2nd Test: South Africa win toss, elect to bat first against India

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 13, 2018, 08:09 AM(IST)

South Africa lead the series 1-0, after India lost by 72 runs in the first Test. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

South Africa's Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first against India in the second Test match at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Saturday.

"We are going to bat first again. It is usually very slow on day one and it takes to spin later on. The previous toss was touch and go but all the stats are in favour of the team batting first out here. The cracks could open up over the next few days and it could get difficult. It is still a big fight, two quality teams trying hard to win a Test match and we expect the same from India. There are a few things in the first Test we think we can improve upon. Lungi Ngidi is making his debut on his homeground. He's an exciting youngster and has a lot of pace and bounce. And that is the only change," the Proteas skipper said.

Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli seems all prepared to give a tough challenge to the Proteas, especially after their loss in the first Test.

"It is a no brainer. We would've wanted to bat first as well. The pitch looks very different from what it looked a couple of days ago, all the grass has been taken off. It is more of a situation that's tricky out here, hopefully the bowlers will step up. Saha has a hammy niggle and we do not want to take a chance with him. KL Rahul comes in for Dhawan and Ishant comes in for Bhuvi to get some extra bounce," Kohli stated. 

The Indian Team management dropped wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and opener Shikhar Dhawan after they failed to play along with the bouncers and seaming conditions. 

The conditions in Centurion may not aid swing bowling and therefore Ishant Sharma replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar to provide some extra bounce, despite his six-wicket match haul and a gritty 25 in the first Test. 

South Africa leads the series 1-0, after India lost by 72 runs in the first Test.   

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