South Africa have a 17-2 win-loss record in Centurion.
KL Rahul likely feature in 2nd Test in place of Shikhar Dhawan. Whereas Ajinkya Rahane inclusion still in suspense.
South Africa have to make at least one change following a series-ending injury to Dale Steyn.
South Africa holds the lead of 1-0 in 3 match test series.
The 2nd test match between India and South Africa will be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. The wicket of Centurion known for its bounce and pace. It is South African captain Faf Du Plessis home ground. But when he first saw the pitch he finds it little unusual to its nature. He was surprised to see brown grass on the pitch. However, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli is happy with the wicket.He feels it offers good contest between bat and ball. The Centurian history is very fearful of the asian team.The corresponding figure is 0-8. However, India played the better brand of cricket in last three years. It is the third occasion for Indian since 2015 that India will be playing catch-up in a series featuring three or more Tests.
It is the crucial match for India to keep series alive. Their batting is the key to bounce back in the series. They have too little more patient outside off stump and needs to play high percentage shots.
Kohli said they had gained from their experience in Cape Town – and the mistakes they had made there. “There is no need to panic as a batting unit.
South Africa is a bit relaxed as they are very close to the series win. Chris Morris inclusion in place of Dale Steyn as a fourth seamer. He is the all-rounder and provides more dimension and depth to his team.
What to Expect from the wicket
The atmosphere is hot in Centurion. It offers good bounce and pace but the batsman can play their shots more in the backfoot. Spinner will come into play on the 5th Day.
Teams for the 2nd Test
India is likely to go with Kl Rahul considering Shikhar Dhawan problems against the shot bowl. While Ajinkya Rahane can also make his way but maybe not in Rohit Sharma expense.Instead of he return at the cost of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
South Africa will go with one change that will be in place of Injured Dale Steyn. Chris Morris will play as a 4th seamer.
Note: The match will starts at 10:00 am Local; 13:30 IST.