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Toss Winner - India won the toss and chose to bat first
South Africa beat India by 7 wickets
India’s hunt for historic series victory on South African soil
India to win
Tournament: India tour of South Africa, 2021-22 | Format: TEST | Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It was a historic win for the Indians at Centurion as they defeated the South Africans by 113 runs. This was the first win ever for the Indians at this venue and this would have pumped up the side. They would like to continue with the same momentum in this game and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Indians have enjoyed a great run in this format of the game for the last two years. They come here with seven wins in the last ten games they have played. They got under the skin of the South Africans in the last game and it would be interesting to see how South Africans approach this game.
If the loss in the last games wasn’t enough Dean Elgar’s side has to deal with the sudden retirement of Quinton de Kock that would hurt their already struggling batting line-up. The side was poor with the bat in both innings in the last game and they would have to come out of the shell and do well in this game. Elgar would want his senior players to do well in this game and level the series, though the odds at India's best betting apps are not in favor of the RSA side.
Aiden Markram failed in both the innings, and he would have to provide the side with a good start in company of Dean Elgar. In the middle order the side would need good show from Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma after they failed to stay on the crease for long. Kyle Verreynne has big shoes to fill replacing de Kock in the side and he would look to score runs along with Wiaan Mulder and Keshav Maharaj.
On the bowling front the side would like to see Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi trouble the Indian top order. They got wickets in the last but will have a tough challenge against the strong Indian batting line-up. Marco Jansen and Mulder would have a key role to play here and Maharaj too would enjoy the conditions as there would be more support for him from the surface.
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
Rassie van der Dussen, Keegan Petersen, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Verreynne, Duanne Olivier, Temba Bavuma
Virat Kohli would be excited having taken an early lead on an away tour. They came here has favourites and lived up to the reputation. It was a clinical show from their bowlers in the last game, but Kohli would like to see better efforts from his middle order in this game. As India stare at a historic series win on South African soil Kohli would like his side to keep their foot on the accelerator.
Openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are in great form, and they would look to provide the side with a good start here in this game. Cheteshwar Pujara would be playing for his place in the side, and he must do well at No. 3. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane would look to convert their starts on a flat surface here. With Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur in the side they have good depth in their batting.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are enjoying top form and the side would like to see a good start from them in this game. Shami would be confident after his brilliant show in the last game. Mohammed Siraj also bowled well in the last game and shall look go use his nippy deliveries well. Ashwin would enjoy the conditions and Thakur completes a good attack for the side.
Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, SN Thakur, Mohammed Shami
There are predictions for overcast skies and rains at Johannesburg from January 03 and the ball would move a bit initially. Batting would be best in the first two days of the game, and it would get difficult as the game progresses. The venue has an average 1st innings score of 313 runs and the side batting first would be happy to get there under the overcast conditions.
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg is the best batting surface in South Africa. The ball comes on to the bat nicely and batsmen have scored runs here thanks to the flat surface and fast outfield. Fast bowlers do get some assistance off the surface with the new ball. Spinners come into play from Day 3 onward on this track.
Toss is crucial here and we have seen sides batting 1st win the last 10 games at this venue. The wicket is at its best for batting at the start of the game and chasing a score in the 4th innings is a huge challenge. The side winning the toss would have little hesitation in opting to bat first.
South Africa has their task cut out. They must win this game to stay alive in the series. Their batting looked rusty in the last game and the side would have to make huge improvements in this department. Indians would be high on confidence, and they have a batting line-up that is performing well. This would make them favorites to win this game and take unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
India to win
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