The 1st Test between India and South Africa turned out to be quite an exciting game but apart from some quality cricket played by both sides, the weather also played an extremely crucial role. The rain factor in Centurion meant that all results were possible going into the final day, which made things interesting but unpredictable at the same time.
It seemed like captains were taking a few decisions on the field by keeping the weather forecast in mind and India's aggressive approach in the second innings, both while batting and bowling, was a testimony to that. As the action now shifts to Johannesburg (Jan 3-7), let us have a look at what to expect at Wanderers on Day 1 in terms of pitch & weather conditions.
Will rain play spoilsport on opening day in Johannesburg?
The forecast for opening day of the 2nd Test isn't that bright as there are showers and scattered thunderstorms predicted for the second half of the day i.e. post afternoon. There is a high possibility that the first two sessions on Day 1 can go as planned, without any rain interruption, much to the delight of everyone.
Here is the detailed weather forecast for January 3, Monday:
What to expect on Day 1?
The pitch at Wanderers has a history of assisting the fast-bowlers, offering a lot of pace and bounce. However, if the conditions are slightly bright in the morning, there will be runs on offer provided the batsmen can survive the early part of the day, just like Centurion. The first-innings total could once again prove to be the decisive factor in the contest, especially with the aspect of the unpredictability of weather.