Unless the ground staff produce a surprise we can expect a slow turning wicket although not quite on the same level as the dust bowls Sri Lanka bamboozled Australia on.
There aren't many grounds with a flatter deck for batsmen to flourish on, though days four and five will see the spinners get some purchase.
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Gauteng in winter is not one for rain, and this will be the case again. No rain is forecast, which will help avoid a disaster like Durban.
Australia have not lost here since 1988 when they faced those fearsome Windies. The deck is suited to pace, for most of the game.
Batting first is imperative here, as the deck gets slow and spinny quite soon into the game. Pacemen can get some assistance early on, mind.
India are favourites, unless South Africa's batsmen can find a way to combat the spinners they were so easily defeated by in Mohali.
One suspects the toss winner will bat first, to get settled before the lights come on. And the deck will flatten out as the game unfolds.