Besides the two participating teams, a lot of eyeballs will be on the 22-yard strip at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium when India take on South Africa in the second Test beginning Thursday.
The match will provide the hosts with a chance to wrap up the three-Test rubber and break the record for registering the maximum number of consecutive Test series wins at home. The Virat Kohli-led team won the first Test by a big margin of 203 runs and thus would enter the MCA Stadium brimming with confidence.
But memories of the 2017 Test against Australia here, where India lost by 333 runs and the match ended in three days, are bound to haunt Kohli and Co.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had rated the pitch as “poor” and curator Pandurang Salgaonkar was in the eye of a storm.
Salgaonkar was involved in a ‘pitch-fixing’ episode and was subsequently suspended by the ICC for six months later that year on the eve of the ODI against New Zealand.
Back again after one match since his suspension got over (India versus West Indies, 2018) the 69-year-old will be worried about the overhead conditions with rain lashing Pune in the weeks leading up to the game.
When is the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match?
The India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will be played from October 10, 2019.
Where will the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match be played?
The India vs South Africa 1st Test match will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
What time does the India vs South Africa 2nd Test begin?
The India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will start at 9:00 AM IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match live?
The India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. The match will be aired live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi commentary.
How do I watch live streaming of the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match?
The live streaming of the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will be available on Hotstar. You can also catch the live updates on https://www.indiatoday.in/sports
What are the squads for 2nd Test between India and South Africa?
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.