India Vs South Africa 2nd Test match: Match Preview, Match Prediction, Weather Forecast and Predicted XI
On 6th October, India registered their first win in the three-match Test series against South Africa. In Visakhapatnam, India won the match by 203 runs as the Indian bowlers bundled the visitors after 191 runs in the fourth innings. After the victory, India, with 160 points, is in top position in the points table of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21.
South Africa are playing the first Test series after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Proteas has lost the first Test match and will be ready to make the comeback in the next Test match. Sportzwiki here brings you Match Preview, Match Prediction, Weather Forecast and Predicted XI.
Date and Venue of India vs South Africa 2nd Test match: 10th-14th October, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Pune.
India will play with more confidence.
Rohit Sharma has solved the problem of the Test opener. Rohit Sharma in his debut match as a Test opener has played tremendously well. The player in the first Test match scored 303 runs. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara, in the top order, also played well.
The middle-order has not played well in Visakhapatnam. Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane in the first innings were out early. But Vihari’s and Rahane’s performance in the West Indies tour was outstanding so they can be the trusted player.
Talking about bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin picked seven wickets in the first innings and Ravindra Jadeja picked four wickets in the second innings. The fifth day was good for the pacer Mohammed Shami as he scalped wickets in the second innings. So overall, the spinner and pacer combination proved beneficial for the team.
India will play with more confidence in the second Test match after registering their first victory.
South Africa needs to work hard
South Africa showed good performance in their first innings. Dean Elgar opened the innings and scored 160 runs for the team. Quinton de Kock also scored a century and helped the visitors to chase down the score. But both players in the second innings lost their wickets early as they lost the first Test match.
South African bowlers also had to struggle a lot to pick the wickets. The spinner Keshav Maharaj was only the successful bowler. In both innings, he picked the wicket of Rohit Sharma. The visitors will have to work hard in the Indian soil to make a come back in the Test Series.
Head to Head
Overall Matches played: 37
India won: 12; South Africa Won: 15; Draw: 10
Spinners dominated during the only Pune Test in February 2017 (between India and Australia). While the pacers took nine wickets, the spinner claimed 31 wickets in that game.
As the first day of the first Test match was halted by rain. There are chances that the rain may also halt the 2nd Test matches.
India Predictable XI
|Rohit Sharma||Opening Batsman|
|Mayank Agarwal||Opening Batsman|
South Africa predictable XI
|Theunis de Bruyn||Batsman|
|Faf du Plessis(C)||Batsman|
|Quinton de Kock||Wk-batsman|
India has played only one Test match in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Pune in 2017. India lost that Test match against Australia. But this time there are chances that India might win the Test matches.
This time India is playing with strong and experienced team members. Whereas South Africa team has no experience in that field and also playing with inexperienced players.
TV – Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD
Match Timings – 9:30 local time & IST (4:00 AM GMT)
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