Johannesburg. After conquering the impregnable fortress of South Africa, captain Virat Kohli's Soorma Wanderers will look to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead and win the series for the first time in South Africa in the second Test on Monday at their impregnable fortress. will get down. India won the first Test at Centurion by 113 runs in the second session on the fifth and final day. The intention of the Indian team will now be to maintain their unbeatable order and win the second Test.
The Indian team has been undefeated for the last 30 years in the field of Wanderers. India had defeated South Africa by 63 runs at the same ground in the previous tour of 2017-18. The Indian team will go into the second Test with the intention of maintaining the same momentum. Team India finished last year with a win and would like to start the new year with a win.
There is no scope for change in the Indian team. Virat would like to retain the same team in this match as well, which had conquered the Centurion fort. In the opening, the pair of vice-captain Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will remain. The opening partnership of 117 runs between the two in Centurion on the first day and 272 runs on the first day laid the basis of India's victory. An entire day in the match was wasted due to rain, yet India bundled out the hosts for 197 and 191 runs in both the innings. Although India had scored only 174 runs in the second innings, the 130-run lead in the first innings paved the way for their victory.
India's fast bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah's opening attack and Mohammed Shami's deadly bowling, forced the hosts to kneel. Shami's total of eight wickets in the match, including a five in the first innings, forced Indian captain Virat to say that Shami is one of the three best fast bowlers in the world at the moment. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin didn't have much to do at Centurion but he proved his worth by taking the last two wickets of chasing South Africa off consecutive balls after lunch.
The only concern in India's first Test win was Cheteshwar Pujara's form, who was dismissed for a duck in the first innings and 16 in the second innings. Skipper Virat losing his wicket while tampering with the ball outside the off-stump is another matter of concern for India. Virat and Pujara will have to see that they do not lose their wickets in the same fashion at the Wanderers. India, who have won series in Australia and England, have a good chance to conquer this final frontier by winning the Wanderers as well.