South Africa have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series © AFP
South Africa have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series © AFP

Kolkata: The South African and Indian cricket teams landed in the city on Tuesday for the third Twenty20 International outing at the Eden Gardens here on October 8. Ringed by a heavy cordon of security personnel, the two sides flew into the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at around 1.50 pm and were driven straight to a posh five star hotel. South Africa have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The visitors would seek to keep up the winning momentum and make it a clean sweep ahead of the five-game ODI and four-match Test series. On the other hand, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian outfit will try to salvage some pride in the dead rubber and raise their confidence level for the coming engagements. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 3rd T20I at Kolkata

India are hosting South Africa for four Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in South Africa’s largest Indian tour, of 72 days. The tour will begin with a T20 practice match in Delhi, before the first T20I, in Dharamsala, and will end with the final day of the fourth Test in Delhi, on December 7. The two countries have been engaged in only one four-Test series before, in South Africa in 1992-93. India had lost that Test series 1-0, with three drawn games. That was the first Test series the two had been playing against each other. India vs South Africa 2015, 2nd ODI at Indore: MPCA aims to prepare batting pitch

South Africa have arrived in India after a limited-overs series at home against New Zealand, and an undercooked tour of Bangladesh, in which they lost the ODI series 2-1, won the T20I series, and drew the rain-marred Test series. But the quality time spent negotiating subcontinental conditions has served as a good warm-up ahead of facing India in India. India vs South Africa, 1st ODI at Kanpur: Green Park Stadium colour raises political issue