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India vs South Africa, Cricket: 1st Test – Prediction

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” class=”” width=””]Prediction: South Africa will remain steady even after a few jolts. India have a chance of completely getting dismantled. One good innings by someone may not help. It’s for India to avoid a defeat by managing a draw.[/box]

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South Africa got the better of India in both the T20 and the ODI cricket series, but India will seek redemption in the Test format by trying to spin a web around their formidable opponents in the four-match series starting in Mohali on Thursday.

So far India has failed to make its advantage as the home team count.  They conceded initiative to the Proteas in the limited-overs games and, truth be told, the South Africans did display some remarkable adaptability to emerge the better of the two teams so far.

The last time India played a Test match in India, a certain Mr. Tendulkar was saying farewell from the game to an emotional crowd in Mumbai, back in November 2013. Now, after traveling around the world for two years – spanning 17 Tests in New Zealand, South Africa, England, Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – Virat Kohli’s men will play a long-awaited Test series in home territory.

Of course, South Africa are, by some distance, the No. 1 Test side in world cricket currently, and if one keeps in mind their performance in winning the T20 and ODI series already on this tour, it must be said that the visitors are definitely the favourites for this upcoming series of matches.

Make no mistake though, in a Test series at home, India must be considered as favourites. Given the right conditions, and ability of the team to play to its potential, India are always a threat back home. Indian fans have every reason to be disappointed if their team don’t win this series.

Mohali promises decent weather and a cricket crazy crowd to cheer India on. Will they live up to the adulation?

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