- Published: Saturday, 13 January 2018 13:38
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India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel
13:09 hrs IST: South Africa have made only one change with Lungi Ngidi making his debut. For India, three changes. KL Rahul replaces Shikhar Dhawan. Wriddhiman Saha is out due to a hamstring injury and Parthiv Patel is in. But, the third one is an absolute shocker. Ishant Sharma replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvi was your best bowler and a solid bat in the first Test.
13:01 hrs IST: South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat.
12:51 hrs IST: In 33 Tests as captain, Virat Kohli hasn’t fielded the same XI in consecutive matches. And today, a minimum of two changes can be expected.
12:47 PM IST: Mohammed Shami, who took 99 wickets at 30.29 in 28 Tests, need just one wicket to complete the century of wickets. He will become 21st bowler to reach this milestone. Will he play today?
12:45 PM IST: We are 15 minutes away from the toss and a lot of focus is on the pitch. It surely will be a test for batsmen on both sides.
After a brilliant home run, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team faces one of their greatest test at a venue that has been rather kind to South Africa. South Africa have won 17, lost two and draw three in 22 Test matches played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. The Proteas enjoy a winning spree at this ground like no other venue across South Africa. India,on the other hand, have lost the only Test match played at this venue in 2010.
Du Plessis wants South Africa’s pacemen to be able to put the tourists under pressure, but finds himself facing unfamiliar conditions on his home surface.
“Generally‚ Centurion does not spin that much but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it and it is not something that we are used to here. For us‚ at the moment, it is unknown and we will see how it plays over the next five days,” he told a news conference.
India are considering changing their opening combination. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan struggled in both innings in Cape Town, Vijay making just 14 across his two knocks.
KL Rahul is consequently in the running for a starting berth as India, the top-ranked Test team, attempt to avoid a first series defeat in 11, though Virat Kohli assured he was calm about the batting unit as a whole.
(Source: The Hindustan Times)