IND v SA 3rd ODI stats: Dhoni eyes wicketkeeping record

All the key statistics ahead of the third one-day international between India and South Africa in Cape Town.

M. S. Dhoni is on the brink of a major wicketkeeping landmark.   -  AP

India returns to the venue where its tour of South Africa began on a sour note with a 72-run loss in the first Test. Tables have been turned since then and India is the team with all the confidence and winning momentum at exactly the halfway point on the tour.

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Leading South Africa 0-2 in the six-match ODI series, India has an unprecedented record in its sight. M. S. Dhoni is closing in on a wicketkeeping landmark, while South Africa may have another debutant come Wednesday. Here is Sportstar's statistical preview of the third one-dayer:

Team head-to-head

South Africa leads India by 45-31 in the overall head-to-head. It also has a 21-7 win-loss record on home soil against the Men in Blue, with two no-results in 30 one-day internationals.

At the Newlands in Cape Town, the two teams have faced each other three times, with the home side, again, holding a 2-1 edge on the visitor; India, however, won the sides' last meeting here, back in 2011.

South Africa has won 28 of its 33 ODI matches at the Newlands.

Heinrich Klaasen to debut for SA

With Quinton de Kock ruled out of the remainder of India's tour and as the only wicketkeeper in the squad, the Pretoria-born Klaasen looks set to make his international debut on Wednesday.

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He will become the 125th ODI player for South Africa.

400 club awaits M. S. Dhoni

India's most successful wicketkeeper is all set to break another record: Dhoni is one short of becoming only the fourth wicketkeeper to record 400 dismissals; Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (482), Australia's Adam Gilchrist (472) and South Africa's Mark Boucher (424) are the only ones above him on the list.

Win toss and bat first?

Teams batting first have won 79.31 per cent (23) of the day-night ODI matches played here (29). This record may influence the captain who wins the toss to elect to bat first.

A first for India

India has never recorded three ODI wins in a bilateral series against the Proteas.

Its best result was losing by a narrow 3-2 margin under M. S. Dhoni's captaincy, in 2011. And its worst was losing 4-0 to the Graeme Smith-led South African side in 2006, when Rahul Dravid was the captain.

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Under Virat Kohli, India has a chance to register three ODI wins in a bilateral series against South Africa for the first time and thereby take an unassailable 0-3 lead in this six-match series.

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