South Africa v India, 3rd ODI, Centurion December 10, 2013

India's last chance to turn up before Test challenge

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Match facts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Start time 1330 local (1130GMT)

Big Picture

Centurion's SuperSport Park was due to host the fourth ODI between South Africa and India as per the original schedule. In the early planning stages, the administrators were hopeful that it would be in the midst of an exciting series. Instead, what this ground has got is two dead rubbers, but they will be more pleased with this one.

When South Africa played Pakistan here, the hosts had already lost the series. Now they will take on India, having already won.

The difference in the results - a mere 12 days apart - is largely a sign of the opposition's ability to adjust to these conditions, but it is also an indication of South Africa's progress. AB de Villiers, South Africa's captain, said he wanted consistency from his team at the end of the six-week period in which they would play 11 ODIs.

He got some of that in the UAE, when they beat Pakistan 4-1 but was disappointed to see them lose immediately afterwards. Now, after three successive victories, things have begun to move in the way de Villiers would have wanted them to once again. While the bowling has remained outstanding throughout, the batting has caught up.

De Villiers will want all departments firing in South Africa's last ODI for months. With none scheduled against Australia, this is likely their final appearance in 50-overs cricket until July next year, when they are due to play Zimbabwe.

India don't have a gap that large and they won't be looking too far ahead. For them, the match is about turning up, a week after arriving in the country. So far, they have failed to adjust to conditions with neither their batsmen nor their bowlers showing much aptitude for South African surfaces. With the Tests still to come and rain likely to affect the tour match, this may be their last chance to make the technical tweaks they need.

Form guide

South Africa: WWWLL (last five completed games, most recent first)
India: LLWLW

In the spotlight

Admittedly he has not had much opportunity to spend a lengthy period of time in the middle, but David Miller has gone 12 innings - across both the home and away series against Pakistan and the current one against India - without a fifty. At No. 6, Miller is expected to be the finisher but with little time to construct an innings, he has not always been able to fulfill that role. He will hope for a longer spell in the middle and a chance to show off both his big-hitting and his temperament.

After slumping to 65 for 4 and 34 for 3 in the first two ODIs, India's top order will be expected to have adjusted sufficiently to prevent another collapse. Their ability to deal with pace and the short ball will be under scrutiny on a surface that is expected to be another testing one, and India's line-up will want to get it right with the Test series looming.

Team news

Despite making his return to ODI cricket just four matches ago, Jacques Kallis is being rested for the dead rubber. Henry Davids will come back into the side, with a view to improving his recent international showing. Wayne Parnell will play as the second allrounder, behind Ryan McLaren. One of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel may also be given a break and with no other seamers in the squad, that would allow Imran Tahir game time ahead of the Test series.

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

India changed the composition of their attack for the second ODI without success and may have to revert back to some of the seamers from the Johannesburg match. Umesh Yadav was the least impressive and could make way for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while it will be a tricky choice between Ishant Sharma and Mohit Sharma.

India: 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, 10 Ishant Sharma/Mohit Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami

Pitch and conditions

Given India's struggles with pace and bounce, another spicy surface can be expected. The curator may not have had much preparation time, with rain dominating the build-up - the showers may also extend into the match. Rain fell throughout Tuesday and more is forecast for Wednesday. The afternoon is set to be clear, but drizzle in the morning and evening could result in a curtailed match.

Stats and trivia

  • India's attack have conceded over 260 runs in 10 of their previous 11 ODIs and over 300 in six of those
  • With the series already decided, Pakistan remain the only subcontinent side to beat South Africa in a bilateral series at home
  • What India can prevent is a two-point loss at the top of the rankings table. If they are defeated in the third match, they will remain in the No. 1 spot but will move from 121 points to 119. In that scenario, South Africa will gain two points and move up to fourth. If India win the match, South Africa remain in fifth place

Quotes

"India rocked up as the No. 1 team and that presented a challenge for us. We met that with intensity and aggression."
South Africa allrounder Ryan McLaren

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Harmony111 on December 11, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @Testcricketistop:

    No claims really? In the prev match report, please check the comments of one Greatest_Game, a very frequent SA commenter here. Not only does he not make claims, he makes the grandest of them. He says India are no match for SA. It does not matter to him that in the prev tour, SA, even after all their attempts to prepare suitable wickets could only draw the Test series vs India & were in fact lucky to draw the 3rd test, India clearly had the upper hand there. In the ODIs too, SA could only win it 3-2. A 3-2 scoreline doesn't mean the loser was no match for winner yet GG makes such claims.

    If you say his basis was the twin losses here then on the same logic can it be claimed that SA are not fit for playing in the World Cups? India have lost only 2 matches here but SA have a thoroughly proven record of choking, even outside WC on many occasions.

  • Harmony111 on December 11, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa:

    What should alarm you is that SA claim to be a top cricket team but have never won a WC. I hope you know the history. When the WC was held in SA, SA crashed out in the 1st round while India reached the finals. When the WT20 was held in SA, India defeated SA out of it & went on to win it. OTOH, when the WC was held in India in 96, India reached SF while SA lost in the QF. When the WC was held in India in 2011, India won it while SA again choked in the QF. On neutral grounds, when the ICC-CT was held in Eng, India won it while SA scrapped through the league due to a poor shot by KP & in any case were crushed by Eng in SF.

    If Indian wickets are so easy & SA wickets the ideal ones then why do SA never win anything in those Ideal+Home conditions? Why do India win whether in India or in Eng or in SA?

    Oh yes, the only nice thing SA ever won was in BD's super flat tracks. THIS is what SA learnt playing on tough wickets :-p

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Nice knock De Kock... SA cruising to another 300+

  • yvivekcb on December 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Guys, be cool. India is No.1 in ODI, No.2 in Tests & T20. They deserve that status because of long term consistency. They have won 6 series in this year including Champions Traphy. Loses like these bound to happen to any team. For those who claim S A as best team, let them win any 1 ICC tournament & then claim for rankings. They are still considered as Chokers in big matches. Anyways you will see India win this ODI & the first test. It's going to happen wait & watch.

  • Pak_Fan86 on December 11, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Finally, some fight showed by Indians! Glad to see!

  • stormy16 on December 11, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Has SA forgotten about Smith altogeather? No surprises but I would have thought they would want to rest Amla and give Smith a hit. I would also consider sending Miller up the order as he is running the risk of not getting any batting time under the belt and then being dropped through the lack of opportunty more than anything else.

    I think India need to consider playing Rahane and doing the swap job between Yuvraj and Raina both of who are not going to featuer in the tests. Also Rahane has a sold technique which is required and of course he is surely the future. I dont understant why India dropped Buwe Kumar, the guy can swing the ball. your never going to knock over SA with pace and bouce but good swing is a problem for most batters.

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Why are they bowling at hist pads and too straight?

    We all saw the pre-match analysis where De Kock scored on the mid-on and long-on > 50% of his runs... try bowling the off side line and see how he responds.... the steyn line.... if you can.. no point banging it in straight

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    @Sachin O. Khairnar

    Mate, of course we play to our strengths, who doesn't?

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    oh gauti n viru want to back ?? thn call sachin dravid dada too...... omg

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @bhusan b : agree with u

  • Harmony111 on December 11, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @Testcricketistop:

    No claims really? In the prev match report, please check the comments of one Greatest_Game, a very frequent SA commenter here. Not only does he not make claims, he makes the grandest of them. He says India are no match for SA. It does not matter to him that in the prev tour, SA, even after all their attempts to prepare suitable wickets could only draw the Test series vs India & were in fact lucky to draw the 3rd test, India clearly had the upper hand there. In the ODIs too, SA could only win it 3-2. A 3-2 scoreline doesn't mean the loser was no match for winner yet GG makes such claims.

    If you say his basis was the twin losses here then on the same logic can it be claimed that SA are not fit for playing in the World Cups? India have lost only 2 matches here but SA have a thoroughly proven record of choking, even outside WC on many occasions.

  • Harmony111 on December 11, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa:

    What should alarm you is that SA claim to be a top cricket team but have never won a WC. I hope you know the history. When the WC was held in SA, SA crashed out in the 1st round while India reached the finals. When the WT20 was held in SA, India defeated SA out of it & went on to win it. OTOH, when the WC was held in India in 96, India reached SF while SA lost in the QF. When the WC was held in India in 2011, India won it while SA again choked in the QF. On neutral grounds, when the ICC-CT was held in Eng, India won it while SA scrapped through the league due to a poor shot by KP & in any case were crushed by Eng in SF.

    If Indian wickets are so easy & SA wickets the ideal ones then why do SA never win anything in those Ideal+Home conditions? Why do India win whether in India or in Eng or in SA?

    Oh yes, the only nice thing SA ever won was in BD's super flat tracks. THIS is what SA learnt playing on tough wickets :-p

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Nice knock De Kock... SA cruising to another 300+

  • yvivekcb on December 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Guys, be cool. India is No.1 in ODI, No.2 in Tests & T20. They deserve that status because of long term consistency. They have won 6 series in this year including Champions Traphy. Loses like these bound to happen to any team. For those who claim S A as best team, let them win any 1 ICC tournament & then claim for rankings. They are still considered as Chokers in big matches. Anyways you will see India win this ODI & the first test. It's going to happen wait & watch.

  • Pak_Fan86 on December 11, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Finally, some fight showed by Indians! Glad to see!

  • stormy16 on December 11, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Has SA forgotten about Smith altogeather? No surprises but I would have thought they would want to rest Amla and give Smith a hit. I would also consider sending Miller up the order as he is running the risk of not getting any batting time under the belt and then being dropped through the lack of opportunty more than anything else.

    I think India need to consider playing Rahane and doing the swap job between Yuvraj and Raina both of who are not going to featuer in the tests. Also Rahane has a sold technique which is required and of course he is surely the future. I dont understant why India dropped Buwe Kumar, the guy can swing the ball. your never going to knock over SA with pace and bouce but good swing is a problem for most batters.

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Why are they bowling at hist pads and too straight?

    We all saw the pre-match analysis where De Kock scored on the mid-on and long-on > 50% of his runs... try bowling the off side line and see how he responds.... the steyn line.... if you can.. no point banging it in straight

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    @Sachin O. Khairnar

    Mate, of course we play to our strengths, who doesn't?

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    oh gauti n viru want to back ?? thn call sachin dravid dada too...... omg

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @bhusan b : agree with u

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Steyn has been rested.Team India must loose this match to prove that Steyn made no difference to them.

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    SA went into the match with their not-best team... and removed all the grass on the wicket.... SA trying to beat IND at their strength.. flat pitches.. that too with their second tier bowling....

  • 619decepticon on December 11, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    this match is all about a fight back..i am a sane indian cricket fan, so wont abnormaly expect the indian team to thrash southa in this match..but a good fight, is what is expected from them..even if india wont win today, they should make this match tough for SA to win..A win for india would realy be a commendable work, and a realy big confidence booster going into the teast series..just play out the first ten overs without loosing too many wickets..

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Forget about Rahane... How about Bhuvi... the strike bowler.. .dumped after one ordinary game..

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Rain will attain his eternity soon,... DK/RAHANE/RAYUDU/UNMUKT CHAND all waiting.....

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    best of luck to both teams

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @ Harsh Choudhwary

    Why do you think Rahane will be dropped?

    and

    Why do you think Rahane should be dropped?

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    The two guys I've rooting to watch in SA, Rahane and Bhuvi...

    100 of sub-par games, Ishant is back in the side.

    1 ordinary game, and Bhuvi is out....

    wow... great... can't believe it.

  • anujbhasin56 on December 11, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Play pujara, he is technically sound. He will be able to play pace better Rahane, Yuvraj.

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @pari mohan: well said, ashwin should be at 5/6th position..... we should do trail and error method against a weak teams...

  • bhushanB on December 11, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Crap.... Can't believe it..... Rahane left out of the team...

    As soon as there is a dead pitch, he is left out...

    wow.... after just a game on a sporting pitch....

    He is not unlucky... he has waited long for Sachin to retire... Now he has to wait lot longer for Dhoni to retire... to make it to the team..

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @jimmy james: if u declared it means . there is no necessity of playing upcoming games?.....try to be some logical dear

  • Pak_Fan86 on December 11, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Steyn and Kallis rested. Now it's India's golden chance to win and prove the world they are still capable of beating SA. If, even today they lose, i wud be quite surprised

  • ketaann on December 11, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    i think today's day will be nightmare for whole indian team. Hope they will continue to leak runs n can cross 100.

  • sundersingh on December 11, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    feels very sorry for rahane... he is a good player right now better than yuvi..

  • legfinedeep on December 11, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    No Steyn Morkel or Kallis? :( Well I guess SA are really not going to press for the whitewash and not risk injuring any of these guys. Hmm. Indian batsmen must be so relieved now.

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    rahane should not be dropped. he is also a class player. rohit got this much of chances to show his real character ,rahane deserve a chance... guys wat u think??

  • akash112001 on December 11, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    The way India is playing is very disheartening. They have to remember the fans over there and in India. Struggling against sheer pace and bounce at this level is not at all tolerable. They have to toil hard to remove the paper tiger tag.

  • wakaPAK on December 11, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Come on India! at least make a competition out of it this time!

  • on December 11, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    India are not overrated. They just lack practice in SA. You cannot expect them to turn up and win imm. Even the great don would need practice. Unfortunately that did not happen and no one in India have hopes of India winning a single game. Blame BCCI.

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Everytime I see Raina as an automatic choice in the playing 11, it baffles me. Anyone can take a shot at trying to convince me otherwise. Give Rayudu a shot and atleast a 5 games shot. If India is winning as well as losing because of the Top order, then why do we need a middle order?

  • naveenpnayak on December 11, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Imran Tahir against India - Not a good move. Are SA really playing to win or they are playing for the name sake?? Steyn has to play in the game as he will have a huge impact on the game.

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Rahane must be in the squad and I don't think Raidu can play here.

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Saffers you guys are playing with your plus point that means all pacers and Indian team have not got a suffcient time and match practiced due to that one man who you have recruites in your armoury, if India would have been so cruel too you they would have never come here. Just think just once you got spinning pitch in Kanpur in 2008 you guys were crying, we dont do this thing with you imagine, without match pracitce you guys facing all spin attack of India in India on turning pitches woht bounce, i doubt even your team will score total 100 runs or not, Dekock, Miller, Duminy, Devillers, Du Plessis all this will be sitting duck and will not score more than single digit score amla might score some but not more than 20, and your tail enders, Mclaren, Philander, parnell will not able to touch the ball with the bat. And now about your bowling you will also do same what India is doing at present changing the team composition every now and than, so better play fare or be ready to crashed.

  • mrd1911 on December 11, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Since SA's readmission to international cricket, Ind and SA have met 74 times. Ind won 25. SA won 42. The rest were no results, abandoned etc. Once again, facts. No opinions.

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 11, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    @ Testcricketistop : Fair comment from you bro, its just a few jealous bunch of fans here who my fellow countrymen repeatedly choose to pay heed too again and again.

  • GiridharGoutham on December 11, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @ Testcricketistop : LOL if you say its past for those India have won.Then we can say that SA has won in the past i.e (The Last 2 games)

  • Solid_Snake on December 11, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    @VarunSundaram :Where is that consistent Indian batting line up?What suddenly happened to that line up in a few days only?Are they scoring runs now?Winning matches for their country?Where are those 200 individual runs & piles of runs? No lol...They are getting hammered instead.Why?Because Indian team always gets hammered.Fist it was test matches..Now they can't even win against SA in ODI's.. It surely would be a dead rubber for all Indian fans.Who would want to watch their team playing like that.

  • Solid_Snake on December 11, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @VarunSundaram :If SA lost 2 series this year,then it should have been a piece of cake for Champs to defeat SA.But something opposite happened.Champs just not only got defeated,but really badly.Both ODI's were one sided.Not even for a single moment...It never looked like India would win the match.Such situations arises only when minnows are playing against top ranked teams..

  • rockersz2z on December 11, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    IND team= OVERRATED batsman + underdogs bowlers and SA they are best chokers in cricket when comes to tournament these tours are not make any difference.both team win home grounds they can't win in WC 2015 its only for ozs.

  • mrd1911 on December 11, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Series results Series/Tournament Season Winner Margin India in South Africa Test Series 1992/93 South Africa 1-0 (4) South Africa in India Test Series 1996/97 India 2-1 (3) India in South Africa Test Series 1996/97 South Africa 2-0 (3) South Africa in India Test Series 1999/00 South Africa 2-0 (2) India in South Africa Test Series 2001/02 South Africa 1-0 (2) South Africa in India Test Series 2004/05 India 1-0 (2) India in South Africa Test Series 2006/07 South Africa 2-1 (3) South Africa in India Test Series 2007/08 drawn 1-1 (3) South Africa in India Test Series 2009/10 drawn 1-1 (2) India in South Africa Test Series 2010/11 drawn 1-1 (3)

    The above records from the SA v Ind homepage. Ten series. 5 wins SA. 2 wins Ind. 3 drawn series. SA 1 series win in Ind. Ind 0 series win in SA. Just the facts. No opinions.

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    i think rahane will be dropped. Dhoni wont drop yuvi again! Rayudu has a chance!

    Dhoni Squad for today 3rd odi

    Rohit Dhawan Kohli Yuvi/Rayadu Raina MSD Jadeja Ashwin Bhuvi Shami Ishant

  • Nandu_Athadu on December 11, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Win or even a fight will improve confidence of the team going into the test matches..I am not a fickle minded person who praise the team after a win and critise the same team after a loss. Win or Loss is a part of the game but what pains me the most is the way we lost with a huge margin..Common India..show some fight..Dhoni should move up the Order may be at 5..bring Bhuvi back..I think team management has to think on brining solidity to middle order of Dravid's class..Pujara can do it or even Rayudu..give these people few chances to prove them..Let them Learn..if they are talented and worthy they will prove it and it is what India need..it is so painful to see YUVI - the hero while batting..YUVI - you are class apart and just need to believe yourself and go for batting..if you do well the whole Indian team looks different..We want 2011 Yuvi back..Good Luck team India..

  • Harmony_not_Discord on December 11, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    SA are the No 1 team as their test record shows - the litmus test of all cricket. It's not just getting to the top; to remain at the top is the real test and SA have done that for a while.

    Cricket in shorter format is often hit and miss. Any team can win and lose at home such is the nature of the shorter format. I don't think uncouth remarks from certain fans by rubbishing SA would change the reality who the top side is.

    So no doubt India is No 1 ODI side - good for them.

  • VarunSundaram on December 11, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @mratis: then why not you AUS, SA and ENG dont win in dead tracks? yeah.. anybody can do well in dead tracks once they practice well in fast tracks. But do not forget the fact that, this is a young team touring for the third time abroad after proving themselves in home ground. IND did well in home ground irrespective of the opponents unlike any other team in thier home groud. (For say.. SA lost 3 home series this year)

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    today indi will win for sure.. im ready for open bitting

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    we dont even require win today but guys try to create some record.... vk's double ton.....

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Balaji: its a good sign for india,this loose will be a early lessons for upcoming 2015 w/c. Players will hone their dexterity from now.. good luck guys

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    dhawan century

  • Iceman29 on December 11, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Your team is yet to prove their worth in subcontinent...they just lost to SL whom Ind beat all around the world.....am sorry to say this but too much bragging doesnt shed the chokers tag from SA team...

  • Sugath on December 11, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    The Indian team have consistently shown that at home they are Goliath but outside not even David, real minnows. Their style of playing does not fit the bill. This will end in 3-0 series. Better think of changing home turfs to suit pace bowling with bounce.

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    All this is fine SA-you didnt any of the One day tournaments held outside your country and even the one held in your country you could not win....so by the time 2015 comes you will anyway disappear after the Semis (at the most),

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Sudhir Kulkarni

    Right on, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, we have only managed to win one ICC tournament, India have won several.

    However that is in the past, like most records, are in the past.

    currently we are winning, that is all that matters.

  • vxttemp on December 11, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    The results so far aren't good for India. The worrying factor is, no batsmen is showing enough patience, which will be a huge factor in tests. 3-0 and 2-0 on cards, anything better than that should make Indian fans happy. Hopefully these guys will learn quickly.

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    S,africa won the series by 3_0

  • milepost on December 11, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    They can not compete though.

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    This is going to be a whitewash both Test and ODI's lol

  • Pak_Fan86 on December 11, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Wud be very surprised if india doesnt win even today.....or atleast they shud show some fight unlike last two matches....they r capable of doing that....they have got bunch of talent....waiting anxiously for 3rd odi

  • mratis on December 11, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    any how india only win in their country because they have dead pitches they cannot play on fast track pitches.but i dont think so they can win WC 2015 coz australia pitches are also fast track and bouncing pitches.

  • Waves239 on December 11, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    This is pretty good batting line up and young bowling group which comes good with experience. Problem with current line up is contribution of middle order except Dhoni is insignificant. Number 4 should have experience, able to rotate the strike well and meanwhile should be able to blast if power play or death overs is ON. Virat Kohli is better suited for that role. Dhoni needs to come one number higher banking on his experience. Bhuvi seems to form the core part in picking early wickets and should be back. Ishant sharma/ Umesh Yadav should come for pace.

    Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

    All the best team India!

  • Fan1969 on December 11, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I think the pressure is on SA to win the series 2-0. They are the No.1 test team. India have nothing to lose.

    Frankly, anyone expecting an Indian test win in SA and burying youngsters over 2 ODI performances have seriously misplaced expectations. If India can beat SA then they should dominate NZ, Eng and Aus who are 8,3 and 4 in rankings. India will visit all these in next 15 months.

    The combined experience of 7 of top 8 batsmen (including Ashwin) is 81 tests, same as Dhoni at 79 tests. Shami has played 2 tests, Umesh 9 and the less said about Ishant the better it is. Zaheer is 35 plus, not many pacers survive for long after 35.

    The pressure is on SA to do a 2-0 and anything short of that is a victory for India. SA have 4 extremely experienced batsmen with Kallis an all time great. They have a great pace attack, probably the best in past decade (comparable to McGrath, Gillespie and Lee).

    Will SA be able to deliver 2-0 or will they always look good but not deliver.

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Hey guy's who tell SA will trouble in chase for 150. At this stage India choose batting first, then 150 is easy for SA. Against the current SA pace attack India never get a 250 plus total. If India get nearly 300, then SA will trouble. The current situation that is not possible. India can only manage 100-150. This is going to be a whitewash series. Both ODI's and Test.

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @Testcricketistop.. I dont know whether u r reiterating what I said or contradicting...anyways...just to make it clear in your own words....winning is winning mate...when it matters most......i hope u know what i mean

  • GiridharGoutham on December 11, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @JPNana : You have said that the ICC should think about its ranking .Why the hell the other teams cant play in the flat tracks against our Team, don't you feel funny to say that.And do you think ICC should consider your words.(Pity On you). Every one has a home ground advantage.

  • Ali_Chaudhary on December 11, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Same old story. India cant play JAMOdIĀ“s abroad and South Africa the toughest to beat in JAMOdiĀ“s. Lets start the WC then we will see if saffies are able to progress to the next round.

  • InfiniteWhite on December 11, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    In test India will be pummeled by SA, England and Australia. The problem is their young bowlers (plus Zaheer) won't be able to take 20 wickets without conceding 800 runs. Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Anderson, Johnson and Harris are waiting. Good luck, and take care!

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @Sudhir Kulkarni

    Losing is losing mate, whether in an ICC trophy tournament or not.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 11, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa. Just because of SA team management's arrogant behavior! They announced the dates before consulting BCCI and paid the prize. Check the last series, it was a 5 ODI series.

  • Solid_Snake on December 11, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    TommytuckerSaffa: BCCI did it on purpose..To save team India from more humiliation.Imagine if it was a 5 ODI & 4 test match series.What would have happened then..Obviously more losses & Whitewashes for India...

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    India has already done well (trophies) in the recent past, like WC, CT and Tri-series in WI, so even if they loose few matches, their focus should be the world cup....not winning or loosing to SA who has not won any of the above.....even with such a powerhouse team.....

  • Abhi4Abhi on December 11, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Even if India lost 3-0, its not a matter. They v l hav a great series with some other country in India..and all media and other cricketing legends will start praising this team

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    its not fourth ODI its third Mr Witer

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    I never seen, other batsman apart from ASHWIN, handled steyn very well. He should be promoted up the order

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    There is a consistent pattern (with an occasional exception). If the opening batsmen give a solid start the team wins. In many of India's win, the opening batsmen contributed a lot; not here in the just concluded two ODI's. South Africa proved the theory. In both ODI's Amla -de Kock combo had long and solid partnership; and they won. (The converse need not be true. Even after Veeru or Gauti, or both start failing us, then also India won many a matche. So is the case with many other teams.

    A solid opening stand surely helps!

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    We have been winning matches through out this year. Its time loose some matches and series!!! #chillloutIndia its just a game, not a war!!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    We will see what SA can do when they tour India. The home team always have a huge advantage. English batsmen are not as poor as Indian batsmen in a seam friendly condition, yet they are 2 down in the Ashes series. I am not defending India's bad performance, but I can't think of 1 international team who would have survived that opening spell from Steyn. He was UNBELIEVABLE. If you have to blame someone blame the bowlers. They bowled very badly.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 11, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @ Namso69 Hahaha. I enjoyed reading your post where you pretend to be a saffa supporter. Obviously an Indian supporter. Hope you enjoy the upcoming test series. I can't wait.

  • avani on December 11, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    In first place I will not be surprised to see India going down 3-0 in the series. No one in India's team looks committed to a a match overseas. Role of a coach looks like absolutely zero. How we can win with bowlers who with 3 slips in place bowl to legside giving 4s & 6s. A bowler to be effective there are many factors come into play. Line & length, swing, pitch bounce, field placement and bowling according to the field set. I absolutely see non of these except in Shami's bowling to some extent. In SA pitches you cannot bowl full and very short. Bowler needs to adjust quickly depending on the pitch. A slight short of pitch pitched on middle & off swinging outside off is the ideal ball to bowl with 2 or 3 slips in place. But do our bowlers have this control or do anybody tell them to do so? I dont think so. They all full in their stomach and looks least bothered. Batting is another department which needs introspection. Better not to say anything.

  • Waheed_Vadi on December 11, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    The fact that Henry Davids is continually chosen for the South African side should give all cricketers playing in the SU3 League that International Cricket is still a possibility for them.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Why does India play 5 match ODI series against minnow teams like Windies and Zimbabwe but then play short match series against SA???

  • Solid_Snake on December 11, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    A Whitewash in ODI's would surely life the mood :)

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 11, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @Ahmedpakistan6. I never said thats enough. But you need to check reality before commenting like that. There are lot of reasons for the defeat - pak played enough games against SA before they got those wins and you need to check the bounce of the pitch, team members of SA against India and Pak played etc. But that is not a justification for our teams bad performances. We played poorly, but we will bounce back for sure.

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @black-bird. "Kumar is the best fast bowler in the world" ? India will whitewash SA?? Seems you have missed a few good games. India the best?? You are a real funny guy. Standup comedy is defenitely part of your future!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Too much bashing for Indian team but then this is what happened when you self claimed no 1 team. I always admire Indian batting and feel Indian bowling is a weak link but after Dravid and Tendulkar respective retirements India got no one to guided them in oversease conditions. India must have to make some fast bowling pitch in India to counter fast pitches or even stand against swing bowlers in SA/AUS/ENG and i doubt that this Indian team can able to beat NZ after this series as well. Only Mohammad Shami is the true find for Indian at the moment.

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    India should bat first and give SA to chase the target.

  • leobigname on December 11, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Ya agreed, India is an excellent team but sorry to say only on Asian Pitches Specially in India, where no pace, no swing and any batsman can played well because of delay, just like Aishwin who is not a batsman but score 100 in India, but in SA pitches environment is totally different, bouncy and swing pitches, here the actual test of Indians batsman..up till now every body knows the result...waiting for the 3rd ODI.....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 11, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Harmony111. Doing what he does best and cherry picking poor performances. India have never won a series in SA. As the no.1 team in the world, this should alarm you. It's going to be a tough next 16 months for India as reality starts to set in with tours to Oz and England. Keep producing concrete slabs for pitches and failure in evenly contested pitches is the result. Durban is not a fast or bouncy pitch yet the no.1.team was easily beaten. It's actually quite slow, the problem is skill and technique. Playing on dust bowls and dead pitches doesnt help help develop necessary skills.

  • Siddiee on December 11, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Umesh was least impressive ? I agree he wasn't great on the day but how was he treated by the captain ? He was taken out of the attack after bowling 2 overs. The problem lies with Dhoni, he doesn't seem to back attacking bowlers. Umesh needs to be given a free hand to bowl fast and sufficient matches on the trot. Rohit, Jadeja, Raina etc have had many failures but they were persisted with, then whats wrong in providing opportunities to Umesh, Rahane, Pujara etc.

  • on December 11, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    In 4th ODI's India should bat first, i think SA will definitely find difficulties to chase the total. I am surprised what happend with Dhoni, although he is good captain.

  • Sachit1979 on December 11, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    My gut feeling says South Africa would gift wrap this match and give it to India in order to help guests to retain some pride. After all this series is happening after so much of negotiations between 2 boards. :)

  • Namso69 on December 11, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Proudly South African supporter. It is unfortunate that we as South Africans believe that we are good at ODI cricket. Our consistency is shocking & our series losses at home to NZ & Pakistan shows that. We have not played well overseas as well, whether it be sub continent or wherever in the world. Supporters in the world will choke us for even thinking that we are good in ODI's. Our record in tournaments is pathetic. It is therefore, that we are Number 5 in the world. Yes we beat India now, but please, enjoy the moments & support the team to perform consistently. India are number 1 & deserve to be. They are the World Cup holders & have won most of their series thereafter. SA are no chokers, SA are no chokers, it is just that we are no that good as yet.

  • Talalthegreat on December 11, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @Ahmedpakistan6@Fast_Track_Bully ahmed, ur right that all of guys like Rohit, Dhawan and Raina are overrated. They've only only played in India or in England(during a v.dry english summer). But that doesn't make pakistan a better team. I think it can only be decided if both teams have a 5 match ODI series, which ATM, is impossible

  • Ahmedpakistan6 on December 11, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully, So you think India scored 217 in the first odi in reply to 358 and dhoni scored 65 is enough. The same team could chase 380 when playing in India and now they are struggling. every Indian thought that dhawan, kohli and sharma will punish Dale Steyn and co and now it seems it is going the other way

  • ramli on December 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    JPNana ... it is this Indian team that won the CT 2013 in Eng, not in India ... just a few losses or wins won't take any team anywhere ... if SA cannot play well on flat tracks ... they should even be considered for ranking !!!

  • yorkslanka on December 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @richard Davis- you are absolutely right my friend..that's why any proper fan knows that's it's very difficult to go to South Africa and win...it's just some are too arrogant/ignorant to admit it...

  • junaid_bhai on December 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    With the series already decided, Pakistan remain the only subcontinent side to beat South Africa in a bilateral series at home

  • black_bird on December 11, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Only blind can't see india is improving. first match the difference was 141, second match 134. And we will easily win this match. last time we whitewashed saffers both at odi and test just before the wc. It is impossible for sa to avoid whitewash when we have 2 world class all rounder ashwin,jadeja. don't forget b. Kumar is the best fast bowler in the world right now. speed gun umesh,ishant. what more india needs to prove to haters. East or west, india is far far best.

  • kysior on December 11, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    India's main problem is that they are not able to pick up wickets in first 10 overs. Pak take at least couple of wickets in almost every matches, this lowers the possibility of huge targets. Todays match if they bowl and took early wickets the result might be 2-1 else again hindustyned !!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    If virat hits 100 today then he will be the next batsman to score a 100 in all the countrys(i.e., test ranked teams) The first two legends are sachin tendulkar and ricky ponting........! All the best virat..........!

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Yuvraj came in place of in form DK and now his performance makes one to think that DK should have been there.....with four or five wickets down he has steadied the team to firm positions more than once since his return......and also Rahane is a first class opening batsman.....making him play at four or six is useless and makes it look as if our country is short of batsmen in the middle order.......I would suggest Ashwin to go to the top ,at five and play rahane as an opener and push rohit to four...that would be sensible since Ashwin plays shot balls quite better than any of our batsmen at present.... when DK returns(if at all he does),he can take Ashwin's position after Dhoni......reg yuvi,he needs more practise in the local matches.......!!!

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Harmony111

    I think you will find that it isn't the South Africans claiming anything here.

    We have proven with tests over the past 6 years that we can and often do win anywhere in the world.

    Our ODI team has been very inconsistent of late due to the squad rotation policy in place.

    Our top players only play about half of the ODI's. that has caused us to perform inconsistently, so I don't think we are claiming to be better than India.

  • mzm149 on December 11, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Its not a bad idea to rest Steyn in a dead rubber to keep him fit for tests. Philander is equally lethal in Centurion. They should go with Philander, Morkel, Tsotsobe and Tahir / Parnell. Kallis has done nothing significant in the past two games. Trying Davids in his place is a good idea. He can regain his confidence and form against pedestrian bowling unit. I am predicting a whitewash. Best of luck Proteas.

  • King_Ravanaa on December 11, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    it is high time ICC to think about ranking system once again. for a team who played 90% of their games in their falt tracks don't deserve even no 6 spot in any format. once this so called team travel to Eng, SA or Aus, their true status emerged lol

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    plz make raina to open along with rohit. he is good player and very confident player. think innovative and allow him to open the bat. please select tall pacers who can bowl 150+ speed. give chance to zaheer along with shami and munaf for second spell.

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    dear friends, pink day is over, nelson mandla tribute is over too, now its the turn to turn the table, so lets hope that india is going to make a score here. what i think, india is going to bat first, and what ever the score they make, africa will get nearer , will get very hot fav and will lose. so be careful, just wait and wait and wait, and take the risk at the last stage, and do ur recovery of the last two matches. i reckon india to win the match whatever the conditions are.

  • Avi56 on December 11, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Suresh Raina ??? I am asking this because he is completely useless in the playing XI.. He has not been consistent at all..yet he plays each and every match..Dhoni dropped Yuvraj..why cant they replace Raina... Plus Jadeja is used as an allrounder...he can only bowl well...he cannot bat at all...and is such a misfit in the batting line up....Dinesh Kartik needs a recall..badly now...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 11, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @Ahmedpakistan6. That comment shows how ignorant you are! India scored 200 + in first game and Dhoni scored a 50 in that match. Do not argue for an argument. India can beat Pakistan in all WCs - a cup which matters - thats enough for us.

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    sidh78

    Not every team wins at home mate.

    SA has won 9 series away and drawn 4

    Two wins in England Two wins in Australia One wins in NZ One win in West Indies One win in Bangladesh One win in Pakistan

    The only place they haven't won is Sri Lanka, But haven't played them away since 2007, Drawn every series in India and UAE.

  • Harmony111 on December 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Some usual suspects are magnifying the mere two ODIs that India have lost. Aus lost 0-4 in Eng, what about that? SA lost 1-4 in SL, what about that? SA lost to APk at home and also to NZ at home. Therefore, SA fans, in particular, should be the least likely bunch to make any claim of being superior to any other team, leave alone the World Champions & the #1 rankers. Eng have been whitewashed by India 0-5 god knows how many times & recently, Aus too lost in India. The 3-2 scoreline looks close cos in one match Ishant Sharma decided to play for Aus. The same Mitch that ENg can't handle right now was cleaned up by Kohli & co when India chased 359 in 44 overs. Even on flat tracks, there is no other team that can chase 350.

    A real FTB is Shane Watson. Scores 185 vs poor BD on ultra flat tracks but has otherwise been ordinary in Tests & ODIs. At least Kohli & co score there 100s vs better bowlers.

    Winning 2 matches makes SA fans happy but what about World Cups? Won any you chokers?

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    When has south Africa won a bilateral ODI series in India ????.. I ask this question to people who are criticizing Our INDIAN team!!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    For all you Indian and sub continent fans who keep on going on about South Africa never winning in the SC, and not being able to play spin... here is a breakdown of their test series wins and draws in the SC, compared to all SC wins and draws in South Africa:

    SA in SL - SA won (1993) SA in PAK - SA won (1997/8) SA in Ind - SA won (1999/00) SA in SL - draw (2000) SA in PAK - SA won (2007/8) SA in Ind - draw (2007/8) SA in Ind - draw (2009/10) SA in PAK - draw (2010/11) SA in PAK - draw (2013)

    SC teams wins/draws in sa:

    Ind - draw (2010/11) PAK - draw (1997/8)

    As you can see, SA has far more success in the SC than any SC side does in SA. Therefore, one can conclude SA plays spin better than SC teams can play fast.

  • MajidKhand on December 11, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    The difference between Pakistan and India is the bowling. Pakistan did not get high scores against South Africa on their home grounds but managed to restrict them to low scores with their bowling.

  • humi_cric on December 11, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Dale Steyn, you beauty. No. 1 bowler in the world (miles ahead of rest of the fast bowlers). When he charged up, just observe the energy in rest of the SA team. Great fast bowler, thank you very much for entertaining us. Big Fan of Dale Steyn from Pakistan

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    I do not understand why there are so many critics of Indian team outside India. May be, we are the number one team in world ranking now but our batsmen are struggling against SA.These critics must understand that these batsman are young and have no experience of playing in SA against quality bowling line-up. But they are the best talent in world cricket at the moment and top 3 highest run scorer this year. They will learn from their mistakes and very sooner will beat best of the teams in their den.

  • Ahmedpakistan6 on December 11, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Pakistan is a much better team than India because they defeated South Africa in South Africa where as Indians are struggling to get to 200. The so called Great Indian batting lineup is now struggling. Overrated players like Rohit, Virat , Dhawan, Yuvraj, Dhoni and raina are not even able to score a 50. Against the same bowling line up shehzad scored 100 and misbah scored 50s. All these batsmans are flat track bullies. We will see what India does in tests.

  • FAB_ALI on December 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    I always appreciate Dhoni and his decisions but sorry this time, I have to criticize him. Pakistan showed India how to beat SA (make them chase) but they did not learn. Dhoni let the chokers bat first on both the occasions and took all the pressure off them and complete pressure was on Indian batsmen. If India had made 220-250 batting first (which was on because of less pressure on batsmen with time to settle down), SA would have choked at least once in last two matches. But he is always keen to bowl first which is quite embarrassing.

  • on December 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Firstly. The sub continent is not the be all and end all of cricket. Secondly since 2008 SA has won as many games on the sc as it has lost. Thirdly, this series is about SA v India, not SA v Oz of 10yrs ago. Comparisons like that show 2 things: 1 you cannot compare teams from different eras, 2 people are serious about this SA team. It might not be the greatest team ever, but its a very good team and should be judged on its own merit. The current side is extremely difficult to beat in tests.

  • THEBEAST7 on December 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Can anyone explain me why on earth india didn't pick zak for the ODI's???? When he picks up heaps of wickets in the test series, india will regret for not giving the indian old pace ace a chance in the ODI's..

  • Biggus on December 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    @sidh78:- Sorry, but SA haven't lost a test series away for quite a few years now. The Saffers are CLEARLY the best team in the world at the moment, there's no point in arguing against it, and I'm not even a Saffer, it's there for all who wish to open their eyes up and see. Credit where credit is due, they have a damn good team. I don't think we Aussies will win over there after the Ashes either.

  • on December 11, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    I believe, for all this home series away series debate... ICC should conduct series containing both away and home matches... Just like in football/soccer. 4 match ODI series 2 matches away and 2 matches at home. Away win will give the winner an extra point. I believe this format will keep the interest in the series till the last match and will be financially good for the cricket boards.

  • on December 11, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    The only certainity to win the match is uncertainity of dhoni'S plan. I am sure his mind and luck will do something. Hoping Hurrah.... for india

  • Ahmedpakistan6 on December 11, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @ sidh78 Pakistan is a team which doesn't win at home because they don't play there. Pakistan always win abroad. South Afica are now good players of spin bowling. Their Amla, devilliers are the best players of spin bowling in the world.

  • on December 11, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Australia wins in Australia; loses while touring (e.g. in England). England wins in England; loses while touring (e.g. in Australia. India wins in India while touring (e.g. in South Africa). Now, it has become almost predictable; host country wins in their own backyard in bilateral series. The trick is simple:(1) Prepare suitable pitches (Doctor the pitch is a very uncouth word, may not be an uncouth deed), for the main matches. (2) Mislead the guests in their practice matches and when they send their A-Teams by giving them pitches to their liking.

    This formula does not work in ICC tournaments and multi- lateral series. Reasons are simple. In such cases; (1) Against WHICH TEAM,you can prepare the pitches.(2) ICC Pitches & Grounds Committee inspects the pitches and ensure that they are as much fair as possible for every one.

    Two consequences: (1) Team Rankings have lost its meaning. (2) Enjoy bi-laterals the way many enjoy Wrestling matches ! Just for fun.

  • CricfanAustralia on December 11, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Flat track bullies.........India never played like no 1 team. They might lose now if they even play with Zimbabew....

  • on December 11, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    India can only win while playing in subcontinent.

  • humi_cric on December 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Hats off to BCCI for arranging 4 foreign tour before 2015WC. Indian team will play matches in SA, NZ, ENG and AUS Fast and bouncy pitches. So, before the World Cup, excellent opportunity for team IND to adjust theirself on bouncy track. I wish PCB change their plan of next year, should play test against Australia in Australia, instead of in UAE. A Pakistani team supporter.

  • on December 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    2-0 white wash for india on cards. -(

  • on December 11, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    All teams have lost away from home, but some teams makes a habit of loosing away from home. Talk about wins and draws away from home and we'll see the real picture.

  • sidh78 on December 11, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    i dont understand why people consider this series win is a big achivement for a SA team.SA WINS AT HOME.WHAT IS BIG IN IT? now days every team wins at home.look at aus team they were whitewashed by india 4-0 but now looking very good in ashes at home.similaralt eng won ashes at home but now strugling badly in aus.so it is clear that almost all teams are home champions.Sa plays on fast bouncy pitches.they have good fast bowlers and sa batsman plays fast bowling good becoz they always plays on fast and bouncy pitches at their home.but sa batsmans are weak against spin bowling and strugale on spining and turning wickets in ind & SL.thats why they lost last odi series in sl 4-1 and never won a test or one day series in india.if SA are real great team they should win in SC.so SA is also HOME CHAMP till now.only great team was aus in 1990 to 2007 becoz they won in sc also.

  • natesh_ravi on December 11, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Murali Vijay would play a great role in the test series., he is experienced and know how to play against pace bowlers, if he is settled means he would be a big threat for south African players.. and Zaheer Khan can use the pitch for his advantage and can give a good comeback,,,,

    LETS GO INDIA.....!!!!!

  • natesh_ravi on December 11, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Murali Vijay would play a great role in the test series., he is experienced and know how to play against pace bowlers, if he is settled means he would be a big threat for south African players.. and Zaheer Khan can use the pitch for his advantage and can give a good comeback,,,,

    LETS GO INDIA.....!!!!!

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    The weather has cleared up after a number of days of wet weather.

    I suspect we will see a full game, it is now 8AM and beautiful blue skies.

  • on December 11, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    This match will be the final nail in the coffin...

  • vxttemp on December 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Indian batsmen are looking like sitting ducks :-) Now we know where Kohli is :-) I still feel Rohit is better than Virat outside sub-continent. Anyway, both of them are unproved yet. Anyway tests will separate men from boys :-) let us see where Virat and the so called young guns stand at :-) The thing that really irked me is the patience displayed by Virat and other Indian batsmen.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 11, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @ThilankaK. So you will definitely remember India's 4-0 thrashing of Australia and Australia thrashing England. Whats in that? Also you will never ever forget the 10-3 thrashing given to your team by India this year and 8-2 last year.

  • on December 11, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    if rain stays away, this will be anothe night mare to so called number 1 team with best batting line.

  • on December 11, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    "With the series already decided, Pakistan remain the only subcontinent side to beat South Africa in a bilateral series at home." tells the whole story about the poor performances from subcontinent teams especially India in SA. Don't think the result of this match is going to be different. The final score of the series = SA 3 , IND. 0

  • Gully_11 on December 11, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Pitch plays such a important role...Same morne morkle is hammered in IPL and then at home ground on a quick wicket the same Rohit, Virat, Raina etc fail...We wish to see the No. 1 ODI team to at-least look like one...Bowling looks so ordinary....We are a highly inconsistent and unpredictable unit.

  • drpramit on December 11, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    this is a dead rubber for India too but India can take it as a practice game for test series. Rahane & Raydu should be given a chance ahead of raina & yuvraj. In bowling too India should try to play with 4 seamers instead of jadeja. My XI for this game is : Dhawan, Rohit, Rahane, kohli, Raydu,Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhubneswar, Umesh, Shami, Ishant. This will be a test for our seam bowlers ahead of test series.

  • on December 11, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    hello India kindly show your real performance which fance like to see. where is Indian batting line who make big score and entertainer for audience. i am big fan of Indian team but really said his performance know a day

  • on December 11, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    I am really worried Indian team performance who can say this is the world number one team best of luck team India for final odi and i wish they will perform in last odi.

  • sameer_warun on December 11, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Mmm.. can we see another dancing show from Kohli t'day ??? he looks like a real manipuri dancer in front of SA bowling attack !!!l

  • ThilankaK on December 11, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    I'm not commenting about SA because they're world class team although they're beaten in SL 4-1 in ODI series !! but this IND bowling attack is below par ! even can't match with BAN bowling attack !!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    indian batsman should apply themselves on the wicket and short selection will be key to score runs

  • ThilankaK on December 11, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    One thing is for sure after this match definitely mood will going down !!

  • greatshinwari on December 11, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    what will india do they their next 4 TEST series are away from india on the bouncy pitches (SA,NZ,ENG,AUST)..that wil be there real test bcoz india is the only and only team who can win only at Home..

  • on December 11, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    I hope MSD lets SA to chase this time if he wins the toss as he was let down by the bowlers on the first two occasions.

  • Manjulaooe on December 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    India won only at playing their grounds, teams should not only be judged on home ground but also be judged grounds they play outside the country. India team just do play CRICKET in your home grounds if you want to keep up your ranking. Good luck for today game.

  • greatshinwari on December 11, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    very clear indian cricket board by avoiding 7-0 white wash with 3-0...they knew that if india lose 7-0 they will be no more no.1 ODI team..

  • on December 11, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    I think the top order is okay..... Promote Dhoni at number 5 and Raina at 6....

  • joe_antony on December 11, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Vijay will suit opening with Dhawan. Rohit is too poor.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 11, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    @sher-sher. Similarly SA can win only at Fast Tracks. It is better for them to pack it while they travel. Otherwise they will lose everything just like CT2013

  • cooljack_143 on December 11, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    I still believe that if Bowlers could take off SA openers cock & Amla (provided that the catching goes on well) its chapter close for SA,they cant put a total excess of 240-250.But Its too late now,Indians r gone into a shell they seem like staring at 3-0 & 2-0 here.No confidence,all talks,no shows.And I hope Ind looses toss for today,may be that would help

  • on December 11, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    BCCI is equally responsible for India's failure so far in the ODI's. You simply cant expect a team to go and perform in alien conditions without a couple of practise games especially with a side that has players with minimal exposure to South African conditions.

  • snipercricket on December 11, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    @KARNAWAT33, i have the same questions. I have seen this behavior from proteas before. They change players frequently, specially when the match is less important. I don't know why. Don't they care about whitewash or ultimate dominance in the series? I know this match is a dead rubber, still no team would want to miss a chance to whitewash the number one odi team.

  • on December 11, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Indian here, but im a huge fan of Steyn. SA shouldn't rest him because i'll be watching this match just to see Dale Steyn steaming in again! He is such a treat to watch.

    I'd definitely pay more to watch steyn bowl than Indian batsmen destroying bowlers on highways of India. Common Steyn rip 'em apart and thanks for giving them a reality check!

  • on December 11, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    again S.A selectors picking Old Fellows Like Davids,plz giv yougsters like STIAAN VAN ZYL,ROSSOUW,ELGAR a chance atleast..i think these selectors are looking for old people rather than younsters .

  • on December 11, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    can India beat saf? tell about whether.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    People are confirming and reconfirming that India loses overseas series as though India is the only country that loses overseas. I thought of bringing some facts, as opposed to opinions, to the fore. The following is the list of overseas series losses for SA since their readmission into international cricket:

    vs WI in 91/92, vs India 96/97, vs Australia 97/98, vs England 98, vs Australia 2001/02, vs Pakistan 2003/04, vs Sri Lanka 2004, vs India 2004/05, vs Australia 2005/06, vs Sri Lanka 2006

    Righto, is SA immune to overseas losses? No. Is Australia immune to overseas losses? No, we beat them when they were at the top and the brown-washes are common place to this day. Is England immune to overseas losses? No. What about Pakistan and Sri Lanka? No. So, why do people say that India can't win overseas and that India can win only in India? May be that's what they desperately wish to be a fact. No matter how hard they squint, their baseless opinion can't become a fact. Simple as that!

  • on December 11, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    India's poor itinerary is hurting them the matches. They should have landed 2 weeks prior in SA and played more practice matches to gauge the pitch. Now they are dancing in the pitch according the SA tunes.. One day series already lost , the writing is on the wall for the test series. Is the time up for DHONI?

  • on December 11, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    india easy win today i will hope

  • Sheikasif on December 11, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    India will do well and win inthe final game. Big teams have lost to minor teams in the past. Bangladesh beat NZ, Pakistan lost to Zimbabewe Afganistan nearly beat Pakistan recently. Pakistan itself defeated South Africa. So small teams can at times beat bigger teams. Indian players need to apply themselves and they will get back to winning ways. There is no doubt that India is best in ODI. Todays match will show this. I predict a India win...

  • indianzen on December 11, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Every country are difficult to face then at home. SA know better about their conditions and it takes time for an in experienced team to adjust and 2 ODIs are not at all enough. Except Dhoni, who has played more than 35 ODIs ? I am not a big fan of ODI, but Test and T20. I am awaiting to see the test matches and to see combinations like Smith Vs Zak, Amla Vs Shami, Ashwin Vs Duminy, Steyn Vs Dhawan, Tsotsy vs Rohit.

  • anupkeni on December 11, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    The Indian batsmen are like sitting ducks in front of Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe, Mc Laren and Philander. It will be very difficult or virtually impossible for this Indian team to win a match on this South African tour. The same story could continue next year in England and Australia unless the Indian batsmen adjust to the pace and bounce of the wickets outside the subcontinent.

  • El_Toro_Loco on December 11, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    @ CricIndia208: would've, should've could've, It is time to wake up & face the music. Another massive defeat in cards for your team india. The mission humiliation continues on....0-10 & counting. heheheee

  • on December 11, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    GO Proteas! Love Pakistan! Get yourself together India! Let's have a wonderful series ahead!

  • truecric_fan on December 11, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    I agree with some of the earlier comments that resting Steyn is not a good idea unless SA wants to gift a game to India. without Steyn, Ind is capable of defeating SA. I look fwd to game 3. Cant wait to see if Indian Batters can handle the pace and bounce.

  • Harmony_not_Discord on December 11, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    West Indies won the toss and elected to field. And what happened? They got 2 wickets for 24. That's what you are supposed to do when you elect to field - take some early wickets. What happens after that is a different story.

    Why Dhoni chose to field first with the battery of "fast bowlers" at his disposal is inexplicable.

  • on December 11, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    make ashwin to bat up at no.4 he has better class and temparent than current india batsman.

  • on December 11, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    JK being rested?? If anyone needs match practice right it's him. And I hope the author takes note of what Blackcaviar said, because he is quite right in everything he wrote. However, I for one would love to see him get a 50 soon.

  • Crick_Expert on December 11, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Dale Steyn is only difference b/w SA-IND. If SA drops Steyn in 3rd ODI, that mean they will present 3rd match to India as gift. Same as in past PAK did it.

  • on December 11, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    oh for gods sake the top order had 2 bad games and the press is after them. For most of the year middle order was failing bar dhoni, and they hardly got any criticism. Even in this series the middle order players like raina, yuvraj and jadejay have been ordinary. Ashwin plays short ball better than them. Yadav had one bad over, which also included boundaries of 2 edges. Unfair to drop him. Drop ishant, bring bhuvi.

  • heartbreakerz on December 11, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Rajesh Garg...plz have a look at Sehwag's avg outside Asia in the last 5-6 years n then you will know that he too was a flat track bully who would smash 200 at home but cant cross 30 outside Asia...

  • on December 10, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    they'll do better than what they did till now.all r blaming indian player for their worst show but remember they didn't play a single practice match for flat to bouncy pitch transition.even england needs practice matches altough they r use to bouncy track

  • on December 10, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    I think the problem with Indian batsmen is they are too aggressive and stoke making , adjustment on bouncy tracks looking difficult because of too many matches on home grounds where pitches are too friendly for them . But on the other hand Steyn is too perfect on his line & length so that in some time singles and twos become mighty dream.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on December 10, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Yes ...I think India will try hard to win the match because they have nothing to loose but SA should win this match because they need consistency (not choke ) it will be a close match or rain can disturb the match ..?good luck ! let's see good cricket....

  • I_Love_My_India on December 10, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Two games lost and we could see so many selectors here. I guess SA is doing the right thing by resting Steyn to prepare for the test series. It looks like they do not care about ICC rankings and that is right. Also, Indian batsmen are getting out to other bowlers, though Steyn's aggression might have helped them. That means SA can easily win without Steyn against this Indian middle order.

    There were so many people talking about Pujara. I do not have anything against him. But I will keep my mouth shut for him to perform in tests and then I will talk about him. Against the 2012 England series, apart from the first test and the first innings of the 2nd test, I did not see him being consistent against best bowlers.

    I wish Bhuvi plays instead of Ishant and Umesh being selected irrespective of his shady performance. Ishant is a "confused spinner" who sometimes can bowl medium pace.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 10, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    There's no shame in losing, but to lose by 150 runs in an ODI - very shameful!! It's really a case of bad management. BCCI with millions of dollars in it's bank account can't afford to build a couple of green wickets in India?? Why do they keep selecting the same mediocre Ishant, Mohit Sharma, Unadkat and Vinay Kumar?? We have better bowlers, like Shami, playing in Ranji Trophy. Ishwar Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Pankaj Singh, to name a few.

  • my2centsonthis on December 10, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    With the rain looming, unclear how many overs will be played. Immaterial of that Indian batsmen must see off 25% of the overs without losing a wicket. Especially first 10% aim to solely preserving the wickets rather than scoring briskly and once the bowlers are slightly frustrated capitalize on the slight error in length and line that is bound to happen if no early wickets. With the kind of batting skills we have, slight drop in intensity and a little bit of frustration by the bowlers is all we need to attack them. Go India, Forget about bowling. Just batsmen do your job and forget about bowling. Don't even think or plan anything based on bowling as it wont work. Just batsmen have your some minimum decent targets and play. don't aim to win but just play decent first. If win happens that is a bonus. Good luck

  • Gmale on December 10, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Not sure about India "rocking up" as the No.1 team. They won the world cup at home, beat Australia at home, bowling (un)attack deserves to be thrashed by 5th grade cricket teams, and lost 4-0 to England and 4-0 to Australia the moment they stepped outside the subcontinent. Blame the IPL, BCCI, or anybody else, truth is India are 6 or 7 in the rankings. If I were a betting man, I wouldn't put my money on India defeating NZ in NZ. SA are cursing India since hosting India means big money for SA cricket board and beating India is a reasonably straightforward task. Have them play 5 tests, win 5-0 to solidify rankings, and earn tons of cash too. Haven't heard of a better "win-win"

  • on December 10, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Very thoughtful comments form sher-sher. I whole heartedly second it. Only, I will say they can port full 22 yards of flattest track on ships and just force ICC to allow it for India for all away series'.

  • on December 10, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Does this mean that NZ would thrash India as well?

  • vpathak on December 10, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Yes yes agreed with all the bashers and haters. Wonder if Dhoni goes and declares that we are sorry, we are incompetent to play anywhere other than flat pitches - will these bashers stop? Because they seem to think winning matches in India does't mean anything. Because in the last 20 years or so, how many teams have won a test series in India and how many have lost (yes- it is not a flat pitch if India manages to take 20 wickets). I agree Indian batsmen are having a hard time on SA pitches - but what about the 3 teams who got out for below 50 (yes, below 50) in the last 3 years in SA?? Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand - looking at how much bashing India are getting - all hell should break loose on Australia, Pakistan and NZ! Oh wait - I forgot that most people in this forum are hypocrites.

  • Kappa69 on December 10, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Good move from SA to rest the major stars and giving the Opportunities for the upcoming youngsters.

  • bhushanB on December 10, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    @viru-319-219 Opening slots are occupied by Rohit and Dhawan and they are doing good. Kohli settled into No 3 slot, Yuvraj - he is a big match player and INDIA needs him for WC 2015

    Please realize that India is not playing at Home and has moved to SA where they played two ODIs and none of the above that you listed did anything thats worth noting...

    I am not going to say who/where he should play....I think that is something you can surely figure out, once you look at the score boards or watch highlights of the previous two ODIs..

  • on December 10, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Sorry to say this...but the way Indians are batting, even sub continent teams like Pakistan, Srilanka will fancy surpassing India in rankings.

  • bhushanB on December 10, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    What was frustrating during the second ODI was.... batsmen tried to take on the attack from the first ball.... Steyn's words did the trick...

    The batsmen should realize that they need to grind and get a good feel of the pitch and the bowlers before they can attack... and 280 in 49, they could have played out a few overs before attempting such reckless shots

  • sixesandfours on December 10, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    India missed the trick by winning 2 tosses 2 times and elected to field. SA pitches are more swing in the evenings and not afternoon times. Win Toss and bat first and you have plenty of time to bat for first 40 overs and bat last 10 with wickets in hand go for good score. First batting in SA pitches is the key for India to make a comeback in the remaining ODI and 2 tests. Best wishes to India!!!

  • Nampally on December 10, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    If Dhoni insists on keeping the XI shown above, then he should consider the batting order alteration. Ashwin has shown the best footwork of all the batsmen. So he is best suited for #4 spot with some discipline added. The batting order: Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Ashwin, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj/Rahane, Jadeja, + 3 Seamers. It is important for the players who are batting confidently to stay at one end & build a big score. Scores in 20's & 30's should lead to 50's & 100's. While the SA batsmen De Kock & Amla are focussing on building big scores, the Indian batsmen are just finding a way of getting out. Kohli needs to eliminate playing his fancy shots in the slips or edging. De Kock, unlike Dhoni is diving long way to snap off slip catches + Kallis in slips is superb. Indian bowlers need to focus on bowling to off side field but don't give the batsmen the width to hit. Full tosses need to be eliminated. Bowling to < 5 runs/over should be the team average.That is the only way India can compete!

  • bhushanB on December 10, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Someone was suggesting Rahane should get another chance... Poor lad.. always drafted in .. in the most tricky situations.. when all of Dhoni's pals failed miserably... after accumulating tons of runs on the flat tracks... And the other day, his decision was not doubtful... it was not out ..very first moment I felt that the sound is a metal against metal, not wood against leather... but that was from the Microphone and the umpires do not have that.....He was just plain unlucky.. similar to Dravid's dismissal, when the bat hit his shoe lace....

    Looking back at how many chances Rohit got... there were instances when he had 5 consecutive scores of single digits (including some zeros) and still persisted with...

    Then Why not Rahane?

  • bhushanB on December 10, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @viru-319-219

    Looking at how the top 5 are playing on this tour... Pujara can replace ANY or ALL of them...

    ofcorse no one really knows how he well he would do.... but you have to give him a chance when all others are failing anyways...

  • Capricorn60 on December 10, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    However well SA have played & deserve to be 2-0 up, India have clearly not had the luck going for them. For example, Rohit was unluckily run-out in the first match & got caught in the second one to a great reflex catch by Amla but nonetheless one that may be taken once in about 10-15 times. Medium-pacers without much swing clearly don't work & not sure about having two front line spinners abroad too. Our pace bowlers need to bowl clever by varying their speeds & lengths - especially when it comes to death-bowling. Hope Rahane gets given another chance after being unlucky in the previous match & great to see atleast one Indian player in Shami Ahmed doing consistently well. Being our best bowler, he needs to bowl his full 10 overs which didn't happen in the previous match.

  • Harmony_not_Discord on December 10, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @ CricIndia208

    There were warm up matches for England in Australia and look what happened to them even though they have a better record overseas.

    Subcontinent teams cannot play on bouncy tracks - fact. Pakistan were lucky to win a couple of matches recently because of better bowling that got SA out.

  • on December 10, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    S Africa talking about Pace fear in indian batting but they must think that they had never beaten big team in a crunch situation or in a World Cup . I think africa condition is something very different from others , otherwise India can beat this team on Perth .To become a world Champion Africa must win World Cup/Chapion Trophy/T20 WC / CB Series , which they havent did yet . They are always a strong team retaining ranking in ODI and TEST but eventually they never won any major trophy . Few months back India scored 330 Runs in England aginst S.Africa which is also a pace track .

  • Absolutelycricket on December 10, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    It was poor bowling managment from Dhoni in 2nd ODI Umesh yadav was unlucky he only bowled 2 overs when ball was new and hard Last over out of 20 runs 2 four were unlucky even steyn would have done nothing with that I think umesh yadav should get another chance so as ishant sharma, Ajinkya rahane again was unlucky

  • KnowItAllGuy on December 10, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    What is Dhoni doing? SA got the 'C' tag for doing nothing. He needs to bat first and make 140 runs. SA can score 100 for no loss, but they will panic and loose all the wickets and fail to score 140 !!!

  • on December 10, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    @Alber, Man I'd like to see a contest so i think SA under 19 Vs India can give us some close games i am sure SA will still win but at least we will see some quality cricket. Is this possible a series against SA under 19 vs India ?

  • Nampally on December 10, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    In 60's when India were touring Australia, Chandra was injured & India hurriedly called in batsman, M.L.Jaisimha as replacement for Bowler,Chandra! Jai played the day after landing & nearly won the Test for India with 74 & 101 in 2 innings. Aussies scratched out a 39 run Win but the heroics of Jai raised lot of questions as to why such a talented batsman was dropped from the squad! Indian ODI team needs Pujara to rally their batting & many times I wondered how such a talented batsman can be not in the XI. The Selectors need to relate the Jaisimha's exclusion to Pujara's. The only difference is that the Selectors corrected their error then but failed to do so now. Pujara is due to play in the Tests as #3 & lead India's batting. He is sure to fill #4 spot with authority! Is not the team pride > the personal differences to exclude India's best batsman. Include Pujara & say "Jai HO" as we did in the Aussie Test for Jaisimha! Give SA an element of hidden surprise batsman to rescue India!

  • umbuly on December 10, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Pujara should be in the final ODI. That will give an opportunity to try him in this format and most importantly will expose him to the conditions ahead of his main assignment, the tests.

  • Temuzin on December 10, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    I think Jadeja should be brought in before kohli with instruction to play safe till 10 overs. after that play your natural. Dhomi can start hitting them a around 40th over to good effect.

  • on December 10, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    India cannot win a match away, school level bowlers and flat track batters can only do what we have seen so far.

    SA should play their under 19 team against India just to give them some practice.

  • Greatest_Game on December 10, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Let me rephrase my earlier statement. I am disgusted by CSA's selection for this match. It is a lesson in "how to choke as a selector." Why would supporters in Centurian want to pay to see a 2nd rate SA team? Instead of building on success, keeping up the pressure, they are training the Proteas to choke. There is no justification for this defenseless dilution of SA's strengths. Selecting Parnell, Davids, & Tahir is taking a giant shotgun and shooting the Proteas in the foot.

    The attack should be pace, more pace & even more pace. Parnell is a run giver. He hands out runs like a charity. He is more erratic that any other player, but keeps getting chances for reasons unrelated to ABILITUY. David & Tahir bowl spin. SA don't need spin. They need pace, to completely crush India's batting, leaving them quaking for the tests. #completelydisgustedbyCSAweakness

  • on December 10, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    I am neither Indian nor South African but stayed up till 3:30 am only to watch Steyn bowl. Resting him must be a very brilliant strategic or ignorantly pathetic decision. I hope he gets selected as I wouldn't mind staying up till 3:30am again to watch him play.

  • sheru-sher on December 10, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    India batsmen can only click on flat tracks.They might have to fly an artificial wicket from India. Come on BBCI ....if you push hard South Africa will allow you to do it.

  • on December 10, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Both the coaches, Duncan and the bowling coach are pretty useless for India. They r foreign coaches but cant teach how to play and bowl in foreign conditions and have a terrible overseas records. Just sack them and someone who is good at his job.

  • on December 10, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    some of india player r in team bcoz of mr.dhoni..and all their weakness hiding behind rohit dhavan and kohil batting,,, once two of them fail everything got expose,,,and three guns will continue fail as they cant play moving ball at all...

  • PMadhavarao on December 10, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    I feel like Indian batsmen are not concentrating and throwing away their wickets. They should try to play defensive and frustrate SA bowlers, its ok if they don't make runs. They should play safe and take a singles or twos and build score and once a base is set, go for shots.

  • Greatest_Game on December 10, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Again I am shocked that SA do not go for the throat and field their best team for the final ODI. They need to stop this pathetic attitude and be ruthless! "Resting" a player like Steyn adversely affects his ICC player rankings too. Heck - he'd only need to bowl 4 or 6 overs to beat India anyway - it is not a rest at all - it deprives him of excellent test preparation. An ODI is like a single test bowling spell for him.

    CSA need to get their heads together & stop undermining the Proteas ODI team.

  • Blackcaviar on December 10, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Historically the role of the finisher is one of the most difficult roles in the entire batting order. Miller will win games of that there is no doubt. I find it difficult to understand how you can be critical that he hasnt scored a 50 in 12 innings when he has been not out 4 times and on average over that period has come in with a few overs left. it doesnt help that you have shocking umpiring thrown into the mix. He maybe would have been able to face a maximum of say 18 balls had he not been robbed by a blind umpire called Illingworth in the last ODI. How many batsmen are able to score 50 off 18 balls every time? Statistically a finisher is regarded as succesful if you take your side over the line about 20% of the time. Dont judge a finisher by fifties...judge them by strike rate and not outs.

  • jiten27 on December 10, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    dhawan is too agreesive. rohit has played so many game , he should advise him take it easy for at least to overs, s.a bowler is very good at bounce the bowl. just take it easy. take one or two, than go for it by the time they got little tired , keep the same team except ishant keep mohit sharma.

  • CricFanKrish on December 10, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I don't believe MS has erred in team selection. The trouble begins at home. The pitches are flat and batsmen friendly. While other batsmen would have no trouble adjusting from hard and bouncy tracks to flat tracks, the other way around is difficult. You need at least 2-3 one day and 1-2 three day or four day matches to get used to them (bowlers included). The bowlers suddenly have to make the transition from containing mode to wicket taking mode. They need to adjust their length and bowl slightly (not too much) shorter.

    Not only that, ahead of a tour of either SA or Australia, there needs to be exposure to bouncy tracks for all members of the team. Is preparing a bouncy track so difficult? A simple Google search actually showed me an article on Cricinfo which talks about pitch preparing by guess who? CSA!!! So, prepare one bouncy or two bouncy tracks and get the team to practice on them. I know this is not ideal, but something is better than nothing right?

    Please don't blame players

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 10, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Like in the OZ tour, Ashwin looks more comfortable than the rest of the top order be it short pitched bowling or pitched up bowling.

  • Albert_cambell on December 10, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    De kock Will to score his 3rd century of the series tomorrow. I think we should rest Amla and give a chance to Smith. So that he can get some match practice before the test series starts. Either Way we are going to win tomorrows game by a huge margin. Indian batsman look like they have faced fast bowlers in their life. Indian fans should not overrate their players. They are just not upto the international standards.

  • mohammadimran on December 10, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    i will suggest to mr Dhoni that he should play jadeja and ashwin in the opening,in this case istly they will use the ball, and than bring shakar dhawan becoz jadeja played well than sharma and kohly,,,secondly it can put good impression on later batsman,,,,,than mr dhoni u by own cameout and make singles,,,than after u bring kohli and sharma , and this will be embarrsing for them,,,,,,,play three fast bowlers including ishant and shami

  • on December 10, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Absolutely love pieces written by Firdose M. She takes the pic as a whole, gets into details and again zooms out to lets her readers gulp the whole situation in a fascinating manner! kudos to such a writer and indeed a very well written preview. India might be looking to salvage their pride, if any left, while SA has some off-field scores to settle!

  • KARNAWAT33 on December 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    WHY? WHY? WHY?

    Why do South Africa want to play Tahir in this match? WHY? Why do they want India to settle down and get some runs under their belts? Why would only one of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel or Vernon Philander be playing?

    Why wouldn't they want to move into 4th in the ICC ODI Rankings? Why would they NOT want to field their best side and will 3-0? Why would they want India to settle before the Tests matches?

    This is the most vague thing I have ever heard or seen! Play Steyn, Morkel and Philander along with Parnell and McLaren, what is the harm?

    India are good against spinners. Even if South Africa win by 10 runs, India will get a sniff and settle down comparatively and WHY IN THE WORLD would you want someone to settle down.

    This is absolutely crazy!

    This is the reason no team can be like the OZZE INVINCIBLE teams under Waugh and Ponting. They would NEVER EVER let the opposition settle, before the opposition knew, the tour was over!

    EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED with SA.

  • on December 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    it need to be sehwag n gambir back to squad n thn everything gonna turn around.No bowling attack make effect on these two when they fire from bat.

  • bhushanB on December 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Second ODI, it is mostly terrible shot selection....Steyn's words caused the batsmen to counter attach from the first ball. ... and as expected it did not work out.

  • CricIndia208 on December 10, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    India will win as we are the world champions and winners of the champions trophy. We won every match in England. Had there been warm up matches India would have won the series.

  • on December 10, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    india should go with amit mishra and go with bhuvaneshwar kumar tomorrow and also should not leave yuvi

  • zalmaypk on December 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    I think India is to look for another way as well they should select pujara and rehani on bouncy wickets rather than to give chances to stroke maker on these wickets its require patience and techniques like draved,,

  • on December 10, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    I think, India need to reshuffle their batting order. Players with confidence need to come ahead of those lacking one. I think Rohit looked good technique. He got out to an outstanding catch in second match. Dhawan played a rash shot though. Kohli was out to a poor shot but Rahane was unlucky to be given out. I feel, Dhoni should come at # 4, with Kohli moving to # 5. Rahane could be at # 3 since he is otherwise a specialist opener. I would keep Shami, Bhuvneshwar and Umesh Yadav combination. My suggested batting order would be: Rohit, Dhawan, Rahane, Dhoni, Kohli, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Yadav/Ishant

  • Nampally on December 10, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Without proper footwork Indian batting is likely to fail again! Pujara has the footwork + sound technique & is available but Dhoni keeps him out + over estimating the strength of the same guys who keep failing. Can Dhawan & Rohit give India a flying start even close to that of the SA openers- 152 & 194. It is unlikely. Alternately can India get the openers out cheaply? With the current bowlers & weak catching, that also looks unlikely. Shami & Yadev need to produce a superb spell of opening bowling to dismiss the SA openers in the first few overs. They need to attack on or outside the off stump with balls in the right spots to get them out. If they do, SA lower order batting will be put under pressure. That is the only way India has a chance. Indian middle order batting has not been good but they all contributed better than the top 3. The whole batting needs to click to win. In short in order to overcome the top class all round display by SA team, India needs to do one better!

  • on December 10, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    what baffles me most is why reputation is given priority over current form?I am talking about the likes of Umesh and Ishant.Umesh was ordinary in Ranji matches while Ishant's one good show was fair enough for him to be recalled.Why was he dropped from the team?The biggest problem at this juncture appears to be the sense of insecurity in the mind of our skipper who is getting confused as far as decision making is concerned.In the second match he again overestimated his bowlers and decided to bowl first in the hope that proteas would be restricted to a paltry total.Aswin has not been effective overseas but too much reliance has been placed on him.Should we not compare him with Ajmal?Time to get out of confusion as quickly as possible and play keeping in mind the limitations.

  • viru-319-219 on December 10, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    @Everyone saying bring Pujara IN...... Where does he play ? Opening slots are occupied by Rohit and Dhawan and they are doing good. Kohli settled into No 3 slot, Yuvraj - he is a big match player and INDIA needs him for WC 2015. Pujara can't be slotted below top 4 and more over we have likes of Dinesh Karthik,Rayudu,Rahane already with out many chances. If someone replaces Yuvraj It should be them first. The only possibility for Pujara is to open with Dhawan and Rohit goes down to No 4 spot but with away tours and WC in a year do we really need to make these changes to this line up which has been good so far except 2 ODIs instead these guys can be given some more time to settle down and adjust to alien conditions. Most importantly bringing in Pujara would be unfair to guys who have been with the team and waiting for their opportunity in final XI.

  • on December 10, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    what is ashwin doing in the team ???????????????????

  • wake_up_india on December 10, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    The problem facing the Indian team is not a lack of practice issue but a fundamental skill gap regarding fast swing bowling. The solution lies with turning 50% of the Indian pitches into greentops (grass does grow in India). Start with Eden Gardens which, in the sixties, did favor fast swing bowling. The others can remain slow flat tracks to favor spin bowling. Bring in world class fast bowling coaches. That is the only way India can be the top team in the world.

  • on December 10, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Pujara can bring lot of stability to this Indian team in the middle order especially in bouncy tracks. Considering conditions in the next world cup, it would be good idea to give chance to Pujara in the Indian ODI middle order. Hope MSD & Selectors will think about it.

  • on December 10, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    feel like India need to call back Dravid and Tendulkar...the top order containing the young blood should find their form as fast as possible...or they are going to face a serious humiliation...the tag of underperformers in these conditions are going to remain on them... I did expect the SA to be dominating in this series as the new Indian XI are less in experience in these overseas conditions...but never expected it to this much dominating...well u can't always blame the batsmen...we can't expect them to perform always.... If India are going to find a consolidating win in the last of the ODI's their bowlers need to come up front...they need to perform.... Should go in with Yadav, Shami, and Bhuvaneshwar...Bhuvaneshwar is someone who can pick up wickets up front.... Hoping India would end the series on a winning note...atleast it will be a confidence booster going into the test series.... play well boys....hoping to see a thrilling match tomorrow....!!!!!

  • on December 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    FIRSTLY DHONI NEEDS TO WIN THE TOSS N NEEDS TO OPT FOR BATTING FIRST don't know y he opted for bowling first on previous ocassion coz its never easy to chase for subcontinent batsmen in southafrica so dhoni gambled to continue chasing so tats wrong judgment by captain or team management now atleast our batsman will get ample time to get adjusted to conditions PUJARA should provide a chance in odi RAINA IS JUST DOING NOTHING FROM MANY GAMES BUT DON'T KNOW HOW HE IS STILL GETTIN TO PLAY

  • Richard_Saffa on December 10, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    @ anant15, Out of India's 13 ODI wins way from Home, 5 were against a helpless Zimbabwean side and 3 against Sri Lanka who always lose to India. India were never great travelers before the big 4(Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman) and can't see them becoming great travelers in the near future. Cricinfo please publish..

  • CricketChat on December 10, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    The top 4 Ind batsmen haven't had much time at the middle in the first 2 ODIs. Now that the series is already gone, I expect the instructions would be to spend sometime at the crease ahead of the tests, especially, if Ind bats first. I am expecting another thrashing by SA. By the time Ind batsmen start getting used to pace and bounce, the series will be over. Like in the past, Ind team would be hoping the nightmare tour would be over quickly.

  • on December 10, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Continue to play Umesh Yadav but give him at least 4-5 overs so that he gains confidence, as he has been out from international cricket for a long time. He might give some runs in the beginning but would gradually beat the batsmen with his pace. However, in place of Ishant Sharma it is better to include Bhuvi in the team as if there is a moisture in the air he can get good swing. Lastly, do not make the mistake of playing Mohit as he neither has pace nor has good swing.

  • GoCho on December 10, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    So India has had 3 ODI victories outside the subcontinent this year -the champions trophy although played on slow wickets deserves some praise. The victory in WI, Zim again on wickets with not much life. How can the team deserve no1 status then? The ranking system should give importance to away victories a bit more I believe. In tests after the Aussie decline in the 2000s, Eng and SA were no1 because they both won at home and outside (SA drew in the subcontinent and won in Aus, Eng won both in India and in Aus). We on the other hand have been whitewashed repeatedly. How are we no2?

  • jerryman on December 10, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Bring back Dravid & Tendulkar for the tests and sunil gavaskar should give the batsmen some coaching tips to handle pace .. Hope its not a whitewash for Dhoni

  • Testcricketistop on December 10, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    It has been raining the whole day in Gauteng.

    I wonder if there will be any cricket tomorrow, usually when the rain hangs around like this, it stays for days.

  • on December 10, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    And also last chance for senior most Yuvraj

  • sharadgargconnect on December 10, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    i think SA should play David Miller at no3. He is a good batsman who is not getting chance.They should also give chance to philander and mclaren up the order. this will make them best batting side in the world. because if duminy and devilliers doesnt do well, it puts pressure on SA batting. what is the use of playing philander and mclaren as allrounders if they do not bat. therefore for 3rd odi they should play this side: 1. Dekock 2. Amla 3. Miller 4. Philander 5. McLaren 6. Devilliers 7. Duminy 8. Kallis 9. Steyn 10. Tsotsobe 11. Morkel

  • mensan on December 10, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    I would love to see a 3-0 scoreline. I am bored of watching 300+ chases.

  • on December 10, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    rohit will rock tommorow ...........!!!!!go rohit go, you are the best talent in the team rigt now

  • NairUSA on December 10, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Team India can do only one thing - playing spirited cricket and offering a challenge back to the SA even at the cost of few losses. Looks like conditions are stacked up against the Indian team and they will need to get the best out of it.

  • on December 10, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    @Naresh28: Rishi Dhawan,Pawan,Tawan,Chawan,Sawan,Gawan,Lawan,Raman,Patan,Chattan etc. etc. can't save India from 0-3 in ODIs and Tests!! Rather no one can save India from being white-washed!!!

  • ListenToMe on December 10, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    @UAETigers, the reason is simple: Winning most of the matches at home means, the opponents fail most of their matches overseas! If india can beat SA or AUS at home consistently, that just mean SA and AUS are incapable in India. If SA wants to be No:1 they have to win most of their matches at home which they couldn't. Also chasing any total at home by India is not a silly thing else any team should be doing the same.

  • viru-319-219 on December 10, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    I don't think replacing Umesh and Ishant is a good Idea. First ODI was played on a pacy track and they were not in the team, brought back into team on a comparatively slow surface and now they should play on the pacy centurion pitch. Mohit and Bhuvi need lateral movement and It is not available except for first couple of overs. Umesh and Ishant need to hit the deck hard. I want Umesh to be used as Mitch or Steyn with 3 over spells and 150% commitment from him. Ishant should try to extract as much bounce possible from good length by hitting the deck hard, Shami already looks good. I want Bhuvi to replace Jadeja if there is no help for spinners. Bowlers need to win INDIA matches outside India. Batting failures are no big deal and my feeling is batsmen will adjust before tests. This is the first series batsmen are failing in past one year and remember they are facing world's best bowling unit in their own backyard with conditions most favorable to home bowlers and batsmen are unprepared.

  • RenjithJose on December 10, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    It is a poor performance by India,it clearly showcase that Indian players don't know to play a ball which bounce up to the chest level ...if the ball comes up to waist or slight above Indian player are good to play.Coach Duncen should train Indian players on how to play bouncers,since there is no Indian bowler to ball bouncers consistently even in nets, Duncen can use Balling machine to train the Players. According to the current performance which totally looks like one sided India will be totally dodged,I don't want to say it but making me to say that .i.e the result will be 3-0 & 2-0 in favor of SA. India Players proved that they are the masters in Indian Pitch but still proving that they are getting worse in foreign pitches.

  • on December 10, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    to all the people who say india is inexperienced thats y the defeat is justifiable in s.a...look at this pak side,,who won the series due to two debutants anwar n bilawal...only afridi,hafeez n misbah have played more thn 100 matches in this squad... Ahmed Shehzad 35 ODI sohaib maqsood 5 muhammad irfan 27 umar akmal 84 junaid khan 37 odi nasir jamshed 43 sohail tanvir 56 umar amin 14 anwar ali debut bilawal bhatti debut saeed ajmal 99 odi..

  • Unomaas on December 10, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    If AB wins the toss, he will bat again, put on a decent total and then strangle India again. Whitewash complete! Dhoni therefore needs a little bit of luck tomorrow. He first needs to win the toss, bat first and make sure that his team bats for 50 overs.

    At centurion, technique and patience is required from the batters to be successful. 200 is defendable at Centurion! He also needs to play his most skillful bowlers as well as the ones that have the most control. The pitch at Centurion will give loads of assistance to the bowlers but the real trick is strangling the batsmen and drying up runs thereby inducing a false shot.

    Steyn will most probably be rested. Vernon + Lopsy will open the bowling. Give them respect! If India have 130+ after 30 overs with 1-3 wickets down, GAME ON!

  • mask63 on December 10, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I think SA should try David Miller up the order i.e b4 JP Duminy.... I'm eagerly waiting to watch a killer-miller innings from a long tym. In the last match he was given a wrong decision unfortunately..... for india i must say they should drop ashwin and bring bhubi and play 4 seamers.

  • jitz on December 10, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Dhoni should go for full quota spell for the seamers, their role is defiened and should get the wickets, shami; umesh; bhuvneshvar kumar are not bowling the entire spell and in middle part timmers come so the batsmen gets set and launches when the seamers are back.. this is Africa were part timmers will not work see the strategy of opposition and stick to basics

  • anant15 on December 10, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    @UAETigers..please note in the year 2013..India record outside of India is P 17 W 13 L 4...including 2 losses 2 SA...in addition to being the dominant team at home..CT champs..WC holders..pls check stats before posting ignorant comments

  • Naresh28 on December 10, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan needs to be given a chance in ODI's and should be tested before next world cup. Pujara as well. India needs to also send an A-team to Australia with some hopefuls like Abhisek Nayer, Saurabh Tiwari, Aparajith, Samson, maybe even Chand. For the longer versions the A-team should have players like Badrinath, Jiwanjot and Juneja. These players could then be assessed against the current team. From the older players Gambhir.

  • jitz on December 10, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    why suresh raina is getting the games despite of so many failures , yuvraj how has won much more games than any other except dhoni in playing eleven with lot of experience than why he is sitting out of team also his records allround in batting and bowling are much higher tha suresh raina, rahane should be their in place of raina

  • Harmony_not_Discord on December 10, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    If not a whitewash of the series then India could get a washed out day if the luck is on their side - with expected rain.

  • on December 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    For a major test series meaning - playing with a leading world team like S.Africa, Tendulkar should have continued playing and then retired. Sending an inexperienced team having no experienced leading players like Sachin, Dravid to name a few can only spell disaster barring some unexpectedly miraculous performance by either Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dhawan or Pujara. The only experienced players are Dhoni and Zaheer Khan and to some extent Ishant Sharma. All I can say let us hope and pray for the best for the Indian Team.

  • SA_FAN315 on December 10, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    i believe that if Styen and some other players are rested then the third odi could be much more competitive.....India could either win or loose but the margin of victory could be close . Indian player will have the hunger in this match and so they could win this game if key SA players are rested. still i believe this will be an interesting game , hoping for SA to win but won't be suprised if India takes this one... ALL the best SA

  • Romanticstud on December 10, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @ UAETIGERS ... I think a rethink in ODI / TEST rankings is necessary ... It is weird that teams like India ... Win only in India and get to the top ... whereas Australia and South Africa have won overseas and at home but get nowhere ... When England held a narrow lead at the top of the rankings ... South Africa had to wait until they got to England to get to No. 1 ... although they didn't lose a series at home or away during that period ...

  • Raki99 on December 10, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    They haven't been able to play 50 overs yest in two games, Playing 50 overs should be the first goal..... if they can play the first 15 overs with an averrage of 4 an over that should be good start.

  • on December 10, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    you need to get your facts rights......india has won 6 series this year out of which only three were in india,they completely deserve their ranking......just because they are not performing right now does not nullify their previous acheivements this year.....

  • ihaq1 on December 10, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    india's experienced openers and middleorder must realize that they are not on an R&R trip...with five bowlers Suresh Raina seems teh only one who can be replaced by rayudu who is a steadier batsman...mohit can come in for umesh as he did move teh bowl a bit...ishant should bowl full length deliveries...south africa seem to have teh lixury of a team in form barring david miller who does not look like a finisher...while ashwin is bowling well he does not take wickets like pakistani spinners and teh reserve spinner leg spinner should get a chance...

  • Testcricketistop on December 10, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    The Proteas are going to experiment AGAIN in the last ODI.

    I wish they would take it serious and put out their best team, sadly they won't

  • SamWintson92 on December 10, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Why Henry Davids ? Give Graeme Smith a chance to perform by playing him at 3. Now there's a spot open for Smith. Then why Davids ? Smith definitely won't mind batting at 3. It'll be total unfair to the services of Smith provided over the years for SOU if he's overlooked. Dhoni should now take responsibility and bat higher up the order at 4 when batting is struggling for Ind. He always just can't escape & shy away and prefer batting at 6. Don't drop Umesh Yadav, persist with him. He's got the X factor in him & he's got the pace as well. I don't understand why Ishant is picked again after going for 30+ runs in an over.

    My team for 3rd ODI:

    SOU XI: (Kallis, Steyn & Morkel rested) 1 Amla 2 De Kock (WK) 3 Smith 4 De Villiers (C) 5 Duminy 6 Miller 7 McLaren 8 Philander 9 Parnell 10 Tsotsobe 11 Tahir

    IND XI: 1 Dhawan 2 Rohit 3 Kohli 4 Dhoni 5 Raina 6 Yuvraj/Rahane 7 Jadeja 8 Ashwin 9 Umesh 10 Shami 11 Bhuvneshwar

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    At this stage no chance for India. The series will finish 3-0 (ODI), and 2-0 (Test). Indians scared against SA's pace attack. Very sad india, please hand over No.1 position to SA.

  • Hassan2528 on December 10, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    whitewash, thats the result of india's behaviour with s.a board, now they hav come to earth nd hav seen their true face,

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Best of Luck Team India...Try to Fight hard as a no:1 team. A real Indian cricket fan wont be expecting India to crush SA just like they did us in the last two ODI's, but want to avoid yet another whitewash in overseas. Yes, offcourse. I'm one among them...!!!

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    It's a dead rubber, hence a meaningless contest. SA will rest Dale and some of the players ahead of the test series. They will be less motivated as well, after completely dominating the first two matches. I think, the real contest for India will be during the test series. Anyway, to ensure high scoring matches etc India tends to churn out one sided pitches. This doesn't help Indian bowlers, nor does it encourage anyone to take up fast bowling. Which is why, India tends to be such poor travelers. India needs to play on sporting pitches at home and make sure, they don't get humiliated when they play abroad. Good luck.

  • Abdurrazaaq on December 10, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    This visit of India has been the most disappointing series in recent time. Maybe the BCCI should have scrapped the tour completely, and then we could have had Pakistan for 5 ODIs and Australia could include 7 ODIs in the their tour later next year. India look nothing better than Bangladesh at this stage.

  • ZkAneela on December 10, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I think South Africa should play the same side that played in the 2nd ODI.They should try to white wash India which will be great for them heading towards the tests.

  • UAETigers on December 10, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I am unable to understand the ICC ranking policy, how a team only winning at their home and defeated heavily in overseas tours rose to No.1 position in ODI rankings!!! A part from CT2012 India hasn't one a single biletral series or a tournament outside India and still they are ranked as 1. It means if they win 90% of their home matches only they can easily become No.1 side in test / ODIs / T20s. ICC should revise their ranking strategy. Home victory should give lesser points and away defest should result in big minus.

  • sharadgargconnect on December 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    i think indian team is bunch of school boys including dhoni himself. though 2-3 players average in 50s i feel they are like zimbabwe side who will loose to most of the odi sides from here on. fast, bouncy tracks with good openers is their weakness from long. India is not no1. its just the rankings. they should be no4 or no5 in odi. Australia is no1 odi team. but they are not giving chance to right players consistently. thats why they are no2. they are just enjoying at this level. they should be serious now. because t20 and odi world cup is coming up. SA is definitely no2 odi team. they are not playing enough odi. Now they have next odi in july 2014.India, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are same kind of odi teams. they will loose some and win some in one day arena. I think kohli has enough. Now he will come to his own. he is as good as 30 or 35 average in odis. he is not a 50 average players for sure in odi. India will loose in NZ if NZ use common sense.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Albeit Proteas dominated the first two games, India is not a team to be under-estimated. With next ODI scheduled in July, they could've played Kallis and two of Steyn, Morkel and Philander.

  • dadasupporterNO.1 on December 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    ajinkya should get another chance, decision was doubtful i thnk he wud do better, he has technique but he should play freely.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    This young indian team is a fantastic team with many players having just started their career so to be so harsh on them is something we can atkeast avoid. The bowlers are totally inexperienced and ine can understand india is facing drought of good bowlers. One cannot expect them to bowl as bowler bowiling in his 100th odi. barely any one other than ishant sharma has played more than 20-30 odis. Sharma although should be ashamed of himself. India does need a bit of training for such pitches. As fas yuvraj and raina are concerned, raina has just started to gain some confidence but yuvraj needs to work hard in domestic cricket in order to earn a place in the team. It's about time pujara gets a chance in the odi formatt al though he was low on cobfidence in zimbabwe but he can do alot better.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I need to meet that person who still believes that India stands any chance in last game.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    i cannot get why aashwin is in the team and where is irfan pathan

  • Unomaas on December 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I hope SA go for the jugular and complete the whitewash. An Indian resurgence could lead to complications in the Test Matches to follow.

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  • Unomaas on December 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I hope SA go for the jugular and complete the whitewash. An Indian resurgence could lead to complications in the Test Matches to follow.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    i cannot get why aashwin is in the team and where is irfan pathan

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I need to meet that person who still believes that India stands any chance in last game.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    This young indian team is a fantastic team with many players having just started their career so to be so harsh on them is something we can atkeast avoid. The bowlers are totally inexperienced and ine can understand india is facing drought of good bowlers. One cannot expect them to bowl as bowler bowiling in his 100th odi. barely any one other than ishant sharma has played more than 20-30 odis. Sharma although should be ashamed of himself. India does need a bit of training for such pitches. As fas yuvraj and raina are concerned, raina has just started to gain some confidence but yuvraj needs to work hard in domestic cricket in order to earn a place in the team. It's about time pujara gets a chance in the odi formatt al though he was low on cobfidence in zimbabwe but he can do alot better.

  • dadasupporterNO.1 on December 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    ajinkya should get another chance, decision was doubtful i thnk he wud do better, he has technique but he should play freely.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Albeit Proteas dominated the first two games, India is not a team to be under-estimated. With next ODI scheduled in July, they could've played Kallis and two of Steyn, Morkel and Philander.

  • sharadgargconnect on December 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    i think indian team is bunch of school boys including dhoni himself. though 2-3 players average in 50s i feel they are like zimbabwe side who will loose to most of the odi sides from here on. fast, bouncy tracks with good openers is their weakness from long. India is not no1. its just the rankings. they should be no4 or no5 in odi. Australia is no1 odi team. but they are not giving chance to right players consistently. thats why they are no2. they are just enjoying at this level. they should be serious now. because t20 and odi world cup is coming up. SA is definitely no2 odi team. they are not playing enough odi. Now they have next odi in july 2014.India, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are same kind of odi teams. they will loose some and win some in one day arena. I think kohli has enough. Now he will come to his own. he is as good as 30 or 35 average in odis. he is not a 50 average players for sure in odi. India will loose in NZ if NZ use common sense.

  • UAETigers on December 10, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I am unable to understand the ICC ranking policy, how a team only winning at their home and defeated heavily in overseas tours rose to No.1 position in ODI rankings!!! A part from CT2012 India hasn't one a single biletral series or a tournament outside India and still they are ranked as 1. It means if they win 90% of their home matches only they can easily become No.1 side in test / ODIs / T20s. ICC should revise their ranking strategy. Home victory should give lesser points and away defest should result in big minus.

  • ZkAneela on December 10, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I think South Africa should play the same side that played in the 2nd ODI.They should try to white wash India which will be great for them heading towards the tests.

  • Abdurrazaaq on December 10, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    This visit of India has been the most disappointing series in recent time. Maybe the BCCI should have scrapped the tour completely, and then we could have had Pakistan for 5 ODIs and Australia could include 7 ODIs in the their tour later next year. India look nothing better than Bangladesh at this stage.