Team India will face South Africa in the first Test of the three-game series in a Boxing Day competition at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Sunday. India has a great battle to conquer in South Africa as it is the only test nation in which India has never won a series of tests. The first fight will not be an easy one for the visitors, however, as Centurion was a fortress for the home side in favor of South Africa with 21 wins and only two losses in 26 local tests.
Team India has set up its best team with foresight on the conditions in Centurion. Virat Kohli has the freedom to choose his best bowlers from a talented pool of pacemakers selected for the South Africa Tests. In the loft section, everyone from India will want Kohli to mimic his performance from the last tour in 2018. The absence of Rohit Sharma will place the responsibility on KL Rahul at the helm, while Cheteshwar Pujara will have to get back in shape for both himself and his team.
According to the weather report, the rain should have a major impact on the first test match. Heavy rains and thunderstorms can occur on the first two days of the game, while on day 3 the sun comes out. The report also suggests that the final day will be hit by the rain in Centurion as well. If the persistent rain continues to stop the game, the result will be headed for a draw.
The surface at Centurion is expected to aid the fast bowlers with both the bounce and the seam. It will be a pacemaker’s paradise when the cloud gives them an extra edge. Batters have to hit cautiously as both teams are equipped with some high quality pacers that can take advantage of the conditions.
Test record at SuperSport Park, Centurion
Total number of games played: 21
Games won by the team that beats first: 7th
Games first won by team bowling: 10
Average ratings from 1st Inns: 329
Average ratings from 2nd inns: 326
Average Score from 3rd Inns: 237
Average ratings from 4. Inns: 161
Highest single score: 208 (Hashim Amla)
Best Bowling (Innings): 07/29 (Kyle Abbott)
Best bowling (match): 12/127 (Mitchell Johnson)
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