India vs South Africa Live Score, 2nd Test, Day 1: India win toss, decide to bat

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Author 2019-10-10 11:41:00

Highlights

  • Virat Kohli won the toss and India decided to bat first
  • Both teams made one change each. India brought in Umesh to replace Vihari.
  • India won the first Test in Vizag by 203 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series

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PLAYING XIs

India: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

TEAM NEWS: Both the teams made one change each. India bring in Umesh Yadav to replace Hanuma Vihari. Nortje comes in for Piedt in South Africa's eleven.

TOSS NEWS: India win the toss, Virat Kohli opts to bat first

8:50 am: Hello and good morning! We are back with our continued coverage of South Africa's tour of India, and the action has shifted to the MCA Stadium in Gahunje, Pune, where the second Test begins today.

India lead the three-Test series 1-0, after winning the Vizag Test with a comprehensive margin of 203 runs.

Virat Kohli's men ticked almost all the boxes during their big win in the opening Test of the series, and they would like to maintain the same intensity in their bid to seal the series in Pune itself.

It was at this very ground in Pune that the India team endured its last Test batting collapse at home, against Australia in 2017 on a rank turner where off-spinner Nathan Lyon made lives miserable.

While India, unless forced by any unforeseen injury, are unlikely to change their playing XI, the South Africans might be tempted to drop one among Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who were taken to the cleaners by the Indian batsmen. It could well be Muthusamy and in that case batsman Zubayr Hamza may get a look in. If Piedt is dropped, the Proteas could be tempted to try Lungi Ngidi, who could make a difference with his pace and movement.

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