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Cricket Match Information:
India vs South Africa will be the first cricket test match of a three-match cricket series. This match will be played at Visakhapatnam from 2nd October to 6th of October. This test match will be part of newly introduced ICC World Test Championship. Currently on the points table, India are at the first spot with 120 points accumulated from their series win in West Indies recently whereas South Africa haven’t played a game yet in the championship. With South Africa beginning their World Test championship against India in India, their task looks difficult and hence our expert’s prediction is of a lot of struggle for their team.
- Tournament: ICC World Test Championship
- Cricket Match format: Test Match
- Cricket match time: 9:30 am IST
- Cricket match date: 02.10.2019
- Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
- Weather: Cloudy, Temperature: 31 degrees, Thunderstorms: 24%
- Team A: India
- Team B: South Africa
- Team A Captain: Virat Kohli
- Team B Captain: Faf du Plessis
India are going to be led by Virat Kohli in this cricket series. India have already began the ICC World Test Championship well by defeating West Indies in an away series by the margin of 2-0. India have decided to drop KL Rahul, their opener for past few series because of the string of low scores. Their number one first bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, is also not available due to an injury, in his absence Umesh Yadav has been included into the squad.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and two fast bowlers in Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami in the playing eleven.
India have already decided to open with Rohit Sharma in the first test match and it will be interesting to see how he cope up with the initial movement. Apart from the inclusion of Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin, our expert prediction is of the same playing eleven that played against West Indies.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Mayank Agarwal
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Virat Kohli
- Ajinkya Rahane
- W Saha
- Hanuma Vihari
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Ishant Sharma
- Mohammad Shami
South Africa are going to be led by Faf du Plessis in this cricket series. He was rested for the T20 cricket series played earlier between the two sides. Quinton de Kock had led the team then and South Africa managed to draw the series 1-1.
Just like the T20 squad, South Africa’s test team also has a new look. With their mainstays Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn recently retired the onus is on the young member of the squad to establish themselves. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi as the fast bowlers and Keshav Maharaj as the lone spinner in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of South Africa’s playing XI:
- Quinton de Kock
- Dean Elgar
- Faf du Plessis
- Aiden Markram
- Temba Bavuma
- Theunis de Bruyn
- Kagiso Rabada
- Vernon Philander
- Keshav Maharaj
- Lungi Ngidi
- Henrich Klassen
Expert Prediction: Ind vs SA
With this cricket series being played in India, the hosts are the solid favorites for this cricket match as well as the cricket series. India have been winning home series for fun over the past few years under the leadership of Virat Kohli and this one doesn’t look like being any different either. Although, they will be without the services of their number one bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, our prediction guru doesn’t see it as affecting the team too much.
While South Africa have done well historically in India, our expert prediction is that their new look side is going to struggle against the spin twins of India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The onus will be on the trio of Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock to take the batting forward. Their bowling is likely to remain as threatening as ever due to the presence of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. However, our prediction guru predicts that the pitch and condition will negate their pacers.
The pitch has been under cover for last few days due to rain and that may bring in pacers into the cricket game initially, but the spinners are likely to dominate throughout the game. Our expert prediction is of a score of around 350 by the team batting first as the pitch will be the best to bat on the first two days.
Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will undoubtedly bat first. With pitch likely to deteriorate from day two onwards it makes sense to score runs first and then let your spinners dominate the opposition.
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman – Cheteshwar Pujara (IND), Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Top Bowler – Ravindra Jadeja (IND), Keshav Maharaj (SA)
Most Sixes – Hanuma Vihari (IND), Quinton de Kock (SA)
Man of the Match – Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
Team Scores Batting first – India 350+, South Africa 275+
Our Official Partner Odds for India vs South Africa
India – 1.44
South Africa – 6.55
*odds may change anytime