India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Preview, Dream11 and more
The Indian cricket team will be aiming to seal the ongoing three-match Test series against South Africa. The two teams face each other in the second Test match to be held in Pune from October 10 onwards. India had won the first Test by 203 runs and go into this match as favorites. Here's the detailed match preview.
India aiming to repeat first Test heroics
India will be wanting to present another all-round show against the Proteas. One expects to see the hosts scoring runs aplenty with the batting on offer. The spin department led by R Ashwin picked up 14 wickets in Vizag and here one can predict another major show. All eyes will be on Rohit Sharma, who slammed two successive tons in the first Test.
South Africa in a must-win scenario
The Proteas are in a must-win scenario to keep their chances alive. However, they will be in for a stiff competition. The spinners were costly in the first Test and their influence didn't have much impact. They need to come up with a better show. The batting also needs some spark especially in the second innings. A strong approach is needed here.
Key players to watch out for
India's openers Rohit and Mayank Agarwal hold significant importance atop. Both complimented each other well in Vizag and continuing in the same zone is crucial. The spinners will have a strong impact here. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be looking to give their all. For SA, Quinton de Kock could be their main asset. Pacer Kagiso Rabada and spinner Keshav Maharaj are crucial names.
Dream11: Here's a look at the strong unit on offer
Rohit and Mayank are the obvious choices for the opening department. Both can give India a dream start. Dean Elgar comes in next and is followed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Faf du Plessis (vice-captain). De Kock is the wicket-keeper batsman. R Ashwin (captain) and Ravindra Jadeja are the two spin all-rounders. Mohammed Shami and Kagiso Rabada are the two pacers. Maharaj lends his voice.
Venue, timing, TV listing and pitch report
There is a threat of rain through the course of the second Test. As for the pitch is concerned, one would expect grand support for the spinners in fray. The match will be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. It will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. The match is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM IST.