India vs South Africa 1st Test D2 Highlights – December 27, 2023

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Match details

🏏 Match:IND vs SA – 1st Test D2
🗓️ Date:27, December 2023
🕗 Time:08:00 AM (GMT)
🏟️ Stadium:Centurion
🎲 Toss:SA, Field 1st

Pitch Report | Shaun Pollock and Ravi Shastri: Good covering of grass. Teams tend to bat first because it tends to start a bit slow. As the Test progresses, there might be a bit of up and down movement which could be tricky to handle. Batting will get difficult as the Test progresses. With the weather conditions, South Africa would be tempted to go without a spinner. With the sun out, the pitch tends to crack a bit more and get the spinners into play. Don’t expect the pitch to change too much across the Test. The best approach is bat first, guts it out in the first two session and be happy if you’re just 2 down at Lunch.

Rohit Sharma: Wasn’t too sure (on batting or bowling). We are quite aware of the conditions, we have been here a few times. We need to put runs on the board and the bowlers will do the job for us. We do understand the challenge of batting first with the overhead conditions and the grass, but the guys are up for the challenge. Everytime we come here, we come with high hopes. We’ve come close in the last 2 tours. We are pretty confident with our squad and the make-up of our squad. We are playing with four seamers and a spinner. Ashwin is playing in place of Jadeja. Jaddu had a bit of a back spasm, so Ashwin comes in and he is a quality spinner to have. Prasidh is making his debut, along with the other pacers Shardul, Siraj and Bumrah.

Temba Bavuma: We’ll bowl first. Wicket has been under covers, we want to use the moisture and make early inroads. Our boys have all got into reasonably fit conditions, Lungi is the only one who’s not yet fully fit. Two debutants today – Nandre Burger and David Bedingham. We’re playing with four seamers for this one. It is always difficult to come up against India, but we are ready with our preparation

India XI South Africa XI
Rohit Sharma (c) Dean Elgar (c)
Yashasvi Jaiswal Aiden Markram
Shubman Gill Tony de Zorzi
Virat Kohli Tristan Stubbs
Shreyas Iyer David Bedingham
KL Rahul (w) Kyle Verreynne (w)
Ravindra Jadeja Marco Jansen
Jasprit Bumrah Keshav Maharaj
Mohammed Siraj Kagiso Rabada
Prasidh Krishna Nandre Burger
Mukesh Kumar Lungi Ngidi

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FULL SERIES SCHEDULE

TeamsMatchDateTime
IND vs SA, 1st T20Dec 10, Sun02:00 PM GMT
IND vs SA, 2nd T20Dec 12, Tue03:00 PM GMT
IND vs SA, 3rd T20Dec 14, Thu03:00 PM GMT
IND vs SA, 1st ODIDec 17, Sun08:00 AM GMT
IND vs SA, 2nd ODIDec 19, Tue11:00 AM GMT
IND vs SA, 3rd ODIDec 21, Thu11:00 AM GMT
IND vs SA,1st TestDec 26, Tue – Dec 30, Sat08:00 AM GMT
IND vs SA,2nd TestJan 03, Wed – Jan 07, Sun08:30 AM GMT
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