India has never lost a Test match at the Wanderers. They have two wins and three draws in this match, with one of those draws being a draw. India has never entered a match as a favorite, but they do so now, with a 1-0 lead in the series. They’re anticipated to win and win the series for the first time in South Africa. However, South Africa is still the home team, and while India was outstanding in Centurion, Wanderers still presents a stiff challenge against African pacers.
Pitch & Conditions
At the Wanderers, you can always expect pace and bounce, but batsmen should have an easier time than they did the last time these two teams faced here, on an up-and-down monster of a pitch that received an ICC “poor” grade. This time, the forecast may cause greater concern, as rain is expected to fall on four of the five days.
South Africa’s playing XI distress.
The untimely retirement of Quinton De Kock
The departure of Quinton de Kock will broaden the gap between the two teams. After the first test, De Kock declared his retirement, which shocked African captain Dean Elgar. De Kock was a key member of the team, and his absence will be felt greatly.
Inclusion of Duanne Olivier
After missing the first Test owing to a hamstring injury, Olivier is anticipated to be eligible for selection. As a result, South Africa will have to decide who it will exclude. Marco Jansen would not have made his Centurion debut if Olivier had played, but he showed why his bouncy left-arm seam is so highly regarded as he bowled in the second innings. In Test cricket, Olivier is two wickets short of 50. If he gets them in his 11th Test match, he will become the third-fastest South African to reach the milestone.In the first Test.
Who’ll make the way for Olivier?
Wiaan Mulder failed to make an impact with either bat or ball, while Maharaj had few opportunities with the ball, so it’ll be intriguing to watch who makes way for Olivier. Meanwhile, Kyle Verreyne is expected to take over as keeper from de Kock.
Will India continue with the same playing XI?
The fitness of Bumrah and Shami will be scrutinized, given they both had injury scars in the first match. India doesn’t have much reason to change their winning combination, but they could consider bringing in a sixth batter or a fourth genuine quick in place of Shardul Thakur, whose two first-innings wickets in Centurion overshadowed his bowling and only bowled five of India’s 68 overs in the second innings.
Ashwin on the way to create history
R Ashwin needs six wickets to surpass Kapil Dev’s 434 standing behind Anil Kumble as India’s second-highest Test wicket-taker (619).