India is all set to go against South Africa in the three-match Test series commencing on Boxing Day. However, the weather may be a hurdle for the players and spectators as there is a possibility of rain on the first day.
According to the Centurion weather report, there is a 60% chance of rainfall on the first day, which may result in a delay of the first session, media reports suggest. Similar predictions have been made for Monday, day 2 of the game.
On Tuesday and Wednesday — days 3 and 4– the conditions are expected to get better and remain overcast. On days with rainy conditions, it is expected that the skies would get clearer in the second half.
Overcast conditions are considered to be advantageous for the bowling side. South Africa is already equipped with ace fast bowlers like Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Oliver.
On the other hand, the India side is also packing talent in the bowling line-up. Seamers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj are expected to play in the game.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat first on Sunday, aiming to take a lead and script history by winning their first Test series in South Africa.
“Runs on the board playing away home has been our strength. The pitch tends to quicken up here on Day 2-3. Our success away from home started from the series we played here last time. Very challenging place to play. South African unit is always strong and they know the conditions. The prep has been wonderful”, the Indian skipper said, according to reports from CricBuzz.
India will take on South Africa in Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg from January 3rd to January 7th for the second game while the final will be played in Newlands, Cape Town from January 11th to January 15th.