India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1, Pune: Live Cricket Scores, Live Updates

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Author 2019-10-10 02:30:00


India (IND), led by Virat Kohli, ticked almost all the boxes during their 203-run win vs South Africa (SA) in Visakhapatnam, and they would like to maintain the same intensity in the second Test in Pune starting today. This is Pune's second ever Test and it needs to salvage some prestige after its debut game (India vs Australia) in 2017 ended in three days. India lost on a horror pitch that was labelled "poor" by the ICC. It will be Virat Kohli's 50th Test as skipper and a series win in Pune will be a perfect gift. Follow live updates and live cricket score of IND vs SA here (LIVE SCORECARD | CRICKET NEWS)

India were superb in all departments and will be especially pleased with how Rohit Sharma played in his first Test as an opener, with centuries in each innings. Rohit's partner Mayank Agarwal was also impressive, hitting his maiden double-century. The duo laid the foundation for the team to extend their 100 per cent win record in the ICC World Test Championship. India are currently sitting on top of that table with 160 points. The Proteas, on the other hand, will be aiming to bounce back and keep the three-match Test series alive.

South Africa hit 431 in response to India's 502/7d in Visakhapatnam. Rohit's quick century in the second innings then helped the hosts to declare on Day 4, with 394 to defend. While spin did trouble for the visitors on the final day, it was fast bowler Mohammed Shami who wreaked havoc with his ability to get reverse swing.

In their bid to strategise to counter the threat posed by spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, South Africa will know that they can’t afford to take India's pacers lightly.

India will hope that Mohammed Shami remains niggle-free as he was seen hobbling on his run-up during the opening game.

While Ishant Sharma took just one wicket, he didn’t leak runs.

India, unless forced by any injury, are unlikely to change their playing XI, while South Africa might be tempted to drop either Senuran Muthusamy or Dane Piedt, both of who were taken to the cleaners by the Indian batsmen.

If Piedt is dropped, the Proteas could be tempted to bring in Lungi Ngidi, who could trouble Rohit & Co with his pace and movement.

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