India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Men in Blue eye series win over Proteas in Pune
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: After winning the first Test quite convincingly, Team India will look to continue their dominance over South Africa in the second Test that is set to begin at MCA stadium, Pune on October 10.Kohli's men ticked all their boxes when the two unmatched sides clashed at Vizag as India won the match by 203 runs. It's tough to find mistakes when everything seems to be perfect, but India will look to scale new heights when they take on the visitors on Thursday.
Rohit Sharma 2.0 proved why he should bat at the top of the longer format of the game with two tons in his maiden innings as an opener. The stalwart scored 176 and 126 runs respectively, during the first and second innings respectively. Mayank Agarwal (215) also ensured that he is making every chance count and he did it by slamming maiden double century.
Cheteshwar Pujara proved his elegance in the second innings with 81 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja gave their best performance onfieldin the second innings. Meanwhile, Ashwin and Shami showed their top bowling performance. Virat Kohli and Co.wouldlike to continue their top run while Saha must be eyeing to join them with a promising return with the bat in the second test.
South Africa, on the other hand, will be eyeing to recover after a collapse in their second innings that inflicted them an embarrassing loss in the opening Test. Opener Aiden Markram and the middle-order players Temba Bavuma and TheunisdeBruyn failed to contribute with the bat onfield. So, the players are expected to pull up their socks in the upcoming test.
The bowlers have also shown a dismal performance that made way for the hosts to declare their innings twice. They need to come back stronger in order to tie or even draw the second Test. The visitors might be even forced to drop Muthuswamy or Piedt, who were taken to the cleaners by Indian batsmen.
The match will begin at 9.30 am and telecast live on Star Sports and OTT platform Hotstar.
India (XI) : Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Chesteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Lungi Ngidi, Dane Piedt, Senuran Muthusamy, Zubayr Hamza, Heinrich Klaasen, Anrich Nortje.
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