After a thumping 203-run win India would come into the second match at Pune as favourites. They have the right team balance for now and South Africa will be scratching their head, thinking about their team combination. Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first day of the second Test. India captain Virat Kohli is happy that his team has “bought” into the philosophy of “selfless attitude” and “flexible thinking” which has led to a transformed Mohammed Shami and an aware Kuldeep Yadav. From an injury-prone talent to the most potent seam bowler on flat decks, according to the skipper, Mohammad Shami’s journey has been nothing short of fascinating.
India (XI) Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Chesteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Lungi Ngidi, Dane Piedt, Senuran Muthusamy, Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Heinrich Klaasen, Anrich Nortje.