South Africa will face off against India in the second Test match of India’s tour of South Africa. The visitors have won the first game emphatically and will want to build momentum into the second match. Virat Kohli and co. played some great live cricket in the first game and are now the favourites to win the series.
India are yet to lose a Test cricket match at Johannesburg. And going by how the team performed in the first game, Virat Kohli will be expecting to seal the series in the second Test match. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane adapted to the uneven bounce at supersonic park in the first innings. Rishabh Pant played a crucial run a ball 34 in the second. Going to Johannesburg, all of them can expect evenness in the pitch. However, all eyes will still be on how Virat Kohli starts 2022. Is it time for international century no 71?
Bowling wise, India attack their opponent as a combined unit with all bowlers chipping in at crucial instances. However, Mohammed Shami with his six for was the stand out.
India Squad: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Priyank Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha
Except for Temba Bavuma and skipper Dean Elgar in the second innings, no other South African batsman showed intent in the first Test match. They failed after getting decent starts. Keegan Peterson and Rassie van der Dussen will have to step up for the Porteas to be able to put up a big first innings score.
Bowling wise, South Africa, except for one morning session on Day 3, displayed a lackluster show. Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and debutant Marco Jansen fired in short spells. In Johannesburg, the pacers will have to keep at it for longer to yield results.
South Africa Squad: Dean Elgar(c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne(w), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Prenelan Subrayen, Beuran Hendricks, Duanne Olivier, Sisanda Magala, George Linde, Sarel Erwee, Ryan Rickelton, Glenton Stuurman
India and England have faced each other 128 times in Test matches. India have won 30 matches and the English have emerged victorious on 49 occasions. 49 tests have finished in a draw.
History is at stake. India have never won a Test series in South Africa. And with a win in the second match, Virat Kohli and company could achieve the feat. Form and team combination says that is a real possibility. The Indian side look much better than the South Africans in pretty much all departments and should seal the game and series.
Date and Time:
Monday, January 3, 2022, at 1:30 PM IST
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg