalps. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has only seven wickets to his credit, but his victims have been critical in the context of the twin victories.

One of the wickets that caught the eye was the manner in which right-handed batsman Simon Harmer was bowled with the delivery landing well outside the leg-stump and going onto hit the top of off-stump. But that sort of thing is unlikely to happen at the Kotla, where the spinners will need more patience as the turn will be slower.

Unbelievable it may sound but only two batsmen - Vijay and Pujara - have scored half-centuries in the four completed innings so far. Kotla has always had something for the seamers during the first hour of every December morning. Ishant Sharma likes these conditions but one will have to wait to find out whether Binny or Aaron make a comeback in the playing XI or they persist with Rohit, who looked good during his brief knock of 23 in the second innings.

For the South Africans, Dale Steyn's availability is still under cloud and Morne Morkel could again shoulder the burden of leading the inexperienced attack.

The visitors predictably have AB de Villiers at the top of the run scorers' list with 173 runs to his credit. No marks for guessing that he is the only batsman who has scored both the half-centuries for his side. The side will take some confidence from the dogged partnership in the last game between Faf du Plessis and skipper Hashim Amla, who has been out of sorts during this tour.


Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Stuart Binny

South Africa: Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers, Stiaan van Zyl, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Dane Vilas (wk), Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Styen, Temba Bavuma, Merchant de Lange, Kyle Abbott, Dane Piedt.

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