South Africa made a sturdy comeback on the opening day of the second Test from their 113-run defeat to India in Centurion.
Pace bowler Duanne Olivier replaced all-rounder Wiaan Mulder is South Africa’s playing XI and Western Province wicketkeeper-batter Kyle Verreynne came in place of Quinton de Kock, who declared his retirement from Test cricket.
For India, Hyderabad batter Hanuma Vihari replaced skipper Virat Kohli as the latter sustained an upper back spasm.
Olivier paired with Kagiso Rabada to share the new ball duties and together the duo alongside Marco Jansen skittled down the visitors for a meagre score of 202.
Despite stand-in skipper KL Rahul’s well-composed knock of 50 runs from 133 balls, the Proteas were successful in scripting India’s downfall as Jansen (4/31), Rabada (3/64) and Olivier (3/64) ran through their batting line-up.
Ashwin made 46 runs from 50 balls for his side to breathe some runs as India’s innings bundled up in 63.1 overs.
Mohammed Shami trapped Aiden Markram before the wicket to get the first wicket for India, the bowler has got the South African opener dismissed thrice in the series so far.
But Proteas skipper Dean Elgar and
Keegan Petersen ensured no more damage was incurred on the scoreboard as they survived the final session tackling the lethal deliveries of Jaspirt Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. South Africa ended the day with 35 runs for one wicket down and they trail by 167 runs.
The pitch at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg offers assistance for the pace bowlers. The bounce and seam-movement will make life difficult for the batters to navigate the genuine pace as is the nature of the pitch. The outfield as usual will be quick and the batsmen will get value for the shots. As day progresses spinners will become handy and pacers could be able to extract reverse swing.
Average 1st Innings score: 313
Average 2nd Innings score: 280
Average 3rd Innings score: 252
Average 4th Innings score: 206
Highest total scored by a team in an innings at the venue: 652/7 (146 overs) by Australia vs South Africa
Lowest total recorded by a team in an innings at the venue: 49/10 (29.1 overs) by Pakistan vs South Africa
According to weather.com, the temperature of Johannesburg city of South Africa on January 4 will be 15° Celcius in the morning and will fall to 26° at night. There is a chance of rain showers interrupting the gameplay in either the second or third session of the second day’s play between India and South Africa.