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    IND vs SA: Will Virat-Dravid change the winning combination? That could be the playing eleven

    New Delhi. India will face South Africa (India vs South Africa) in the second Test starting on Monday, January 3 at the Johannesburg Wanderers Stadium. India have a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. No Indian team has ever won a Test series in South Africa, but Virat Kohli & Co. has the first chance to achieve this feat. The Indian team took a 1-0 lead in the series by defeating Centurion by 113 runs. Thus India became the first Asian team to win a Test match at Supersport Park.

    Co-captain KL Rahul’s century and Mohammad Shamir’s 8 wickets and the great bowling efforts of the fast bowlers helped India beat Dean Elgar & Co. The second day of the match was completely ruined due to rain. He could not make a single ball on the second day of the match. Despite this South Africa (IND vs. SA) Had to face defeat. India are stuck on their 5-bowler policy for the opening Test. However, despite the speculation, Virat Kohli may choose an extra batsman. Though India did well to score 327 in the first innings, the fall of the batsmen in the second innings caught the eye of the management.

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    Under pressure, Ajinkya Rahane was backed by the team management as former co-captains Hanuma Bihari and Shreyas Iyer were placed in the XI before. He used the opportunity. He scored 45 in the first innings and 20 in the second innings. However, senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for Golden Duck in the first innings and 18 runs in the second innings. It remains to be seen whether India will want to rhythm with the winning combination and replace Pujara with one of the batsmen on the bench.

    India, on the other hand, will attack quickly considering the nature of the Wanderers Test pitch. India fed and won 4 pacers and one all-rounder in the form of Hardik Pandya in their tour of 2018. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are on the Indian bench. In Centurion, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Tagore played quartet. However, Ravichandran Ashwin, who took two wickets in the first Test, kept it tight at one end, which helped the fast bowlers work their way to the other end. India could go into the second Test with an unchanged bowling line-up with severe penalties for over-rate offenses.

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    On the other hand, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, who played his first Test at Centurion, has retired from the longest format of the game and South Africa will have to make a radical change. Kyle Ren kept the wicket in the absence of De Kock in the West Indies in June and will probably be cleared again, although impeccable left-arm Ryan Rickelton is in great form with the bat in domestic cricket. The hosts could also play five fast bowlers, replacing Keshab Maharaj with in-form Duan Olivier, who went without a wicket in the first Test. In fact, the left-arm spinner did not bowl in the second innings of the Centurion Test.

    Possible playing XI in the second Test could be something like this:

    India’s potential XI: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Tagore, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.

    South Africa’s potential XI: Dean Elgar (C), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rossi van der Dussen, Ryan Rickelton (Wicketkeeper), Temba Bavuma, Vian Mulder, Duan Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jensen, Lungi Ngidi.

    Tags: Cricket News, India vs South Africa, Virat Kohli


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