Series/tournament name: India vs South Africa Tests
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 9.30AM IST
India maintained their near perfect record at home in the last few years with a win over South Africa at Vizag in the first Test. As they head to Pune, a venue where they last lost a home Test, India will know that they hold the edge but guarding against complacency will be their biggest challenge. They might ponder going in with an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav with the pitch expected to take turn.
South Africa, on the other hand, would be hoping that the hype surrounding the pitch does not materialize. After their Nagpur debacle in 2015, a rank turner is the last one South Africa will want to see. That said, it is on such a surface that they might actually fancy their chances against a top India side.
Rain forecast is high on all five days, with day three in particular having a really poor forecast.
The pitch is expected to be a rank turner, much like the one that hosted India and Australia in 2017.
Probable Playing XI: