The upcoming second Test between India and South Africa is poised to kick off on January 3rd at Cape Town, with the host nation currently leading the two-match series 1-0 after a convincing victory in the first Test. In the opening clash, South Africa opted to bowl first and successfully restricted India to a total of 245 runs. KL Rahul emerged as the top scorer with a notable 101 runs, while Kagiso Rabada played a pivotal role by securing 5 wickets for the Proteas.
In response, South Africa displayed batting dominance, posting a formidable 408 runs on the scoreboard. Dean Elgar played a stellar innings, accumulating 185 runs, complemented by Marco Jansen’s contribution of 84. Despite the challenge, India’s Jasprit Bumrah managed to claim 4 wickets. The second innings saw the Indian batting lineup struggling, as they were dismissed for a mere 131 runs.
Virat Kohli provided some resistance with a score of 76, but Nandre Burger and Marco Jansen shared the bowling honors, securing 4 and 3 wickets respectively. As the teams gear up for the second Test, India is determined to level the series with a victory, while South Africa aims to clinch the series with another triumph. Expectations are high for yet another thrilling contest between these cricketing giants.
The setting at Cape Town promises an exciting atmosphere with a full house and midsummer heat, factors that could potentially neutralize some of the pitch’s inherent challenges. Notably, the pitch at Newlands appeared less green on Tuesday than it did on Monday, suggesting a more balanced playing field between bat and ball.
Furthermore, the absence of rain in the forecast for the duration of the match adds to the anticipation of a closely contested battle between India and South Africa at this iconic venue. Cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the unfolding drama in the second Test, eager to witness the clash of titans in what promises to be another riveting encounter.
Dean Elgar is set to lead South Africa in the absence of Temba Bavuma, who is sidelined with a hamstring strain, in what will be Elgar’s final Test as captain. Keshav Maharaj, strategically omitted in Centurion, is expected to return, likely replacing Gerald Coetzee, who is ruled out due to pelvic inflammation.
Probable XI: Dean Elgar (capt), Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Keegan Petersen, David Bedingham, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Nandre Burger, Lungi Ngidi
Prasidh Krishna’s Test debut in Centurion fell short of expectations, recording figures of 1-93 with his hit-the-deck style. Avesh Khan, now in contention for his Test debut, might step in as a potential replacement. Ravindra Jadeja is poised to replace Ashwin, who made way for him in the squad after missing the first Test due to a back spasm.
Despite a net session injury, Shardul Thakur is deemed fit, recovering well from a blow to his left shoulder suffered on Saturday. As the second Test approaches, India contemplates strategic changes to fortify their lineup and respond robustly after the Centurion defeat.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna/Avesh Khan
Fantasy XI Suggestion 1:
KL Rahul (vc), Virat Kohli, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Marco Jansen (c), Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Nandre Burgar, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Siraj
Fantasy XI Suggestion 2:
KL Rahul (c), Virat Kohli, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Shreyas Iyer, Marco Jansen, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Nandre Burgar, Kagiso Rabada