India vs South Africa 2nd Test Preview,Team News,Live Stream & TV Channel Info
|Match Date:||Thursday, October 10th|
|Kick Off Time:||9:30am local, 05:00 UK time|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||37,000|
|Match Venue:||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune|
|TV Channels:||Start Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1 (India),Willow TV, SkySports (USA)|
|Live Streaming:||Hotstar,SkyGo App|
Weather : Sunny spells and warm temperatures are expected throughout the match, with the only rain forecast during the back-end of day one.
Match Preview :
It was a real grind for South Africa in the opening match of the Test series at Visakhapatnam. They will now face India in the the second Test in Pune in conditions that might suit them a little bit more.
Although the Pune surface turned square in the last Test that was played their between India and Australia, the venue received a demerit point because of that and hence it is likely to be flatter. In the IPL, the Pune pitch often has something for the quicker bowlers and the ball wobbles around a bit to begin with. With the red ball, that effect is expected to be escalated.
South Africa would look to include one more pacer in their ranks, preferably Lungi Ngidi, in place of either Dane Peidt or Senuran Muthusamy. Interestingly, both performed well with the bat in the last game but the Proteas will look to strengthen their bowling attack.Get Premier league odds
2nd Test Key Players
Virat Kohli: The Indian skipper has got the work to do out in order to consolidate his position in the ICC Test rankings. Already Steve Smith surpassed him in the ICC Test rankings as well. It has been a long time since Virat Kohli scoring a century for India in Test cricket.
Rohit Sharma: Well, after an incredible Test match against South Africa at Vizag, Rohit Sharma would like to repeat the show again. He is in scintillating form and would like to make the most of the opportunity at the top of the order. The flamboyant batsman is in form of his life.
Cheteshwar Pujara: The rock-solid Pujara will be on the show for the team at number 3 position. Over the years, he has been incredible for the team with his blistering batting. The flamboyant batsman has been a blessing in the recent past for Virat Kohli-led side.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Yeah, yet another spinner makes into the playing XI, as the conditions in Pune suit the spinners well. Apart from that, Ashwin adds great depth to the batting lineup and also got a brilliant record against South Africa.
Dean Elgar: Doesn’t matter what the conditions are, Dean Elgar always stands tall for his side. The flamboyant batsman already registered century in the series and would like to irritate the hosts at Pune as well. He also got the knack of picking wickets.
Faf du Plessis: As always, a lot will depend on his batting for South Africa. He is one of those few players, who can play innings for a long time. But, unfortunately, he couldn’t showcase his talent the other day but very poised to perform in the second innings.
Senuran Muthuswamy: He is always a good option for the team as he is a specialist in delivering the breakthroughs in tougher situations which would change the course of the match. Besides that, he is technically solid batsman down the order for South Africa.
Kagiso Rabada : On his day, he will just wrap things with ease for South Africa. This dynamic bowler is gently known as Pace specialist, he could be a vital bowler for the proteas with the new ball upfront. Besides that, he has good records against India.
Team News –
- India came out on top in the first Test on day five as they managed to bowl the tourists out for 191 and seal a 203-run victory and they will be keen to push on in Pune to win the series at the first opportunity.
- Rohit Sharma repaid the faith in him shown by the Indian selectors as he hit a century in both innings and looked incredibly comfortable throughout, so he will retain his place in what could well be an unchanged line-up for Virat Kohli’s men.
- Paceman Mohammed Shami looked to be struggling with injury in the first innings of the first Test but he showed no signs of it in the second innings as his five wickets helped lead them to victory, while the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin also played key roles with Ashwin returning to the top ten in the ICC World Rankings after his performance last time out.
- South Africa lost what was their opening match in the inaugural Test Championship and that was after posting an impressive 431 in the first innings, and there will be plenty of positives they can take from that opening game despite a few doubts potentially creeping in after being bowled out for just 191 in their second innings.
- The manner of their second innings collapse on day five will frustrated them but the batting in the first innings with Elgar and De Kock’s centuries should give them some confidence, although they will hope De Bruyn and Bavuma can find some form quickly.
- The fundamental difference between the two teams clearly lies in the bowling attacks in these conditions as their inferior spin options are an issue, with Maharaj their only real threat, and Piedt and Muthusamy were both hit out of the attack at various stages in the first Test so the lack of quality and the threat of their pacemen being dulled by the pitch puts them at a major disadvantage.
The Number’s Game
Average 1st & 2nd Innings Score: 260 & 105
Average 3rd & 4th Innings Score: 285 & 107
Highest Total: 285/10 (87 Ov) by AUS vs IND
Lowest Total: 105/10 (40.1 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Lucky Defends: 107/10 (33.5 Ov) by IND vs AUS
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 W D W
SA : L L L W W
South Africa Probable XI – Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Dane Piedt, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander
India Probable XI – Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Wicket Keeper –
- Quinton de Kock ( Lower middle order, 111 in First Test)
- W Saha ( Lower order, very good wk, will not get much chance to bat)
- Virat Kohli ( 2 down, best batsman in world,Most Consistent batsmen in middle order)
- Cheteshwar Pujara ( 1 down, technically very strong,Back in Touch Scored 81 in First Test)
- Hanuman Vihari ( Middle order + pary time off spin, 289 runs at Av of 96 last series)
- Faf duplesis ( 2 down, best batsman of SA,55 in First Test)
- 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,Now Scored 2 Back 2 Back Centuries in First Test)
- Temba Bavuma ( Middle order solid batsman, 109 runs against Ind-A, 88 in practice game,Failed in First Match)
- Ravichandran Ashwin ( Off spinner + very good batsman,Taken 8 Wickets in His First Test Match Playing after one Year)
- R Jadeja ( Left arm orthodox + attacking lower order batsman, 30 & 40 Runs + 6 wickets in last Test)
- V Philander ( Pacer, known for swing, can also bat, 2 wickets in last game)
- Kagiso Rabada( Pacer, among top 5 bowlers in world cricket, 1 wicket in last game)
- M Shami( Pacer, Must have bowler in any condition,5 Wicket haul in First Test)
- Ishant Sharma( Pacer, Known for swing, 1 wicket in last Match)
- Keshav Maharaj ( Slow left arm, 94 test wickets, will be very handy in Indian Conditions, 5 Wickets in both innings of first Test Match only effective Bowler From SA Side)
- Dane Piedt ( Off spinner, 1 wicket in last game, can also bat)