West Indies Tour Of South Africa 2023, 2nd Test: SA vs WI | Fantasy Tips and Teams

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The second and final Test between Temba Bavuma's South Africa and Kraigg Brathwaite's West Indies takes place at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday, March 08, 2023, at 1.30 PM IST. The Proteas are leading the two-match series 1-0 as they defeated the Caribbean side in the first Test by a margin of 87 runs in Centurion. Before the game, let us look at some of the important stats, the prime player picks, and the best-predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match.

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As mentioned above, the home under the leadership of Bavuma beat the visitors by 87 runs in Centurion. Newly appointed T20I skipper Aiden Markram had a solid game as he smashed 115 and 47 in the two innings. Pacer Kagiso Rabada was also lethal as he picked up eight wickets to help the Proteas take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Pitch Report - The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

The traditional Wanderers pitch offers a good pace and bounce, but there will likely be some turn at the venue. Teams batting first have an advantage as they won 20 times compared to sides batting second, who have won 12.

Numbers at the ground (Overall Test Cricket)

Total Matches: 43
Matches won batting first: 20
Matches won batting second: 12
Matches Drawn: 11

Average first innings score: 314
Average second innings score: 272
Average third innings score: 252
Average fourth innings score: 208

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Head-to-Head

South Africa and West Indies have met each other 31 times in the history of Test cricket, and it's all Proteas as they have won on 21 occasions as compared to West Indies's 3. Seven matches ended up in a draw.

Head-to-Head (Overall Tests)

Total Matches: 31
South Africa Won: 21
West Indies Won: 3
Matches Drawn: 7

Head-to-Head (Last 10 Matches)

South Africa Won: 8
West Indies Won: 0
Matches Drawn: 2

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Probable Playing XIs

South Africa Team News

The Proteas have named their final 11, and there are four changes from the previous game. First, Keegan Petersen, Senuran Muthusamy, Marco Jansen, and Anrich Nortje will not be part of part of the Jo'Burg Test. Instead, this match will feature Spinners Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, and wicketkeeper Ryan Rickelton.

South Africa Probable Playing XI

Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma (c), Ryan Rickelton, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Simon Harmer, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, and Gerald Coetzee.

West Indies Team News

Batting all-rounder Alick Athanaze is in line for a debut, while it will be interesting to see if spinner Gudakesh Motie finds a place in the setup.

West Indies Probable Playing XI

Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase/Alick Athanaze, Kyle Mayers, Joshua da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, and Shannon Gabriel.

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Top Five Picks

  1. Aiden Markram (SA): Aiden Markram has had a fruitful last few days as he won the inaugural SAT20, got appointed captain for the SRH team in IPL and is now of South Africa's T20I side. The right-handed opening batter scored 115 and 47 runs in the first game and would like to continue his form.
  2. Dean Elgar (SA): Markram's opening partner Dean Elgar struck 71 in the first innings in Centurion. He missed out in the second innings as he got dismissed for just one, but the eighth-highest run-getter for the Proteas in Tests would be hoping to give his side another good start.
  3. Kagiso Rabada (SA): Speedster Kagiso Rabada wreaked havoc as he picked up six wickets for 50 runs in the second innings to win the opening Test for the Proteas. And now, with Anrich Nortje ruled out of the Johannesburg game, Rabada will carry extra responsibility for the pace attack.
  4. Kraigg Brathwaite (WI): West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite endured a poor first match as he managed scores of 11 and 0. With over 5000 runs and 12 centuries in the format, the right-handed batter is a proven performer as he looks to get back amongst the runs.
  5. Jermaine Blackwood (WI): Jermaine Blackwood had good two outings in Centurion as he scored 37 and 79 runs. The right-handed batter is naturally an aggressive player and could be picked for this final Test.

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Must picks for the match

South Africa

  1. Aiden Markram - 162 runs in 1 match
  2. Dean Elgar - 72 runs in 1 match
  3. Kagiso Rabada - 8 wickets in 1 match

West Indies

  1. Kraigg Brathwaite - 11 runs in 1 match
  2. Jermaine Blackwood - 116 runs in 1 match
  3. Jason Holder - 3 wickets and 18 runs in 1 match

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Risky Picks

South Africa: Tony de Zorzi, Ryan Rickelton

West Indies: Raymon Reifer, Joshua da Silva

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Aiden Markram (SA)
  2. Dean Elgar (SA)
  3. Kraigg Brathwaite (WI)

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

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Wicketkeeper: Heinrich Klaasen
Batters: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Kraigg Brathwaite, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood
All-rounders: Jason Holder
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph

Captain: Dean Elgar
Vice-captain: Aiden Markram

SA: 5 Players, WI: 6 Players

SA vs WI, 2nd Test: Team for Winner Takes All Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Ryan Rickelton, Heinrich Klaasen, Joshua da Silva
Batters: Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma, Raymon Reifer
All-rounders: Wiaan Mulder, Kyle Mayers
Bowlers: Simon Harmer, Gerald Coetzee, Shannon Gabrie

Captain: Heinrich Klaasen
Vice-captain: Temba Bavuma

SA: 7 Players, WI: 4 Players