After being battered and bruised in the first two matches, England team will have a realistic chance of making a comeback in the series on the pacy PCA Stadium wicket. The likes of Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan should find the deck to their liking.
Traditionally the most pace-friendly pitch in the sub-continent, PCA curator Daljit Singh is confident there will be plenty to keep the pacers on both sides interested.
"All I can say is it will be a good one-day wicket. It should have good pace and bounce all through the match. The ball might do a bit under the lights and the dip in temperature might also help that in the later part of the innings."
This will surely be welcomed by England, who have till now struggled to control the flow of runs. Both Finn and Bresnan can prove dangerous on a lively wicket in early winter conditions. "We will be leaving a good grass cover on it," Daljit said.
South Africa played Netherlands in the World Cup on the pitch and scored 351 runs, the highest total at the venue.
India will bank on their medium pacers Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav, who showed better control on the more benign Ferozshah Kotla pitch with Vinay taking a career-best 4- 30.
Daljit warned that dew can play a part in the game and bowlers might struggle for grip.
"We will take measures and use ASPA-80 spray to negate the dew's effect. But with two new balls being used the teams will have to protect a ball only for 25 overs, which to an extent might help negate the effect for the team bowling second."