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Aakash Chopra predicts Day 3 of the 2nd Test vs South Africa
By SMCS - Jan 5, 2022 12:00 pm
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The former India cricketer turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has made his predictions for the third day of the second Test between India and South Africa. However, Team India scored 85/2 before the Stumps on Day 2 of the Johannesburg Test, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle.

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The Indian team

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra has predicted that South Africa will need to chase more than 200 runs to draw the three-match Test series. The visitors have already won the first Test. He said: “I feel India will take a lead of 200 runs. We might not reach too far but we should go beyond 200, that is what I believe.”

The former India opener has also expected that South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada to be at his best form for India’s second innings. Although Rabada is yet to pick up a wicket in India’s second innings, he has claimed ten wickets in the series so far as well.

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Aakash Chopra observed: “Rabada will pick up three wickets. He can take more as well, he has got something going for him. I feel this time he will take 2-3 wickets quickly. Ashwin, Shardul and Vihari – all of them together – will score more than 50 runs. They will have to do that as well if you want to reach till 200 because after that the expectations of runs will reduce slightly.”

Team India
Team India

“I feel before the end of the day’s play, India will pick up three or more wickets. I mean 11 wickets on the first day, 11 wickets on the second day, it is possible 11 or 12 wickets might fall on the third day as well. This is a Test match of a maximum of three-and-a-half days, this is not going to the fifth day,” Aakash Chopra again shared.

Meanwhile, he also praised Shardul Thakur’s devastating spell that dismantled the South African batting order on Day 2. Thakur, however, registered career-best figures of 7/61 to help Team India restrict South Africa for 229 runs in their first innings as well.

Chopra said: “Lord hai to mumkin hai. He was playing his sixth Test match and took a seven-wicket haul. He picks up wickets in every innings of every match. Mohammed Siraj was injured, so he just stepped up. If Shami and Bumrah were putting pressure but were not able to take wickets, then he stepped up.”

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur bowled a phenomenal spell

He continued: “You don’t get to bowl in the first 35 overs, it means the Kookaburra ball has become old, then the batting becomes easier. The second session of the day is extremely favorable for batting, he took wickets there – sometimes with the outswinger, at other times with the inswinger or the bouncer.”

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Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra has also opened up on the tactic Shardul Thakur has used to dismiss the Proteas batters. He also named Shardul Thakur’s spell an exceptional performance as well.

“The Palghar made seven batters lick the dust in this encounter. He used the crease well, he was bowling slightly from the edge of the box because of which the batters are probably far from the ball when it is swinging in the air, I remember the Keegan Petersen wicket. The incoming balls have hit the pads. He has got sideways movement after pitching and that is why South African pitches are different. He was absolutely exceptional. It is the Lord’s universe and we all just live in that,” he signed off.

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