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South Africa vs India 2018: 4 things that are in store for the second Test

India are expected to bounce back in the 2nd Test.

Top 5 / Top 10 11 Jan 2018, 17:42 IST

India would be itching to bounce back in the 2nd Test

The opening Test at Newlands proved to be a damper for the spirited Indian cricket fans. When the Indian bowlers bundled up South Africa’s second innings before Lunch on Day 4, the team was in with a real chance. There was a sense of excitement among the fans. But the prospect of India’s win was short lived as the scenario took a sharp turn in the next session.

The bandwagon now moves to Centurion with India trailing 0-1 where Virat & co. would be hoping for a change in their fortunes. Here is a look at the things that are set to change in the 2nd Test.

Less hostile batting conditions

2nd Test - Australia v India: Day 1

The Newlands pitch coupled with the breezy conditions turned out to be a nightmare for the batsmen. Apart from the ABD-Faf partnership and the heroics of Pandya, batsmen found it hard to occupy the crease for long periods of time.

Despite the rain eating up one day, the match got over in less than four days. Therefore, there would be pressure on the groundsmen of the SuperSport Park to dish out a more balanced wicket. Tegobo, a member of the Centurion ground staff says, “We don’t want a three-day Test again.”

Hence, the pitch for the second Test starting on Saturday is expected to be a little less hostile for the batsmen. Don’t expect a flat wicket; they don’t make those in South Africa. However, some respite for the batsmen is definitely on the cards.

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