India vs South Africa 1st Test Preview,Team News,Live Stream & TV Channel Info
|Match Date:||Wednesday, 2 October|
|Kick Off Time:||9:30am local, 4:00am GMT|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||25,000|
|Match Venue:||ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium – Visakhapatnam, India|
|TV Channels:||Start Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1 (India),Willow TV, SkySports (USA)|
Weather : There could be a few interruptions for rain in Visakhapatnam throughout the week, but the chance of rain is generally around the 30 per cent mark. Isolated thunderstorms are forecast in the region, but fortune may favour the cricket weather-wise.
Match Preview :
The wait is over. India and South Africa are ready to battle out in the first of the three-match Test series at Visakhapatnam. After a drawn T20I series, the hosts would for an early lead in conditions that suit them better.
South Africa is a better side and despite having fresh faces in their squad the Proteas still can’t be taken lightly. The build-up to the India vs South Africa test series has been quieter than normal this time around. There are no outlandish statements being made by the teams, the pitches are not in focus, and no major inter-player rivalries to talk about.
We are certain that the attitudes of both the teams are going to change once the cricket starts.
India is in search of a record 11th consecutive series win at home while South Africa is searching for redemption after a horrific World Cup campaign. Beating India in India is considered by most cricket pundits as the most difficult task in world cricket. South Africa, of an earlier generation, has been the most successful side to tour India.Get Premier league odds
1st Test Key Players
Virat Kohli: The India captain has 25 test-match centuries to his name, while his two half-centuries in the West Indies means he has passed 50 a further 22 times in his test career now. He has hit a total of 6,749 runs in 135 innings.
Ajinkya Rahane: In top form in the Caribbean last month, when he hit 81, 102, 24 and 64* in his four innings. The first innings of this game will be his 100th in test-match cricket and he averages 42.23 having hit ten centuries and another 19 half-centuries in his previous 99.
Mohammed Shami: Took nine wickets in the four innings in the Caribbean and has enjoyed success against South Africa before too. In total, the paceman – who will take on added importance in Bumrah’s absence – has 153 wickets in 81 innings.
Faf du Plessis: The South Africa captain goes into what could be his 99th and 100th test innings, looking to add to his nine centuries and 19 half-centuries in the longest format. He averages 42.95 in test-match cricket.
Quinton de Kock: Scored three half-centuries in four innings against Sri Lanka in South Africa’s most recent test series. He arrives in good form, after scoring 52 and 79* in the T20i series too.
Kagiso Rabada: Ranked second in the world test-match bowling rankings, the 24-year-old paceman – who took 3-39 in the final T20i – has racked up 176 wickets in just 37 tests. That includes nine five-wicket hauls, while he has taken ten in a match on four occasions too.
Team News –
- India come into this three-match Test series against South Africa with plenty of confidence as they sit at the top of the Test Championship table after their comprehensive 2-0 win over the West Indies in August.
- KL Rahul has been dropped from the Test squad which signals yet another change to the opening partnership and Rohit Sharma comes back into the squad, seemingly set to partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order while the in-form Shubman Gill also returns to the fold.
- Jasprit Bumrah has been sidelined with fracture, and Umesh Yadav has been named as the replacement.
- Kohli has confirmed Saha will keep wickets in the SA Test. The Indian skipper also confirmed that Ashwin will come back to the side.
- Rishabh Pant will not play in this match.
- South Africa return to Test action after not playing in this format of the game since a two-match series against Sri Lanka which they surprisingly lost 2-0 in incredibly dramatic circumstances.
- With Hashim Amla now retired from international cricket, they will need to find a new number three batsman and Theunis de Bruyn appears the most likely candidate ahead of Zubayr Hamza following his century in Sri Lanka last year where he showed he was more than capable in similar conditions to what he will likely face here.
- Faf is back as team’s captain and has said they are thinking of playing 5 bowlers. They can go with 3 spinners and 2 pacers combo.
- Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar will open the innings. Markram is a emerging talent and scored a century in practice game. Elgar is technically very strong batsman.
- Quinton de Kock will handle the wicket keeping. He has been Africa’s best man in test cricket also. He plays attacking cricket down the order.
- Keshav Maharaj and Dane Piedt will handle the spin section. S Muthuswamy can also play.
- Kagiso Rabada, V Philander and L Ngidi (risky) will lead the pace attack. Rabada is not a player who is need to be introduced.
The Number’s Game
|Matches won batting first||1|
|Average 1st Inns scores||455|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||255|
|Average 3rd Inns scores||204|
|Average 4th Inns scores||158|
|Highest total recorded||455/10 (129.4 Ov) by IND vs ENG|
|Lowest total recorded||158/10 (97.3 Ov) by ENG vs IND|
Venue Scoring Pattern
Head to Head (in Test) :Overall :
|Matches Played||IND Won||SA Won||Tie||No Result|
Team Form in Last Five Matches (Most Recent First)
IND : W W D W L
SA : L L W W W
South Africa Probable XI – Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Dane Piedt, Vernon Philander
India Probable XI – Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Wicket Keeper –
- Quinton de Kock ( Lower middle order, 131 runs in T20 series)
- W Saha ( Lower order, very good wk, will not get much chance to bat)
- Virat Kohli ( 2 down, best batsman in world,Must have)
- Cheteshwar Pujara ( 1 down, technically very strong, slightly out of form, will need only 1 inning to get back to form)
- Hanuman Vihari ( Middle order + pary time off spin, 289 runs at Av of 96 last series)
- Faf duplesis ( 2 down, best batsman of SA)
- Ajinkya Rahane ( 3 down, 271 runs last series against Windies at Av of 90,technically very strong)
- Rohit Sharma (Opener, out on duck in practice game)
- Temba Bavuma ( Middle order solid batsman, 109 runs against Ind-A, 88 in practice game)
- Ravichandran Ashwin ( Off spinner + very good batsman, playing test cricket after 1 year)
- R Jadeja ( Left arm orthodox + attacking lower order batsman, 75 runs + 6 wickets last series)
- V Philander ( Pacer, known for swing, can also bat, 2 wickets in practice game)
- Kagiso Rabada( Pacer, among top 5 bowlers in world cricket, 1 wicket in practice game)
- M Shami( Pacer, Must have bowler in any condition, 9 wickets against Windies last series)
- Ishant Sharma( Pacer, Known for swing, 11 wickets last series)
- Keshav Maharaj ( Slow left arm, 94 test wickets, will be very handy in Indian Conditions)
- Dane Piedt ( Off spinner, 1 wicket in practice game, can also bat)