'I feel India will concede the lead' - THIS former cricketer and commentator predicts Day 2 of India vs SA Test

Aakash Chopra

The first day of the Johannesburg Test saw India being blown away by the South Africa pacers. The visitors could only manage 202 runs in their first innings at the Wanderers. The Proteas scored 35/1 before the Stumps on Day 1. The events on day 1 have made former cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra make his prediction for the events on day 2 of South Africa vs India Test.

In a video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra has predicted that South Africa will take a lead in the first innings. He said: “I feel India will concede the lead. Runs are still left, you have scored 202, the opposing team has also lost one wicket for 35 runs. But I feel South Africa will take a slim lead, it could be 15-25 runs.”

The veteran also expects Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to take the majority of the South African wickets.

Read | Proteas in control of Johannesburg Test after gripping day 1

Aakash Chopra explained: “Shami and Bumrah will together account for seven or more wickets today itself. Shami has already taken one. Seven or more wickets of this innings can go in these bowlers’ names. Siraj is injured. I really hope he is not seriously injured. But he left the field limping a little and Shardul Thakur finished the over.”

Mohammed Siraj had suffered a hamstring injury while bowling his fourth over on the first day. The former opener expects plenty of wickets to be taken on the second day as well.

“My third prediction is that Marco Jansen will do well with the bat” – Aakash Chopra

He revealed: “My third prediction is that South Africa will be all out. The match will move fast because there is pace in this pitch. The scoring rate is not slow on a pitch that has pace, the match keeps moving forward, wickets keep falling and the runs are also scored. Something along those lines is what I am expecting.”

Meanwhile, he also stated that Marco Jansen will do well with the bat. The bowling all-rounder has already shown his batting ability in the first Test. While he scored 32 runs across two innings in the Boxing Day Test, he has a batting average of 22.93 in first-class cricket.

“I feel Marco Jansen has already taken wickets. He could have picked up a five-wicket haul, but he will score more than 20 runs. He is a proper all-rounder, he is that sort,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

India is currently leading the three-Test series 1-0 after winning the Centurion Test by 113 runs. Virat Kohli’s team became the first Asian team to win in South Africa’s fortress. India has not lost in Johannesburg in 29 years of touring South Africa.

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