South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day January 5, 2011

Gambhir to bat, but out of ODI series


Gautam Gambhir will bat for India on the fifth day at Newlands, but he has been ruled out of the ODI series. Making a comeback from a hand injury that kept him out of the second Test in Durban, Gambhir had his troubles compounded when a Lonwabo Tsostsobe delivery hit him on the left elbow in the first innings. He could be seen sitting with a splint on his arm in the dressing room during the fourth day, raising doubts over his availability in the second innings.

He scored 93 in the first innings, and sustained the blow when he was on 91. He did not take the field for the entire duration of South Africa's second innings.

"He should be [fit]," Harbhajan Singh, who took seven wickets in the second innings, said. "He has rested the whole day today [Wednesday], he has been icing his arm and getting treatment. But he is going to miss out on the one-day series." India will play a Twenty20 international against South Africa on January 9 and a five-match ODI series starting on January 12

India need 340 to win on the fifth day and Harbhajan said that India's first concern would be to see off the new ball, and then rethink their strategy on whether to go for a draw or a win depending on how the first session goes. "Our approach, to be honest, will be to see off the first hour. If we play the new ball well, and get some fireworks from Virender Sehwag, then anything is chaseable. This is a ground where a lot of runs can be scored fast. I hope Viru clicks tomorrow and gives us a good start. A hundred for no loss will be a good beginning. The new ball will be crucial."

Sehwag excepting, the first instinct for India will surely be to feel safe first, and then go for the target if possible.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Sushant on January 7, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Sehwag Tendulkar Ganbhir Yuvraj/Kohli Raina Dhoni Yusuf Pathan Ashwin/Sreesanth/Munaf Harbhajan Zaheer Nehra

    on number 4 spot i would prefer Yuvraj. On basis of his previous records, his strike rate, and abilty to change the situation of the game anytime of given match condition either with ball or bat. Kohli too fits in well. but I think Yuvraj will make it to last 11 on number 8 spot I would rather prefer Ashwin. He looks a talented spinner. Can be useful on sub-continent pitches. Can hold the run-rate in middle overs. And most importantly he can bat, when compared to Munaf and Sreesanth.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    gud to see youngsters gettng chances,,,,

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA is sq of Sehwag not playing

  • balwinder on January 7, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Parthiv Patel or m pandey or badrinath should be in sq if veeru not playing.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Both team played really well..... in the series Sachin n Kallis shows why they r great. good to see test match at his very best.....................

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    hai guys.. i feel very happy about our team performance...India is the no.1 in world doubt..u c the approach we have from day 1 of 1st test to the day 5 of the last test..the 3rd test is almost dominated by India.SA are on backfoot til 4th day until the pair of kallis-bouchr shows our dominance.go India go.v r the no.1.i thk aftr the series no one says India lose in pitches..

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Happy with a draw rather a defeat

  • kumar on January 6, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Badrinath should certainly be included and play in place of either pujara or dravid from the next games. He single handedly took TN thus far this season and almost saved them in the semi final with a marathon knock, finishing as the top run scorer. Certainty for test spot ahead of everyone else. pujara is good but behind badri at the moment.

  • S on January 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Very good comments by all learned fans here. Keep it up. Almost all comments are well analysed. That's how it should be.

    My prediction: If Sehwag stays till lunch and some time after lunch, India have a chance. If Sehwag goes early, not even the 'Greatest' Tendulkar can win the match for us. Sachin can then only ensure with a lot ofstruggle, a draw. A loss is more possible, if we are very practical and realistic. For me Win -20%; Draw -30%, Lose -50%.

    I don't know whom to blame? Dhoni's listless captaincy or the listlessness of our bowling,which has never been great any time. But if we are defeated 2-1, then we should not feel bad. We should be thankful that we didn't lose 3-0. As somebody has said here rightly, we were lucky to win the second test. But the two dismissals of Dravid and Laxman evens out that factor,i feel.

  • Nimish on January 6, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Although gambhir and sehwag are the two players without whom indian batting looks vulnerable but dont forgetthat sachin is back and so is yuvraj. Moreover the 2nd string indian team convincingly beat the kiwis 5-0 . So that team along with sachin can atleast put up a good fight.....

    completely agree with spinkingKK if india get to a good start.. Today the most crucial will be sehwag's innings.. to decide the fate of the match and the series.. Going by india's batting performance in the 2nd and 3rd test India shuld be able to face the steyn gun andatleast draw the match.

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