After an impressive 203-run win in the Test opener against Proteas at Visakhapatnam, men in blue are all set to continue their dominance in Pune also. Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team is looking forward to seal the home series with a win in the second Test at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The second Test encounter between both the teams will get started from October 10th till October 14th.
With the stalwarts like ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma, explosive opener Mayank Agarwal, classic off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and young gun Wriddhiman Saha in the team, India is more than ready to take on the visitors at the home soil. When on one side, Ashwin is set to challenge the Proteas batsmen with his destructive bowling tricks, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal on the other, are expecting to give a mind-blowing headstart to their team.
On the other hand, Proteas are also hoping to bounce back in the game and level-up the scoreboard with the second Test encounter win on a positive note. The Faf du Plessis-led team is working hard in the nets to perform better in an upcoming battle against India. Though in the Test opener at Vizag, Proteas faced an embarrassing defeat despite the best efforts of Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock. But this time, they take on the field against India with full-fledged preparations. It will be interesting to see whether the visitors will be able to level up the game or hosts will wrap up the three-match Test series with a 2-0 win.
India vs South Africa, Test schedule
- India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: October 10th-October 14th, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 9:30 am (IST)
- India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: October 19th-October 23rd, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, 9:30 am (IST)
Both India and South Africa have played 37 matches so far in Test cricket format. Out of these 37 matches, Proteas have won 15 encounters so far while India has come out with only 12 victories. Remaining 10 matches have been tied between both the teams. This means South Africa is leading the head-on-head records with a winning percentage of 41.66.
After spoiling the very first day of Test opener between India and South Africa at Vizag, rain is again likely to interrupt the match at Pune also. As per the weather forecasting reports, the weather is predicted to be rainy on the first day of the second test at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. But even if the rain plays a spoilsport, it will be no need to worry as the MCA stadium has a sand-based ground and it required around half an hour for the match to resume once the rain stops.
In India, the first test match between the home team India and strong visitors South Africa will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Networks. While in South Africa the game will be telecasted live on SuperSport networks. On the other hand, the online live streaming of the match is available on Hotstar app and Hotstar.com.
Probable playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Francois du Plessis (captain), Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Shubman Gill
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, and Rudi Second