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

Match South Africa vs India, 2nd Test Match
Date 13 Jan’18, Sat – 17 Jan’18, Wed
Time 1:30 PM, 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL
Venue SuperSport Park, Centurion
Match number Test no. 2293
Season 2017/18
Umpires Michael Gough
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpires Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire Allahudien Paleker
Match Referee Chris Broad

Squads

Here are the squads for both the teams:

                                        India                                    South Africa
PLAYER ROLE PLAYER ROLE
V Kohli (c) Top-order batsman F du Plessis (c) Middle-order batsman
AM Rahane Top-order batsman HM Amla Top-order batsman
R Ashwin Bowling allrounder T Bavuma Middle-order batsman
JJ Bumrah Bowler TB de Bruyn Middle-order batsman
S Dhawan Opening batsman Q de Kock Wicketkeeper batsman
RA Jadeja Allrounder AB de Villiers Wicketkeeper batsman
B Kumar Bowler D Elgar Opening batsman
Mohammed Shami Bowler KA Maharaj Bowler
HH Pandya Allrounder AK Markram Opening batsman
PA Patel Wicketkeeper batsman M Morkel Bowler
CA Pujara Top-order batsman CH Morris Bowling allrounder
KL Rahul Opening batsman AL Phehlukwayo Bowler
WP Saha Wicketkeeper batsman VD Philander Allrounder
I Sharma Bowler K Rabada Bowler
RG Sharma Top-order batsman DW Steyn Bowler
M Vijay Opening batsman
UT Yadav Bowler

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