After being handed a 72-run defeat in the first Test in Cape Town, India have made as many as three changes to the line-up for the second match in Highveld. While KL Rahul has come in to replace Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel and Ishant Sharma have also handed opportunities for the second Test.
In a forgettable day for the Indian batsmen at Newlands, the team
After Dhawan’s fragility against the moving ball was exposed in the Newlands Test, Virat Kohli has decided to go with KL Rahul to partner Murali Vijay. Wriddhiman Saha, who has picked up a “hamstring niggle”, has been replaced by Parthiv Patel, who will double up as a proper batsman in the middle-order.
However, surprisingly, the team has decided to swap first Test’s best performer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (6/120) for Ishant Sharma to “get some extra bounce”.
South Africa, on the other hand,
South Africa (Playing XI