On the 150th Birthday Day of the Father of the Nation Shri Mahatma Gandhi Ji, the Indian Team & South African Team will start their battle to get the hands on the coveted Freedom Cup which will be hand-overed to the winner of the GANDHI-MANDELA SERIES. The main focus of the series will be on Rohit Sharma as he is set to embark on a new journey as Test Opener of the Indian Cricket Team. A lot of people expect him to excel at this position along with home conditions which will help him a lot. While another focus will be on how South Africa will play against Indian spinners and more or less how they will be grooming themselves for the future. The Indian side looks far more balanced than the South African’s with the away team only having upper-hand in terms of solid set of openers. So, expect a crack-jacker of a Test Match.
WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP
The nine top-ranked Test teams are each required to play six bilateral Test series against mutually chosen opponents throughout the Championship cycle. Three of those six series will be played at home and three are to be played while touring. The tournament will not exactly progress in a round-robin format as each side will face only six of the eight teams. Further, each series can have anywhere between two to five tests but the points on offer from each Test series will be the same i.e. 120. The points will be awarded, not for the result of the Test series but the result obtained in each test match.
So if it’s a two-match Test series, a win in the first test will be worth 60 points (50% of 120). If it’s a three-match series, a win will be worth 40 points (1/3rd of 120). In a four-match Test series, a win will be worth 30 points (1/4rth of 120) and so on. In the event of a tie or no result, both teams will gain 30 points or half of the points for a win i.e. 60 in a two-match Test series. In the event of a draw, both teams will obtain 20 points (1/3rd of 60). A team will get no points if it loses the match. The points system is further explained in the table below.
|Matches in series||Points for a win||Points for a tie||Points for a draw||Points for a loss|
Pitch- The match will be played at Dr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium. The pitch here is expected to be on a slower side will become more slower as the game progresses. So, if you win the toss bat first and put some runs on the board.
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Time- 9:30 AM IST; Date- 2 Oct 2019
Head-to-Head- Ind 11-15 Sa
Games Drawn= 10
Games Abandoned= 0
Total games played= 36
Broadcast- The match will be Broadcasted Live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Hindi 1 along with subsequent HD channels & Hotstar App.
South Africa – After a decent performance from the team despite the hiccup in the 1st T20I, they will look forward to a good Test Series against India whom they defeated at their own home last year by a margin of 2-1 while Indian Team always had a upper-hand on them in India but they really do put up a fight overtime here. The Africans are likely to go one batsman short with likes of Rabada & Philander to strengthen the lower order.
Playing XI- A.Markram, Dean Elgar, Faf Du Plessis(C), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton De Kock(Wk), Dane Piedt, Lungi Ngidi, V.Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada
India – A new opener in Rohit and Saha back with gloves are the two confirmed things after both KL.Rahul & Rishab Pant failing to show any signs of form & failing to make runs in last 6 months or so. With Bumrah getting injured and will wait again for his home Test Series debut. Whereas Ravinchandra Ashwin will lead the spin department with Ravindra Jadeja as his co-lead and Hanuma Vihari as there back-up.
Playing XI- Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, C.Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, W.Saha(Wk), R.Ashwin, R.Jadeja, M.Shami, Ishant Sharma