It’s only been a few days since the first test between South Africa and India ended, but a lot has happened in the last few days. India began the series as favourites, and they remain so, but South Africa demonstrated that they are not far behind and can pose a threat in the series’ second match.
With a chance to win the first-ever test series on South African soil, India will face South Africa in the series’ second match today. Despite the fact that there wasn’t much time to rest between the two games, both teams will come out with renewed vigour. We expect this match to be much closer than the first and certainly not one you want to miss.
The game will take place on January 3, 2022, at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Match Details to Note
Match: South Africa vs India, 2ndTest, India Tour of South Africa, 2021-22
Date:January 03, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
South Africa vs India Team Previews
If the losses in the previous games weren’t enough, Dean Elgar’s side now has to deal with Quinton de Kock’s unexpected retirement, which will hurt their already struggling batting line-up. The team struggled with the bat in both innings of the previous game, and they would need to break out of their shell and perform well in this game. Elgar will want his senior players to perform well in this game and level the series, despite the fact that the odds at India’s best betting apps are not in favour of the RSA side.
Aiden Markram failed in both innings, and he would have to get the side off to a good start with Dean Elgar. After failing to stay on the crease for long, the side would need a strong performance from Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, and Temba Bavuma in the middle order. Kyle Verreynne, who replaces de Kock in the side, will look to score runs alongside Wiaan Mulder and Keshav Maharaj.
The side would like to see Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi trouble the Indian top order with their bowling. They took wickets in the last over, but will face a difficult challenge against India’s strong batting line-up. Marco Jansen and Mulder would play important roles here, and Maharaj would benefit from the conditions as there would be more support for him on the surface.
South Africa Squad
Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), 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
Predicted XI: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
Virat Kohli would be ecstatic to have taken the lead on an away tour so early. They came here as fan favourites and lived up to the hype. Their bowlers put on a clinical performance in the previous game, but Kohli would like to see better efforts from his middle order in this game. As India prepares to win a historic series in South Africa, Kohli wants his team to keep the pedal to the metal.
Openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are in excellent form, and they will look to get the team off to a good start in this game. Cheteshwar Pujara would be competing for a spot in the team, and he would need to perform well at No. 3. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane will try to convert their flat-surface starts here. With Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Shardul Thakur in the lineup, they have good batting depth.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are in fine form, and the team would like to see them get off to a good start in this game. Shami would be confident after his outstanding performance in the previous game. Mohammed Siraj also bowled well in the previous game and will look to make good use of his nippy deliveries. Ashwin would benefit from the conditions, and Thakur completes a strong attack for the team.
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Priyank Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha
Predicted XI: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
South Africa vs India Toss Prediction
The toss is important here, and sides batting first have won the last ten games at this venue. The wicket is best for batting at the start of the game, and chasing a score in the fourth innings presents a significant challenge. The team that wins the toss will almost certainly choose to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium has the best batting surface in South Africa. Because of the flat surface and fast outfield, the ball comes on to the bat nicely, and batsmen have scored runs here. With the new ball, fast bowlers get some help off the surface. Spinners come into play on this track starting on Day 3.
There are forecasts for overcast skies and rains in Johannesburg beginning January 3, and the ball may move slightly at first. Batting would be easiest during the first two days of the game and would become more difficult as the game progressed. The venue has an average 1st innings score of 313 runs, and the team batting first would be relieved to get there in the overcast conditions.
South Africa vs India Match Prediction
South Africa has a difficult task ahead of them. They must win this game in order to remain in the series. Their batting looked rusty in the previous game, and the team would need to make significant improvements in this area. The Indians would be full of confidence, and they have a strong batting lineup. This would make them the favourites to win this game and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
India is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.45.
- India has won seven of the last ten Test matches it has played, and the team is on a roll.
- South Africa’s batting lineup is struggling, and the team will be without Quinton de Kock.
- India’s openers, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, are in excellent form, which will boost the team’s confidence.
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