South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Johannesburg December 5, 2013

No more pushing South Africa around

The terms of India's tour were largely dictated by the BCCI, but South Africa did all the bossing around in the first ODI in Johannesburg
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In the months leading up to this tour, South Africa listened to a lot of being told what to do. They were at the mercy of the BCCI for everything from the number of matches to, according to the rumour mill, where they would be played. Now that the cricket has begun, South Africa showed there was one place they will not be dictated to - the field.

One match, even if it was a 141-run thrashing, is not enough to tell whether South Africa can dethrone India from the top of the ODI rankings, and neither is it a solid indication of how their World Cup plans are taking shape, but it was a boost of morale for a country that has been pushed around in the cricket world.

"It was very important to start off like that," South Africa's captain AB de Villiers said, avoiding references to any off-field motivation for a dominating performance. "We know its not easy for subcontinent countries to tour here. It's important to never allow them to gain momentum."

In a hastily organised home series against Pakistan, the schedule had not been planned in a way that would benefit the home side. South Africa won the first Twenty20, a tight finish in a rain-affected game, but lost the next to share the series. Pakistan took a lead in the ODI rubber and did not let it go.

South Africa did not want a repeat against India and so made the most of the opening venue. Johannesburg is not a welcoming host. The Wanderers' bowl-like structure traps noise and creates an atmosphere of intimidation that is unmatched in this country.

South African fans were expected to stage small protests in the ground but apart from a little argy-bargy late in the match, which seemed to have been alcohol fueled, there were only good-natured cheers. The payback was on the pitch, the fastest surface South Africa have played on all summer.

The Wanderers surface was more unwelcoming than its atmosphere. Deliveries kicked up from back from a length and exposed India's weakness against the short ball every time. The first real bouncer of the day - delivered by Morne Morkel - resulted in a wicket. Dale Steyn bowled terrific outswing at terrific pace.

South Africa's six-man pace pack sliced through a line-up that had gunned down immense totals on the subcontinent, but the real insult had been flung in the first innings when South Africa's batsmen, who had struggled against Pakistan, made a mockery of India's bowling.

On the eve of the game, AB de Villiers had talked about how his team would look to assert themselves over India and he had said the visiting bowlers were "not the best in the world." He was a little more generous after the game today. "They are not poor," he said. "They were a little bit short in the first five overs. Not losing a wicket in the first ten overs at the Wanderers is important. That way you set yourself up nicely. It was important for us to have wickets in hand at the end against this Indian attack."

Because of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla's 152-run stand for the first wicket, de Villiers and JP Duminy had the freedom to run riot at the end and not even a green top could stop them. If anything, the ball coming on to the bat helped.

It is unlikely that South Africa have ordered extra spicy pitches for this series because of administrative tussles. It is probably no more than normal service that things panned out the way they did. But that won't stop the country from feeling good, that after all the recent shenanigans, their team was able to get one over India.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Vilander on December 7, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    SA bowlers especially Steyn and Morkel are just amazing. With Indian bowlers weakness and inexperience it was possible for SA to gamble with a green track, but good for India that ODI series is first so some redemption in tests are possible, more green the better come 2015 they will be prepared. And one more thing SA has chosen to rally against India,i think its time Indian players stopped thinking of them as friends and fought hard, they seem to hate us so use it.

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian:- I agree with what cricketsunami said but I'm not sure I agree with your interpretation of same. He's one of the few Indian fans here who can see the problem. While others are suggesting creating pools of fast bowlers as a solution he can see that India needs to start playing SOME of it's home cricket on faster pitches. As it is atm life at home is purgatory for Indian quicks, they don't get any experience using such wickets, and they must absolutely dream of getting a game on at least ONE wicket which doesn't make them feel like walking to the nearest bridge and jumping off. India isn't a fast bowling factory but they do turn up some talent, something just seems to die inside after a couple of years of seeing team mates expend a 1/4 of the effort and get 90% of the wickets. If you think the wickets we served up to you on your last tour of OZ were anything odd you're dreaming. Even Ravi Shastri said during the ODI our wickets were good for batting. We didn't cook them.

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    @cricketsunami you r spot on. Indian Bowlers r doing all the worse they can do for the batsmen......................1). Pressure of scoring at 7 rpo from start makes batting even harder 2). Opponents are free to make excessively bouncy and fast pitchs to make indian batsmen life even worse for bcz Indian bowlers cant take adv of horrible track. That is exactly what Aus & SA did to destroy IND in 8 match thrashing 3). Whatever Indian Batsmen score bowlers let opposition score it easily resulting in Indian batsmens' great innings going in vain

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Indian team has woke up to see the reality of cricket outside subcontinent..... ALAS its not IPL

  • Temuzin on December 6, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Actually Indian batsmen have disadvantage due to their poor pace bowling attack. Opponents are free to make an extra bouncy and fast pitch where Indian batsmen will suffer and Indian bowlers cant pay opponents back in kind. I wonder if SA will make similar pitch against a quality bowling unit such as Pakistan. India seriously needs to find a few good fast bowler and make some real fast and bouncy pitches for their batsmen to get practice before embarking on foreign tours.

  • Dhanno on December 6, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @biggus, you have raised an imp point there, people may think it is all humor. But Bodyline and early 80s are no match to what we are seeing today. At that point only one person was at risk, the batsman facing the ferocious bowlers. But as you rightly pointed, the balls bowled by battery of indian bowlers are fodder for batsman, hence the paying public is at greater risk of being injured of 6s and even 4s at times. Its about time that the paying public is given mandatory survival gear when india is bowling and then taken away when Steyn comes into attack (as we know, its difficult to connect those deliveries let alone dump one in the crowd!)

  • on December 6, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    I think any other team on that pitch against that kind of bowling would've been bowled out under 150 but india reached 200 which is good to see that they fighting it out rather than just capitulating.the main problem of the loss was that our bowlers didn't have the pace required to succed on that pitch which was noticed when south africans bowled as their lesser bowlers(tsotsobe and parnell) struggled bcoz they didn't have the pace of steyn and morkel but if india had played umesh and had dhoni started with shami and umesh it would'vve been a different ball game.umesh might struggle on indian pithces but when he's given this kind of a pitch he can be potent as we saw in the CT warm up game where he bowled australians out for 65 on a not too dissimilar pith than the one at the wanderes.

  • Omar-Briganto on December 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Indian team is a product of hype and sensationalism only, whereas reality is completely contrary. I am wondering how excellent was Pakistan bowling when they were restricting mighty South Africans to average totals. Moreover the way AB and Duminy plundered Indian bowling. A serious concern for India, it was like treating them like school kids, unbelieveable treatment.

    I wish both the teams good luck for the remaining matches, being a Pakistan cricket fan I would not hesitate to say I also adore fine cricket played by any other nation even India.

  • jerryman on December 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    have bouncy pitches .. and see how the Indians can handle pace .. you will win all the matches SA..

  • Shahid06 on December 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    @ BilloBarber: I second your comments and want to add another dimension to it....

    In terms of Win-Loss ratio for 8 major cricketing nations in Test Matches, Pakistan is currently third on the list behind Australia and England...India is way behind ..7th on the list

    In terms of Win-Loss ratio for 8 major cricketing nations in ODI Matches, Pakistan is currently third on the list behind Australia and South Africa...Again India is lagging behind!! 5th on the list

    Currently India is performing better and trying to play more at home to catch up with other teams in terms of overall records... Still a long way to go mate!!

    In this article Firdous has tried to put India's downfall more to the liveness of pitch... I disagree with that.. main problem was India's bowling . If they had restricted them to below 250.. It would have been a close match!!

  • Vilander on December 7, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    SA bowlers especially Steyn and Morkel are just amazing. With Indian bowlers weakness and inexperience it was possible for SA to gamble with a green track, but good for India that ODI series is first so some redemption in tests are possible, more green the better come 2015 they will be prepared. And one more thing SA has chosen to rally against India,i think its time Indian players stopped thinking of them as friends and fought hard, they seem to hate us so use it.

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian:- I agree with what cricketsunami said but I'm not sure I agree with your interpretation of same. He's one of the few Indian fans here who can see the problem. While others are suggesting creating pools of fast bowlers as a solution he can see that India needs to start playing SOME of it's home cricket on faster pitches. As it is atm life at home is purgatory for Indian quicks, they don't get any experience using such wickets, and they must absolutely dream of getting a game on at least ONE wicket which doesn't make them feel like walking to the nearest bridge and jumping off. India isn't a fast bowling factory but they do turn up some talent, something just seems to die inside after a couple of years of seeing team mates expend a 1/4 of the effort and get 90% of the wickets. If you think the wickets we served up to you on your last tour of OZ were anything odd you're dreaming. Even Ravi Shastri said during the ODI our wickets were good for batting. We didn't cook them.

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    @cricketsunami you r spot on. Indian Bowlers r doing all the worse they can do for the batsmen......................1). Pressure of scoring at 7 rpo from start makes batting even harder 2). Opponents are free to make excessively bouncy and fast pitchs to make indian batsmen life even worse for bcz Indian bowlers cant take adv of horrible track. That is exactly what Aus & SA did to destroy IND in 8 match thrashing 3). Whatever Indian Batsmen score bowlers let opposition score it easily resulting in Indian batsmens' great innings going in vain

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Indian team has woke up to see the reality of cricket outside subcontinent..... ALAS its not IPL

  • Temuzin on December 6, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Actually Indian batsmen have disadvantage due to their poor pace bowling attack. Opponents are free to make an extra bouncy and fast pitch where Indian batsmen will suffer and Indian bowlers cant pay opponents back in kind. I wonder if SA will make similar pitch against a quality bowling unit such as Pakistan. India seriously needs to find a few good fast bowler and make some real fast and bouncy pitches for their batsmen to get practice before embarking on foreign tours.

  • Dhanno on December 6, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @biggus, you have raised an imp point there, people may think it is all humor. But Bodyline and early 80s are no match to what we are seeing today. At that point only one person was at risk, the batsman facing the ferocious bowlers. But as you rightly pointed, the balls bowled by battery of indian bowlers are fodder for batsman, hence the paying public is at greater risk of being injured of 6s and even 4s at times. Its about time that the paying public is given mandatory survival gear when india is bowling and then taken away when Steyn comes into attack (as we know, its difficult to connect those deliveries let alone dump one in the crowd!)

  • on December 6, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    I think any other team on that pitch against that kind of bowling would've been bowled out under 150 but india reached 200 which is good to see that they fighting it out rather than just capitulating.the main problem of the loss was that our bowlers didn't have the pace required to succed on that pitch which was noticed when south africans bowled as their lesser bowlers(tsotsobe and parnell) struggled bcoz they didn't have the pace of steyn and morkel but if india had played umesh and had dhoni started with shami and umesh it would'vve been a different ball game.umesh might struggle on indian pithces but when he's given this kind of a pitch he can be potent as we saw in the CT warm up game where he bowled australians out for 65 on a not too dissimilar pith than the one at the wanderes.

  • Omar-Briganto on December 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Indian team is a product of hype and sensationalism only, whereas reality is completely contrary. I am wondering how excellent was Pakistan bowling when they were restricting mighty South Africans to average totals. Moreover the way AB and Duminy plundered Indian bowling. A serious concern for India, it was like treating them like school kids, unbelieveable treatment.

    I wish both the teams good luck for the remaining matches, being a Pakistan cricket fan I would not hesitate to say I also adore fine cricket played by any other nation even India.

  • jerryman on December 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    have bouncy pitches .. and see how the Indians can handle pace .. you will win all the matches SA..

  • Shahid06 on December 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    @ BilloBarber: I second your comments and want to add another dimension to it....

    In terms of Win-Loss ratio for 8 major cricketing nations in Test Matches, Pakistan is currently third on the list behind Australia and England...India is way behind ..7th on the list

    In terms of Win-Loss ratio for 8 major cricketing nations in ODI Matches, Pakistan is currently third on the list behind Australia and South Africa...Again India is lagging behind!! 5th on the list

    Currently India is performing better and trying to play more at home to catch up with other teams in terms of overall records... Still a long way to go mate!!

    In this article Firdous has tried to put India's downfall more to the liveness of pitch... I disagree with that.. main problem was India's bowling . If they had restricted them to below 250.. It would have been a close match!!

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: now your tone of comments and opinion have totally changed after the match. Do you remember what you were writing before the match? you were saying India will thrad SA and you werent talking about bouncers and great bowlers. So what is the difference between Indian batsmen and other batsmen, that even India cant play bouncers? why you call them world champions them? if they are best and no.1, they should not be having difficulty facing bouncers and pace.

  • BilloBarber on December 6, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    @ Konjarla Satya Kumar : check the record first pak vs india in one day internationals overall pak won 71 to india 50 .....pakistan cricket is way ahead from indian cricket in every aspect whether its one days or test because pak can play every where in the world and not afraid to tour any country as compare to indians who r afraid of touring SA ......................

  • mzm149 on December 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    The first paragraph of this article is awesome, specially the last sentence. It would be a lot of fun if Durban matches go in South Africa's favor. They had been deliberately included in the schedule at the expense of Cape Town just to reduce home advantage to the hosts.

  • on December 6, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Pace is the only thing that Dhoni should look towards to gain an equal field. Without pace the likes of Amla and Devilliers will tear the Indian Bowling lineup. 300 everytime is unacceptable much less 350.

  • wrenx on December 6, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @Surajk What on earth are you talking about - Junaid didn't even play that game in the Asia Cup

  • on December 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    I thought South Africa played India yesterday. Come on guys, don't make this a Pak-Ind battle ground. Indian batting was bound to struggle on that wicket but a better bowling line would have kept South Africa around 260,280 which was the score India should have been chasing. India can come back and we all know this.

  • DeckChairand6pack on December 6, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    He he, nice one Biggus. Protea Green Crash Hats for all the spectators should do it.

  • fguy on December 6, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    & really you think this is how pitches should be? so then you dont want spinners to exist in the game? coz thats what will happen if all pitches are like this. the other team didnt play a single spinner. i would love to see the reactions when india plays a game with 5 or 6 full-time spinners (& only virat as seamer) on a pitch that helps only them

  • on December 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    People who are comparing this Indian performance with Pakistan's a couple of weeks ago need to understand that it was the difference in the bowling. Pakistani batting might have done much worst than this but it was Pakistan's bowling that made SA batting line struggle and prevented them from chasing even par totals of 200+. It was the same bowling line up that made this Indian batting line up struggle in India and won the one day series over there as well. Pakistani bowling is not as strong as it used to but still when Pakistan wins ... its usually due to their bowling.

  • on December 6, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan, Just to help you put things in perspective. It isn't the Pak fans who surround you like vultures when your team loses, but the other way round.

    I have been in the stadia during the three series that have been played in UAE - against Australia, England, and South Africa - and in each of these series, Indian fans turned out in droves clad in Pakistan's opposition's colors - to cheer a Pak loss. Actually, it was obvious that they turned out in force because it was expected that Pakistan would not do so well.

    Just how many Pakistan flags did you count waving at the Wanderers yesterday when an Indian wicket fell, or when a South African milestone was achieved?

    Now let us go back a week, and look at those matches between Pak and South Africa - take a look at those matches and do tell me if you can keep count of the Indian fans waving Indian flags every time a Pakistan wicket fell or a South African milestone was achieved.

    More Pak flags ought to be out there I think...

  • on December 6, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Seriously its a nice joke saying that pakistan cricket is better than indian cricket team since we have seen many times in many series how each other play. I accept pakistan bowling is good that doesnt mean india team is not better than pakistan.know the facts and then talk about it

  • Biggus on December 6, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @Harmony111:-I could try to have a sensible discourse with you but I've found that to be an exercise in futility. Poking you with a stick and hearing you squeal however is an entirely different matter. That's about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.

  • on December 6, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Dont understand the fuss made about comparisons between the Pakistan and India fact is different wickets make for different results Pakistan played on much slower subcontinent type wickets in Cape town and Port Elizabeth and unfortunately for India this wicket was a really quick. Pakistan would have been exposed just as much on this wicket

  • on December 6, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    You know, I have read almost every comment in all the threads after the match last night... And I have only found one Indian fan congratulate the South African team on a fine performance.

    Just goes to show the level of sportsmanship in this day and age.

    Sachin_vvsfan... I salute you. May the remaining games between our two nations be hotly contested, and in good manner.

  • on December 6, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    @geevan the wickets in australia and new zealand are nt flat nd slowwww...juz watch ashes,nd west indies tour of new zealnd

  • Harmony111 on December 6, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @Biggus:

    We have been told that the wickets in the CT13 were not the usual Eng type & were dull & slow like typical Indian wickets. What do you think was the truth? Whatever it may be, how much did Aus score vs India in the practice matches when India scored 300+? Was it something like 65?

    So if the wicket was fastish & had bounce -- Aus can't play on such wickets either.

    If the wicket was slow then Aus can't bat EVEN on such wickets.

    @Greatest_Game:

    So ultimately you are saying that the Wanderers wicket was like this due to the conditions, right? Why don't you use the same argument for Indian wickets and see that Indian wickets are slow and help spinners cos the conditions there are mostly dry? Where does the reasoning of yours go in that case?

  • getsetgopk on December 6, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    oh Biggus you beauty!!! LOL

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    @Biggus Liked that even though i am Indian fan.

    @Fahii Thats because our neighbors surround us like vultures when we loose. Also i can notice that Case sensitive letters(i and P) when you mention India and Pak in your comments.

  • ac_Indian on December 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    There is a saying: You need two hands to clap. If we are indeed to meddle squabbles between boards with on field performances, lets also talk about CSA's part in the dispute vis a vis any SA players' failure in future. I have been following and appreciating Ms. Moonda's writings since 2011, and going by history, I expect more balanced perspectives in future. Good Luck!

  • Geeva on December 6, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Think SA are getting carried away with the pace and bounce against India...the WC 2015 (NZ slow wickets and Aus flat) will be played on flat batting tracks where the spinners will tie down batsmen...and we all know how SA play spin....

  • Fahii on December 6, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    I didnt understand why its Pak vs ind, although it was SA vs ind, by the way leave comparing Pak with ind, indian just good enough at home while Pak team is much better, over all record speaks truth. ind bowling very fragile, batting only clicks at home most of the time. Pak bowling is on the top but they lack in batting however they compensate it with bowling good.

  • ReverseDoosra on December 6, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @Biggus LOL. nice one man!

  • caldruid on December 6, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @biggus Hilarious comment. Well said!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 6, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @getsetgopk. Just wonder what happened to your super stars from that tour. Some of them are out of the team and some others to follow. All great players have a lean series and thats what happened there. Have you checked his inngs yesterday? In his short stay, he handled everyone easily. Your third class Junid Khan is not Styen , right?

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    I still have faith in our batting team. We need solid batsmen in place of Yuvraj/Raina combo we dont need to flashy players in the middle but stable batsmen. Also we dont need 2 spinners We need one fast bowler in place of jadeja/Aswin .

    And congrats to SA for deserving victory.

  • Testcricfan on December 6, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    No spinner and a 6 man pace attack tells its own story, SA wanted to dominate and they did dominate. Brilliant batting and bowling overall and not to mention the2 runouts which were a massive factor in the victory margin...Reason being, Apart from Steyn & Morkel, the other 4 pacers looked none too threatening...In fact the two left armers looked ordinary and Mclaren was good only in patches. India's batsmen are a smart lot and wont take long for them to work this out - I think if the SA support cast dont up their game, India can still post big scores, but whether their bowlers can defend a total is a different story. I also see Pak fans in this forum are more interested in seeing the Indians lose than the Saffers themselves and keep comparing their team to India...If India are really that bad, why do Pak Fans compare against them and set themselves such a poor benchmark? Get a life people...Enjoy the cricket, and ditch the bias.

  • Biggus on December 6, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    81 years ago Douglas Jardine unleashed Bodyline on Australia which prompted Bill Woodfull to make his famous, "Only one side is playing cricket" comment. In the 70s and 80s Australian and West Indian fast bowlers terrorised batsmen worldwide and the near death of Ewen Chatfield on the cricket pitch saw the impetus grow for the development of protective gear to mitigate the dangers inherent in facing quick bowling. The latest scourge to awaken the fast bowling controversy is that of Indian fast bowling. How long can we ignore the dangers they pose? Is it even within the spirit of the game? How long will it be until a crowd member is killed by a ball delivered by an Indian fast bowler?

  • 1978_zaheer on December 6, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @getsetgopk-Really tired of that Dec series in which u people keep cribbing about kohli vs junaid,forgetting how MS Dhoni smashed the 'great' junaid khan for 127 runs in just 69 balls across the tour! On the other hand,what hpnd to the 'legendary' pak bowling in the CT2013 where they couldnt win a single game for their team in English conditions?

  • muhamd_rizwan on December 6, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Indians have been exposed by the way & they'll be more & more as tour will progress, it's easy to play at Indian soil & demolish the visiting teams. Now the task is in their hands which will definitely suggest how bigger team they are, I din't see them winning a match against SA.

  • Surajk on December 6, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    @getsetgopk Thats right Kohli was Junaid's bunny, the Dhaka trashing not withstanding.... And I dont seem to remember Champions Trophy being played in India! Pak batting line-up cant even spoken in the same breath as the current Indian line-up. India are far-far ahead. Before writing-off this Indian batting line up, give them a couple of matches to acclimatize. Similarly, Pakistan's bowling line-up is world class. India cant even come close to having a bowling line-up like Pakistan's

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Its a good win. A moral booster for SA. While a good reminder for Indian Batting that it is not that easy as home pitches. Maybe they were banking on SA low confidence after defeat against Pakistan.

    Frankly everybody expected Pakistan to be thrashed the same way but their bowling saved a lot of face for them.

    India should not complain about under preparation. Most of the players are well aware of these pitches and the players due to IPL. Even after winning the toss the bowlers could not take advantage of fresh pitch. And heavy weight batting could not chase it down as before.

    I dont think anybody thought SA would be a pushover, but after last series defeat against Pakistan (who played very well by the way) and India on a roll maybe at once stage were thought of as underdogs. Not the case anymore!

  • Desihungama on December 6, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I just want to say it's one of the most brilliantly written article by Ms. Moonda. Thanks for keeping cricket fanatics like us amused.

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Frankly I knew SA will hit India 300+ simply because Indian bowling attack is not very good. However, I also thought that India will be able to chase down the 300+ target because they have the most powerful batting unit. I guess I was right on the first note and wrong on the second note.

  • getsetgopk on December 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Ms Monda knows how to write and I must say she knows it extreemly well. Check out this line for example "South Africa's six-man pace pack sliced through a line-up that had gunned down immense totals on the subcontinent, but the real insult had been flung in the first innings when South Africa's batsmen, who had struggled against Pakistan, made a mockery of India's bowling." A mockery indeed, well played SA. India fans really have short memories by singing praises of Kohli and co and conveniently forgetting that he was young Junaid khans bunny not so long ago, that too in India! India tours abroad after over two years of home cricket and they play 3 ODIs? The ranking's was a farce from the begining.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I would also like to point out that NO team can play the short ball if it is consistently bowled the way it was by Steyn and Morkel. It's not just India's batsmen but ALL batsmen hate short pitch bowling. I am curious to know how the SA batsmen would have fared against Steyn and Morkel. They would have hopped like bunnies too. It's just that India's bowlers lack the pace, and venom of Steyn and Morkel that allowed SA batsmen to score 300 runs quite easily. SA lost to Pakistan thanks to Pakistan's superior bowling than India's. We need to put things in perspective and not get carried away unnecessarily. In the end, it was just another 'home' game for SA and teams play well at 'home'.

  • on December 6, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    Well after facing one of the top3 best bowling side Pak ,SA batsmen were much more confident against the average bowling of India n scored 350+ but its batting which disoppointed atleast they shld ve fought till end lyk pak third class batting did all those 8 matches

  • on December 5, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    same duminy which could not score runs of junaid bowing in the last over of the 2nd odi and now he stuck 5 sixes thats shows the class of pakistani bowling. india has to find some genuine fast bowler in order to pressurize the opponent form the word go otherwise with this pace bowling attack i dont see any good for the indian team. in the end well deserved victory for south africa using their home conditions.

  • Greatest_Game on December 5, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    That was not an unusual Wanderers pitch for this time of the year. The summer rains have come & the grass is growing as fast as it can be mown. If the rains come in the spring/early summer, the Wanderers is always quick. Johannesburg is surprisingly humid during the day, but it is not noticed because of the altitude & the low dew point. It can be 90% relative humidity and not even seem muggy! The altitude also helps the ball to fly further, & the outfield is fast, so on a very quick track the runs can still pile up.

    Newlands is also always quick in the early summer as Cape Town has a winter rainfall. The area around Newlands has the highest annual rainfall in SA, so the ground is well soaked! Mid to late summer, which is dry, Newlands then takes takes turn as the ground dries, especially if the hot 'Berg Wind" blows hard through December into January. It dries out everything! That is why Newlands is the best SA pitch for spin, just not at the very beginning of the season.

  • Equanimous on December 5, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    I empathize with South African fans. In my humble opinion , better course of action for South Africa would have been to cancel the tour despite the financial difficulty they would have had to endure. I say that based on experience of other countries that have been pushed around for a lot longer. South Africa played well today but the pushing around that starts in the board room will only end in the board room.

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  • Equanimous on December 5, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    I empathize with South African fans. In my humble opinion , better course of action for South Africa would have been to cancel the tour despite the financial difficulty they would have had to endure. I say that based on experience of other countries that have been pushed around for a lot longer. South Africa played well today but the pushing around that starts in the board room will only end in the board room.

  • Greatest_Game on December 5, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    That was not an unusual Wanderers pitch for this time of the year. The summer rains have come & the grass is growing as fast as it can be mown. If the rains come in the spring/early summer, the Wanderers is always quick. Johannesburg is surprisingly humid during the day, but it is not noticed because of the altitude & the low dew point. It can be 90% relative humidity and not even seem muggy! The altitude also helps the ball to fly further, & the outfield is fast, so on a very quick track the runs can still pile up.

    Newlands is also always quick in the early summer as Cape Town has a winter rainfall. The area around Newlands has the highest annual rainfall in SA, so the ground is well soaked! Mid to late summer, which is dry, Newlands then takes takes turn as the ground dries, especially if the hot 'Berg Wind" blows hard through December into January. It dries out everything! That is why Newlands is the best SA pitch for spin, just not at the very beginning of the season.

  • on December 5, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    same duminy which could not score runs of junaid bowing in the last over of the 2nd odi and now he stuck 5 sixes thats shows the class of pakistani bowling. india has to find some genuine fast bowler in order to pressurize the opponent form the word go otherwise with this pace bowling attack i dont see any good for the indian team. in the end well deserved victory for south africa using their home conditions.

  • on December 6, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    Well after facing one of the top3 best bowling side Pak ,SA batsmen were much more confident against the average bowling of India n scored 350+ but its batting which disoppointed atleast they shld ve fought till end lyk pak third class batting did all those 8 matches

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I would also like to point out that NO team can play the short ball if it is consistently bowled the way it was by Steyn and Morkel. It's not just India's batsmen but ALL batsmen hate short pitch bowling. I am curious to know how the SA batsmen would have fared against Steyn and Morkel. They would have hopped like bunnies too. It's just that India's bowlers lack the pace, and venom of Steyn and Morkel that allowed SA batsmen to score 300 runs quite easily. SA lost to Pakistan thanks to Pakistan's superior bowling than India's. We need to put things in perspective and not get carried away unnecessarily. In the end, it was just another 'home' game for SA and teams play well at 'home'.

  • getsetgopk on December 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Ms Monda knows how to write and I must say she knows it extreemly well. Check out this line for example "South Africa's six-man pace pack sliced through a line-up that had gunned down immense totals on the subcontinent, but the real insult had been flung in the first innings when South Africa's batsmen, who had struggled against Pakistan, made a mockery of India's bowling." A mockery indeed, well played SA. India fans really have short memories by singing praises of Kohli and co and conveniently forgetting that he was young Junaid khans bunny not so long ago, that too in India! India tours abroad after over two years of home cricket and they play 3 ODIs? The ranking's was a farce from the begining.

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Frankly I knew SA will hit India 300+ simply because Indian bowling attack is not very good. However, I also thought that India will be able to chase down the 300+ target because they have the most powerful batting unit. I guess I was right on the first note and wrong on the second note.

  • Desihungama on December 6, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I just want to say it's one of the most brilliantly written article by Ms. Moonda. Thanks for keeping cricket fanatics like us amused.

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Its a good win. A moral booster for SA. While a good reminder for Indian Batting that it is not that easy as home pitches. Maybe they were banking on SA low confidence after defeat against Pakistan.

    Frankly everybody expected Pakistan to be thrashed the same way but their bowling saved a lot of face for them.

    India should not complain about under preparation. Most of the players are well aware of these pitches and the players due to IPL. Even after winning the toss the bowlers could not take advantage of fresh pitch. And heavy weight batting could not chase it down as before.

    I dont think anybody thought SA would be a pushover, but after last series defeat against Pakistan (who played very well by the way) and India on a roll maybe at once stage were thought of as underdogs. Not the case anymore!

  • Surajk on December 6, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    @getsetgopk Thats right Kohli was Junaid's bunny, the Dhaka trashing not withstanding.... And I dont seem to remember Champions Trophy being played in India! Pak batting line-up cant even spoken in the same breath as the current Indian line-up. India are far-far ahead. Before writing-off this Indian batting line up, give them a couple of matches to acclimatize. Similarly, Pakistan's bowling line-up is world class. India cant even come close to having a bowling line-up like Pakistan's