South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Durban December 7, 2013

Green pitch, overcast skies await India

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Match facts

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Start time 1000 local (0800GMT)

Big Picture

In their first match on the tour of South Africa in 2006-07, India were bowled out for 91 in a 157-run defeat. Four years later they were blown away for 136 in a thrashing by an innings. On this tour it was the turn of their bowlers to be given a rude welcome. Rude enough for Dale Steyn to surmise that their bowling as it is won't work, and their batsmen were a little frightened. Once again, India find themselves in a familiar situation of trying to salvage the tour. One more similar day, and they will already have lost the ODI series. There is no time for pleasantries on this whistle-stop tour.

There is going to be no let-up in South Africa's intent. During Johannesburg, some commentators wondered why they weren't given similarly quick pitches against Pakistan. They won't have much to complain about here; India have come to a green pitch in Durban, which is hard to distinguish from the square. It is overcast with spells of rain, and is expected to stay so during Sunday too. A tailor couldn't have cut India's task out better.

South Africa, though, won't want to be complacent. They have been in this position before, and have dropped the ball previously too. Against India in 2010-11, they came here jubilant after an innings win, had a somewhat similar pitch and overhead conditions to work with, but were caught out by a rejuvenated India attack that included Zaheer Khan. South Africa have lost a Test here to Sri Lanka, too. Crowd-wise, Durban will be almost a home venue for India. The hosts won't want to give the spectators much to cheer about.

Form guide

South Africa WWLLW (last five completed games, most recent first)
India LWLWW

In the spotlight

In the first ODI Rohit Sharma got a proper working over from Dale Steyn, but the positive aspect was that he didn't back away or play a crazy shot to find release. This is a big tour for Rohit, who seems to have finally turned the corner with the big ODI series against Australia and hundreds in both his first Tests. He will need to show similar grit on the rest of the tour, and it still won't be easy because it will require a lot of technique and patience too.

Dale Steyn gave the India batsmen a bit of a reality check in Johannesburg. It took India 16 Steyn deliveries to lay bat on ball. Forget about scoring quick runs against him, if he is bowling like that. Rohit tried to play him out, Virat Kohli tried to disturb his lengths by taking risks, but nothing worked. If India are given a big target to chase, Steyn in similar form can decide the game in his first spell itself.

Team news

Vernon Philander, who tripped a day before the first ODI and injured his shoulder, is fit and available for selection. That can't be good news for India. He would have loved the conditions at the Wanderers, and will here too. He should replace one out of Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell in the XI. An injured Imran Tahir is 50-50 for the selection, but an educated guess after looking at the pitch says he will not be needed.

South Africa (likely) 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Vernon Philander, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe/Wayne Parnell

India don't have many quick fixes to their problems. Most of the repair work will have to be done by the same personnel. They could think of bringing in Ajinya Rahane ahead of possibly Yuvraj Singh. Their Test specialists have stayed back in Johannesburg so a slightly drastic step of including Cheteshwar Pujara to bring in solidity has been ruled out. With the ball they might want to bring in a quicker bowler after their first-choice bowlers were found short on pace and menace. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma are their options. It will be interesting to see if they go for a fourth quick.

India (likely) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh/Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Mohit Sharma

Pitch and conditions

Let Steyn summarise it for you: "I have looked at it from the balcony. Looks exactly like the outfield. I am not going to complain about that. I haven't been down so I don't what it looks like close up." Overhead, it has been mainly overcast. It rained quite a bit two days before the match, and there might be an odd drizzle overnight. An overcast Sunday with 20% chance of rain has been overcast, but you can't really predict weather in South Africa.

Stats and trivia

  • India have never won an ODI against South Africa in Durban. Their highest score against the hosts here is 234, the only time they have crossed 200 in six attempts.
  • Hashim Amla hasn't enjoyed his home venue much. In four ODIs here, he has managed only 109 runs, which is still better than his Test average of 21 at Kingsmead.

Quotes

"I think our intensity the other night really blew them away. I think we also showed them that they have a weakness in the middle order. Raina, Ashwin, Yuvraj, other batters in the end, they didn't really look like they wanted to get in line."
Dale Steyn isn't quite impressed with what India brought to the first match

"I don't think anyone in this Indian team is frightened of anything. We didn't see anyone close their eyes to a bouncer or play rash strokes."
Virat Kohli promises the batsmen will fight hard

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Do not forget we have won series against India at home. Indians r tigers for others at home not for pak........

  • POSTED BY Pak_Fan86 on | December 8, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Why Indians don't understand that it's not easy beat SA in SA. Not everyone can do this. Pak did it becuz they had world class bowling attack. If Indians people are thinking that Indian team would do the same then i can only laugh at them. Anyways. Not everyone is capable of doing what Pak did. It's not children's play that any mediocre team goes to SA and beats them on their home ground. Come on!!!!! i mean seriously, come on!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Talalthegreat on | December 8, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Poor decision to bowl by dhoni. despite rain, if saf get 250, thats it for india with overcast conditions and green pitch. It can't be dry @msdhoni123 as its been raining!!!!!

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | December 8, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Tough luck Bhuvi... You could have settled in today..

    Ishant is the lucky one here.. some people are always lucky....

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | December 8, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Posted by bouncer709 on (December 8, 2013, 8:17 GMT): "The matches are also scheduled on dictation from BCCI.. but still Indians crying..." Which Indians fans do you see crying? None of us are, not even about the grassy 'made to order' pitches.

    @Tommytuckersaffa: "No cement slabs here ladies and gentlemen. Batsmen are not the only ones worshiped and they get no freebies. Here, in SA, its a contest" Good on you. But remember those very words next time SA tours India and are greeted with rank turners in Chennai and Mumbai eh mate? Batsman don't get freebies in tests in India either. Fast bowling is not the only form of bowling and certainly 'not worshipped' in India. Here it's an even contest between batsman and spinners and fast bowlers who are not dumbfounded by pitches which don't have steep bounce and have brains enough to learn reverse swing. Lets see how much whining comes from SA fans when they tour India next which they mysteriously didn't during their stay at no.1

  • POSTED BY prshaji74 on | December 8, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Any batsman score century in this pitch can perform well anywhere, and his carrier will be known as best batsman.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    drop one of the spinners and pick yadav. When u have wickets in hand u are bound to get hammered in last 20 overs, thats the harsh reality. Yadav is one guy that can give us breakthroughs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    india also Had home advantage against aussis

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    bouncer @ i think we indians fans really appreciate pakistan team because they learn us how to lose with zimbawaye, they learn us how to lose a game when 19 runs recqired from 54 balls 6 wickets in hand.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Guys...!!..Guys..!!..Guys....!!! It's really a shame the way we are going with these comments. We are just showing a war affected pic of the whole sub continent. Think of the other continents or subcontinents.Do they they make such comments filled with hatred when any of their next door neighbors struggle in any sport against opponents from far abroad..!!? Personally as cricket FAN from Bangladesh I believe that this Indian team should come up with some determination and improved batting technique in this match that will boost the confidence of all the other teams in subcontinent to face SA in SA...

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Do not forget we have won series against India at home. Indians r tigers for others at home not for pak........

  • POSTED BY Pak_Fan86 on | December 8, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Why Indians don't understand that it's not easy beat SA in SA. Not everyone can do this. Pak did it becuz they had world class bowling attack. If Indians people are thinking that Indian team would do the same then i can only laugh at them. Anyways. Not everyone is capable of doing what Pak did. It's not children's play that any mediocre team goes to SA and beats them on their home ground. Come on!!!!! i mean seriously, come on!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Talalthegreat on | December 8, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Poor decision to bowl by dhoni. despite rain, if saf get 250, thats it for india with overcast conditions and green pitch. It can't be dry @msdhoni123 as its been raining!!!!!

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | December 8, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Tough luck Bhuvi... You could have settled in today..

    Ishant is the lucky one here.. some people are always lucky....

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | December 8, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Posted by bouncer709 on (December 8, 2013, 8:17 GMT): "The matches are also scheduled on dictation from BCCI.. but still Indians crying..." Which Indians fans do you see crying? None of us are, not even about the grassy 'made to order' pitches.

    @Tommytuckersaffa: "No cement slabs here ladies and gentlemen. Batsmen are not the only ones worshiped and they get no freebies. Here, in SA, its a contest" Good on you. But remember those very words next time SA tours India and are greeted with rank turners in Chennai and Mumbai eh mate? Batsman don't get freebies in tests in India either. Fast bowling is not the only form of bowling and certainly 'not worshipped' in India. Here it's an even contest between batsman and spinners and fast bowlers who are not dumbfounded by pitches which don't have steep bounce and have brains enough to learn reverse swing. Lets see how much whining comes from SA fans when they tour India next which they mysteriously didn't during their stay at no.1

  • POSTED BY prshaji74 on | December 8, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Any batsman score century in this pitch can perform well anywhere, and his carrier will be known as best batsman.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    drop one of the spinners and pick yadav. When u have wickets in hand u are bound to get hammered in last 20 overs, thats the harsh reality. Yadav is one guy that can give us breakthroughs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    india also Had home advantage against aussis

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    bouncer @ i think we indians fans really appreciate pakistan team because they learn us how to lose with zimbawaye, they learn us how to lose a game when 19 runs recqired from 54 balls 6 wickets in hand.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Guys...!!..Guys..!!..Guys....!!! It's really a shame the way we are going with these comments. We are just showing a war affected pic of the whole sub continent. Think of the other continents or subcontinents.Do they they make such comments filled with hatred when any of their next door neighbors struggle in any sport against opponents from far abroad..!!? Personally as cricket FAN from Bangladesh I believe that this Indian team should come up with some determination and improved batting technique in this match that will boost the confidence of all the other teams in subcontinent to face SA in SA...

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    superb time for india to rise up to the occassion

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    India's performance was not that bad rohit n raina got themselves run out...shikhar got out to a rash shot...dhoni scored a fifty and jadeja and ash win got runs without much fuss...only question mark is yuvraj...so steyn scaring Indians is a bit off the mark...

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    In ist match the turning point was when rohit gave lot more respect to steyn in his ist spell and showed to his other mates that he is unplayable . If yu want to win in africa yu have 2 attack from the start .if you disturb his line and length by moving around in crease den the world knows that same steyn was nt even considered as a ist choice bowler in one dayers few series ago . He becomes good because we (pakistanis) usually poor batsmen made him look gr8 . So my advice to neighbours is that if yu ll play tentitavely yu ll get out yu cant survive long enough against steynmorkel philander but if yu attack and make then defencive yu might cross the line .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 8, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Home advantage.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    The best one day India team today to play South Africa in South Africa is :- Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar, Umesh, Shami, Zaheer. 12th man Raina.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    They didn't gave same pitches to Pakistan bowlers because , Pakistan bowlers are best bowlers in the world ... They knew if these kind of pitches were given to them their batsman had to struggle even more then they actually did ( But all in vain as pak won the series) ... India on the other hand never produced a fast bowler ... Ab delivers Swept Fast bowler for 6 what more proof you want ... Fact is a fact ... India can only play better on their own pitches .... 350 looked like piece of cake for them .... BCCI Tries really hard to kept all series in INDIA ... Kindly try harder ... Because first ODI showed how weak and poor INDIA BATSMAN AGAINST QUALITY BOWLING ....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    If this match goes ahead, India will suffer another embarrassing defeat. India is the most overrated team in the world. They have even made programmes for players like shami, ashwin, ojha, pujara. you just go through star sports 2 linsting. you can see those programmes. it is luducrous. poor india!! please dale, mornie don't bowl fast to poor childish indians.

  • POSTED BY Ambalaboy on | December 8, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I know, some foolish people who don't have cricketing sense will surely say that Indians can't play on fast pitches and all, but they forgot that India is always known for its World class Batting lineup . They forgot that they just went to SA 2-3 days back and played an International ODI without even playing a practice match.They forgot Champions trophy results also. Guys, just have some patience and stop judging the players on just one game and if you still do it, then,,May God help u..

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | December 8, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    LOL why people say that Indian can play only on home grounds?... Like UAE is home ground for Pakistan in the same way SA remained as home ground for India, IPL was played there.... The matches are also scheduled on dictation from BCCI.. but still Indians crying... even can't bear SL and Pakistan fans posting here.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Last chance for the Dhoni to fight back and win the series,

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Don't forget in the past in South Africa:

    India won the 20-20 World Cup India reached the Finals of the 50 overs World Cup.

    This is better than what South Africa has achieved in South Africa in these formats.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Jadeja is a mistake in the indian team.Like agarkar and venkatesh prasad. he is the weak link .umesh yadav and ishant sharma should be given a chance.jadeja and ashwin shoud be rested.Yuvraj can do jadeja's job.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    best of luck to both teams just put awsome cirket to honoring Nelson Mandela.

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | December 8, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    IPL champions will show their real talent today, like in the first ODI,LOL.

  • POSTED BY NEIL_GD_S10 on | December 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    when India plays badly they cross 200 and when pakistan play on their best they cross 200. so Pak Fans please wait for this game to get over 1st.

  • POSTED BY Prabs_M on | December 8, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    I can't understand why guys like Suresh Raina is playing, he never could play pace and bounce and nothing has changed. Cheteshwar Pujara would be so much better alternative.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 8, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Indians will surely reply hars to proteas..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 8, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    dhoni plays well because he dont have any technique.... mr. afghani fan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @Sweetspot India won the world cup in India and champions trophy in England mind you that England pitches are not that strong. for your comment against Pakistan they won series against South Africa in south Africa where no other Asian team has ever won. they won series against WestIndies in Westindies. India are a talented side no doubt but that is somewhat limited on subcontinent grounds. stats speak itself

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Subcontinent teams are not able to face the bouncy wickets. To beat South Africa in his country quite difficult for all the teams. Indian batsman are used to play on slow wickets. Here the situation is different. Indian slow pitches are for entertainment. South Africa always playing good cricket out of the world cup. India will lose the series 3-0. Write it.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | December 8, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    India should play both Umesh and Ishant with Shami or even keep Bhuvi and drop one spinner. India should rely on quicks to give confidence to quicks. Spin can be shared by raina and yuvi. India batting is dual layered and each layer can score 200 on their own. So, I back india for this match.

  • POSTED BY nutMind on | December 8, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    "some commentators wondered why they weren't given similarly quick pitches against Pakistan?" The answer is simple..bcz south Africa knew that Pakistan has a good bowling attack and they can utilize the quick pitches as well. On the other hand India could not able to utilise the quick pitch and let South Africa cross 350 score.

  • POSTED BY thunda.masala on | December 8, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Really? No matter what grassy glasses Dale Steyn was wearing on the balcony, that photograph of the pitch shows a difference. Is anyone else delusional too?

  • POSTED BY thunda.masala on | December 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Enough of Yuvaraj Singh now.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    i was just wondering if this match is india vs sa or india vs sa,pakistan,srilanka etc why do the pak and sl fans have to poke their noses in matches where their team is not even playin .. i guess the reason is sl get thrashed on all types of pitches black ,blue,green or whatever in all parts of the world and the pak fans are still not able to recover from all those defeats in worldcup matches..!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    hahaha.. i can see that indians never say that they are strong at home only,but any how i was enjoying to see their runs makers struggling against the real pace and swing.. they use to makes runs on flat and dead pitches. now they looks like a club level team nothing more then that,

  • POSTED BY RBM84 on | December 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I think we need to try Ishant today... he is the only one who can create some pace+bounce... I dont know what is dhoni's strategy in keeping ishant out from overseas matches... Ishant cant be used in subcontinent conditions but india keeps on including him in final 11... And for overseas after zak, ishant is sole player to create some bounces but cant even get a chance... horrible selection. I prefer mohit should be replaced by ishant and Jadeja needs to be replaced by yadav. Lets see in half n hr time... all de best india...

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    This is very interesting.Whenever India plays at home their batting lineup looks rock solid and destructive.However, when they play in bouncy and pacy conditions , their technique comes under criticism.The only batsman who has good technique to play in these conditions is M.S Dhoni ,and the rest are useful in Indian pitches.I wish them good luck though.From an Afghani Fan :)

  • POSTED BY sudhirsheoran on | December 8, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Its time to call some experienced player like sahwag, bhajji and gambhir for india . India cant win here in south africa with t20 player of IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    India will win this match quite easily.....

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | December 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @Manj Dhariwal, no, Australia didn't lose the last ODI series in SA they didn't, buddy. They won. They would have won in India as well if they had not sent MJ home early or sent their best players.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    haha.. i love this.. India VS SA, Pak, Sri Lanka... come on guys give India a break.. I give credit to Styen for his great bowling.. But I will not rule Indian batsmen not.. All the best India... Try hard.. Use the tour to get used to conditions..

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | December 8, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I'm not sure what the saying is over there so I'll just say God Bless South Africa. .. Go for it boys. Enjoy yourselves. Rip and tear (not literally, but close) your way to another powerful massacre. .. We'll see you in a few months.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | December 8, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Ho hum! What's new? Hardly any team travels well these days, with home victories becoming the necessity to bring crowds to games. This is becoming partisan like the NBA in the USA. Everything is loaded in favour of home sides, but that advantage is minimized in multi nation tournaments. India didn't invent the ranking system, and it is not their "fault" to be #1. India is still world champion and winner of Champions Trophy which was held in England. All the gloating by SL and some Pak fans is understandable, considering they haven't won anything of note in a while.

    In my view, India is having a tough time on this tour due to Sachin Tendulkar. Not his fault either, but the BCCI messed with a well planned SA tour and have left their boys against a tough ask, purely to accommodate that farewell for SRT.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    last time australia played here , they lost the one day series buddy

  • POSTED BY Vivfan on | December 8, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @Ketan Naran. "Why don't South Africa prepare such pitches when Mitchell Johnson and co are here? Now let's see how the proteas like that. They know India don't have a bowler that will hurt them! That's why they go green. Very selective in pitch creation"

    Lets see, in AUS Test tour of India, Ind new that Australia didn't have a spin bowler "that would hurt them", that's why they created Rank turners that made the ball spin sideways in 1st Session.

    "Well maybe the India bowlers will do damage today too, seeing that this is not a roadworthy pitch."

    Indian bowlers prove their quality in the previous game, they don't even know which line to bowl.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    poor india . the downfall has started. 3-0 in one dayers. 2-0 in tests. then they go to new zealand in new year that might be another 50/50 series. then England tour where they will lose 5-0 in tests. then 2014 end they go to Australia where Mitchell Johnson will rip through india. another 4-0 loss there :-(.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 8, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Posted by Ketan Naran on (December 8, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

    Why don't South Africa prepare such pitches when Mitchell Johnson and co are here? Now let's see how the proteas like that. They know India don't have a bowler that will hurt them! That's why they go green. Very selective in pitch creation. With Pakistan they were not sure about green because Pakistan pace bowlers will rip them apart. Well maybe the India bowlers will do damage today too, seeing that this is not a roadworthy pitch.

    Why do people make statements without at least getting some facts or thinking. Ketan - Australia were bowled out for 47 runs...is that green enough for you?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I think early breakthrough is importent ,why Ms doesn't started new ball with shami

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | December 8, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Best place to be ---> Aussie living in England Worse place to be --> Indian living in SA

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    The good choice for PROTEAS is to bring back Vernon and drop Tsotsobe... This is also a greeny pitch... So this is a good choice, Vernon can turn the balls too... Steyn-Gun has a lot of work to do in the first spell.. If he removes kohli, then it ll be the very interesting part of the game... PROTEAS have to concentrate well if they chase... its very important... play freely and win the game for us... COME ON PROTEAS... GOOD LUCK PURE PROTEAN

  • POSTED BY shiro1019 on | December 8, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    i am sure India will bounce back, and show some resilience. they should quickly adjust in to these conditions if they want to display their skills. This is a good lesson for Indians for always having batsmen friendly wickets back in India and not exposing and preparing pace and bouncy wickets for their batsmen who are not acclimatize with such conditions.wake up BCCI and start working on this for upcoming home series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    An other thrashing awaits the great Indian side. Seriously this is the best India have to offer?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 8, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Why don't South Africa prepare such pitches when Mitchell Johnson and co are here? Now let's see how the proteas like that. They know India don't have a bowler that will hurt them! That's why they go green. Very selective in pitch creation. With Pakistan they were not sure about green because Pakistan pace bowlers will rip them apart. Well maybe the India bowlers will do damage today too, seeing that this is not a roadworthy pitch.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Bowler's paradise...India should once again show to the world why they are ranked 1 team in world

    why they have won more than 70% of their matches in recent history....you are fighting against all odds..you are the underdogs here..remember the smile graeme had in the last test match last time..let us show them the reason of that smile...in my opinion saffas are more scares and every cricketer retires with no trophy blot on their careers ..

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I think Yuvaraj and Raina shou be left out and Rahane/Rayadu and Pujara should replace them. In bowling Umesh should replace mohit and maybe Ishanth should replace Bhuvi.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | December 8, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Like 100% of modern cricket games these days, the conditions are suited to the home team. Like all modern cricket games, home team carries the loaded dice. This match and the series is cruelly skewed towards a SA victory and an India wipe out. The skew existed long before the first ball was bowled in this series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Hello India, welcome outside India... Heard u have great batsmen.. Prove it...

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Hope Steyn will show the home tigers ,that they are not worthy who they think they are .....way to go SA .....

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 8, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Green pitch...Steyn attacking from one side & Phillander for the other side..Than comes Morkel...In short..One hell of a match :P

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 8, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    "I have looked at it (the pitch) from the balcony. Looks exactly like the outfield.....

    No cement slabs here ladies and gentlemen. Batsmen are not the only ones worshiped and they get no freebies. Here, in SA, its a contest.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 8, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    People are forgetting something...India won T20 WC here & they played IPL in SA as well..I am surprised to see Kohli saying this preparation thing..Was he not in IPL that season & having no idea about the conditions?I know ODI & T20 are different but still India knows about condition..India will bounce back but SA would win this series for sure...I would be amazed if it happens.Because there's a big difference between both teams..India is miles ahead on paper..But currently in ground?Well lets see what happens :)

  • POSTED BY PAK_TIGERS on | December 8, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    it will be a contest of styne vs indian super top batsmans in the world !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Good luck team India.. I was wondering Why Philander was not playing in the first game as he would have bowled 8 overs in his first spell and would have caused a lot of trouble but did not know he was unfit...

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 8, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Dale Payne, has a mental stranglehold over the Indian batsmen who are now running scared and shaking in their hotel rooms. After Rohit Sharma played and missed for 16 balls in a row, he must be having nightmares of Dale Steyn in his sleep. Waking up screaming and crying....

    I wouldn't only be worried about Dale Payne, I would also be worried about Vernon Philander too. Watching the Indians bat was interesting, as soon as they realised they didnt have the skill to play on evenly contested pitches, they started playing risky shots.

    2-0 in Durban. You can't teach yourself to play on pitches that offer more movement than sub continent cement slabs in 2 weeks.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    rohit and virat are very crucial for this tour in sa.in the first odi rohit had done the the important job to survive in the initial overs of steyn but unfortunatly he got run out.both hav capability to face in bounce and seam conditions.need to keep cool and calm attitude.250 will be a good total on this track.good luck !!!!!! INDIA

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Best of luck to SA.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    WC96QF agreed bro. and playing on flat track takes skill to especially when it comes to bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    i think indian batsman can't survive on this green surface, they can play just on flat pitches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    if these kinda wickets were prepared agianst Pakistan stoty would have been different. yes Pak boelibg attack wiuld have blown Sa on 150's even tough they would have gone on 100

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    India would most probably go on to win in Durban.As some of my fellow countrymates do,I also think that its time Dhoni played Rahane and Rayudu in place of Yuvraj and Raina.Dhoni should bat higher upthe order at 5 and Rayudu needs to play the finesher's role at 6.Umesh Yadav need to get a look-in.I suppose Dhoni won't be considering this but I think going with 6 specialist batsmen and 5 specialist bowlers will give Dhoni the most ideal combination in South Africa,which means Jadeja needs to be dropped.I guess its fair because he doesn't have the watertight batting technique for South African conditions and his left-arm spin won't be too handy in South Africa.Ashwin should try to score some runs at No.7.Some of you will argue that Jadeja did look good scoring 29 at Jo'burg but that was against the older ball which doesn't do much,as Shikhar Dhawan had rightly said a few weeks back.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Mohit shouldn't be in the team.. Ishant or Umesh will be better option..

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @ Suzith Chowdary .. Keep Dreaming.. :) I bet if India could score even 150..

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | December 8, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    This probably sounds like a broken record now, but the BCCI really needs to be pulled up for selling the team short when touring. This is the 4th out of 5 away tours in a row now where the board has not given the team enough acclimatisation time (Aus 2008, SA 2010, Eng 2011 & SA 2013). The importance of this cannot be overstated. Esp. for batsmen. If someone has grown up in India it is 2nd nature for him to drive a straight ball on the stumps (for example). To then change the instinct to leaving the ball on length is not a matter of joke. As it is, only top class players can manage the adjustment, but even India's greats (Dravid, Sachin, etc) can count themselves lucky they played at a time when away tours were properly planned & they got to play enough side games to make little adjustments necessary. If they played under today's schedule even they would not have been able to make many runs overseas. Feel sorry for this team they have to put up with this.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    India won wonderfullly this mornning, now it's Indian team to make sure they win in evening too...

  • POSTED BY Nabeell on | December 8, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Run Out is new method of getting out and avoid criticism, which is helping Indian batsman these days! Every time we see a tough situation/chase you find 2-3 indian batsmen getting run out and hence making their life easy. Mitchel Johnson had a bad time in India and in Ashes he is answering Indian pitches, time for ICC to atleast build some standards for pitches so that their is always a fair competition between bat and ball. By the way few days back Kohli was compared with Viven Richards, lets see Kohli face pace in WC 2015 in Australia and decide who is better

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    hashim amla odi career 83 matches 80 innings 3941 runs

    just 59 runs ahead 2 reaching 4000 odi runs he will become fastest 4000 runs

    vivian rechards take 89 innings 2 reach 4000 runs

    Go hashim amla

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    (Some commentators wondered why they weren't given similarly quick pitches against Pakistan.) SA is making the pitches according to opposition bowling strength. Pak is weak in batting so they made batting supporting wickets even than SA bowled on low total. If they made pitches like these in Pak tour, they could blown away more sooner against Pak pace. every one wants to win...

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    It may seems typical of environment, when you are out of your environment you have to adopt. Indian bowlers last match if one notice bowled good length bowls if they were bowling on indian pitches. I am from the caribbean and totally respect dhoni he is a very good leader and i know he's going to let his bowlers know that they have to pull it back. Good luck to the Indians but its time to prove worth on pitches that are not typical of your environment.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    India may score 300+ if they batted first, i thought Shikar Dhawan may play a key role in Indian innings. Let us see what happening...............

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    India is going for looseing one more time without zaheer khan. its confirmed

  • POSTED BY WC96QF on | December 8, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    There's no doubt abt the talent and quality in Indian team. They just need the time to get used to conditions. They hv to make the best of what time and opportunities they have. Chin up boys and do your best - I am pretty sure that will be very very good. Oh by the way, did I hear anything abt 'flat track bullies' ? The England boys are supposed to be great players of 'pace, seam and swing' - after all they are not born on the sub-continent, rite ? Strange that they shud be blown away by Aus pace so quickly ! Fact is, nobody likes to face fast bowling with bounce and swing!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    May ppl say sehwag is out of form but for players like gayle and sehwag the form is not a concern. They are hurricanes and they can strike any time and bring a deluge of runs. Also the fact is they can win the match on their own and what India lacks is a brutal attack which sehwag laid on umar gul in the world cup which left them electric shocked.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 8, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    indians can play against west Indies ' new zealand' srilanka in only home and they can play ipl for fanchasis good.

  • POSTED BY mahi678 on | December 8, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    ha ha green pitch. SA has more chances with a white bouncy pitch. If indian bowlers could(only if) find good line and nagging length(that is batsman should be in dilemma to play it forward or to defend) then india will win the match. i said only if indian pacers find that length. i hope our bowlers find that length.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 8, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Indian batsman always best in India out side India they r playing like brumada team Indian batsman always score in flat tracks outside India they can"t seen the ball properly

  • POSTED BY Ravikanth_thatakam on | December 8, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    why dhoni is still keeping raina in the team,and everyone knows that yuvi cant play on green pitches so he must go for rayudu and rahane........

  • POSTED BY nassy on | December 8, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Raina, Yuvraj should be replaced by Rahane and Rayudu. Bhuvi, M Sharma by U Yadav and I Sharma. "Dropping raina by dhoni?" impossible.........

  • POSTED BY Reverse-_-Sweep on | December 8, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    Philander should replace instead of Tsotsobe. Best of Luck to South Africa from a Pakistani :D

  • POSTED BY greenluv on | December 8, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Indian needs to play 11 batsman Since their bowler cant help them to win the low scoring game. I am sure Indians will not complain since they love to only bat.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | December 8, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Funny, Steyn never said those words about the Pakistanis, not even Hafeez! And if i'm not wrong its the second time a real fast bowler said that the India batters are 'scared' of pace bowling. Guess who that other fast bowler was?

  • POSTED BY IrishIndian24 on | December 8, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    reading through some of the comments, it is quite evident that Indian team haters are back from their dungeon's and doing what they do best- spitting venom. No doubt it will be tough but I am sure we will bounce back. Come on boys in blue.

  • POSTED BY gundapps on | December 8, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    In the India A tour of SA, the most successful bowler was Ishwar Pandey. He should have been selected in place of Ishant Sharma. What is the use of A tours if results from them are not considered when team selection is made? If the Indian bowlers are unable to restrict SA to under 250 in the remaining ODIs, the series is as good as lost for India.

  • POSTED BY Afia_Kulsum on | December 8, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    @risingmuslims313, India have a very bad habit of starting away series badly, but we always bounce back and win. Looking into the first match i can say Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni had no trouble batting against the quicks of SA. India will definitely come back strong and win the second one InshaAllah

  • POSTED BY JustMyView on | December 8, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    All the best for India,. It is big test for Indian bat and SA ball. I hope tomorrow India bats first and score 250 + runs and put SA under pressure. get In Umesh which will help.you can change the line and length but can't increase the pace when bowling so better to go with Umesh rather than Mohit. Get in Rahene not sure he can succeed but let us try him for one or two matches.

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    sINDIA: Take heart! Everyone seems to be becoming lions in their own dens, but sacrificial lambs elsewhere. England beat Australia so comfortably in England, as India used to do with visiting teams. Now look at their miserable plight against the same Australia,in Australia!

  • POSTED BY on | December 8, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Yuvi has become a total passenger. His bowling was a bonus; but doesn't bowl any more.There is a limit to giving compassionate chances. Replace him with anyone: Rahane, Rayudu, anyone.

    I don't know whether it is possible. Whether we can include Pujara & Zak in the ODI team pronto. I think, with mutual consent it is possible.

    With Ashwin not getting much purchase from these pitches,it may not be a bad idea to replace Yuvi & Ashwin with Pujara & Zak. I would prefer to keep Bhuvi. Shamy, & Mohit. This is the best chance for them to learn, how to adapt the the right line & length, in these pitches --especially if Zak cangui. Australian &NZ pitches will be closer to these than the Indian pitches.

    Ashwin is a fast learner. If there is anything in the pitch, he will learn & adapt fast. There is low chances of SA giving anything to Ashwin to feed on. But, that won't be the case for Worldcup. There, the organizers will keep ALL teams in mind in providing pitches; unlike in bilateral ones.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | December 8, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    Had to choose between Ashes and the 2nd ODI... What the heck.. will watch both.. it is only the weekend...

  • POSTED BY doctorgoogly on | December 7, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    All these moaning about indian cricket pitches is ridiculous,to those moaners i have to ask why not your so called world-beaters team like u think SA,ENG,SLK.AUS not winning series in india or they haven't the great bowlers to ran through indian batting line up when conditions are not great then why called them great bowlers when they performs only over greentop pitches.

  • POSTED BY alipk52 on | December 7, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    India need to exclude one spinner and include a seamer, Ishant Sharma will be handy in these conditions, considering his height, he should get good bounce too, bhuneshvar is a perfect seamer he can swing both ways, so he is also must have, Mohit Sharma is a weak link currently, I am sure dhoni will choose extra fast bowler instead of 2 spinners, I don't think including two spinners under such tracks will help India's cause. So Ashwin should be rested as Jadeja is better batsman than him plus a decent finisher.

  • POSTED BY whowho on | December 7, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Well, I think Zaheer Khan has last laugh...., and blaming team selection that he is not part of odi team.. Really? Team selectors knows that he is fit and ready to attack like Steyn.Other than Rohit is trying to get more stable and he needs lots of luck just like Suresh Raina. Let's hope Yuvi makes big game tomorrow, otherwise all his training in France is not worthy. I wish MS update the team roster so that I can start pointing finger to him

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | December 7, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Ind has to get their fast bowling right, bring in Aaron/Pankaj singh for the tests as backup, else it will be same story as ODI. Hopefully yadav can be accurate in the next game and catches will be held and batsmen wont run themselves out. Provided you have to playout Steyn for 40 odd India can still chase 240..but indian bowlers have to restrict SA within 24, pak bowlers could do that even in flat tracks that they were given.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Hard to underestimate young Indian bowlers, there is still lot of chances for India to fight back

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | December 7, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Umesh for Mohit, Rahane for Ashwin or Jadeja,if Pujara is around draft him for Raina, and fly in Aaron urgently to SA..for final game.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | December 7, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    In the past I have always been blaming the Indian batsmen and the Indian bowlers were doing their job in those days. However, now, I think it is the bowling which is the problem. If South Africa didn't make that many runs, the Indian batsmen would have played a lot better. You just can't play with the military medium pacers in bouncy pitches against quality oppositions. Bring in Yadav and Ishant and get rid off the Mohit and Bhuvi. If Yadav, Ishant and Shami goes for plenty, persist with them. Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition batsmen too. Because, we seems to think it is our batsmen's ability when we score big runs and it is our bowlers' fault when the opposition scores big runs.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 7, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Don't understand this talk about practice matches ... Pakistan went from UAE and played matches same way and won... Comon guys you are degrading indian team urself... Fact of the matter is that indian team has street level bowlers ... Some average batsman ... Only kohli and dhoni are world class rest is bunch of hyped players

  • POSTED BY drrao.nit on | December 7, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Dear Steyn & Co, Today Indian team is going to show you the horror movie to you. So not to lose the words towards the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | December 7, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    My X1

    Rohit Dhawan Kohli Pujara Rahane Dhoni Ashwin/Jadeja Bhuvi Zaheer Shami Umesh

    But since Zaheer and Pujara cant play... I guess the best we can do is

    Rohit Dhawan Kohli Rahane Raina/Rayudu Dhoni Ashwin/Jadeja Bhuvi Ishanth/Mohit Shami Umesh

    Pace bowlers.. who ever bowls.. just look at Steyn's first two overs.. that is the length to bowl... even the line... If you can do that.. you have done your part...

    But if you continue to bowl short or too full or on pads. if you cannot do the basics right... you will get punished.. Especially slower bowlers like Bhuvi and Mohit, the margin of error is even less, because if you stray, the batsmen have more time to adjust and clobber...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 7, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    We need Ishant

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | December 7, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    @LahorePak on (December 7, 2013, 17:50 GMT) : No one is kidding and we have only finished a single game. I am amused by your memory, Your Pak team can't even score a 50 in total when they batted fort he first time in series, at-least our batters scored more than 200 that too against a heavy scoreboard pressure. Let us wait for remaining matches to finish, we will all come to know who is doomed and thrashed.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | December 7, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Pity that the test squad was in Another town.. which means no chance for Pujara to make his ODI debut...:(

  • POSTED BY jakkasan on | December 7, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Green tops in SA would be a great experience for the indian team. This tour will separate men from boys. I feel a couple loses here & there should not taken very gravely. We are young unity & would be disappointed if we don't attempt to learn. But, from the looks of it , I feel there is a lot of potential in this team. In Dhoni, we have a fantastic captain & he is truly inspirational. I have less doubts that india's batting will come good in this tour. A couple of untimely run-out marred the innings. Again, it is natural to expect the pitches to suitable for the home team. I see no wrong in doing so. The visiting team has to always show their mettle to be succesful in alien conditions. Kudos to SA for the firebrand cricket they played in the first match. That kind of performance should motivate teams immensly. Expect a good fight from the indians next match. There needs to some changes in the team & am sure Dhoni is sensitive enough to do those changes.

  • POSTED BY Vivfan on | December 7, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    If India thought Johannesburg's pitch was hard to bat on then O' Dear, I feel for India. Ind has only crossed 200 once in Durban & doubt if they will cross 100 today. Rohit Sharma is a pathetic flat track batsman, along with Raina, MS, Dhawan, Yuvraj, & the rest of the team.

    I am a fan on Rahane, I think he has great potential. Will expect him to perform in this series, unlike any of the other batmsan.

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | December 7, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    even with the class of batsmen India has in their batting line-up like Dhawan , Rohit, Kohli , Raina , Dhoni , Yuvraj to name a few of them ,Indian selectors still wants a supporting batsman at number 8 or even number 9 position, showing they don't have faith on the top 6 batsman.on indian pitches ,they can afford to do so with success even with the type of spinning bowlers like Ashwin and Jadeja ,but sorry to say on Eng, SA and Aus pitches ,they need fast bowlers to do the job for them. they shoulld play 4 if not 5 fast bowlers and see what happens in Durban,they should also show some more faith in top 6 batsman.

  • POSTED BY zapperD on | December 7, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    India have talent to bounce back but need to field right combination on the field. Umesh should come back with Ishant along with shami...Either jadega/yuvi should play.Rahane should play to give strength in the middle order...

  • POSTED BY sixesandfours on | December 7, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Shone should not follow this analysis and cricinfo should give better analysis of the teams and players. Wishing India and Dhoni selects their pace bowlers Yadav and Ishant along with Shami for this game by excluding bKumar and mSharma. All the best India and our prayers are with you!!!

  • POSTED BY Shaun_wick on | December 7, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Hopefully another win for SA. If Indian team is really number one they should win few serious outside with white wash. aussie team did that and all the world accept it. Normally if you go back to history, we can see India organised long odi series in India which is on plat pitches and they normally win and keeps rank up. Will see how this tournament goes and how their over rated players face against quality brawlers.

  • POSTED BY Rawdy.Raathore on | December 7, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    guys..indian selectors and dhoni read every comment here seriously. please select your choice of 11 players and they will pick frequently asked players. anybody rooting for Ajitee Agarkar?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 7, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Let's see who will be real hero tommrow . Just enjoy

  • POSTED BY jiten27 on | December 7, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Dhoni should go with this team 1 Rohit 2 dhawan 3 Pujara..4 Kohli,,5 dhoni.. 6 Rahane 7 jadeja 8 Ashwin, 9 bhumi, 10 Shami, 11 yadav Yuvi and raina got more game they played to prove themselves but they failed, give chance to pujara and rahane . if they don't get opportunity, how they going to prove, Rahena can bowl mid pressure. please give them chance. now dhoni has yadav, shami, bhumi asdhwin, jadeja, rahane and part time bowler kohli and rohit , balance team

  • POSTED BY raghuinfo on | December 7, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Come on India...dikha do! Guys be brave...don't let fear get inside ur heads...just do it

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Durban reminds me of 6,6,6,6,6,6.. i hope Yuvi can make strong comeback In this match, when he gets going doesnot matter where he plays against whom he plays.. All the best India, One match doesnot make any team weak. chak de India.!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Everyone who is giving this team a hard time after one loss should remember the record of this team over the last 2 years. This team has been sent to a hard bouncy pitch like South Africa and asked to play without any practice matches and within 48 hours of landing. Facing perhaps the fastest bowlers in the world in a green pitch. who is to blame? BCCI… If they were less interested in their own ego battles, money grabbing and think of the team and country we will do much better than what we did.

  • POSTED BY byc89 on | December 7, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @dhoni48 agree that ashwin do not deserve a place in the current team at least not on SA pitches but the captain MSD perhaps believe in hoping against hope and in providing unlimited number of opportunities to most of his players. Still, Umesh shall be given a chance tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY 25June1983 on | December 7, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    More than the failure of the Indian batting, the performance of their bowling was pathetic. Mohit, bless his heart, does not seem to belong at this level. The performance of Bhuvi was perplexing however. He has demonstrated the ability to strike with the new ball, and with the two balls in use should be given another chance. Umesh should come in for Mohit to hopefully get the ball to climb from a length. Ashwin needs to come in early with the harder ball- may be even open the bowling to get De Cock. Ashwin and Jadeja have been match winners and should be persisted with at least one more game. However, it is high time that we realized that Jadeja is not an allrounder outside the sub continent.

  • POSTED BY risingmuslims313 on | December 7, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    My Fantasy Cricket team for rest of Odi series : 1 Amla 2 Dhawan 3 Kohli 4 Duminy 5 DeQock 6 McLaren 7 Steyn 8 Morkel 9 Shami Ahmed 10 Mohit Sharma 11 Imran Tahir (by the way No.10 an No.11 are selected due to lack of balance)

  • POSTED BY f0restw0w on | December 7, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    This is why i say that sachin is the greatest batsman because if you have poor bowlers then you will have to play on pitches like this.Having good bowlers in a team makes the batsmen job a lot easier because they get to play on neutral tracks rather than being biased towards bowlers.The great lara,ponting and kallis had this luxury of having good bowlers so they never had to face devilish pitches like this while sachin had to face tough pitches because of having poor bowlers in his team.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 7, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Bring in Umesh Yadav instead of Mohit Sharma, Bhuvi in this pitch will be awesome if he gets his length right, Shami will be a menacing threat if India bowls first, and Umesh, remember the Champions trophy warm up match against Australia? he'll rip up the Africans. Let's not be complaescent and hope for the best!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 7, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Good luck SA!

  • POSTED BY risingmuslims313 on | December 7, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    India really missed a trick at Jo'burg by fielding first. SA had really struggled to chase down in the recent past and Ind failed to capatalise on this potential weakness of SA by winning the toss and not batting first.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    i think india need batsman like pujara and world class spinner like harbhajan who can bowl at every pitch and fast bowler zaheer ....and gambhir manoj tiwary ....player can play every where around the world...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Dhoni should go in with Pujara & Rahane instead of Yuvraj & Raina and Umesh Yadav instead of Ashwin to win the 2nd ODI.

  • POSTED BY risingmuslims313 on | December 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Apart from Dhawan and Kohli , India does not seem to have a player who can make 35+ runs on this Durban pitch(provided the grass is not cut off by the time the game starts). Mohammad Irfan would have taken a sever wicket haul on this pitch against SA. India gonna lose this big time inshaALLAH.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | December 7, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Anand Palwankar

    Mr.Please donot tell things that u dont know ok...you are saying wanderers' is a hard ground 2 bat :O ..It is a cmplete lie.This is the same ground where 434 was chased down.It is considered as a very good batting track in SA.If you say this is bouncy please watch today's game.Then u can see what is Bounce and what is not.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | December 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    I'm just wondering what is happening to UV. Isn't he "The King of comebacks" ? After that T20 innings on that flat deck, he has played 5 innings, scored 19 runs @ an avg of 3.5 (LOL) including 3 DUCKS. And, How is "Project Raina" working out ?

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    They were not given fast pitches against Pakistan because their fast bowlers are as good as the SA, their batting even struggled on the pitches they were provided, they can afford green pitches against India because their bowling attack is way too mediocre in terms of fast bowling

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | December 7, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Posted by Anand Palwankar on (December 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

    All i gt to say is by looking at the durban pitch Report that so called Great batsmen of india should first try to protect their face LOl.....If not how can you find playing 11 for 3rd ODI :)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 7, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Just give them them brake India will bounce back tommrow . I shan't height or hairstyle won't help in this tour. G luck

  • POSTED BY czar2008 on | December 7, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Its all about mentality! India should seek inspiration from Bravo and Sammy and dig in!! Also let us not forget (or let us make them remember!) that the Indian resurgence under dhoni (first ever world cup victory) was gained in south africa in the inaugural t20 tournament. I understand T20 is different from 50-50, which is different from Test (which is the truest test and Indian batsman have to prove themselves). However, I think there is a lot more in the mind. Steyn thinks that now the openers will try and hit him out of the park and give their wickets cheaply, however he does underestimate dhoni and kohl's internal functioning. South Africa are clear favourites to win 3-0 up. Having said all this, as an Indian fan - yes, Steyn is the best bowler currently in the world, and if we want to win - we must have a strategy for his 10 overs. He probably has all the batsman figured out. Time for dhoni to do a dhoni! (decision time!)

  • POSTED BY ilililililililililililililx on | December 7, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    India's bowlers are not skilled enough. They rely purely on their batting. This method only works if your playing on flat pitches in the subcontinent, not green pitches in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    11 suggested for Dhoni - Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rayudu /Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, Yadav. Give the Saffers a dose of their own medicine. Jadeja comes in ahead of Ashwin as the lone spinner basis better fielding + Left-handed bat. 4 quicks means India too can exert pressure on them through competent quick / seam bowling on green-tops. If the test choice players are available, give them Zak for Shami / Bhuvi.

  • POSTED BY Ashrit365 on | December 7, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    shami shoul open with umesh yadav or bhuvaneshwar kumar.because if u have pace this wicket is the perfct place to have success

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | December 7, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    India should bring the legendary fast bowler Ashok Dinda. lol I'm sure he will blast thru the SA batting line-up. lol SA batsmen might refuse to take guard due to his extreme pace. lol

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | December 7, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    i think rahane for suraish raina...rahane can bat at three or open and virat can bat at four...might be teh leg spinner can replace ashwin...and rayudu could play for yuvraj..and yadav for kumar... despite reputations new players usually have more confidence...india's fast bowlers should learn how to move of teh seam...just straight stuff is usually no good and when u are being hit variations are teh name of teh game...in south africa's team vernan philander/graeme smith could come in for david miller

  • POSTED BY Ashrit365 on | December 7, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    i think Indian team should bring in umesh yadav in place of mohit sharma he is inexperiencd and has only experience of playin in ipl and ranji matchs moreover he is not express pace.Indian bowling is dismal but last time wen pakistan and south africa played at wanderers south africa scored similiar score against a very good pakistan bowling attack that is the only positive for inidan bowlers

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | December 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    South Africa never prepared green pitches for Pakistan because i) they know strength of Pakistan's bowling and ii) Pakistan also didn't prepare doctored spin pitches in UAE to trouble them. Actually all the pitches in UAE and South Africa had something in them for spinners, fast bowlers and batsmen as well. They were quite balanced.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | December 7, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Dale Steyn would know in his heart that he has spoken too much gone too far. India will turnaround, you have given the young guys a reason to hate you now.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | December 7, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Two spinner and at least two more part time spin options on a Green pitch? Why can't India field 4 fast bowlers? Is there any such rule that mandates that there must be spinners in Indian team? What wonders Ashwin and Jadeja will produce on a green top? Keep only one of them and get an extra fast bowler. If you have paid for their ticket to SA, use them...

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    To be frank, its very risky statements Steyn making. It may boomrang. Steyn should not forget capability about Indian batsmen like Rohit, Shikhar & Virat. In last 5/6 months so India are playing on wickets in Zimbabwe, WI and India. So it is but natural playing streight away at wanderers, anybody in this world can face tough time. But after a single match making such proudy statements is always danger as it may results a heavy bounce back of oppositions. Rohit, Virat and Shikhar has the ability to demolish SA pace battery. Please dont tease them. I am sure its going to be happen something at Durban now, definately positive for India. It was a bit bad luck for India in Wanderers thar Rohit got runout, Shikhar and Virat got upper ages. Steyn should remember, no one of these batsmen threw their wickets, or anyone can say that they got scared about SA pace battery. Look at how WI fought back in NZ. Bravo, Samy took WI safely out of nowhere. Similarly, Mr. Steyn, beware in Durban. ATB India

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    To be frank, its very risky statements Steyn making. It may boomrang. Steyn should not forget capability about Indian batsmen like Rohit, Shikhar & Virat. In last 5/6 months so India are playing on wickets in Zimbabwe, WI and India. So it is but natural playing streight away at wanderers, anybody in this world can face tough time. But after a single match making such proudy statements is always danger as it may results a heavy bounce back of oppositions. Rohit, Virat and Shikhar has the ability to demolish SA pace battery. Please dont tease them. I am sure its going to be happen something at Durban now, definately positive for India. It was a bit bad luck for India in Wanderers thar Rohit got runout, Shikhar and Virat got upper ages. Steyn should remember, no one of these batsmen threw their wickets, or anyone can say that they got scared about SA pace battery. Look at how WI fought back in NZ. Bravo, Samy took WI safely out of nowhere. Similarly, Mr. Steyn, beware in Durban. ATB India

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    C'on Indian selectors...play 4 seamers...bring in Umesh Yadav for Ashwin!!! If Ishant Sharma is given another chance then this game is the perfect one to play him in!! Shami should open the bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar!!

  • POSTED BY jiDoj169 on | December 7, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    all the best both of teams

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    No sense in going with two spinners on such pitch. They have to go with with Umesh, Ishant, Shami and Bhuvneshwar. Shami and Umesh can bowl at depth overs.

  • POSTED BY Rawdy.Raathore on | December 7, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Think a little out of the box. Open batting with Ashwin and Rohit. Just for the remaining 2 ODIs against SA. Ashwin has technique and he can disrupt the bowlers length. Normal battiing order to follow after that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Indians should take their own dead rubbers wherever they go because its hard for them to play on a cricket pitch.

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | December 7, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I don't like Yuvraj batting as high as he is. No. 4 in SA! No Yuvi fits well at no. 5 or 6 in these condition. But i dnt think there are any options in this squad. Raydu's gud enuf only for IPL, Rahane can be tried but Yuvi's experience is more valuable. Oh god this is ever so confusing wat ll our team do? Even being an Indian fan isnt easy.

  • POSTED BY CRIC_FAN94 on | December 7, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @Smahuta Have you not seen your batsman finding some trouble facing Shami,you look his first 5 or 6 overs and check how well did your batsman played against him and for your knowledge he didnt start with the new ball and he is still learning and not even half as good as steyn ,but still your batsman are afraid of his 140kph balls. 2010 durban test India scored 205 and 228 in two innings and SA scored 131 and 215. India scored high in both innings than SA.Your batsmans cant even bat against average india bowlers on balanced pitch.Such a shame grown up on Bouncy wickets and cant play against mediocore indian bowlers on good wicket.

  • POSTED BY basusri133b on | December 7, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    India definitely has the batting talent to counter the SA pace attack. But there is some weakness in the middle order Raina / Yuvraj. If we want to be the best in the World, we need to prove our selves under all conditions.

    But we, need to be properly equipped to do battle,and here in lies the problem.

    It is the bowling that is of significant concern. We probably may need to bring in Zaheer ( for his experience) and Yadav & Ishant. Kumar, M. Sharma & Jadeja should be dropped and replaced by Rayadu this will strengthen the batting. Also, Raina should make way for Rahane. But knowing Dhoni, he is averse to making changes. I would not be surprised to see the same team for the 2nd ODI. Good Luck India !

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Knowing Dhoni I wont be surprised if he fields same team.

  • POSTED BY grizzle on | December 7, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Come on SA. No let-up. 3-0.

  • POSTED BY strikeforce2003 on | December 7, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Apply and India will will tjes, application in fending off the short ball, application in not getting lured to the pull shot, application in getting on with a 5 run rate in 33 overs losing 3 wickets, application in getting a blitzkrieg in the balance 17 overs with seven wickets in jphand, application in bowling well to pressure the Sud Africans...this is India's day, they should win. Requires that mental effort, as they are a more Qualitative side. Yuvraj must be rested, get in Rahane. Get in Amit Sharma, rest Ashwin

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Mohit Sharma out, Pankaj Singh/Sandeep Sharma in

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 7, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Continued:SA prepares Green tops for India...Similarly India prepares wickets for their spinners..Every country going for the same tactic..Other sport games are also like that but at least other games gives fair chance to both the playing sides...But in Cricket,home team rules..lol Strange game..

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | December 7, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    @CRIC_FAN94 What are you talking about? Yes the wanderers is batsmens paradise for ODI's. This game was no different, did you not see the part where SA scored 360 runs? THIS WAS NOT A BOWLERS WICKET BUT A BATSMENS PARADISE. When you see the bowlers wicket you will see sub 200 scores, watch out for the joburg test match ad you will see what I mean. ITs not CSA fault that India cannot play on any pitch that offers any movement apart from spin.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 7, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Cricket is really a strange game.& sometimes i think that it's a bit unfair as well.. Look at India..Some good performances here & there but mostly plays like Champs at their home..England team who won last Ashes series so easily..Now they are being crushed outside their home.Similarly Australian batsmen who had forgotten how to bat,suddenly they have started making Centuries... When i see in the past,only Australian team was the one who used to beat every team out there no matter which ground..Such Champs are yet to be seen in Cricketing history.

  • POSTED BY Samir1993 on | December 7, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Everyone talking about wrong selections.....there should nothing fuss around on this...The main point is Indians didn't have match practice and so were unable to adapt to the conditions here...We will surely see a much better performance in the next match.

  • POSTED BY LahorePak on | December 7, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    By watching SA/Pak series closely, one could say that SA R poor run chasers, so why not bat 1st, if toss is won by Dhoni. Well Indians can chase, but against SA, it's a huge risk. Again, 3 tests would have been a treat 4 cricket fans around the world.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | December 7, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Kallis, McLaren. Are you kidding me? LOL. India will be doomed. India will definitely be thrashed in this game and the series.

  • POSTED BY CRIC_FAN94 on | December 7, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Just found in statsguru that South africa has never won a ODI series in India .So stop crying India bashers

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | December 7, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Indian batsman need to adapt and adapt quickly. Umesh in place of Mohit would be a good move too. Not sure there will be any changes in batting lineup though coz Dhoni likes to persist with the same team. Also bringing an inexperienced batsman like Rahane/Rayudu and expecting him to succeed right away in SA conditions would be a little too much.

    On the other hand it's good to see both the Indian team and fans are not whining about green grassy pitches which are certainly 'made to order' to suit the home side, which is fine with us really. The home fans are predictably not crying hoarse for 'sporting' wickets this time. Next time SA tours India and they face a turning pitch I'm sure calls to not prepare 'dust bowls' will be seen aplenty. Says a lot doesn't it? Lol

  • POSTED BY CRIC_FAN94 on | December 7, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Why does SA doesnt prepare same pitches when they play against Aus or Eng? because they are worried of their bowling and doubt for their own batting collapse. And for every ones memory worlds highest run chase is acheived on the same ground ,how biased are the CSA administrators. So everyone please stop crying on indian cricket

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | December 7, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    @ RMCroos NZ come on we won both odi and test series last played there

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Problem with is that they are now started considering international matches as IPL...where they have to come and just hit every ball where pitch is dead one.........so when they play overseas they lost how to play...even its seems that they donot know how to bat .....india should use grassy pitches in homeland instead of dead pitches

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Team india paying the price now... As usual india going to the match with the weakest bowling attack in the world. But the real problem for India is not in their bowling department. Previously india had a good batting strength with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in the team. They have the good technique to counter attack any top class bowlers in the world at any kind of pitch. But now india don't have such class players Class and technique- Dravid > Rohit,Kohli Counter attack- Sehwag > Dhavan Captaincy- Ganguly > Dhoni (may be controversial, but i believe so) Players like Ganguly & Old yuvraj > Raina & Yuvraj after world cup Only stronger thing is Dhoni as a wicket keeper batsman is far better when compare to previous cases.

    So the real difference is Master Blaster Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. There is nobody to replace him in foreign pitches. May be Kohli can replace him in indian conditions with new rules in cricket favours the batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    plz india dnt make mistake of playing wd two spinners...jadeja ashwin mohit out..rahane yadav ishanth in..

  • POSTED BY james7771986 on | December 7, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    if indian won the toss and bats first ,score 250 then they have chance to win this game because south africa become under pressure while chasing .indian just need to get 2 early wickets of cock and amla then rest of saf batting lineup is not capable of chasing 250 runs. best of luck for both teams

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    sans Kohli and dhoni current indian batsmen are paper tigers in fast tracks..we hv to admit it. Thtx where the class of players like sachin makes the difference....guess kohli had the rite attitude to handle it.hope he comes on top in the rem: matches.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | December 7, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    If Philander is going to come back to the side in these conditions, then we are going to be doomed in this one also. Indian batsmen were having some respite when Tsotsobe and Parnell were bowling.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | December 7, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to win outside India he has to let go off his buddy - Yuvraj, and play a proper batsman like Rahane. Ideally Sir Jadeja should be replaced by a fast bowling all rounder like Rishi Dhawan or Pathan, but our wise guys in the selection committee didn't even select Dhawan or Pathan. Bhuvi and Mohit are same type of bowlers. One of them should be replaced by a quicker bowler like Ishwar Pandey or Pankaj Singh. But our wise guys didn't select Ishwar or Pankaj for this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    problem is not pitch or conditions. Batsmen were suppose to do bit bad here. the issue is indian bowling. They bowled bad. bowling coach should work with them

  • POSTED BY Siddhesh31 on | December 7, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    From the batting point of view, I think India should play Rahane instead of a Yuvraj. This is a neccesary move because Rahane will most certainly play in the test series and it is very important for him to get a feel of the conditions. Hard luck for Rayadu though because he too deserved a chance.. Now coming to the bowling I think we should play Umesh instead of a Bhuvi or Mohit or Jadeja..These pitches will not turn and Ashwin's batting(inspite of not scoring a 300) is slightly better than Jadeja.. Also we can include an Ishant as his height will give him the bounce..

  • POSTED BY blthndr on | December 7, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    one think we fans must understand SA is the most hostile condition for a batman its nature of pitch....it has all characteristics of both england and aus...swing and bounce with good pace.....its difficult for a batman who is not used to it....and the way steyn bowled(out swingers at 140+) in previous match as an opener u need some serious luck to survive...its good for india that they are getting this type of pitch and bowling before test series(atleast it will help)....nowadays u dont see this type of pitch in ODIs as its mostly used in test....so lets have some tolerance towards our batmen.....and india missed a trick not having pujara for odis....atleast they should play rahane instead of yuvi....

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 7, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    India left for Durban leaving Pujara & ZAK behind in Johannesburg. These were the 2 guys needed to improve the team morale by their skills in batting & bowling. Even otherwise they will play in the Tests & some practice will do them good! Apart from these 2, India also needs to reinforce the right pacers who can bowl at 140 KPH to be effective on these wkts. Will Yadev & Ishant replace Bhivi & Mohit? Now that Pujara is unwanted will Yuvraj be replaced with Rahane or Rayudu? I very much like Yuvraj but he cannot play fast bowling now. This is a fact. He has gone down so much since the days he hit Broad for 6 sixers in an over! Johnson had his scalp every time in the recent OZ ODI series even on flat Indian pitches. I wish Dhoni and his XI the best of luck but he needs to change his stubborn attitude & make changes to the team at least for the sake of India. No body is perfect & we all learn from our mistakes.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Mr Monga Pakistan were not given Green top wickets because they have quality fast bowlers, and besides the likes of Hashim Amla, who also has been found wanting aginst Irfan, none of the South Africans have a technically sound approach. as for India they have a great batting history, however the approach towards bowling needs to change fast.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | December 7, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I predict a comfortable win for South Africa here in Durban, specially considering the performances of these two team. All SA batsmen are in a very good form and they looked quite comfortable against Indian bowlers in the previous match. On the other hand , SA bowlers seem to be too hot for Indian batsmen. South African's confidence level must also be very very high unlike the opposition's. Can't wait to see AB n Co. in action. G'luck !!!!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | December 7, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Im a huge fan of Yuvi, but this romance with him has to stop. Its costing India just like 8-0 when old horses were continued despite their form just because of past glory. Also I think Ishant should be back, his height and band the pitch style of bowling can be useful in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Another Interesting Contest between a very good batting side vs SA batting side who is tested and prepared with quality bowling from Pak few weeks before and considerably week bowling side of Ind vs dangerous SA bowling side at home conditions. Ravi Shastri said in commentary that such kind green pitches were not there in Pak tour, the reason is SA could not afford to make such pitched against quality bowling attack of Pak. they could blown away either. With Ind they can afford to do so. hoping a good match tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | December 7, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    HI SA fans....SA is good at Durban ,but I know Indian cricket team when they promise to win they must win ,does n't matter what kind pitch or team vs they playing ....lets see good cricket !

  • POSTED BY Thighpad on | December 7, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    IndiA should not be ruled out by any means.they have demonstrated their ability to come back recently in the carribbean tri-series and against australia.they will need to tweak their 11 though.raina/yuvi must make way for a rahane.umesh should come in in place of mohit as he can me use of the extra bounce available.The lack of formidable reserves on this tour is a shame considering that gambhir tiwary and co are playing ranji

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    India will definitely bounce back tomorrow ..., My team would be 1.Dhawan 2. Rohit 3.Kohli 4.Yuvraj 5.Rahane 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8. Kumar 9.Shami 10.Mohit 11.Yadav

    India doesn't ashwin and jadeja. Yuvraj,Raina,Kohli can bowl those 10 overs.

    Adding rahane can bring depth into batting. and we do need 4 pacers in these pitches.

  • POSTED BY Ramu444 on | December 7, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Interesting bit in the article that why such wickets were not prepared for Pak series?the answer is SA knew that Pak bowlers could have utilized the pitch much better than the SA seamers,that is why there were no green tops.hoe Irfan made Amla life a Hell in UAE?

  • POSTED BY RMCroos on | December 7, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    India will not score 250 !!!!! I am sure Indians fans will hurt lot after Durban ODI!!! Sorry guys India only can do well in home soil....not away in AUS/NZ/SA

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | December 7, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    There is one flaw in Sid's selection. I would go with Buvaneshwar, Umesh and Shami rather than Mohit.

  • POSTED BY goutamaniad on | December 7, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    There's December camaraderie, empathy n pity a plenty, and yet not much forthcoming for these ever sillier Indian fan(atic)s for they choose to delude themselves willingly yet.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | December 7, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Great news. Hope the pitch stays green. Indian bowling always clicks well in green surfaces where there will be swing and seam. Its only the rock hard bouncy pitches where we struggle due to lack of pace and firepower. I remember the pitch looked like an outfield in 2010 Durban test match, Zaheer and co ran through the SA batting and India won a wonderful test match. Hopefully Indian boys puts up a much better performance than they did in Joburg. Go India!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Wonder what outrage would be caused if India plays with 6 spinners and no quicks on a track in India?

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | December 7, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Hoping to get all the 50 overs in an innings and Looking forward to ODI in long time. I hope india does the right thing, win toss and bat first. Batting has to be their strong suit, with guys like Dhawan who has been going strong recently, RS coming off his 200+ in ODI, Kohli the guy who is going to fill SRT's void and as always ODI king Dhoni. These guys then can post 270+ and give their bowling something to defend. If the bowlers fail to defend it 40 overs then we can criticize them. Well lets see how much materializes !

  • POSTED BY bhargavsurapaneni8 on | December 7, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    1.Dhawan 2.Rohith 3.Kohli 4.Yuvi 5.Rahane 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Shami 10.Umesh 11.Ishanth/Bhuvi dhoni shuld give bowling 2 yuvi so dat he can gain sum confidence i dnt knw y raina is iven the ball ahead of yuvraj

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I am a PAK team fan, but i must admit that India has a very strong batting lineup. The problem for them has always been the fast bowling, it would be difficult for them to bowl out SA players at low totals. I am expecting score of around 280 tomorrow if SA bats first. India can chase any total but the reality is the bowling of SA would test their skills.

  • POSTED BY kartcric on | December 7, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    @byc89.Bhuvneshwar and ashwin are bowling worser than mohit.And to add to that,they have been bowling horribly for a lot of months

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    With poor fast bowling resources of India, such wickets are expected. Such wickets were not given to Pakistan, because Pakistani bowlers would have blown away SA too. Except Kallis and to a certain extent Amla, none of the South African batsmen are too flash with their techniques

  • POSTED BY yashkver on | December 7, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I am confused.. I knw yuvi is not goin well..most importantly m thinking is he in d mood of getting it figured out or not like sehwag is doin to himself..?? every body is sayng abt yuvi in above comments.. m literally confused abt raina..nd jadeja... i mean what r they for in d team..?? for occasionl fielding ..or for part time bowling..?? both r throwing their wickets each time..y raina is in team if he is not able to figure out short pitch deliveries.. wonder morkel bowling to him..raina can't even be in two mind that morkel will bowl yorkers to him...he is afraid in his mind too ... seeing downfall till 2015 world cup in aus...

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | December 7, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Remove Decock & Amla early, game over for SA.ABD,Duminy & CO very unpredictable.They cant play under pressure. Kallis might solidify middle order but currently out of match practise.If Ind's dont RUN OUT themselves they stand a good team to Win this game.Philander return might be a real SCARE for them but what if pitch gets flat & spinning suddenly.GAME ON boys!!!!!!!!!!!!3-0 / 1-1 /2-1 ?????????god knows better:-)

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Ishant and Umesh should be there instead of Ashwin and Mohit. I may be harsh on Ashwin but the reality is that he is not going to have any assistance. Presence of 2 new balls from each end will be difficult for a spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    The loss to Pak at home have angered SA and guess who is in the firing line.......India as always......who never had a history of doing well overseas.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Being a south african fan i hope sa will win the match as well as the series.philander should play instead of parnell.

  • POSTED BY Roshan_P on | December 7, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    India should realise that pace is the key. Arriving with only 4 pace bowlers, and then Ishant, has not done them any favours. Yuvraj is a good batsman but he is out of form, and to be honest Raina is out of the question on bouncy pitches. We need batsmen with more finesse, but can still score quickly - Rahane and Rayudu. My team would be:

    1. Dhawan, 2. Rohit, 3. Kohli, 4. Rahane, 5. Rayudu, 6. Dhoni, 7. Ashwin / Jadeja, 8. Shami, 9. Kumar, 10. Yadav, 11. Mohit

    I would take out Jadeja for Tests.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    India will bounce back.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I won't be surprised if india bounce back and outplay south africa. Tough time ahead for the likes of dale steyn and money morkel. Indian batsman will rock tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY byc89 on | December 7, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    what a turn of event for INDIA? Ishant sharma could be included in the playing 11 after remaining out for more than a month. Ironically this is not because of his better bowling but because of worse bowling from others especially MOhit sharma

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Ashwin and Jadeja are about to be made redundant.

  • POSTED BY neo-galactico on | December 7, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Honestly, I would prefer a pitch that offers no lateral movement but has good pace and bounce. When the pitch is green it gives the Indian fast bowlers a chance to prise away wickets and our middle order who have been struggling with rotating strike against the spinners might be exposed. That said, this India batting line-up is untested in these conditions but are supremely talented. Therefore, SA should not be complacent. I still think India have a chance to win the ODI series but I don't give them a chance in the tests. Pity it's such a short tour, we really enjoy hosting the Indians.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | December 7, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    I dont think our batsmen were scared or have been circumspect ,I think it was Indian bowling that flattered and if that can be corrected staffers have to eat their words

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    I would go with this eleven and batting order - Shikhar, rohit, virat, dhoni, uv, raina, jadeja, shami, Umesh, ishant bhuvi

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 7, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    To an earlier comment regarding playing on spinning or fast pitches... What makes a batting line up world class? Its the ability to play anywhere against any attack in the world and this is exactly whats expected from the world champions. Dayle styen and company exposed india's weakness during the first ODI. I think for now they put to rest their claims of being the world class batting order. The point is whether its a spinning wicket or a fast one people expect big things from India and they being the number one team shoul deliver. After the first ODI all their

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    why mohit in the team.. he is not suitable currently...brain freeZe.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Touring SA or AUS is tough (look at England playing Mitchell Johnson). When they tour Indian sub continent they have problems with low bounce and turn. But the chances of physical damage is low here. However, the blows touring batsman encounter in such bouncing pitches can have both mental as well as physical damage. Look at Jonathan Trott for example. I am hoping that Indian players will fight it out.

  • POSTED BY job_eapen on | December 7, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Really hoping dhoni would go in with Umesh...Indians need some sting and pace in their bowling that can trouble the SA batsmen....

    By the form that Yuvi is going it's not gonna help the team cause...they need to put someone in form in his place maybe a Rahane would be fitting to do the job....

    India need to figure out a way to play the likes of steyn , morkel, maclaren..not meeting the ball with bat is certainly not gonna help them...

    Well,somehow Dhoni need to figure out a Winning combination to keep themselves alive in the series.....

    I would have gone in with this combination... Dhawan , Sharma , Kohli , Rahane , Dhoni , Raina , Jadeja , Ashwin , Bhuvaneshwar , Shami , Umesh

    hoping to see a fight back from Indians...and I damn well believe they will do so...good luck boysss...

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | December 7, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    A big game for both teams. Its a test of India's adaptability vs South Africa's consistency. The intensity of Proteas was high during the first ODI and India after landing just 48 hours before the start of first ODI had no clue against Steyn & co. Their bowlers couldnt hit the right length and line too in a deck which offered pace and bounce. But this Indian team is true class after winning all the trophies that came their way since 2011 WC and cannot be taken lightly. They will bounce back and SA need to be prepared as much as they can and there is no room for complacency. SA's batting unit looks settled now with DeKock replacing Smith and their bowling unit has always been doing their job. This could well be their strongest possible team for upcmng games before WC 2015. An interesting contest lies ahead!! #pureprotea

  • POSTED BY puntertakeson on | December 7, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Team should be 1) Dhawan 2) Rohit 3) Kholi 4) Raydu 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Ashwin 8) Jadeja 9) Ishant 10) Yadav 11) Shami. to win the match

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | December 7, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    I like Kholi's guts than the pessimistic views as shown in the Title/article. Lets see who is gonna be right.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Ravi Shastri was the one lamenting the fact that Pakistan didn't face pitches like the one India faced in the first ODI. SA knew offering Pak with their bowling strength, such a green and bouncy wicket could backfire spectacularly as well. No such fears regarding India's bowling

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I hope we can find the pitch on the ground tomorrow, or better BCCI should rent some lawn mowers to CSA.....not good gardeners LOL...

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | December 7, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    @ Htc-Baseball - Yuvraj was in and out so quickly that kohli did not get a chance to see how Yuvraj awkwardly played the first balll from Mclaren. Jokes Aside, I wont be surprised if Steyn's words back fires and India might actually have the last laugh. Green top , over cast, Fast and Furious bowlers against Talented, slick and best batsmen in the world. Same were said, when Zaheer gave the taste of their own medicine when SAF last time played TEAM India at Durban. Cant wait till tomorrow too see how Blue trumps Green in Durban! Go Blue GO.

  • POSTED BY Anubrata29 on | December 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Umesh Yadav should play instead of Mohit Sharma. Rahane & Pujara should bat instead of Yuvraj & Raina, Rahane should be made to open along with Dhawan. India missing Gambhir's experience but lets see.

  • POSTED BY blthndr on | December 7, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    i dont think india will get any less bowling friendly pitch in SA.....so far the pitches far more different that used in pak matches(if u look at both series SA prepared pitch according to the strength of the opposition)....thats also understandable pak hav a brilliant bowling line up unlikely india.... so now its upto the indian bowlers to step up not repeat the previous mistakes not bowling fuller length and as far as batting concern thats seems ok (didnt get any practice match) on that pitch not giving many wickets in first 10 overs and scored more than 5 an over....irrespective of result(considering the quality of pitches so far) it will be a good practice(if they learn something out of it) before they get into test matches...

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | December 7, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    India need to play 4 Fast blower , Play jadeja and ashwin as all rounder. Let Raina be rested tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Sudhansu_83 on | December 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Thorugh we can see writing on the wall.India should atleast go with best XI in next 2 ODIs.Yuvraj & Raina are weak links in India's middle order.One of them must be replaced and Rahane must get to play and may be Rayadu as well.Right hand batsman may be better option to face against pace bowling.In Bowling department Mohit Sharma & B.Kumar does not have pace to contain S.Africa batsman. Umesh Yadav & Ishant Sharma can chip in with pace & experience.Still 3-0 drubbing or 2-1 result against India can't be ruled out.

  • POSTED BY johnq1 on | December 7, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Yuvraj and Raina are not in good form which definetly makes a weak middle order. Dinesh Karthik was always a good player and is missing big time. He might have not performed well in 1 or may 2 matches and he is not even in the team forget the playing XI. He was a patient batsmen. Taking his time to get in and then steaming away.

  • POSTED BY JyothiRaj on | December 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    If some one scored at yuvi's position which is really critical in batting order,india would have reached some where 300 if look at the form of Dhoni. but he really flops and Dhoni not giving an opportunity to reserve batsmen who are better fielder than yuvi.I don't think one can blame Dhavan and Rohit.I strongly believe the first 3 will come strong and they are better than any of SA batsmen except AB Devilliers.But the problem remains with next 2 ie raina and yuvi.Raina earned his position but yuvi does nothing...the 3 left handers must come good in middle and lower order..

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | December 7, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I hope India batsmen can push back. A little aggressive approach would be okay. It is okay to lose a few games to get in the grove. If Steyn and co. attack your body with short rising deliveries, go ahead and try to punish them, even if it nicks. Good luck. Time for fight fire with fire !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Dhawan, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Rayudu(wk), Ashwin, Dhoni(bowling as fourth seamer), Jadeja, Yadav, Shami, Ishant

  • POSTED BY sharu_gowda on | December 7, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    It's time to give it back n india should play positively n chokers gonna receive it 2morrow.... umesh instead of mohit,

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    So why cant they make a spin track and play with us....when teams visit India they cry and complain that India has advantage playing cricket in subcontinent...what they are doing now..playing to their conditions "Green pitch"...

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    I would love to see Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma in place of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma. They both can get more out of these helping wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    India is going to bounce back tomm.If india bats first then there are possitive chances of india.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Team India will surprise all maysayers...just wait......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    yuvraj should be dropped now he is blocking the way for a player like rahane with yuvrajs presence indian middle order is becoming weak team should be just like dis: rahane dhawan kohli rohit dhoni raina jadeja ashwin shami ishant yadav

    Bring in ishant and yadav too...

  • POSTED BY Testcricketistop on | December 7, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    The Proteas have a very poor record in Durban, be it ODI's or Tests.

    Of their last 5 ODI's they have only won 1 match.

    Their record for Tests are similarly poor in Durban

  • POSTED BY Waves239 on | December 7, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Bowling is the key difference between two sides. Pace and bounce dictate terms in this part of world. No point in hanging back Mohammed Shami as third seam bowler. Umesh Yadav should be in playing XI. Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh will form good combination. This bowling unit has talent and with experience they grow better.

    Honestly Yuvraj ( current form ), Raina in these conditions form a fragile middle order and Steyn exactly pointed that! Final chance Step up or open the doors for Rahanes and Rayudus.

    Not expecting India to win this series but they need to put some fight in both departments unlike in sub-continent where bowlers go big and batsmen protects them. If India can get off to a steady start in batting, it eases the nerves of middle order and series can be alive. All the best TEAM INDIA !

  • POSTED BY Cric_fever_forever on | December 7, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    durban has always been happy hunting ground for asian teams. not sure the pitch would be same tomorrow or not. anyway best of luck to both teams hope s.a finish the job cheers

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    For the bilateral ODI series green tops get rolled out to humiliate India. Perfectly within the host team rights. When it comes to ICC events such as 50 over World Cup, will such green tops be rolled out in NZ or Aus in 2015? Would be good if it is rolled out. But will they do it? Or will the commercial prospects of an early India exit prohibit that thought process.

  • POSTED BY 4evercricket on | December 7, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    This was just the first match in the tour. No warm up game , nothing for the players to get adjusted to the situation... Batsman will find it difficult with sudden change of conditions after playing in flat dead indian pitches. This is a very young side. Give them time. This is the first time for most of the guys in SAF...

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    mr jagat@ this is the problem with us we just easily forget ours team achivement, one lose and we critisise our team , just like you are talking indias future is bleak, by the way can you tell me which team in present day can win 6 consecutive odi series home and away.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | December 7, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will not only require grit but right technique. He is very tentative handling swing and bounce outside the off. He plays away from his body. This could become his undoing. In Indian conditions where bounce and movement is not pronounced, he can get away. On the bowling front, Mohit Sharma has not been very effective so far.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    it would be better if india replaces mohit sharma with ishant and ashwin with yadav. Their pace can make a difference.....!

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | December 7, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Yuvraj looked scared from watching on, he should be glad it wasn't Steyn, I don't want to see Steyn and Philander being both played together till the Test match arrives so either Steyn plays this one and give Steyn a rest in the 3rd and bring Philander in for that game.

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | December 7, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    now can we please stop playing outside india till we can find couple of pacers who can bowl at pace > 113.68974 km/hr :) . stop blaming the batsman when the bowlers are conceding 358 on green wickets. omg stop this, its too embarrassing

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Is this the first time there is a "Pitch photo" in match preview ? Guys any suggestion ?

  • POSTED BY NEIL_GD_S10 on | December 7, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    India definitely need Abhishek Nair here in this match and team should be like this

    Rohit, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Abhishek Nair, Umesh Yadav, Shami Ahmed, Zaheer Khan.

    This is the Team to beat South Africa. Abhi Bowls good if not best and it gives dept in batting as well, He is best 4th Seamer and he swings too.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | December 7, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    "I don't think anyone in this Indian team is frightened of anything. We didn't see anyone close their eyes to a bouncer or play rash strokes."- Well kohli, but Yuvraj did.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I this wicket will be the backyard of Indian batsman as well.... If Philander will play that match then I assure you its hard for Indian batsman to reach 200 mark....

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Another battle waiting for this indian team which looks very determined in their approach towards the game but lacks the very necessary skills to succeed.The very thing that is required by any batsman in foreign condition is to play with an intent and by this I mean that a batsman has to defend positively.Indian batsmen have to learn to respect the bowler who are in very good rhythm(watch Dravid videos and you will find the difference).As far as Indian bowlers are concerned,there is no need of playing with 2 specialist spinner in South Africa,instead go for extra pure batsman.

  • POSTED BY Harmony_not_Discord on | December 7, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    If Steyn controlling his joy says "he is not complaining" about the green top then it sounds ominous for the tourists.

    If SA seamers get to bowl first on the fresh top in overcast conditions then it could all get even gloomier for the Indian batting.

  • POSTED BY 11111555 on | December 7, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    great article. it shows the brilliance of cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    indian line up》dhawan rahane rohit sharma virat koli dhoni jadeja rania ashwin umesh I- sharma shami

  • POSTED BY ajmaldomintesswann on | December 7, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    whitewash is on for indians..cheers from pak

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    "We didn't see anyone close their eyes to a bouncer". Yuvraj Singh did close his eyes first ball. Probably Virat's "we" does not include Yuvraj

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    the way Indians had performed in the last one day......3-0 to south Africans looking more prominent....not good news for Indian cricket ...whereas sorry tale grows by....... our bowlers lacks discipline and our batsman seems bowl searching when they tour outside Indian subcontinent.... specially in south Africa...

  • POSTED BY Dev_Sachinfan on | December 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    1) Rohit 2) Dhawan 3) Kohli 4) Rahane 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Buvaneshwar 9) Ishant 10) Shami 11) Yadav... This would be the better combination for the 2nd ODI... Lets hope for the best...! Do well guys...!

  • POSTED BY NextSana on | December 7, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I think to make the series more competitive SA needs to rest at least couple of players. Dale Steyn and Amla so they can give more chances to younger players to shine against weak Indian team but still I think 50+ runs hammering on the cards for India. I also think Umesh Yadav will be a mouth watering for De Villers and co his if he plays in this match his economy is above 6 in ODI's and hugely over rated fast bowler playing cricket at the moment.

    For SA they shouldn't play Philander cause he will be a surprise package in test can crush India under 100 runs this team is way more capable of destroying India even without Morkel and Steyn. Anyway good luck to SA.

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  • POSTED BY NextSana on | December 7, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I think to make the series more competitive SA needs to rest at least couple of players. Dale Steyn and Amla so they can give more chances to younger players to shine against weak Indian team but still I think 50+ runs hammering on the cards for India. I also think Umesh Yadav will be a mouth watering for De Villers and co his if he plays in this match his economy is above 6 in ODI's and hugely over rated fast bowler playing cricket at the moment.

    For SA they shouldn't play Philander cause he will be a surprise package in test can crush India under 100 runs this team is way more capable of destroying India even without Morkel and Steyn. Anyway good luck to SA.

  • POSTED BY Dev_Sachinfan on | December 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    1) Rohit 2) Dhawan 3) Kohli 4) Rahane 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Buvaneshwar 9) Ishant 10) Shami 11) Yadav... This would be the better combination for the 2nd ODI... Lets hope for the best...! Do well guys...!

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    the way Indians had performed in the last one day......3-0 to south Africans looking more prominent....not good news for Indian cricket ...whereas sorry tale grows by....... our bowlers lacks discipline and our batsman seems bowl searching when they tour outside Indian subcontinent.... specially in south Africa...

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    "We didn't see anyone close their eyes to a bouncer". Yuvraj Singh did close his eyes first ball. Probably Virat's "we" does not include Yuvraj

  • POSTED BY ajmaldomintesswann on | December 7, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    whitewash is on for indians..cheers from pak

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    indian line up》dhawan rahane rohit sharma virat koli dhoni jadeja rania ashwin umesh I- sharma shami

  • POSTED BY 11111555 on | December 7, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    great article. it shows the brilliance of cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY Harmony_not_Discord on | December 7, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    If Steyn controlling his joy says "he is not complaining" about the green top then it sounds ominous for the tourists.

    If SA seamers get to bowl first on the fresh top in overcast conditions then it could all get even gloomier for the Indian batting.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Another battle waiting for this indian team which looks very determined in their approach towards the game but lacks the very necessary skills to succeed.The very thing that is required by any batsman in foreign condition is to play with an intent and by this I mean that a batsman has to defend positively.Indian batsmen have to learn to respect the bowler who are in very good rhythm(watch Dravid videos and you will find the difference).As far as Indian bowlers are concerned,there is no need of playing with 2 specialist spinner in South Africa,instead go for extra pure batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | December 7, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I this wicket will be the backyard of Indian batsman as well.... If Philander will play that match then I assure you its hard for Indian batsman to reach 200 mark....