India vs. South Africa: First Test Preview
India vs. South Africa: First Test Preview

Match details

Series/tournament name: India vs South Africa Tests

Venue: Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Date: October 2-6, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. IST

Preview: 

South Africa return to India after a humiliating loss in 2015 when they lost 3-0. After a series win at home in 2018, the Proteas will hope to test India early in the series with the first Test set to be played at Vizag. The Indians are back at home for a series after their overseas assignments in 2018 and will play a series of five matches at home involving Bangladesh and West Indies aside from the South African tour in the offing. 

Weather report: Rain is in the forecast on all five days and we could well see a curtailed game at Vizag. 

Pitch report: The pitch is expected to be on the slower side although it isn't expected to be as quickly deteriorating as the pitches in the 2015 series.

Injuries and replacements:

Rishabh Pant dropped, Wriddhiman Saha picked.

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, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Piedt

Top picks: 

Wicket-keeper: Wriddhiman Saha (8

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