India’s mission to rescue the series starts in Centurion from tomorrow as the men from Asia will battle out against the buoyant Proteas in the second test of the series.
Setting the Scene:
India lost the first test in Cape Town even after some good performances, mainly with the ball. The batting department was the culprit as the visitors gave away a chance to chase a modest total and ended up trailing the series after the initial encounter of the series.
South Africa will be without Dale Steyn as he injured himself yet again. So the Proteas side may well be with Chris Morris instead of Steyn, otherwise it is most likely to be remained as an unchanged side.
India are expected to make some changes with Rahane is likely to play ahead of either Rohit Sharma or Hardik Pandya. KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel though also are in the squad but it is most likely will be an unchanged side for the visitors as well in SuperSport Park.
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 M. Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (Capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Ravichandran Ashwin, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Wriddhiman Saha, 9 Bhuveshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Faf du Plessis (Capt), 6 Quinton de Kock , 7 Vernon Philander, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Keshav Maharaj 10 Kagiso Rabada 11 Morne Morkel
It is a do or die match for Virat Kohli’s men as they are on the brink of loosing the series. The batting collapse has been the damaging cause for the Indians, but their bowling has been encouraging and that almost gave them a good platform to take the lead. Top order batsmen will have to spend more time at the crease and will have to show much more resilience.
With the absence of Steyn, Morne Morkel and co. will be having a bigger role to tackle the Indian line up. Also they need to improve their batting to stop any further hiccups. But Centurion is a place where South Africa has the best winning record and India have lost dismally in the only test they played in Centurion.
The match will be telecast live on Sony Ten 1 from 13.30 IST for Indian viewers.