The 2nd Test match of 2022 will see India lock horns with South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, starting January 3 (Monday). With 1-0 up in the three-match series, India will look to continue the same momentum and wrap up the series.
Virat Kohli & Co are likely to field the same playing XI with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami spearheading the pace attack while KL Rahul will be bestowed with the job of leading the side on the batting front.
The spotlight will once again be on the experienced trio of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara to score runs in the middle order which is long due.
On the other hand, South Africa will miss Quinton de Kock, who announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect after the Centurion defeat. One between Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton, who have experiences of two Test matches combined, is expected to take de Kock’s place. The hosts will hope to put up a better show with the bat and back the bowlers in Johannesburg.
Details: South Africa vs India, 2nd Test
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Time: 1:30 PM IST
The Wanderers wicket is known to favour the batters over the last few years. However, the bowlers will reap some benefit out of the wicket with the new ball. The pitch will ease out as the game progresses.
South Africa vs India – Predicted Playing XI
South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne/Ryan Rickelton, Wiaan Mulder/Duanne Olivier, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
India: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal (vc), Keegan Petersen, KL Rahul, Aiden Markram (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi
Fantasy Team 2: Rishabh Pant, Mayank Agarwal, Dean Elgar, KL Rahul (c), Temba Bavuma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami (vc), Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah