India vs South Africa Highlights today, Thursday 6-1-2022, 2nd Test, India tour of South Africa from The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
KL Rahul win the toss and chose to bat first.
India team: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant †, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
South Africa team: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne †, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
South Afric: WWLLW
Match Timings: 08:00 GMT | 10:00 Local
Umpires – Allahudien Paleker, Marais Erasmus
TV Umpires – Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Bongani Jele
Match number – Test no. 2445
Post Match Presentation.
Every Test match we play we feel we should win and want to win. That’s the kind of team we are, we compete really hard and we leave everything on the field. So yes a bit disappointing but credit to the way South Africa played. They really batted well and bowled well. We were really looking forward to getting to the field. We all felt we could do something special, 122 wasn’t going to be that easy to get, the pitch was up and down, but as I said, the South African batsmen were really determined and got the job done. If I have to be really harsh, after winning the toss we could have put 60-70 runs more.
Shardul’s had a great Test match. In the few Test matches he’s played he’s really created that impact and won us games. The contribution he had with the bat was crucial as well. Hopefully, as a unit, a few more of us can put our hands up in the next Test and put up a performance that will get India a win. (On Rahane and Pujara) They’ve been great players for us, they’ve always done the job for the team over the years. They’ve obviously been under the pump a bit, but in the team, we believe Pujara and Ajinkya are our best middle-order batsmen. We always knew they could do something like that.
Hopefully, that gives them confidence and they can go out in the next test and put up an even better performance. Virat is feeling better already, been in the nets the last couple of days fielding and running around and I think he should be fine. Siraj is starting to feel better each day. A couple of days’ break might really help him. But we have quality on our bench as well, Ishant and Umesh are waiting. Looking forward to Cape Town. We expected every game to be competitive. A loss like this is disappointing but we’ve always been a team that gets hungrier after a loss.
Dean Elgar is the Man of the Match:
The basics of batting bowling and batting don’t go away, we missed that in the first game. Saying that it wasn’t easy. Tough conditions we had to face as a batting unit. As a bowling unit, the Indians were on top at times. Massive respect to our bowling unit, they showed a lot of character. Always a privilege to represent your country.
I would like to think the knocks I take make me extra motivated to perform. Some would call it stupid and some would call it brave. The bigger picture is for us to win. We struggled to get a stable batting line-up and we had to be very patient. We’ve entrusted those positions to guys we feel can perform those roles and great to see them pull it off. (Rabada) With KG there was something that happened behind the scenes but we’re not going to get into that.
Sometimes KG needs a rocket. You could then almost sense the intensity and focus, he was in the zone. The moment he has that attitude he wants to bowl and wants to contribute, you have to use it as a captain. It was awesome to see him fire. Team effort to get 20 wickets. I played a domestic game in Cape Town, not going to give away any info. 1-1, South Africa vs India, I don’t think you could have written a better script.