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India vs. South Africa Second Test -Probable XI, Pitch Report and Weather Report, & Key Players

After registering a comprehensive victory in the first Test, Virat Kohli’s men are all set to repeat their performance to clinch a series victory when they meet in second Test. The second Test of the three-match series between India and South Africa will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune. The match will start at 9:30 AM IST on October 10. 

South African side showcased exceptional performance in the first innings of the first Test match. Dean Elgar and de Kock’s brilliant batting display can prove to positive for the team in this game. Now, Faf du Plessis led side will be aiming to resolve and fix the issues that led to their downfall in the second innings to level the series 1-1.  

India, on the other hand, will enter the match without any pressure as the team is going through a good phase. The Indian team has won its first three games of the World Test Championship and are right at the top in the standings. 

Pitch Report

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association 

Total Matches played: 1

Matches won batting first: 1 

Matches won bowling first: 0

Average first innings score: 260 runs

Average second innings score: 105 runs 

Average third innings score: 285 runs 

Average fourth innings score: 107 runs

Spinners will get extra advantage from this track. The first two days of the match will offer equal opportunities to both batsman and bowlers to make an impact. But as the game will go on, the pitch is expected to deteriorate. So, captain winning the toss is expected to bat first.  

Weather Condition

Like the first day of the first Test, weather might play the spoilsport in this match also. There’s a huge possibility of scattered thunderstorm and rain on regular basis. The temperature will linger around 30 degrees Celsius, and the humidity is expected to be 70 percent. 

Probable Playing XI:

India 

Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

South Africa 

Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (C), Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock (wk), Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Key Players 

India 

Rohit Sharma

R. Ashwin

South Africa

Temba Bavuma

Dean Elgar

Head to Head in Test cricket 

Total Matches: 37

India won: 12

South Africa won: 15

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