South Africa vs India 2nd Test Match, Jan’18: Cricket Match Preview

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( 2nd Test Match ) South Africa vs India Cricket Match Preview by Golden Jeeto

The second test between India and South Africa is scheduled to be held at SuperSport Park in Centurion, from 13th to 17th January, 2018. There have been about 22 test matches on this ground, and the history of these matches shows that the field favours the batting side. The pitch gives a certain advantage to seamers. If Indians have learned anything from their first innings performance at Newlands, it is that they need to further improve their batting performance to give South Africa a tough time on the ground.

The squads are pretty much the same as the first test. The Indians might play KL in place of Dhawan and Shami or Bumrah might be replaced by Ishant as the wicket needs pace bowlers. Unfortunately for the South Africans, Dale Steyn has had a serious injury in the first test, which is why he might not be playing the 2nd test match. Other than these changes, the squad and playing eleven would remain the same.

The Proteas have shown that they are on their own turf and are ready to tame the Indians who have were on a winning spree till last year. It is going to a fight, as the Men in Blue come roaring on the field to win the 2nd test, and the South Africans, confident after the first test, of their ability to knock the current leaders of the mantle once again. But, in the end, the winning team is going to be the one who plays well, and keeps their cool on the field for all five days.

Match Preview

MatchSouth Africa vs India, 2nd Test Match
Date13 Jan’18, Sat – 17 Jan’18, Wed
Time1:30 PM, 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL
VenueSuperSport Park, Centurion
Match numberTest no. 2293
Season2017/18
UmpiresMichael Gough
Paul Reiffel
TV UmpiresRichard Kettleborough
Reserve UmpireAllahudien Paleker
Match RefereeChris Broad

Squads

Here are the squads for both the teams:

                                        India                                   South Africa
PLAYERROLEPLAYERROLE
V Kohli (c)Top-order batsmanF du Plessis (c)Middle-order batsman
AM RahaneTop-order batsmanHM AmlaTop-order batsman
R AshwinBowling allrounderT BavumaMiddle-order batsman
JJ BumrahBowlerTB de BruynMiddle-order batsman
S DhawanOpening batsmanQ de KockWicketkeeper batsman
RA JadejaAllrounderAB de VilliersWicketkeeper batsman
B KumarBowlerD ElgarOpening batsman
Mohammed ShamiBowlerKA MaharajBowler
HH PandyaAllrounderAK MarkramOpening batsman
PA PatelWicketkeeper batsmanM MorkelBowler
CA PujaraTop-order batsmanCH MorrisBowling allrounder
KL RahulOpening batsmanAL PhehlukwayoBowler
WP SahaWicketkeeper batsmanVD PhilanderAllrounder
I SharmaBowlerK RabadaBowler
RG SharmaTop-order batsmanDW SteynBowler
M VijayOpening batsman
UT YadavBowler

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Sarmad

Sarmad is a cricket enthusiast who loves to observe each match keenly. He is an editor and a regular contributor for Golden Jeeto. Apart from this, Sarmad loves to explore and read about Human Psychology and that is why he provides the prediction for upcoming matches too. He feels excited to share his review, prediction and feedback with sports lovers.

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