Updated January 4th, 2024 at 12:10 IST
IND vs SA: Sunil Gavaskar boldly predicts the winner of the India vs South Africa 2nd Test
Sunil Gavaskar forecasts with audacity who will win the second and final Test between South Africa and India in Cape Town. SA trail India by 36 runs on Day 2.
On the first day of the second Test match between South Africa and India at Newlands Cricket Ground, South Africa struggled to 62/3 at stumps in their second innings, behind India by 36 runs. Aiden Markram batted unbeaten for 36 runs, but India's bowling attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar, took key wickets. South Africa's decision to bat first after winning the toss looked to be brought into doubt by India's disciplined bowling. The match is in the balance as both teams aim to gain an edge in this crucial battle, with India holding a significant lead going into Day 2.
3 things you need to know
- South Africa made 55 runs in their first innings and India made 153
- South Africa will from 62/3 on Day 2 to continue their second innings
- South Africa trails India by 36 runs
Sunil Gavaskar believes that India will level the series by beating SA in the 2nd Test
Regarding India's chances in the second Test match against South Africa, Sunil Gavaskar is upbeat and certain that Rohit Sharma's squad won't face many difficulties from the home team's batting order.
January 3 saw an incredible first day at Newlands, Cape Town, with a total of 23 wickets falling in an intense match between South Africa and India. After choosing to bat first, the hosts were bowled out for a meagre 55 runs, the lowest since they resumed playing Test cricket and the eighth-lowest in their history. Mohammed Siraj, with a career-best 6-15, was instrumental in arranging the collapse.
India's reply got off to a strong start, driven by 39 by Rohit Sharma, 36 by Shubman Gill, and a composed 46 from Virat Kohli. After losing six wickets without scoring any more runs, the batting collapsed from 153/4 to 153 all out, despite a fantastic session by seamer Lungi Ngidi who took three wickets in an over.
By the end of the day, South Africa had started their second innings and were 36 runs behind India at 62 for three. Remaining undefeated, Aiden Markram and David Bedingham sought to lay down a formidable gauntlet for India on the forthcoming second Test day.
What did Sunil Gavaskar say about IND vs SA 2nd Test?
Sunil Gavaskar remains resolute, saying that India has complete control of the game amid all of the ups and downs on the thrilling opening day. During a Star Sports discussion, the legendary cricket player shared his opinion that India will ultimately win. Gavaskar continued by expressing his belief that the South African hitters are not capable of presenting the Indian squad with serious obstacles. Sunil Gavaskar said:
"Three wickets have already fallen. India are still in the lead. So I don't think this match can go out of India's grasp. Yes, it might not be an innings victory."
"They (India) might have to bat a little but I don't think South Africa have batters who can score 150-200 runs and trouble the Indian team a little,"
Published January 4th, 2024 at 11:36 IST