South Africa v India First Test Match Preview 

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In an upcoming Test series, India will face off against South Africa. The three-match Test series between India and South Africa begins on December 26 with the first match. SuperSport Park in Centurion will host the match. In this series, India is captained by Virat Kohli, while South Africa is led by Dean Elgar.

India has played South Africa in seven Test series on the road. Six series have been won by South Africa, with one series ending in a tie. As a result, India will try to win their first Test series in South Africa. 

South Africa leads the head-to-head series 15-14. The two teams have met 39 times in Test cricket. There have been ten draws in total.

India has won the last four Tests between the two countries. In South Africa, on the other hand, they have a bad track record. So far, the Indians have only won three of the nation’s twenty Tests. 

●   Analyzing Two Teams

In challenging South African conditions, the Test team will rely on in-form Mayank Agarwal, returning KL Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer, who is coming off a debut Test tonne. Many eyes will be on Cheteshwar Pujara, who hasn’t had the best of luck in his career. It will be intriguing to see if the lineup contains Ajinkya Rahane, who sat out the second Test against the Kiwis in Mumbai following the comeback of skipper Kohli.

R Ashwin will almost certainly be the only spinner. Shardul Thakur is expected to make the starting XI. Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Siraj will compete for the third pacer spot. 

On the other side, the hosts, captained by Dean Elgar, would like to extend their winning streak against India at home by relying on Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, and Quinton de Kock to score runs against a potent Indian pace attack. Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier, along with Lungi Ngidi, will once again take wickets. 

●   SA v IND: Match Details

Date – Sunday, December 26, 2021

Time – 1:30 PM IST

Venue – SuperSport Park, Centurion

●   Pitch Report 

Throughout the day, the SuperSport Park pitch favours quick bowlers. This venue’s outfield is lightning fast, and they get good value for their shots. Fast bowlers, on the other hand, will be ready to get out there and bowl.

●   Weather Report 

The first, second, fourth, and fifth days of the Boxing Day Test could see sporadic thunderstorms, while the third day is expected to be gloomy. As a result, there’s a potential we’ll see a shorter Test match.

●   SA v IND Probable Playing XI:

South Africa – Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Duaan Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

India – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane/Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj/Ishant Sharma

●   Match Prediction 

Despite the fact that the tests will be held in South Africa, India will start as the favourite to win the first Test.

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