South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they beat India by 72 runs in the opening game at Cape Town. The visitors will now look to bounce back and level the series when the two teams meet up for the second test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The match is scheduled to get underway from January 13 and live action will begin at 10 AM local time each day.
AB de Villiers was the standout performer with the bat for South Africa at Cape Town. His counter-attacking knock of 65 and a healthy partnership with skipper Faf du Plessis (62) in the first-innings helped the Proteas attain a vital 77-run lead. Hashim Amla seems to going through a rough patch but he has a great test record at the Centurion. Vernon Philander was the star of the first test with a match-haul of nine wickets and he could trouble the Indians again at Centurion where he has 22 wickets in 5 matches. Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada will continue to test the visitors with their pace and bounce.
Hardik Pandya's flashy innings of 95-ball 93 was the only bright spot in India's batting at Cape Town. The allrounder was also impressive with the ball and he is turning out to be a real asset for his team. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara failed to replicate their incredible home test form and India will need these two batsmen to score big at Centurion. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets in the game and once again it will be up to him to provide the early breakthroughs. However, he will need good support from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami from the other end.
South Africa vs India 2nd Test Betting Odds
South Africa successfully defended the target of 208 as their fast bowlers proved too hot for the Indian batsmen. The hosts are the bookmakers' favorites to win the second test at odds of 1.65 on Betfair, 1.61 on Bet365, 1.62 on Unibet, 1.58 on Ladbrokes and 1.57 on Betway. India have vast improvements to make in their batting and they start off as huge underdogs at a high price of 4.8 on Betfair, 4.40 on Unibet, 4.33 on Betway and 4.50 each on Bet365 and Ladbrokes. The odds for this match to end in a draw stand at 5.2 on Betfair, 4.65 on Unibet, 5 on Betway and 4.50 each on Bet365 and Ladbrokes.
South Africa vs India 2nd Test Prediction
The SuperSport Park isn't known for producing dull stalemates and this is evident from the fact that there have been only three drawn tests at this venue since 1995. So a draw seems to be an unlikely outcome here. India, just as was expected, struggled big time with the bat in each innings of the first test and we don't see that change anytime soon as they will be presented with another lively pitch at Centurion. South Africa have an outstanding record here with just 2 defeats in 22 tests. They are coming high on confidence as they registered a comfortable win over India even after being one bowler short. The hosts simply seem too strong at home and so it makes sense backing them to win this match.
Final Verdict: Back South Africa to beat India in the second test at 1.65 on betfair, 1.61 on Bet365, 1.62 on Unibet, 1.58 on Ladbrokes and 1.57 on Betway.