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

Match details:

Series/tournament name: India vs South Africa Tests

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Date: October 10, 2019

Time: 9.30AM IST

Preview: 

India maintained their near perfect record at home in the last few years with a win over South Africa at Vizag in the first Test. As they head to Pune, a venue where they last lost a home Test, India will know that they hold the edge but guarding against complacency will be their biggest challenge. They might ponder going in with an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav with the pitch expected to take turn. 

South Africa, on the other hand, would be hoping that the hype surrounding the pitch does not materialize. After their Nagpur debacle in 2015, a rank turner is the last one South Africa will want to see. That said, it is on such a surface that they might actually fancy their chances against a top India side.

Weather report:

Rain forecast is high on all five days, with day three in particular having a really poor forecast. 

Pitch report: 

The pitch is expected to be a rank turner, much like the one that hosted India and Australia in 2017.

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),

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