South Africa v/s India, 2nd Test Preview: India look to get perfect combination to face daunting Proteas
Outplayed in the lung-opener, India will have to resolve a few selection puzzles and respond better to the sharp bounce when they square off against a redoubtable South Africa in the do-or-die second Test.
India’s record of nine consecutive series victories will be on the line from Saturday after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by registering a 72-run win in the first Test in Cape Town.
It is only the second match in India’s 12-Test long overseas schedule in 2018-19, and already they are faced with a must-not-lose situation in a bid to keep this series alive.
Surrendering a 2-0 lead to South Africa will not dent their No.1 ICC Test ranking, but that will be of little consolation when the postmortem of the performance is done back home.
In order to get this Test off on the right foot, the Indian team management will be looking to get their selection on the money.
On Thursday, 48 hours before the first ball is bowled, Team India held an intense practice session at the Supersport Park, which lasted just under four hours.
The usual suspects went about their job in predictable manner. Cheteshwar Pujara practiced catching at first slip; Virat …read more