Updated December 26th, 2023 at 08:56 IST

India vs South Africa 1st Test: Weather, Pitch Report, Dream11, Fantasy Tips and Predicted XI

In the two-match series, Team India will play their first test match against South Africa. Check out the Dream11, Weather, Pitch, and Fantasy Tips.

Reported by: Pavitra Shome
Virat Kohli trains ahead of a match | Image: PTI
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Team India is all set to lock horns with the mighty South Africans in a Boxing Day test match at the SuperSport Park in South Africa. With ODI heroes like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and more returning for national duty, the team will be stacked with quality talent and veteran instinct. But defeating South Africa will be a challenge, as the team has never won a test series against the host team. Only MS Dhoni was able to draw the series once. Rohit and team will aim to break the streak this time.   

3 things you need to know 

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  • The first test match between India and South Africa will be played today
  • India won the ODI series against SA with a 2-1 lead
  • The T20I series between both teams ended in a draw 

Also Read: Team India's dismal Test record in South Africa, only 1 captain has managed to draw a series

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India vs South Africa 1st Test: Dream11

  • Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul
  • Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dean Elgar, Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Marco Jansen
  • Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, Lungi Ngidi

India vs South Africa 1st Test: Fantasy Tips

  • Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli could be made as the captain for today's match
  • KL Rahul or Aiden Markram could be made the vice-captain for today's match 

India vs South Africa 1st Test: Pitch Report

It is anticipated that the SuperSport Park surface for the Boxing Day Test will produce bounce. Still, the pitch will be of some assistance to the spinners. The first two days of the match have a probability of rain, which is advantageous for both teams' pacers.

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Also Read: You will get an answer for sure in due course: Rohit on his T20I future

India vs South Africa 1st Test: Weather Report

At Centurion, Gauteng, SA, the weather in the daytime is expected to be at 22 degrees Celsius. The day will remain cloudy, with thunderstorms and rain showers affecting today's play. As per AccuWeather, today's precipitation at the venue is expected to be at 96%, with wind gusts set to be at 52 km/h.

India vs South Africa 1st Test: The Squad

India's Test squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Abhimanyu Easwaran, KS Bharat (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Prasidh Krishna

South Africa's Test squad: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma(c), David Bedingham, Kyle Verreynne(w), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Keegan Petersen, Wiaan Mulder, Nandre Burger, Tristan Stubbs

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 07:14 IST