South Africa 78-0, Markram on 51 in 2nd test against India

Allan Donald

Allan Donald

Having more diverse pitches would not only give India's fast bowling attack better chances of success but would also help the team prevent the kind of batting debacle seen in the first Test in India's ongoing South Africa tour.

Ashwin also claimed the wicket of opener Dean Elgar (31) as the left-hander stroked a delivery into the body of silly point Murali Vijay, who reacted brilliantly to grasp the ball as it rebounded off him. The batsmen may be watching for Philander's seam movement and Rabada's pace but Morkel will pose the real danger at the ground.

"Our batsmen could not perform on that wicket, but I am sure in the second Test match, you will find a different Indian side".

"It looks like a really lively pitch‚ which is exactly what we wanted it to be‚" Kohli said. "It can't be all work and no play", he says, smiling.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "I think those are things that you have to mentally tune yourself and adjust to because they are part of batting in South Africa".


Rabada's team-mate Philander is the other bowler inside the top-20 to make an impressive gain. Coach Ottis Gibson indicated that they would like to continue playing 4 fast bowlers, which would pave the way for one of Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi or Duanne Olivier to get a game. "We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and talk of the town and all those sort of things", Kohli's sarcasm at the pre-match conference was not lost on anyone. This, perhaps, has a lot to do with the quality of pitches, which seem to be getting flatter. Temperatures are set to soar during the match, likely to be in the early 30s with no rain forecast, although afternoon thundershowers on the Highveld can never be discounted. While they have drawn thrice, only England (2010) and Australia have managed to beat them once each here. He has the most runs by any batsman in Centurion where his haul of scoring 50 or more 12 times in 17 innings includes four hundreds and one double-hundred.

Mohammed Shami needs one more wicket to reach 100 Test scalps.

"Frankly, it (the first Test) was a good match". He tried to move away from the strike and let Faf du Plessis take the strike for bulk of the action.

"I don't think we need to panic because of collapses".

"Kohli, he revealed. had walked up to him after his dismissal and said, "'Well played, you were unlucky to get out.' It was a great gesture from him. Kohli once again defended his decision to play Rohit Sharma overlooking Ajinkya Rahane's impressive record in these conditions but indicated that the vice-captain may return to the playing XI here.

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