SA-A vs IN-A Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates For 2nd Unofficial Test

Cricket enthusiasts are in for a treat as South Africa A and India A lock horns in the second unofficial Test at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, commencing on December 26, Tuesday. After an exhilarating draw in the first Test, both teams are eager to gain the upper hand in this crucial encounter.

Recap of the First Test:

In a thrilling encounter, South Africa A posted 319 in the first innings, propelled by Jean du Plessis’ brilliant century (106) and Rubin Hermann’s substantial contribution (95). Prasidh Krishna’s five-wicket haul for India A and Saurabh Kumar’s three-fer added spice to the contest. India A responded strongly with a commanding total of 417, featuring a stellar 163 from Prasodh Paul, well-supported by Sarfaraz Khan (68) and Shardul Thakur (76). Evan Jones and Siya Plaatjie impressed with the ball for South Africa A.

The third innings saw South Africa A finishing at 152/2, resulting in a draw. Yaseen Valli (72) and Jean du Plessis (50*) were the standout performers for the home side.

Focus on the Second Test:

As the action shifts to the second Test, India A faces challenges with the absence of skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran and pacer Harshit Rana due to injuries. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devdutt Padikkal are also ruled out. Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, and Rinku Singh join the squad, and Kuldeep Yadav is released.

Match Information:

South Africa A vs India A, 3rd Unofficial Test India A tour of South Africa, 26 Dec 2023, Tue, 1:30 PM IST Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

Probable Playing XI:

South Africa A: Y Valli, CD Shekleton, RA Herman, J du Plessis, B Parsons (C), Connor Esterhuizen (wk), E Jones, E Bosch, KR Mannikam, S Plaatjie, Odirile Modimokoane

Bench: RD Rickelton, S Qeshile, MP Breetzke, Zubayr Hamza, K Zondo, JR Richards, JF Smith, IH Modimokaoane, D Olivier, Johan Van-Dyk, TL Moreki, BC Fortuin, J Dawood

India A: Sai Sudharsan, RM Patidar, Tilak Varma, RK Singh, SN Khan (C), DC Jurel (wk), Axar Patel, Manav Suthar, NA Saini, Akash Deep, Vidhwath Kaverappa

Bench: KS Bharat, AR Easwaran, RD Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, P Narang, P Ranjan Paul, Washington Sundar, Saurabh Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, KL Yadav, H Rana, TU Deshpande, Avesh Khan

Pitch Report:

Mangaung Oval, though untested in red-ball cricket, is expected to offer a balanced wicket with early help for pacers.

Player Picks:

Captains:

Jean du Plessis (SA-A | WK): With a century and an unbeaten fifty in the first Test, Jean du Plessis is a reliable captaincy choice for fantasy XI.

Rajat Patidar (IN-A | BAT): Fresh off a call-up, Rajat Patidar, with an impressive first-class record, becomes a valuable captaincy option.

Top Picks:

Rubin Hermann (SA-A | WK): After a noteworthy 95 in the first Test, Rubin Hermann remains a brilliant top pick for fantasy teams.

Sarfaraz Khan (IN-A | BAT): Sarfaraz Khan’s impactful 68 in the first Test and a recent century in the intra-squad match make him a top choice.

Budget Picks:

Akash Deep (IN-A | BOWL): Bengal pacer Akash Deep, with an excellent domestic record, is a budget-friendly pick for fantasy teams.

Sai Sudharsan (IN-A | BAT): Despite a modest performance in the first Test, opening batter Sai Sudharsan’s red-ball credentials make him a budget pick worth considering.

Avoid Having These Players:

Ruturaj Gaikwad (IN-A | BAT): Injured Ruturaj Gaikwad won’t feature in this game, making him a player to avoid in fantasy XI.

Devdutt Padikkal (IN-A | BAT): Following a lackluster performance in the first Test, Devdutt Padikkal is unavailable for the second, making him another player to avoid.

Head to Head:

Wicket-keeper: Rubin Hermann Batter: Jean Du Plessis, Yaseen Valli, Sarfaraz Khan, Sai Sudharsan, Tilak Varma, Rajat Patidar All-Rounder: Evan Jones, Axar Patel Bowler: Navdeep Saini, Akash Deep

Mega League:

Wicket-keeper: Rubin Hermann, Dhruv Jurel Batter: Jean Du Plessis, Yaseen Valli, Sarfaraz Khan, Rinku Singh, Tilak Varma, Rajat Patidar All-Rounder: Eathan Bosch, Axar Patel Bowler: Akash Deep

With the stage set for the second unofficial Test, fans and fantasy cricket enthusiasts alike are poised for another thrilling battle between South Africa A and India A. The chosen captains, top picks, and budget selections provide a roadmap for creating a winning fantasy XI. The Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein awaits, promising a spectacle of skills, determination, and intense cricketing action on December 26.

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