South Africa v India, 3rd ODI, Centurion December 11, 2013

Rainy end in Centurion after another de Kock ton

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South Africa 301 for 8 (de Villiers 109, de Kock 101, Miller 56*, Ishant 4-40) v India
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At press conferences, AB de Villiers sits next to Quinton de Kock, and watches de Kock talk with the admiration of a big brother at the success of the little one. Jokes are shared, comments are made, and fun is had. In Centurion, in similar company of the captain, de Kock joined de Villiers as one of the only five players to have score three successive centuries in ODI cricket. Not only that, de Kock broke the record for most runs in a bilateral three-match series, following which de Villiers brought up his own hundred. Looking at the ease with which they punished the Indian bowling in that 171-run stand, you could hardly tell they had come together at 28 for 3 after India had finally shown up on this tour. However, India were spared another big chase as persistent rain forced play to be called off without a ball bowled in the second innings.

That sighting of India was brief: they dropped de Kock on 37 and 43, the spinners became flat after a few good overs, and the quicks barring Ishant Sharma served up their usual length bowling in the end to concede 185 in the last 23 overs. De Villiers, in particular, was severe, doing as he wished to the bowlers on a pitch was slow and two-paced because of the moisture it had retained from all the rain over the past week.

This was India's best chance to create an impression in the series. The ball stopped, there was some seam movement and turn, and South Africa had rested Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis. All that did seem to be working for them: Hashim Amla got out to a leg-side full toss, and Henry Davids and JP Duminy fell to some seam and some extra bounce in one Ishant over. Considering the situation, de Kock might rate this century better than the previous two, but he did benefit from fielding errors in the formative stages of the partnership.

De Kock had played a few punchy drives down the ground, and it was proving to be difficult to get the timing right. As the balls became softer and spin came on, it seemed India could employ a tight hold on the batsmen. De Kock was 37 off 49 when he tried to pull an Umesh Yadav halftracker, which ended up dragging to the left of short fine leg where Ajinkya Rahane spilled it. Three overs later, he gave R Ashwin the charge, but the ball stopped a touch, and his lob went towards long-on. Yuvraj Singh ran back from mid-on, seemed to have over-run it, slowed down, got two hands to it, but never had the stability you need to catch them over your head.

De Kock was 43 then, the partnership 52, and South Africa were only just recovering. Soon, though, the fight seemed to have left the bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja wasn't effective, Ashwin began to drop short, and the runs began to flow. It was in the 28th over that the two batsmen really began to cut loose. A short ball from Ashwin was cut for four to take de Kock to 70 off 88. At 36 off 55, de Villiers, too, was about to open up. By the time the Powerplay came about, de Villiers had crossed his fifty, and de Kock was on 98, with South Africa on 168 for 3.

De Villiers just stood and swung and he got the balls to do so. There were some lovely effortless hits too, the sweep off Ashwin for six and also the chip over extra cover off the same bowler. There was one difficult chance for Yuvraj running back from mid-off, but he couldn't catch de Villiers. De Kock fell after bringing up the hundred, de Villiers too, but it failed to slow the rate down.

Shami and Yadav bowled well in the 48th and the 49th over, but both ended the overs with full tosses. David Miller was there to accept all the gifts, and his 56 off 34 took South Africa past 300.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 13, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Rainy day or not in the coming tests India is definitely not even close to being favourites. And everybody please stop comparing to Pakistan. Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world. SA has a combination of both batting and bowling that's what India lacks. India will be tetsted again with their batting but lets not count them out. Good luck to both teams!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @subboo venkat.....let SA have some records.....why u want to deprive them...where else can they make records if not at home......

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    desi hungama i dont mention pakistan bacause the are not capable of winning at even their so called home at sharjah, and you will say sharjah is not our home but remember in the mid 80 to early 2000 pakistan mostly play in sharjah, so its is not a new country for them, the most importent is the pitches are similar to pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | December 12, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Aryan. LOL. And Pakistan? So, what you are saying is Pakistan is currently the best team not having to play a single match at home and yet maintaining a winning record? Thanks. We know that and proud of our boys!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 12, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    When the batsmen depend mainly on Hand-Eye coordination, it becomes difficult to adapt to different pitch conditions fast. India clearly demonstrated this! Hence the batting failure. With 3 weeks of practice, India will do better. Unfortunately, the bowling failed as well which caused a SA run fest for the 2 openers & AB de Villiers resulting in 2-0 series loss. If the Indian openers in Tests give India a good start, India still has a chance to put up a good show & forget their ODI series as a bad dream! Ishant Sharma needs to bowl similar line & length in Tests as he did in ODI 3, India can combine his form with Shami & ZAK to keep SA batting under control. Pujara was discarded from ODI's where he was badly needed. I hope he can relive the feat of Jaisimha in Brisbane test Vs. Aussies in 1968 (scored 74 & 101 after being dropped from the Tour & recalled from India). Pujara has the footwork & technique like Jai had, which allows fast adaption to different pitches- Never say Die India!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    India will need more of these (rains) in the coming days if they are to avoid a whitewash in test matches ahead.

  • POSTED BY umairaslum on | December 12, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Its amazing Indian spinners take 10 wickets or get to 100 wickets in fewer test @ home, that too without much turn ..but abroad their average remains 40 plus. Its makes Shane warne and murali n now ajmal real spinners who get the ball to turn everywhere and take wickets. I suggest India should have a separate teams for home and abroad not for odi n tests.

  • POSTED BY MohFassi on | December 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @SabooVenkat, Match got abandoned but still player's individual stat's and figures count.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | December 12, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    India never never never deserved high positions in any sport. Because Indian sportsmen are generally timid so when they come out of India their minds and bodies go jelly. For everyone home is better but Indian sportsman are so bad away from home.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    No doubt SA is a world class team whom every team dreams of beating, but I still feel they are in their own bubble....likewise the Indian bubble.....but they have at least won some world tournaments recently with their popgun bowlers....in which SA r yet to prove their mettle with a powerhouse team......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 13, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Rainy day or not in the coming tests India is definitely not even close to being favourites. And everybody please stop comparing to Pakistan. Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world. SA has a combination of both batting and bowling that's what India lacks. India will be tetsted again with their batting but lets not count them out. Good luck to both teams!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @subboo venkat.....let SA have some records.....why u want to deprive them...where else can they make records if not at home......

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    desi hungama i dont mention pakistan bacause the are not capable of winning at even their so called home at sharjah, and you will say sharjah is not our home but remember in the mid 80 to early 2000 pakistan mostly play in sharjah, so its is not a new country for them, the most importent is the pitches are similar to pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | December 12, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Aryan. LOL. And Pakistan? So, what you are saying is Pakistan is currently the best team not having to play a single match at home and yet maintaining a winning record? Thanks. We know that and proud of our boys!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 12, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    When the batsmen depend mainly on Hand-Eye coordination, it becomes difficult to adapt to different pitch conditions fast. India clearly demonstrated this! Hence the batting failure. With 3 weeks of practice, India will do better. Unfortunately, the bowling failed as well which caused a SA run fest for the 2 openers & AB de Villiers resulting in 2-0 series loss. If the Indian openers in Tests give India a good start, India still has a chance to put up a good show & forget their ODI series as a bad dream! Ishant Sharma needs to bowl similar line & length in Tests as he did in ODI 3, India can combine his form with Shami & ZAK to keep SA batting under control. Pujara was discarded from ODI's where he was badly needed. I hope he can relive the feat of Jaisimha in Brisbane test Vs. Aussies in 1968 (scored 74 & 101 after being dropped from the Tour & recalled from India). Pujara has the footwork & technique like Jai had, which allows fast adaption to different pitches- Never say Die India!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    India will need more of these (rains) in the coming days if they are to avoid a whitewash in test matches ahead.

  • POSTED BY umairaslum on | December 12, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Its amazing Indian spinners take 10 wickets or get to 100 wickets in fewer test @ home, that too without much turn ..but abroad their average remains 40 plus. Its makes Shane warne and murali n now ajmal real spinners who get the ball to turn everywhere and take wickets. I suggest India should have a separate teams for home and abroad not for odi n tests.

  • POSTED BY MohFassi on | December 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @SabooVenkat, Match got abandoned but still player's individual stat's and figures count.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | December 12, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    India never never never deserved high positions in any sport. Because Indian sportsmen are generally timid so when they come out of India their minds and bodies go jelly. For everyone home is better but Indian sportsman are so bad away from home.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    No doubt SA is a world class team whom every team dreams of beating, but I still feel they are in their own bubble....likewise the Indian bubble.....but they have at least won some world tournaments recently with their popgun bowlers....in which SA r yet to prove their mettle with a powerhouse team......

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | December 12, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @Tom Alexander Vardy: Once the toss has been held, it counts as an official ODI and individual records stand even if there is no team result.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    How is the record of De Kock counted in an abandoned/rain affected match?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    every one playing india play mostly in home, after 2011 world cup matches at home- india- 26 matches,srilanka-26 matches, england-28 machhes,west indies -33 matches and aus, safaars are just behind .

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Question to the Crickinfo team and anyone who can answer it.

    I would've assumed since India didn't bat this didn't count as a match. And since it didn't count as a match therefore scores do not count. However I notice on crickinfo - Q de Cock still has his 101. Is this correct? Is it possible individual records count but team stats don't.

    What's the situation here?

  • POSTED BY Silverbails on | December 12, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Same rubbish, different day from India. I really don't know what's 'wrong' with the frail mentality of this ODI team, particularly on foreign tours. How many more chances do they need to 'perform': bowler friendly pitch; three key SA bowlers rested? I really feel for the Tests to follow. Unless the Test team 'turns up', this could be yet another very painful tour of South Africa, one of their two 'last great frontiers'!! Never won a Test Series here, and unless this performance is much improved for the Tests will continue into the Test arena. Let's see what happens, but I'm not hopeful!! Hope to be proved wrong...

  • POSTED BY DeckChairand6pack on | December 12, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    The rankings are what they are and should be paid some respect. The Proteas, up until this series, have not played very good ODI cricket, losing at home to Pakistan and NZ. India on the other hand have played consistently good cricket over a length of time. But it was good to see the Green Machine roll through them 2 and a half times! Bring on the tests!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    it will b v hard for india to win or even draw a test match here..they can be beaten in odis bt its more hard in test format....1st india will have to take twenty wickets to win a test match..its looking almost impossible with such an indian attack n s.a batting form....india always relied on spin in test matches,,like kumble and harbajan bt spinners r no threat this time....On other hand s.a bowlers maintain such a perfect line an length for such a long period of time tht only mcgrath comes in mind i tht regard...there will b no escape for indian batsmen ...only a miracle like double ton from an indian can force a draw...if being v optimistic...

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 12, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Yes no world class bowler produced by India after srinath and batsmen weaknesses against pace and bounce after dravid and tendulker are more evident.south African bowling is formidable but not great like past glories of Donald;pollock;fani develliers.bouncy and quick wickets like wanderers,Perth are required back home.t20 tournaments should be avoided in India for better batsmen techniques.how long we be criticized for lions at home and jackals in quick wickets.best luck India

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    There is no way that India is at No.1 spot ......... they don't deserve it !

  • POSTED BY 619decepticon on | December 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    If duration is increased the frequency must be reduced.

  • POSTED BY 619decepticon on | December 12, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    @Don Umair..India has atleast 4 technical batsmen..rohit dhawan kohli and dhoni(all of them can play spin and pace well)...its just a question of time and adjustment..they need time to get adjusted to..once they wud have seen off the new swinging ball, they wud have scored big against all african bowlers including steyn...i agree steyn is the best bowler in the world bt surely not unplayable, nt fr atleast indian top order..i repeat, they cudnt deliver in the odis coz of lack of experiance to deal with these conditions and adjustment..not that they dont have the technique..

  • POSTED BY ravindran2369 on | December 12, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    one thing is sure, it looks likes a batting pitch when South africa bats and suddenly it becomes a lethal pitch when south africa bowls, for India it looks like a batting pitch when India is bowling and a bowling pitch when india is batting. pitch is not the problem, Indian players not trained for these sort of pitches is the real issue

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | December 12, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    @Abdul_Rehman_Shakir: Thanks for you support bro..hope Ind do better in test matches..

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | December 12, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    India cannot justified being a top 5 ranking team, if they cannot play well abroad. Two big defeats in the one-day series against South Africa paint a picture of India's patchy form outside. It is a real blessing in disguise the third ODI was abandoned, as another defeat seemed inevitable. India's bowling is well below international standard. The bowlers are too often getting hammered by batmen in home and away conditions. The line and length needs a lot of tightening up. India's batting only flourishes in home conditions, but completely struggles in away conditions on bouncy tracks. Morkel and Steyn have exploited the weaknesses of Indian batmen, as none of them passed a half century. India have a lot to ponder before the test series, as things are not going to plan. I hope the team can redeem themselves by addressing the problems I have identified. It will be a hard work against a quality South African opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Somewhere out there Mr. Haroon Lorgat is making arrangements for throwing a party to AB Develliers and co.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    to those who say s.a pitches dont support spinners...just see how afridi,hafeez n ajmal have taken wickets n build pressure two weeks ago n contained the flow of runs...also in tests earlier this year, saeed ajmal took 10 wickets in cape town...ashwin n jadeja must show performance outside subcontinent if they want to gain respect in cricketing world..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    the ultimate fact Indians are home ground king, unless it is not Pakistan. India got poor bowling attack in the world supported by high class batting line up ( suitable for India only) let check away Records of Indian cricket team, you will find the poorest record even poorest from Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    this just shows how inferior a team india is to pakistan. we greens r lovin it

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    if someone wants to beat south africa in their own backyard, you need to keep them under 270 or else bat big...pakistan kept proteas down with their bowling...so did nz and aus and hence they beat proteas at home...but between 2002 and 2009 sa won 17 consecutive bilateral series at home...so they have been the strongest team at home...unless dhawan or kohli or pujara fire with batindia will lose the tests 2-0...hoping for a proteas whitewash.....

  • POSTED BY Crazy_Pk on | December 12, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    When last time Ind was in SA in 2010, test series was level only due Great Tendulkar, Laxman and some efforts made by Gambhir. This time Ind don't have some world class players they have only hometown kings in their batting line up and those who are saying Ishant will be the key role in this series... for those I say only lolllllllllzzzzzzzzzz

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Finally despite giving 301 runs, I was pleased with the bowling of Indian seamers, Ishant bowled really well, Shami bowled his heart out and Yadav seems getting back his rhythm, though he was unlucky with number of wickets..Dhoni is dumb as far as field placemnet for pacers is concerned....for the sake of Indian cricket I really want him to step down as captain in Tests and concentrate on ODI's, T20's n in IPL, Pujara/Kohli should be handed over the test captaincy... DHAWAN, RAHANE, PUJARA, KOHLI, ROHIT, DHONI, ASHWIN, ZAHEER, ISHANT, SHAMI, UMESH...this shud be the squad for 1st test....no Vijay or Jaddu please...

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | December 12, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I guess India were happy they didnt have to bat another time but how good is are SA? The amazing thing is they have been good for a long time and last WC, I could only see SA challenge India and the next WC I cant see anyone challenge SA in Australian conditions.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | December 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Saffa28 : and imagine De-Cock 7 centuries in a row, If got to play 50 matches against India, he will break Sachin's record. ... Interesting, 5 players scored 3 back to back centuries, Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar , H.Gibs, ABD and De cock. Zaheer Abbas and De cock both scored all these centuries against India. ABD involved India in 2 centuries while scoring 3 back to back. H.Gibs also gave taste to India while achieving this category. Only Saeed Anwar scored against other teams. Pathetic Indian bowling.

  • POSTED BY Abdul_Rehman_Shakir on | December 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Being a Pakistani supporter. I noticed the positive thing of the match is "the Fast bowlers' performance of Indian team. I think they are getting benefit from the matches. Hope to see a good fight from the Indians in Test matches. But I think Indian batting should work harder to compete the opponents.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | December 12, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @Greatest_Game:

    You seem so confused about what makes your A team or B team. Whatever your A team may be, what has it achieved anyways internationally? All you can show is a few months of being #1 in Tests, that's all. A number of men have been the fastest man in the world in 100 mtrs but only those are called champions who have won the Gold Medal in the Olympics or World Athletics Championships.

    When the World Cup comes we all know what team of SA will play. It would neither be the A team nor the B team. It would be the C team. The same C that rhymes with Jokers & is equivalent to feeling nauseated, hoarse & out of breath.

    What have you achieved here? Victories in a mere two matches AT HOME? Is that all that's needed for you to feel good? SA were truly lucky in the 3rd ODI to escape a sound thrashing. Even with Steyn, SA conceded 400 runs to India remember?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    So the debate for now is ths tht Indian cant bat well on fast and bouncy tracks on the other hand SA might not b able to deliver on the slower and turning tracks in India. Well thn it shud be said tht thr is no strongest batting line up in the world.. The stronger is the one who is capable of coming gud against the odds. Indian batsmen r not doing well since last year wether they toured England, Australia or South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 12, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @ Saffa28. And thats why SA opted for two tests 3 odi series in 2010 in India!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    No. of runs scored by Quinton de Kock in the series = 342 (135+106+101) and the no. of runs scored with the bat by all Indian batsmen = (217-29 extras = 188 in Jo'burg) + (146- 14 extras = 132 in Durban). Total runs scored = (188+132 =320). If this doesn't reflect the performance of Indian Batsmen in the series, nothing does.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Pakistan Only Asian Team To Win Series In Whcih Beat South Africa In South Africa

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    the Indian batting line up were much relieved they don't have to face the south African pace attack thru wish if only the tests could be washed out due to rain as well.

  • POSTED BY Capricorn60 on | December 12, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Sadly we have seen that SA wickets are not a place for spinners & even Ashwin has looked totally innocuous in all the three ODI matches. However the fact that he has a Test batting average of 40+ & also has looked fairly comfortable facing the SA quicks, maybe an option for India would be for him to bat at No. 6, Dhoni at No. 7 & then have four front line seamers for the 1st Test at the Wanderers - where we have seen the steep bounce in the first ODI. However odds are that India will play safe in preferring an extra batsman instead & so play with just three seamers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Technically speaking....It Is A White Whash!

  • POSTED BY sanhan on | December 12, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @Posted by on (December 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT) Wow!! Very brave statement.Approx three years ago the Indian side boasted of high-class quality batsmen and I could appreciate their giftedness with the bat. Sooo, acc to you Amla, AB, Smith, Steyn, Morkel and Philander are not high class? You may have a number of more talented batsmen than Smith, but when I need someone to fight it out in the trenches, he's my man. Just check out his record as a test captain. ODI's are fine, but test cricket on fair pitches is my cup of tea.

  • POSTED BY Saffa28 on | December 12, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    The BCCI saw this coming as did I and many other!!! This was the biggest reason for cutting the tour shorter. Imagine being on the hammering end 7 times in a row as the number 1 ODI side in the world!! Cant have that happening now can we BCCI\Dhoni!!!

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | December 12, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I will concede that SA is better than India if they win 6 ODI series in a row at home plus any ICC tournament remaining undefeated throughout even at home. First do it then talk.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | December 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Law of averages and poor scheduling has cost India this series. You are bound to loose 1 series when you have won 6 series in a row and also a major ICC tournament where India was undefeated throughout. South Africa has gotten away with some funny and filthy pitches. Meanwhile haven't seen a batsmen as lucky as De Kock. First ODI ball fell short of Yuvi, 2nd ODI a healthy edge from Shami failed to reach Ashvin in Slips, Last ODI again missed yuvi. Very lucky.

  • POSTED BY sanhan on | December 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @619decepticon - OK, all of our players are not good at playing spin. Sooo, according to you AB cannot play spin. Debatable. Your verdict on De Kock will only be tested when he tours India for a test series. Even though some of our batsmen find spin bowling more challenging, we have not fallen apart on an Indian tour the past 5 years. However, my comment was based on where we are in time right now. Technically our batsmen are better on bouncy, fast-paced wickets. Your batsmen came short on ODI wickets twice. There was nothing unplayable about the two pitches because we scored basketsful of runs. What would concern me is that India knew that they were on their way to SA. They would have had to face the best pace attact in the cricketing world and they still arrived undercooked. You just cannot allow Dale Steyn the luxury of seeing that he can toy with you.

  • POSTED BY VarunSundaram on | December 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @hanumanthchavala: then why did SA lost 3 home ODI series this year? Stop blaming luck.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | December 12, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @yoohoo : SA scored 350, 280, 300, still you think pitches were not supporting for Batting? .... If these were supporting only bowlers than how SA made such scores, It proves poor pathetic bowling from India if you say pitches were supporting only bowlers, or if somebody say these pitches were only supporting batsmen, then it proves Poor Indian batting. In every case SA bowling and batting proved better.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 12, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @wapuser. Champions trophy, Tri series at WI, WI series win, Tri nations at Aus...was it 6 years back? I do not think so!

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | December 12, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I don't care what people say, but Ishant Sharma will win India the first ever test series in south africa. South Africa must rely on rain to save them. India used this ODI series intelligently to get acclamatised to conditions. Fact that Rohit Sharma will be playing in middle order is good in test matches. Dale steyn will have to work harder again on new top order in test matches. India should play 4 seamers and jadeja. Keep rotating four seames and don't allow south africa to collect easy runs against spinners. Early wickets will be key and that is where south africa has made a blunder by again including Graeme Smith against zaheer khan.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    No quality in sa n please guy won 2matches against us u all started flyin in air if u people won world cup means tatsolve

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    The result of the tour was decided in the first 16 balls bowled by dayen stain..... the 16 ball left by rohit was the main deciding factor... as SA bowlers dominated us...

    Also our bowling was pathetic as usual... only major set back was jadeja's bowling... rest every one was as usual.... jadeja was ineffective in this condition... thats were we lost as while bowling

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 12, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Thn champions tropy held in india ah We won it england We won champions tropy tri seris thn aus wi its enough nw if we los 1series nthin

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | December 12, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @ Kumar Sujeet , Only thing that will ruin him is people like you giving him funny advices. This is the problem in India. The man who has worked hard is given advices by those who have never left the bed.

  • POSTED BY gerrardl on | December 12, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Seriously... The number of comments referring to this being a 'bowler friendly' track is too high! Can you please be reminded that SA scored over 900 runs in 149 overs in this series. There was no demons in the track.

    Simple fact: India cannot face any decent pace attack. They crumble against the thought of it. Seems no one has the heart to face it. Whether in SA or anywhere outside the subcontinent. End of story. I doubt this 'champion/legendary/best-ever' batting lineup will score more than 250 in any innings of the test series. No fire in the belly and zero guts. Sorry Indian fans.

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | December 12, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    i bet the pace trio dale,morne,vernon cant give such many rus of our both spinners. they under the run rate of of our spinners sure. and without knowing the diff between swing, spin, revers swing some body playing talking about prof batsmen failures its shame on him.

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | December 12, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    ok you said lack of practice why you are reducing 7odis to 3odis if you are a world top batting lineup ever if you loss 3odi there is a chance to win series or atleast 1 odi as per your words why man because we are afraid to sa. its shame to our indians i cant adjust your mad thinking. if you loss 7 odis no matter these are inexp but you are reduce to 3odis and you commented about sa and over confidence on you without exp that sinks you. why you reduce and loss what is the need to reduce and even loss

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 12, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Wow teading these comments is quite interesting. Alot of oaks not really taking the stats into account. SA has not lost away from home in 5or 6 years. India on the other hand has not won away from home since.........not eeally sure. Baring zimbabwe and Bangladesh. So I think we have a better allround team with better skill able to adapt alot sooner than the Indians. Yes AB and Hash has scored alot of runs but the other batsman have also come to the party when they have failed. Come on guys. Really..... SA to thump India by alot in both tests

  • POSTED BY RayyanAli on | December 12, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    First of all, indian fans/board should accept the defeat open heartedly and secondly, they should accept the fact that without quality pacers they can just win within sub-continent by relying on their batting only. Indian board / media have created a lot of hype through publicity about being number one batting side but in reality they are best within sub-continent only.

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | December 12, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    somebody asking why they loss wc. can you tell me why india loss wct20 after 2007, pak enters into semifinals in all wct20 but india what they do?. why they loss odi series to pak inexperienced team in india. why they loss test series to england for their bowlers so wait surely win comeback in group stage in 2015. i know luck works only one time. that luck is not there for sa dwl sink them 2003 semis lost by 1run due donald mistake they fought well but here we fought large of distance and difference between india and sa. sa believ bowler india believ batsmen thats it? batsmen are sinking sa not the bowlers in any era, remember that. thats why they maintain. your telling why they win can you tell this much of tourn win by india why they loss this much of distance? explain

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @shashi_dhoni you are wrong , durban pitch was totally spin friendly , slow and low in bounce, yes first ODI pitch was bouncy but it was not a test match pitch you gave 358 runz on that track, these wickets are batting friendly, your spinner don't have class to perform outside your country, see ajmal, afridi, even hafeez done the job here, we played with 3 spinners and still won, we made 2 300+ early in the year on the the same track where you conceded 358, it matter of compitition , your player played too much cricket on easy tracks they forget to adjust on bit unfamiliar attack, hope in test your batsman will do batter . Criticize your player not pitches.

  • POSTED BY SurenShan on | December 12, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    SA wins in SA, Aussie wins in Aus,NZ wins in NZ..Is this good for cricket..Come on last have all the matches at Dubai.. :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Shami has begun to fancy different things without there being any need thereof.Too many short pitched stuffs and leg stumpish deliveries have made him cost too many runs.He should bowl as per his natural abilities and limitations.Fiddling with different things will ultimately ruin his career.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    De Kock is the next big thing in Saffer cricket. An ex-prop at high school he seems set for a very long career in ODI's at the very least.

  • POSTED BY Wacco on | December 12, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Koch is lucky that he is playing against India. His real test will be against the rampaging Aussies or Anderson and Broad..

  • POSTED BY HowzatPK on | December 12, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Just a thought for others' opinion and discussion. In such ODIs where weather appears to spoil the fun, should there be an option for the side batting first to "declare" their innings earlier than the alloted overs to make the game more challenging for the chasing team.

  • POSTED BY deshwani on | December 12, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    @yoohoo.. its not a big deal that you played professional cricket but dont have cricketing mind! there is a reason that SA not put spinners in this series because they dont have any quality spinner and their strength is batting and fast bowling and you should know that every team need to win based on their strength .. just like India that they plays with 6 professional batsman and two all rounders till No. 8.. why Dhoni dont put 5 specialist bowler in team ? why he give whole 10 overs to part timers? because they want to win based on their batting strength and they did it same in India. Pakistan always plays with 3 specialist spinners and two fast bowlers because its their strength.. i am not getting personal but i shocked to see your comments and forced to post it.. pitches are very good in SA as they socred 358 on same track where India did only 217.. its all about quality of team.. cricinfo pls publish

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | December 12, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Ya we agree India played pathetically in outside subcontinent....But i have some questions not only from me but for the whole world....If your team is so good like you bragabout it in every forum why cant they win a World cup, a champions trophy or any major cup???Why is that your superior team is getting bamboozled in subcontinent??? Why still SA team carries the "C" word along with them ?? Could you please enlighten us on these questions???

  • POSTED BY shashi_dhoni on | December 12, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I dont know why people put comments against India continously ... yes i too disappointed of indians performance .... but you have to agree one thing indians prepare flat tracks for one day cricket not a RANK TURNER for odi series .... IF they prepare even aussies , england , sa can face a white wash in Indian soil.... we are not preparing pitches for our strength in bilateral ODI series...

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Indians got hammered for yet another 300 plus runs , another quality display of batting by SA and another poor , below strength bowling by India . Even the likes of Great Wasim Akram have not been able to turn backyard bowlers as real pacemen . There batting is only visible when playing in India .Another funny comment I saw here was that SA made pitches in their favor !! my question is what India does ? If SA have made the batting tracks then why the Indians didn't apply ? If the tracks were made in favor of the bowling , why the Indians conceded 300 ( average ) runs in all the games ?? Either way I see a lot of lame excuses instead of saying that the other side id far superior !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Many of the good suggestiongs from neutral fans are taken negatively, which is sad. India has to make pitches back home which offers something for bowlers or else India can not produce good bowlers and their overseas record will get even worse.

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | December 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @deshwani - just because you disagree with someone's opinion doesn't mean they lack cricketing knowledge. You should learn to keep your opinions focused to te topic of discussion instead of getting personal. FYI, I have played professional cricket for a lot of years.

    ODI pitches need to favour batsmen to some extent, and Test pitches should be sporting. SA pitches in this series were good test pitches. How many spinners did SA play in their side? Why are neither imran tahir nor rob peterson in the team for the whole series? How can you call the pitch balanced when one team doesnt even play spinners, and the other teams spinners dont find any assistance?

    Secondly, if indian pitches were such flat tracks, then can you explain how south african fast bowlers and indian spinners have good figures there in ODIs?

    Btw, 5months ago the indian a-team visited SA and all these pitches were dead flat batting tracks. In these 5 months they have been particularly spiced up.

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | December 12, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Yesterday was the 21st Anniversary of India's first ODI at Centurion and in that game WV Raman scored a hundred for India chasing 215 for victory ... 21 years down and a totally different side ... South Africa make 301/8 and the heavens open ... Maybe just as well ...

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | December 12, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Thank Rain God for saving another Game!!! I have been writing this since the 2011 England serious but why can't BCCI sent them early and make them adjust the condition, Ok you had WI test serious for Sachin but why did you play WI ODI serious!!! The last three time when ever we play with WI and go overseas we lost, hence going forward please sent the team prior to 15 days and makes them adjust!!! I know this team has quality players but only thing is they couldn't adjust the condition!!! If you play some Tour games there the players will adjust the condition rather than you board them today and day after tomorrow they playing game will not serve any benefit!!!

    After here we are going to Play in NZ and in May we are going to Eng again for 5 Test Match serious, if you want team to perform then make them go prior to 15 or 20 Days!!!!

  • POSTED BY shaalim on | December 12, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    It's good time to TRY TEST Match of 3 Day, good opportunity....:) I am sure both will have results toooo....

  • POSTED BY PK_dilli on | December 12, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Thank god ! BCCI for keeping it 3 ODI and 2 test. Imagine what it would be 7-0 ODI and 2-0 test. From next time BCCI should force steyn to bowl spin and Tahir fast

  • POSTED BY deshwani on | December 12, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    @yoohoo.. i think you dont have the knowledge of cricket! SA make excellent supporting wickets for ODI where we have seen a historical match between SA and Aus 434/438. actually indian batters have poor technique and dont know how to play on fast pitches as they only can play on flat indian pitches.. these SA wickets also supporting for spinners as well but it need quality spinners like Ajmal, Afiridi and Hafeez not like poor Ashwin, Jadeja who only can bowl on turning wickets. Pakistan didnt offer De Cock to play like he did against India! so think before saying anything and write a letter to BCCI to make some good pitches so they can produce fast bowlers instead of flatters.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 12, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    I really want Ishant sharma in test team. I hope b kumar and shami gets injured so that ishant sharma can check his luck in Test matches again. :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @ 619decepticon: In your comments, you are critisizing the techniques of African batsmen on turning tracks except AMLA & ABD. I have a question here. SAF is having 2 technically alround correct batsmen in their line up. How many India is having?

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | December 12, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @619deception.......first and foremost majority of the international test venues are not turning tracks, so our argument about spin vs pace fails right there. Let us also agree that the new lot is not comparable to the last generation of batsman. The point to note here is not defeat but the MARGIN OF a DEFEAT. Dhoni although imaginative and dynamic can never be Ganguly, the worst is yet to come. In tests Dhoni can captain his side till 50 overs maximum, after that it is cruise mode or more appropriately passive mode.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Hopefully India will show SA a bit more respect when they decide to shorter their next tour itinerary. The No 1 test team in the world deserved a bit more respect from the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY anshul_tie on | December 12, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Cumon boyzz show ur talent... I think now u r adaptable of these kind of conditions and i knw u can make it in cuming test series.. But guyz be carefull in fielding.. U can't drop catches like dat in their home ground where they just want from u only single chance.. I dont understand wat happnd to yuvi's fielding.. He dropped earlier sammy's match turning catch nd nw de kock's.. I dont understand why they could not throw their cap when they are chasing a catch . yesterdays match yuvi saw in d upside but their cap tip was d obstruction during dat moment which broke down his concentration. I think during high catch when u chase u should remove ur cap firat because cap's tip always in front of ur eyes... Anyways best of luck boyZ u need it as usual...

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    When I read 'washout' in the headlines I thought they meant 'whitewash' and made a misprint :)

  • POSTED BY sixesandfours on | December 12, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Lots of positives for India and negatives thus far. Positives - Pacers finding the rhythm and batman getting used to. Negatives - Offspinning is clueless. With Jadeja left arm spin India should consider him ahead of Ashwin (who is clueless in SA thus far as Ashwin is ineffective same way as he was in England and Australia when India lost two overseas tours). India should play 4 pacers and Jadeja to compete SA. Dhoni should come in for Sachin's place. Playing eleven should be 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Dhoni 5. Kohli 6. Rohit 7. Jadeja 8. Zaheer 9. Ishant 10. Shami 11. Yadav.

  • POSTED BY ArnoldVDH on | December 12, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    @ srinideva

    I'm sorry but what you are saying is not quite true.

    I know Indian fans wouldn't like it, but maybe Indian spinners should take a leave out of the Pakistani bowlers books because Ajmal and Hafeez did a great job for their teams.

    They quickly assessed the conditions and the right lines to bowl to be effective, something the Indian soinners have failed to do dismally.

  • POSTED BY 619decepticon on | December 12, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    to all those fellows who are claiming that indian batsmen cant play on bouncy pitches..landing in south africa, in alien conditions, and playing 3 international matches in the first week itself on pitches different than they get in india, without geting any practice match is not an easy job..yes, india can play on bouncy pitches, but our batsmen dint get time to get adjusted to the bounce..y dont you guys understand that every body needs time to adjust..every body saw that raina(who was considered the weakest in our batting lineup facing short rising deliveries) and even ashwin were very facing african bowlers very efficiently..looking at both of them cut and pull so effortlessly should clear all the doubts in the minds of these bashers that if raina n ashwin can face short deliveries then y cant virat dhawan and rohit?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    De Kock is ready for Test Cricket. He can easily replace Smith. Hope South Africa identify another youngster and develop him for replacing Kallis, by the time the great Kallis decides to retire.

    I have no doubt in my mind that South Africa is the top Cricketing nation in the world for quite some time. If they groom & induct more youngsters like de Kock, they will continue to be so.

  • POSTED BY 619decepticon on | December 12, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @sanhan..technique? and South african batsmen? mate i am ready fr a challenge..let these african batsmen play on turning indian pitches, no one except for amla wil be able to play in a way recognised batsmen play..you cant label these african batsmen as good on the basis of performances on pitches they have borne n have been brought up on...i bet decock wont score a twenty on test match turning pitches in india..baring amla and ABD for a bit, no one else in this south african team is an alround batsmen..the thing which you are applying on indian batsmen(good at bating on home pitches) can be applied on these africans also..

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | December 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    So another humiliating loss have been averted for our team...if our bowlers cant bowl properly in bowling friendly wickets then even Gods cant save us ....Conceding 300 runs on every match is a serious crime....something is going wrong its either because the selectors are not selecting the bowlers properly or there are no good bowlers left in our country anymore..the coach can only guide you he cannot play for you....only way to train our team better is to prepare some bowling friendly pitches so that our batsmen also can benefit...

  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | December 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Where are Ishant bashers? If he is in the team it is our job to support him. Now nobody is talking. He was the best bowler on the scene in this match. Darling of the masses Umesh is nothing but hype, as all darling of the masses are. Darling of the classes Bhuvaneshwar is getting sorted out of his limited arsenal, as is the case with all darling of the classes. Only Shami is worth the money. Gives runs but takes wickets. One can not sort out such bowlers. Batsmen think that they have this bowler sorted out, but the intelligence of the bowler gets them finally. Bhuvaneshwar, Umesh and Mohith do no have that intelligence. Shami and Vinay Kuamr have. Having given this lecture, I still support whoever plays but then just can not stand when masses and classes shower praise which is not worth and totally misplaced.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | December 12, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    I just get a feeling that peoples are expecting lot more from Ashwin. First of all no spinner from india have ever done a worthable contribution in these kind of wickets and conditions in SA (ODI`s) . SA playing 5 fast bowlers means there is something you guys need to understand that its more suitable for fast bowlers than spinners.

    Just like in subcontinent, some of our indian pitches are good for spinners but fast bowlers will have to work hard to get the wickets. What you guys expect from spinner in these condition is totallly out of box. Ashwin was unlucky in the last two odis ( Amla LBW decision and De cock dropped in his 2 nd over in the last ODI).

  • POSTED BY luvmyindia on | December 12, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Sometimes Dhoni depends too much on his luck and all that,he should change his mindset while playing in foreign soil.I am an indian supporter but i luv SA.De kock is The Next Big Thing in cricket... His test will be on sub continent,next 2-3 year will be crucial for him,if he performs consistently then he could be among the greats crickets has seen till date. For Dhoni,i think he should take some rest along with kohli.Zaheer and R.P singh should be given chance.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    it is not a new thing for us whenever we tour on fast bouncy pitches initially we are found wanting butif the tour is long enough we come out fighting in the end soif anyone is thinking that we are dead pitches dealers i am sorry to say no we arent letswait and see

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | December 12, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    I happened to watch a bit of SL-Pak match. And what a catch Thirimanne took! India NEVER EVER had such fielders. India players compete among themselves for "pathetic fielding" competition. I was very happy when the worst fielders Sehwag, Zaheer and Harbajan were dropped from the team. But then we now have Yuvraj, Ashwin, Dhoni and more ... I wonder if there is a single match Dhoni did NOT drop a catch! And the Indians never had outdoor practice prior to these matches even though it was available to them. No problem they have their IPL soon to enjoy.

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | December 12, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @yoohoo__SA wickets are the most sporting wickets in the world. If you bowl in the right areas you will gets wickets and if you apply yourself you will score runs. Indian ODI wickets have the dice so heavily loaded in the batsman's favour, bowlers have nothing left but to bowl defensively. And you're contradicting yourself a bit there: you say the targets SA achieved weren't achievable. If they weren't so achievable then how did they achieve them? Or where they not just achievable for Ind?

  • POSTED BY InformedOpinion on | December 12, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    @SanjivAwesome you've hit the nail on the head! Home teams seem to have huge advantages, quoting your example again, not only are England's batsmen struggling, their bowlers are also not able to run through Aussies like they could in England. Coming back to India's tour - a big tour without big preparation results in such disappointment. However, I'm hoping the Indian batsmen have got some idea of which shots would come off here as well as bowlers who would now have the experience of Zaheer to help bowl the right lengths.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 12, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    In the ICC ODI player rankings Kohli is knocked off the top position by AB de Villiers, with Amla back at #3. Lucky for Kohli he did not have to bat. He would have slid right out of the top 10. Up to #14 comes a new face - Quinton de Kock, flying past Raina and Sharma.. A full game would have seen him in the top 10, surely displacing the weak Indian batsmen, except for the evergreen MS Dhoni, India's only batsman who belongs in the top 10.

    In the bowling rankings, Dale Steyn shoots up to #2, blasting past Jadega who continues his slide downwards to #7. SA have 3 in the top 10, and India now have only 2 in the top 20. The rain alone surely saved them from further decline.

    SA climbing the ODI rankings as fast as India slide down them.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Rain washed saved India to be white washed .Indian need to patient against Steyn and should utilize other bowlers. Catching should be the key in Test matches for India.

  • POSTED BY RIZAN18 on | December 12, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    A total black wash.............thank god for the rain if not the humiliation would have been higher for the Indians. Hats off to De Villiers and De Kock

    Even without Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel Indian would not have won this match they are down and out made to rest in peace

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 12, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Fate intervenes and India is rescued from yet another embarrassing spanking. The most efficient player in the Indian team is rain - the ONLY factor that stopped SA inflicting a 3rd humiliating defeat. For months Indian posters here have been writing of how India would crush SA in the ODIs. HA! Welcome to reality!

  • POSTED BY lillee4PM on | December 12, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Rain saved Indian pin-up boys from a three nil embarrassment!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | December 12, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    WHAT A PLAYER !!!!! De Kock is a best asset for SA cricket........ he's improving in every match & certainly a good replacement for Grahame Smith for future !!!!

  • POSTED BY lupp on | December 12, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Why blame this young Indian side for their dismal performance in the ODI series? India have invariably put up poor shows in odi series against South Africa in their home. I dont remember a decent batting performance from any of India's great batting heroes at any point against South Africa in South Africa. With all their expertise and experience playing on bouncy surfaces Sachin and Dravid never managed to come up with a match-winning knock in a bilateral series in South Africa. So I think it's still too early for us to be so critical on this young batting line up of India. What is really disappointing is seeing the Indian quickies languish in conditions ideal for fast bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    what a performance by de kock. indian virath kohli and others batsmen should learn lots of things from this young man de kock.how to play in fast cricket pitches .it is a art not pinch hitting like Indian flat wickets.u cannot be a great batsman getting 5000 runs in wickets which help for batsman.

  • POSTED BY sixesandfours on | December 12, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    There are positives thus far for Indians and this series and experience helps these youngsters. India should field Zaheer, Ishant, Shami and Yadav in first test. With Jadeja left arm spin India should consider him ahead of Ashwin (who is clueless in SA thus far as Ashwin is ineffective same way as he was in England and Australia when India lost two overseas tours). India should play 4 pacers and Jadeja to compete SA. Dhoni should come in for Sachin's place. PLaying eleven should be 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Dhoni 5. Kohli 6. Rohit 7. Jadeja 8. Zaheer 9. Ishant 10. Shami 11. Yadav. All the best to both the teams!!!

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | December 12, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    as Dhoni said, if not for the rain India would have gone on to thrash the Saffers :D

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | December 12, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Bad luck india. Surely dhawan,kohli missed another easy century. They would have won it easily by 8 wickets.Next time, we will whitewash medicore sa. We will hammer them at test series by 2-0. Finger crossed.

  • POSTED BY Scuderi on | December 12, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin. Dont know if Ishant bowled well as I didnt see the game. I will say that a wobbly seam isn't a bad thing, it actually helps seam movement. Have a look at Curtly Ambrose's bowling if you can, he wobbled the seam all the time & he wasn't doing it by accident. I believe Ryan Harris does it too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Rain saved another defeat. now defeat reduced to 2.0

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | December 12, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    India will be THRASHED in side 3 days in two tests

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Drop Yuvi and Raina...too much opportunuties for Raina...one good innings in 50 innings from Raina would always cement his place....Pujara and Rayuddu should be in..?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Disappointed with cricinfo publishing comments which calls the Indian captain as a man of low integrity and all. Some decisions May be wrong, but questioning integrity and abusing him as an AH. Some respect for cricinfo got reduced today. And maybe they won't publish this as well. Coming to SA, what big tournaments have they won to be called consistent? They also lost in SL if you people remember. 4-1. And this series was also won only at home by them.

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | December 12, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    @ gsingh7 & piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: Congrats on india's great win today, I'm sure with today's performance Ishant S has cemented his place in playing 11 in the next 10 odis, regardless of useless bowler he is. heheheee

  • POSTED BY shiro1019 on | December 12, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Thank God it was washed off and avoiding a probable white wash and we are fortunate as viewers not to see another humiliating defeat over 150 run margin.They only can perform in their back yard on batsman friendly pitches and choked out side specially with out the caliber of SRT, DRAVID, GAMBIER or even SEHWAG.

    This is a good lesson for Indians ahead of WC-2015 which will be played in Australia and NZ where pitches are more similar. I am surprised to see a comment in here appreciating Indian pitches which are more batsmen friendly and he suggesting a similar one else where. wake up every one we do not have ample time to prepare ahead of World Cup.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | December 12, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    As an Indian, I am quite glad that we lost the series and the so called No 1 team in the world got a reality check! The team is filled with arrogant, hyped up players, who thrive only when the goings good, and dont show up otherwise. And no sportsmanship whatsover. After all, this is a guy who scored 3 consecutive hundreds against this light attack, featuring ishant sharma, the most overrated bowler in world cricket. With the era of tendulkar, dravid, ganguly now over, i and many of my friends dont care two hoots about this brash young brigade, hyped to the skies by our media and masses.

  • POSTED BY ketaann on | December 12, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    de kock scored more runs in series than whole indian team.

  • POSTED BY slash29 on | December 12, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Indians making excuses for their side, a side proven to be almost non-competitive away from the subcontinent! Saying that they are "adjusting to alien conditions" is the biggest cop out. If the didn't play so many games at home and the surrounding nations there is no way they would sit atop the ICC rankings. Playing on dead, lifeless pitches with lightning fast outfields won't get young Indian players ready for tours overseas. The ICC needs to readdress their points allocation system, awarding double points for teams who are consistently competitive away from home. South Africa, England and Australia, although not always victorious, consistently challenge sides when touring abroad. India won't play at the WACA ground in Perth on their next tour; which is a shame, the Aussies were looking forward to a 3 day Test match!

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | December 12, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Ind escaped another thrashing today thanks to rain, their best ally on this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    It is so funny people saying south africa doesnt know how to make ODI pitches. SA, Aus.English pitches are the pitches where you really get to see the what a real batsman is all about . Indian batsman are born on a flat rock pitch where a player like Rohit Sharma scores 200. BCCI is all about records not about the real game of cricket. DRS one example. They scared thats why. Gotta give it to BCCI to help indian team and players to get where they at . #1 team is the team that can play a real game anywhere in the world. Ban teams coming to India and you will see Indian ranking going down faster then Titanic. oh Ya still cant stop laughin at Ishant Sharma he should think twice about opening his mouth cause his level as a bowler is worst then my 80years grandpa.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Well, the rain saved India from whitewash............unhappy to see this. Indians can play well only at home because they are in actual practice, "A LION IN THEIR OWN STREET"............:P

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    I still think, it's not going to be so much tough for team India as they doesn't tour SA that much.I would say and it's lack of practice matches which cause India, it can be tight matches if they get more practice on this pitches. I really appreciate De Kock performance in the whole series, but SA never being short of performer players. They are just short of some ICC trophies.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | December 12, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    Errr....can someone please explain why de Kock is not at least in the test squad?

  • POSTED BY Capricorn60 on | December 12, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Sadly we have seen that SA wickets are not a place for spinners & even Ashwin has looked totally innocuous in all the three ODI matches. However the fact that he has a Test batting average of 40+ & also has looked fairly comfortable facing the SA quicks, maybe an option for India would be for him to bat at No. 6, Dhoni at No. 7 & then have four front line seamers for the 1st Test at the Wanderers - where we have seen the steep bounce in the first ODI. However odds are that India will play safe in preferring an extra batsman instead & so play with just three seamers.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    India and SA are similar in one way: They both make pitches extremely to their own advantage at home. However, the only difference here is that SA can actually play everywhere, whereas India mostly fails in SA, England and Australia since their bowling is poor.

    India does end up making a lot of money by making their people happy with a delusion that they are best ODI team by buying 75% of their cricket to be played at home!

  • POSTED BY Capricorn60 on | December 11, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    @sakkaru1 - you must be suffering from amnesia as players like Gambhir, Sehwag, Bhajji etc were lucky to have stayed in the India team for so long when showing such poor form for a long period of time. No wonder India started getting drubbed against the likes of England & Australia. India's fielding was a laughing stock too due to these very players. Just by giving these youngsters a chance, we not only won the ODI Champions Trophy not long back but our fielding has been transformed to being very good now. These young players may struggle a bit when playing in alien overseas conditions like now but they will become betters players for it. We need to be more ruthless in our selection policy like other countries & not be sentimental in persevering with stalwarts who are performing well at all. Gambhir & Sehwag are even struggling on the domestic circuit, so it is ridiculous for you to think they should be brought back to the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY Vinod_London on | December 11, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    If the weather forecast was available and the match referee knew this, then why didn't they shortened this game from the start? 30 overs each side could have been fair for the game and the result for today. Indian seamers balled beautifully today. Brilliant to see them dominate the first 10 overs. Could Dhoni have kept one fast baller with one spinner for the entire game? Since the spinners came along, the match shifted and got much easy to score runs for SA. On another note, Now that Indian Batsmen have had some practice on the SA conditions in the ODI's, It will be difficult for new batsmen who have been mostly watching the games and who are part of the Test Team, I don't know how long they will take before they can settle down and make half centuries or hundreds in the test matches. There are only two matches to be played!! To win the tests, india will rely on Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, they all spent some time in the middle... Vinod (UK)

  • POSTED BY Shay99 on | December 11, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    I think this is India's most potent pace attack in SA. Sharma. Shammi and Yadav may leak runs sometimes, but they are the only ones that look dangerous from a wicket taking point of view. Also they should have used Pujara in the ODI's instead of Yuvraj as he has better technique.My eleven for the test would be 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara. 4. Kohli 5. Sharma 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Shammi 10. Yadav 11 .Sharma. I sometimes think on the foreign tours India should even consider Vijay for one dayers so if they have a test series after the one days, the more technically accurate batsmen like Vijay and Pujara can get exposure. Don't care what anyone says test are still more important than one dayers

  • POSTED BY SunnyD on | December 11, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Cmon guys, it was batting pitch. 301 was very achievable without Styn in the SA team. India was not Lucky.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Finally, it's the Rain and the Indian batting line up that saved us from 3-0 whitewash. What a Shame!!!

  • POSTED BY sanhan on | December 11, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    @yoohoo - Quite a harsh thing to say. Proteas scored almost at will while Indian batsmen were shown up for their technical deficiencies. We were told how wonderfully gifted the Indian batsmen are, but why should everything be unto their liking for them to perform? Wanderers pitch was a tough one to start with, but put the blame at your cricket board's doorstep. Durban was even-paced with little bounce and that was not unto your liking because Steyn and Co were still too venomous. Centurion was a little undercooked because of the rain and not because we don't know how to prepare pitches. We still scored 300 runs on that pitch but only because our batsmen are technically up for it. This is soul-serching times for Indian cricket who will have to make quality decisions that will benefit their fast and swing bowlers so that they can be more lethal and effective in India and not to be canon-fodder for sublime hitters on placid pitches.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 11, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    How come no one is talking about the logic behind sending your team to play in foreign conditions without any practice games. Three days are not enough to overcome jet lag, leave alone getting used to conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    It is certain and an obvious factor that Team India heavily depends upon their batting battery to charge upon the opponents however their batting weakness to face balling on rock / bouncy pitches has been badly exposed and on the very bad node. Yuvraj has been noticed unabled to judge swing deliveries both on flat pitches (Sharjah) and South African pitches. Relying on Dhawan / Kohli / Raina didn't paid up Team India this series and they are surely luckiest to get a narrow escape of being stamped with 3-0 white washed!. Captain Dhoni looks more commited and formiddable as well as R. Sharma. In all three matches it was cleared that India halted the run rate of South Africans when spinners were attacking so India should have exploited this run pour by trying spin attack in many forms. India should had done better with the formula of either attacking all out while batting or playing tuk tuk (Misbah) style. Lets Good luck them for tests

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | December 11, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    @Greatest_Game .............. I thought India would win and many others like me who know the talent of guys playing for India did expect Indian win just for the fact that the pitch is more suited to Indian batsmen than the previous 2 and I still feel Indian batsmen would have chased down any target on this track even with Steyn and Morkel in the team. Indian batsmen on these kind of tracks are as threatening as Steyn on green turfs. Mark my words India would do lot better in tests and might even win the series but they are not going to lose the test series. Philander played 5 ODI's since last november and I dont think november was like about a year ago right! If Steyn and Morkel are SA's first sting attack then what about remaining 30 overs do you guys always have second sting players in the playing XI and if your answer is yes then this sisde should be second sting side maybe SA-A because majority are second sting. Grow up man .. if a player is in 15 no way he is second sting player.

  • POSTED BY Naveed_Pak on | December 11, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    After getting series loss, return with a nice whitewash. ..not comprehensive one though. Rain has washed a complete whitewash which was 100% there considering previous two batting displays. Dhoni said, we were positive about this target. Someone should ask him, was he positive chasing down the targets in previous two games or not??? When he was giving false excuses that we couldn't get use to the conditions etc etc. Pakistan didn't have any practice match there when they went there straight from UAE. They didn't lose a single match there until they rested 4 regular players in last match. We were in comfortable position in 1st T20 too when rain came in and match was decided by d/l method which we lost by 3/4 runs, I didn't consider it a defeat.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | December 11, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Our bowling is the most lousy attack in the world, conceding 300+ scores to any opposition, yet MS blames the batting for the defeats?

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Teams are getting full advantages from the weather reports. Good batting practice by S.A.

  • POSTED BY sixesandfours on | December 11, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    India, Keep these 4 - Ishant, Zaheer, Yadav and Shami in your first test against SA starting next week. Spinners does not play much part in SA and leave Ashwin and he is not having any clue in SA pitches same old story repeating as he did for India in England and Australia pitches. With 4 pacers and Jadeja in team India team will have solid bowling strength. PLay XI for India - 1. Dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Dhoni 5. Kohli 6. Rohit 7. Jadeja 8. Zaheer 9. Shami 10. Ishant 11. Yadav. Best wishes to both the teams. God Bless!!!

  • POSTED BY Cricfan_99 on | December 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Rahane experiment failed and for good.. i could hardly swallow his so called "technique" as claimed by some of our fellow supporters. Although it does not justify UV's place in the side.. i'd still have him since this was an inconclusive game in the series .. onto tests now.. Dhoni - Please don't be swayed by Ishant's locks and drop him - his dismissals today were just a coincidence - Amla's wicket- Gifted, JP-nervy start, Henry Davids - Poor player experiment...Ishant will remain ishant.. i hope Dhoni does not !

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    white wash...lolz why play outside India? play hocky, golf, badminton.....why?

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Ishant I think has a learnt a lesson after a two match drop. Hope others will be taught a lesson too.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    This is not tru that SA made piche for their own players.Every country has the right to make the condition dificult 4 vizeting teams.India also likes turnig sarfaces for their slow bowlers..that should b accepted that india is very good at home but away from home every1 knows-------

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Washout saved India from whitewash.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | December 11, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    India escaped a certain defeat here. Now that the ODI series is here, our cricket board should understand this - Yuvi and Raina are useless against top quality pace attack. It's time replace them with Rayudu, Aparajith, Mandeep, Tiwary, etc. Only one of Aswhin or Jadeja can play on such tracks. It's time to try a fast bowling all rounder like Rishi Dhawan or Pathan.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover80 on | December 11, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Indian squad had seamers who are inexperienced to the conditions in SA. The pace is there in Shami and Yadav but no one to guide them right on line and length. Either ZAK or Nehra should have been there on the squad. Their experience might have helped as they toured on 2010 and during 2003 world cup. Good that Zak is there for test squad. Wonder what happened to Nehra

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 11, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @ yoohoo tells me "@Greatest_Game - Thats because SA dont know how to make ODI pitches, they make them completely to their strength which is fast bowling. It makes them very formidable at home, but is also the reason they don't have any ICC cup in their cupboard, while India gets a cup every few years."

    1. Your ignorance is showing. SA won the first Champions Trophy. That put an ICC cup in their cupboard.

    2. Cricket pitches are not supposed to be batting paradises. India make pitches to their strengths - weak bowling & flat track bullies. That is why they get whipped in Aus, Eng, etc. Watch, NZ is going to take out 'team flat track.'

    3. In tests in India SA have won 5, India have won 5. SA equal India on the rank turners. SA has won 10 ODIs in India to India's 13 - just 3 more. However, in SA India simply get flattened. Tests - SA 7, India 2. ODIs - SA 21, India 5. South Africa have matched India on the SC, & crushed India in Africa. SA can play on India's pitches, India die in SA.

  • POSTED BY aj_mer on | December 11, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    India need pool of good fast bowlers, they need to start grooming form now we have couple of good fast & tall bowlers like Pankaj singh, Varun Aron, IC Pandey,Rishi Dhawan, VRV Singh, Abhimanyu Mithun but I don't know why they are not groomed for the future. BCCI is cash rich cricket board they should pick best talent for fast bowling & start groming them for overseas tour, right from today or they will be injured playing domestic cricket or loose their sharpness playing on flat pitches in India or get injured.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 11, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Rain save india for 3-0 whitewash

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Posted by yoohoo on (December 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT) @Greatest_Game - Thats because SA dont know how to make ODI pitches, they make them completely to their strength which is fast bowling. It makes them very formidable at home, but is also the reason they don't have any ICC cup in their cupboard, while India gets a cup every few years.

    Indian ODI pitches on the other hand give everybody an opputunity, which is why all teams expect zim do ok in india, and it also gives india a good oppotunity to develop as an ODI team.

    Yoohoo - I have to strong disagree with you here on a few points. Many tracks in SA are not 'green' fast and bouncy tracks. There are plenty of sluggish, slow tracks here too. Another poor point you make is that Indian pitches 'give everyone an opportunity' . This is far from the truth as Indian tracks give fast bowlers NO CHANCE. Ishant Sharma would probably be more successful if he played for England, this is a sad fact.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Lets be frank here. The record chase on that ground in ODIs is 300 runs. And from what we have seen so far from India this series, they probably would've struggled to get to 200. Lucky escape.

    Gutted the boys couldn't make it 3-0 after terrific knocks from young de Kock and AB. Quinton de Kock, 3 tons in a row against the No.1 ODI team, great!!

    Like Virat, I have heard 1000's of songs of praise for MS skills and his captaincy. Well, I have to disagree with captaincy. India had SA dead and buried with their seamers, then MS decided to bring on his part time spin bowlers (I think they are part-time) and immediate took the pressure off the batsmen. Huge Error but rain saved him.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 11, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    I thought everyone is just making fun bu really Indians deserve this thy need to think abt there bowling Thts wht prove is if Indian wanna win don't play out side India at all not even a tour match bu with this result Indians ll happy more then anyone

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Bravo SA for outclassing outdated Ind. What a come back from Pakistan ' s backlash to defeat India. The series result exactly what expected..clean sweep.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    well done boys, they couldnt get a single wicket. we had em right where we wanted em. india shining!!

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | December 11, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    So Indians should be happy, rain saved them from complete white wash.

  • POSTED BY Nash_Khewl on | December 11, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    I see no reason to keep playing Yuvraj Singh in the ODI team. Even he knows it deep down inside. I feel sorry for poor Ajinkya Rahane who gets so minimal opportunities to showcase his talent. At least Raina contributes with brilliant fielding, but Yuvraj is just a burden we couldn't afford. get rid of Yuvraj for the good and get some exciting new talent. I also see Varun Aaron doing good at Ranji level. If we can rope him for the Newzealand series that'll be just fantastic.

  • POSTED BY CherryWood_Champion on | December 11, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Totally agree with Nampally. Not sure why Dhoni went to part timer Kohli, when we were in driving seat. May be Dhoni needs a break ... too much continuous cricket. That has nothing to take away from Saffers though. In the end, India were lucky with rain saving them from a 3-0 whitewash. Lessons learnt for the Indian team. - Yuvi --- not capable of facing bowlers on pitches that help fast bowling. - Rahane --- Is not making it count when he gets an opportunity. - Raina --- Faired o.k ... not great. We should start considering Pujara for Yuvi's place and Rayudu for Raina for ODIs and in the build up to start preparing for World Cup in Australia.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | December 11, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    I would have preferred a full game, just so India players got another chance to get used to the conditions in SA. Contrary to many posts here, I feel India players are not getting "white washed", simply are trying to adjust to alien, foreign playing conditions outside their country. As I have posted previously, it seems to be the fact that every home team has an advantage, look at Aus at home against England.

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | December 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    @Greatest_Game - Thats because SA dont know how to make ODI pitches, they make them completely to their strength which is fast bowling. It makes them very formidable at home, but is also the reason they don't have any ICC cup in their cupboard, while India gets a cup every few years.

    Indian ODI pitches on the other hand give everybody an opputunity, which is why all teams expect zim do ok in india, and it also gives india a good oppotunity to develop as an ODI team.

    Before you jump on me, I will be the first to admit india have many weaknesses esp in their fast bowling dept. But, we will never know how this indian batting line-up would have fared if the bowling had set more achievable targets (like 220-250).

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Im surprised y I.Sharma is praised now when he was da most hatered one just a few matches back... I think 301 is not a good sign for India... blv me or not India is saved from 3-0 dis time. Now its time to plan for tests with a deep thinking n planning how to bowl n bat... bouncy pitches will definitely welcome them n currently they do not have Ganguly, Dravid n Great Tendulkar as a concrete wall... Im still of the view that for bowling, W.Akram, Brett Lee, C.Wash or Ambrose are the best choices...

  • POSTED BY ZaeemTahir on | December 11, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    God has saved Indian team saved from an embarrassing defeat! What a foundation laid by South Africa to shake the confidence of the Indian team! It would be interesting to see Philander, Steyn and Morkel testing the abilities of this Indian batsmen in the tests! A great contest lies ahead!

  • POSTED BY sniper44 on | December 11, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    India should thank heavens for eacaping a certain defeat avoiding white wash

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 11, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @ viru-319-219 writes "Tsotsobe, McLaren,Philander,Parnell all are playing for SA from quite some time now, Just dont say this is second sting attack when you feel India is going to win."

    Never for a moment did I think India would win. I said we would see what India could do against the 2nd string - not that India would win! No one expected that!

    Steyn & Morkel are SA's first string attack - simple fact. You are wrong about Philander - SA have, unfortunately, NOT been playing him in ODIs. Today was his 5th ODI since Nov this year, & his 7th since 2008. 5 ODIs in 2 months is certainly NOT "some time now."

    Philander & Tsotsobe are 1st string, with Tsotsobe on the edge - sometimes great, sometimes poor. McLaren is 2nd string, getting closer to 1st. Parnell is useless. Just because SA's selectors have experimented endlessly with him does not make him 2nd string. SA have better bowlers than him. Duminy is 2nd string, etc.

    That's called reality. SA's selectors unfortunately don't get it!

  • POSTED BY Attractivue on | December 11, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    This is great, Da Kock is rising!

  • POSTED BY satkaru1 on | December 11, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Dhoni - "We were looking positive at the break. This was one of the best pitches for the batsmen" -- What a low life... Don't even hesitate to take advantage of weather.. Sooner he realizes that he is a flat wicket captain and that he needs likes of Gambhir, Shehwag it will be better for him..

    When top order clicks and he wins all those cups, he never mentions about Gambhir.. He is top scorer in T20 final and Worldcup final. But when he wins it is all Dhoni.. When he loses it is all batsmen fault.. what a low life and low integrity person.. BRING GAMBHIR in Right now.. you AH Dhoni...

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | December 11, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    My admiration for De Kock has gone up a few notches since this series. Well done!

    While I'm not a South Africa supporter, I do take my hat off to them. They are the most consistent cricket team in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 11, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    It is official that the match is Rain washed & series not white washed. India started so well with 28 for 3 & were 145 for 3 after 34 overs. Last 16 overs cost them another 150 runs which turned the tables in favour of SA. Why was it necessary to get Kohli after 34 overs is a mystery which Dhoni alone understands. When the run rate is just over 4.1/over, is there any sense to bring a Non-bowler like Kohli to give 22 runs in 3 overs + unwanted confidence? Jadeja bowled only 6 overs & Yadev did not complete is 10 over quota. Don't let the pressure off when you are on top by bringing in Kohli. Also when SA were down 28 for 3, De Kock gave 2 chances - one of them so easy that Yuvraj dropped it! Yuvraj had a chance to send AB de Velliers back as well on a high catch. So catching & captaincy tactics were "iffy"! SA did not have Steyn or Morkel in XI. But 300 was a huge target to chase. Fortunately rain to the rescue! Indian Test performance will be better because ZAK & Pujara may be in XI!

  • POSTED BY HolyShmoly on | December 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Mother nature helps India and MSD avoid a whitewash. She couldn't bear it any longer. Now onto 2-0 in Test series...Even mother nature can't save the Indian team...Though I am an Indian fan, what everyone else says is 100% true. This team sucks outside sub continent. I don't mind a 3-0 result but the way they played is pathetic. You certainly can't be the best team in the world if you can't win away. At a minimum be men and put up a fight.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 11, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    A pity South Africa lost the opportunity to extend their winning streak against India in home ODIs to 5 - exactly the number of ODIs India have won in SA - compared to SA's 21 wins. That 21-5 gives SA an ODI Win/Loss ratio of 4.2 against India, at home.

    In India SA have only won 10 ODIs, but then India have only won 13! Seems as if SA don't struggle too badly in ODIs in India, losing only 3 less than India has, but India have a massive problem against SA in ODIs played in SA. Lucky for them the rain stopped them from losing another.

    Wow - if this had been a 7 match series SA's W/L ratio would have got up to 5 - quite an incredible dominance.

    I'm looking forward to the tests. If the rain stays away, SA are surely confident of taking their 7-2 record over India to 9 wins - and a Win/Loss of 4.5 to match their ODI record. India do really struggle in SA. In comparison, in India SA have won 5 tests, & India have 5. A draw in test wins in India - a massive dominance by SA at home.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 11, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @GRVJPR, regarding Ishant Sharma - one swallow doesn't make a summer. Did you pay attention to how wobbly the seam was? Whatever little lateral movement he got, was accidental due to that wobbly seam. Consequently, he could never set a batsman up as his deliveries are not planned or intended - they either go in or go out or go straight depending on how the wobbly seam landed. Swing in air is a distant dream with such a wobbly seam. It is a shame that we should even consider him as one of our 4 or 5 bowlers. The world wouldn't stop laughing at us. Majority of his deliveries are in low to mid-130s. No pace as well. He should be discarded ASAP. It's up to him if he can bowl like a pacer - without wobbly seam. If he can't, then let him choose some other career.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | December 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Look at the positive Indian fans. At least it is not 3-0 !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    ishant 4 wickets boost up his confidence

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 11, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    well done to South Africa for a series whitewash and the rain has saved india from another embarrasment (if the first two matches are anything to go by) as a neutral, lets hope they can actually compete in the test series, otherwise its gonna be very boring...

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | December 11, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Guys how hard it is to understand bowling 50 overs? India went in the match with 3 pacers and two spinners. Now pacers will bowl max 30 overs rest is to be shared by spinners and part timers depending upon the situation. Now when and how two spinners will bowl is the question. If Dhoni finishes off all his pacers then spinners and part timers will have to bowl in death overs which is not a logical thinking.

  • POSTED BY njaphs on | December 11, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Rain has stopped the last update i had. The covers were coming off. The empires we going to access the pitch and then decide.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | December 11, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @GRVJPR, I actually agree with you. The pitches in India have got to be the worst in the world for fast bowling and it is not just Ishant who has been belted around on those flat decks.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    I respect MS as he is a very calm person & good captain. If this wash out today that is because of his luck to avoid white wash. is there fire in front of Indian cricketers homes?

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Rain wash is always more satisfying than a white wash...Well Done S.A

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | December 11, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Seeing the scorecard, I am wondering why Dhoni continues to use Raina and Kohli. The fact that he *expects* one of his main bowlers to go for runs shows the kind of confidence he has in his bowlers. The ploy of getting 5-6 overs from the non-regulars may be a necessary evil while playing in the subcontinent, but in conditions where bowlers have something for them, Dhoni must find a way to use the bowlers to attack and take wickets. There is no way in the world should non-regulars be ever given a chance to unscrew the pressure.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    they have never played some good cricket against any formidable bowling side except home. they prove their immaturity certainly by rackless strokes even after getting good support from pitch if match starts than we should expecr same careless aproach by our batsmen.

  • POSTED BY ozone8237 on | December 11, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    QDK !! A future Legend in the making and with enormus combined Pool of experience of Amla, ABD, Smith, Khalis QDK is for sure gonna shine like a bright star. Applause to a great Captain's innings by ABD and when it seemed the SA will hardly get to a 150 plus score they both stood like an iron wall and not only survived any further blows but help the Batting line-up reach to a challenging target for the visitors. Here The Pak Cap Misbah needs to learn how in the time of a disaster and early fall of wickets don't just block one end and at the end of the innings try to become a Hero but show your Captain's skills and follow ABD and keep the run rate high as well as control the fall of wickets as well. Now is the time for the BCCI & Indian team Management to start making the home ground pitches fast and bouncy and not just flat sandy tracks that would aid their batting only and they need to remove the stamp of home ground tigers or else they would always be humiliated on away series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    is the match on or almost finished by rain?Anyone with the latest update please.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | December 11, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I have been saying this all along that Ishant Sharma is made to look a bad bowler than he is because of dead pitches in India. Game after Game this young men is made to play on dead pitches for fast bowling.

  • POSTED BY Nortox on | December 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Reduced match will favor india as they are struggling with wickets & partnerships but i think SA will cross the line again if rain allows...

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    lets see if indians r afraid of only steyn and morkel or is phillander an equal menace lets see if its again a 100+ defeat or what

  • POSTED BY truecric_fan on | December 11, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    India cannot offer any excuses today. Without Steyn and Morkel, its a great opportunity to chase 302 and dent the SA teams confidence. Wonder if the rain delays will reduce the overs??

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 11, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    What is the latest with the rain @ supersport park? Did the rain stop?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    4 hundreds no 50s please tell me that is not a new ODI record

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 11, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    As an indian cricket fan i am heartbroken with the performance of team. Not because they are loosing but they are going down in every match without fighting. I m pretty sure this will be a repeat of last 2 matches despite absence of steyn and morkel coz absence of another thing "self confidence of indian batsmen" will fullfil that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    I agree India is not good in test cricket outside sub-continent.. But, they are always good limited overs side all over the world.. Recent tri series in WI, CT in Eng are the examples.. Even in miserable Aus & Eng tours, Ind played well in ODIs irrespective of results.. Its really an un-expected ODI series for me.. Shows Ind also declining in ODIs in overseas..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    it is a rain delay quick question which international odi player has the most hundreds but not a odi 50 someone please give me that answer

  • POSTED BY NikhilMadhavan on | December 11, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    its not fair to deface India without even a second thought. these guys came in from pure flat batting surface straight out to play the official match. a warm up match or two would certainly have helped a better performance in the first two ODIs. Well having said that, the first two ODIs should have given them the warmth required.. lets see how they bat out this target 302

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 11, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    As much as the rain washes down, it cannot save India from a whitewash. Their best hope is chasing a Duckworth-Lewis score. SA gave away too many wickets for a tough D/L target.

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | December 11, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Seeing the scorecard, I am wondering why Dhoni continues to use Raina and Kohli. The fact that he *expects* one of his main bowlers to go for runs shows the kind of confidence he has in his bowlers. The ploy of getting 5-6 overs from the non-regulars may be a necessary evil while playing in the subcontinent, but in conditions where bowlers have something for them, Dhoni must find a way to use the bowlers to attack and take wickets. There is no way in the world should non-regulars be ever given a chance to unscrew the pressure.

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | December 11, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    @Greatest_Game ........ Neither Dhoni nor any other player ever asked for any excuses about Steyn or Morkel. I see many of you guys commenting this bowling line up as second sting attack, Did India ask SA management to play such attack? If you are playing a bowler for an International match then he should be good enough and any attack with good enough bowlers is not second sting. Do you guys give up hope on your team if Steyn or Morkel are Injured during WC saying the same that this is not SA's attack. Come on guys Tsotsobe, McLaren,Philander,Parnell all are playing for SA from quite some time now, Just dont say this is second sting attack when you feel India is going to win. 3 of those 4 will be part of final XI during WC 2015. SA lost to pakistan's second sting attack if you want to really see it that way becoz Pak were with out Umar Gul.

  • POSTED BY Anubrata29 on | December 11, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    India blowing their chance by dropping those catches..for the first time in the series they seemed to be on top of SA for a few moments. India would be extremely relieved to learn that de kock will not be playing the tests against them. South african selectors must be out of their minds not to include him even as a squad player.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 11, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    From 28 for 3 to 301 for 8 represents India's tale of bad let down.The best effort by the Indian pace bowlers was squandered by dropped catches. Catches win matches & it was amply proven today. You cannot keep in giving "lives" to De Kock & escape. Had the 3 catches off De kock were accepted, he would have been out before he scored 50! Ashwin needs to focus more on the off side bowling. He was very erratic today & gave some lollipops to all batsmen. He was the most expensive bowler- 7 runs/over. Surprisingly Ishant bowled a decent length at 135 KPH & made the ball move to have the best figures of his career - 4 for 40 off 10 overs. Shami lost his focus albeit he had 3 for 69. Indian pacers are still bowling full tosses. Dhoni again introduced up & down rubbish from Kohli with 2 overs costing 23 runs. Rain after SA innings, if it stays, will save India from 3-0 series sweep. Chasing 301 appears "Mission Impossible". Hopefully the rain will stay on to abandon the match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    best of luck De Kock for ur bright future.

  • POSTED BY jalebi_bai on | December 11, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @Muhammad Taha Naseer Ansari you must be a champion in mathematics and statistics.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 11, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Well, let us see if India can chase 300 now that South Africa have given them a chance and not payed Steyn & Morkel. Hey - maybe now Dhawan can last for more than 2 overs. SA scored 2 centuries and a fifty. Against their second string attack, can India offer some resistance, chasing as they like to do.

    No Steyn, no Morkel, no excuses now, India!

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I am so pleased that the SA selectors picked Quinton de Kock almost straight out of the under 19 side. I was very concerned that England would do their poaching thing again. Fortunately not. enough is enoughthey already have too many of our players!

  • POSTED BY neo-galactico on | December 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Think India has a chance to chase down this score, they've done it a few times before. This pitch is more subcontinent-esque. It's slower and doesn't have too much bounce and there's no grass on it. And most of all, Steyn and Morne aren't playing so India is very likely to cause an upset (ironic with India being the no.1 team).

  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | December 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @Angrej Singh They beat their own record of conceding 9 centuries in 2009.

    A couple of years later than envisaged but it seems that Ishant Sharma is resurfacing as the future of Indian premier attack bowling- his line and length were both exemplary. If he keeps this up and in the absence of any consistent Indian bowling competition I can see him making a comeback using his height and experience. A rare specimen indeed.

  • POSTED BY KunzMan on | December 11, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Nothing less than chasing down this target with not more than 4 wickets down and 3 overs to spare should suffice now. Pristine batting conditions and absence of Steyn, Morkel and Kallis! This should be like chasing a 240 with those guys in. Else, all the praises of the batting prowess of our batting line-up will render to be a mere hooplah! Not to say that it would overcome the mauling in the first two ODIs, but still, winning the last match and going into the Test series on a winning note should help. Agree with those commenting about Indian bowlers adjusting to length now. May the better team on the day win...

  • POSTED BY yvivekcb on | December 11, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    It's no denying fact that India is No.1 in ODIs. Top it up with World Champions & Champions of the Champions Trophy. If other teams are better then why can't they win the Major tournaments? Please explain friends. If you say those were batting pitches then does it mean other teams lack good batsmen. Friends admit the fact that India is the World champion and continue to dominate ODIs in the near future. @Muhammad - Too early to judge buddy, you will see him fail continuously after few matches. Have seen so many guys scoring 100s at fast time and fade away quickly.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | December 11, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Quinton and ABD got bonus runs here, thanks to the terrible Indian catching. Can Yuvi get a quick hundred here to make up for that costly lapse ? I can't see them getting 302 unless they get a very big opening partnership and a red hot Dhawan batting for at least 35 overs. The pitch has good bounce and this will be a challenge for all Indian batsmen who have the temptation to hook.

  • POSTED BY Imad_K on | December 11, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    No Steyn or Morkel. Will be India's best chance to score some runs. All of a sudden there probably won't be any excuses today when the Indian batsmen managed to score some runs. India may even come close to winning the match against this bowling line up.

  • POSTED BY tao585 on | December 11, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    My Predictions for this Match... India would win by 9 Wickets

    Rohit Sharma 100 inn 43 balls (Not Out) Dhawan 90 in 37 balls Kohli 100 in 22 balls (Not out) Extras 12

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | December 11, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Good show by SA batsmen. They just showed that we are here to take the advantage of India's low confidence. They utilised every opportunity. Culprits today are fielders and Kohli's over. Very bad peformance from fielders. When bowlers were trying their best why can't fielders be alert to take catches when needed? This is not the way an inspiring team should be. Dropping catches are very expenseive in this situation. Next culprit is Kohli's over which gave SA movement to play big shots. Now it's upto India's top order to decide if it should be white wash. For god's sake please don't call Ashwin as top spinner. I know this is not for spinners a senior and so called good bowler is not the one who gives 1 or 2 sixes in every over. They need to prove Dhoni's trust in them.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Itz not because of team india that we are losing. itz becoz of one man Dhoni .........this is very very bad .....when u have specialist bowlers bowling well why the hell you want to bring the part timers ...very defensive technique...pick wickets to win matches not to wait to bowl 50 overs ...captain should dictate terms not to put batsmen in pressure all the time.poor batsman you need to perform whenever you go to bat.

    Umesh yadav bowls a good line to de kock to find a chance and the next over he is replaced by a spinner .why the hell kohli is bowling....he is not good enough to bowl in district matches also.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | December 11, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    I'm so disappointed on SA batsmen. They should have easily scored 400+ today coz the pitch was pretty flat. They scored 350+ on that green track at Wanderers. This pitch is way easier to bat on than the track at Wanderers. Anyway 301 will be more than enough.

  • POSTED BY Nash_Khewl on | December 11, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    So it seems our superstar YUVRAJ SINGH has dropped 2 catches today. I wonder if he's playing for India or South Africa? he doesn't contribute with bat much though....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 11, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    If RSA white wash Ind in ODI series then its clear that India can't play well over seas. Indian batting can't handle bouncers and were beaten for pace this series vs RSA. If this goes on, then its going to be trouble for Ind as i have heard 'rumours' that the 2015ICCWC is going to be in Australia where there is going to be bounce and the seamers will have the upper hands and also fast pace bowling will be there keeping Johnson in mind who washed England recently in the latest Ashes.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    3 matches 3 centuries. if de kock plays 50 matches again india he will surely make 50 centuries

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | December 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    This is going to be INDIA's game ................ Clearly pitch is better than 301 and 320 would have been a par score on this ground. Indian bowlers are adjusting to SA conditions now and are finding right lengths, Indian batsmen need to show their character now. couple of practice matches before ODI's would have been great.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | December 11, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Win or lose, India should try to play for entire 50 overs. This way they will atleast have enough practice going in to the test series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    10 th time Indian bowlers gave over 300 + this year

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Haha, even the people crowd are catching better than the fielders!!!

    301 runs. I am looking forward to watching the 'legendary' Indian batting lineup chase this score down against a 2nd string SA bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY I_Love_My_India on | December 11, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    @sharma987 ZK is not selected for ODIs. He is selected only for Tests. I agree with you and wished if selectors could select him ahead of Umesh or Ishant. Ishant bowled today well. But he needs to be consistent.

    I see even with out Kallis and early breakthroughs, SA is cruising to 300+ score. I do not understand why Jadeja and Ashwin were given bowls when SA was crushed. Only one spinner is needed and choose a seamer instead of one of the spinners.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    So india is once again chasing 300 . But ishant bowled well. Tge openers will have to olay a major rolw in this chase.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Interesting stats below about this ground in ODIs: Average 1st innings score at Supersport Park is 238 Average 2nd innings score at Supersport Park is 204

    Highest Score Chased at Supersport Park is 300 Lowest Score Defended at Supersport Park is 198

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | December 11, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @Deven Sharma: Because our three fast bowlers ( Sharma, Yadav and Shami) can only bowl 30 overs. 10 overs each. Rest twenty overs are required to be bowled to complete a 50 overs match. Now in your opinion, who will/should bowl those 20 overs and when?

  • POSTED BY TheOldAnalyst on | December 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Indian seam bowlers on an average conceded 6 runs or more perover in the last two years - just heard from a South African commentator quoting stats. That is highest among all ODI playing countries. I wonder how did India become No.1 ODI ? Some weird statistics indeeed. Needless to say, they will continue to ineffective overseas in Tests and ODIs Without addressing this issue, they cal never claim to be a genuine world beating side.. BCCI has some serious task in hand.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    I can clearly see a white wash! India are a good team but are always over rated. When they play outside India (not subcontinent) their actual rating shows up.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | December 11, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    As I Mentioned yesterday, De kock manages to score his 3rd consecutive century. Too bad this is not a 7 match ODI series. Otherwise he would have set a new world record.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 11, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    People were predicting that the match is over for SA..They commented too early.SA is back in the game.Even 200 runs are more than enough for the Champs..Another 150 runs partnership...De Kock made his way into the list of players having scored 3 back to back Centuries..Great...So many other records yet to come in this series..Steyn or Phillander one of them might take 10 wickets in an inngs or even 20 in a single match..That would be a record..

  • POSTED BY FlyingDutchman13 on | December 11, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Any team can beat India easily in these grounds - Bridgetown, Barbados Sabina Park, Jamaica W.A.C.A Perth, Australia MCG, Melbourne, Australia Durban, SouthAfrica Johannesburg, SouthAfrica

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 11, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Lol.People were predicting that the match is over for SA..They commented too early.SA is back in the game.Even 200 runs are more than enough for the Champs..Another 150 runs partnership...De Kock made his way into the list of players having scored 3 back to back Centuries..Great...So many other records yet to come in this series..Steyn or Phillander one of them might take 10 wickets in an inngs or even 20 in a single match..That would be a record..

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Here we go again...I dont understand why Dhoni keep on bowling spinners and part timers...it works in India but it never works overseas...Eng, Australia and now SA....when will he stop experimenting?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    de kock is brilint player

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    why every 1 talking about oly Indian bowlers ...look at dhoni..from over 15 to 35 he using two spinners and part timers on sa pacy tracks..i dnt undrstnd logic behind tat.

  • POSTED BY sharma987 on | December 11, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    india should have played zaheer to give him practice 4 tests...what a tragedy dat india have stopped producing real quality spinners..........avg indian fielding.yuvraj seems to be ending his carrier here....not a good fielder any more.....cant play short pitch balls..........3-0 on the wall for india

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Quinton de Kock - 3 Tons in a row against the No.1 ODI team in the world. Take a bow my son!!!!!

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    @gimme-a-greentop You are correct. ODIs are considered List A games but his domestic List A average is still 32. That might be good enough for you, but its not for me - not at international level. And yes there are far better players in the country who should've been picked. David excels far better at T20 than 50 over games.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Yuvraj and Rahane dropping sitters by international standards. .and we hope to win in SA..I dont know whats dhonis hangover with yuvraj....agreed he has defeated death but I dont think he has cricket left in him to defeat dtrong opponents

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    I am seeing comments about shikhar, kohli and rohit being these great bastmen, to be honest they are sweet to the eye and I have alot of time for them especially Kohli who has gone from strength to strength since representing India at the under 19 level. This has always been the test for Indian cricketers, dominating outside of the sub-continent. Ashwin has 11 wickets in I think 9 matches outside of India and the other 90 in India in his phenomenal record. Yes they are past Indian greats like the little master that have dominated the world stage but this team, with the exception of Dhoni whom is my favourite cricketer have only shown glimpses of talent around the world. I am not surprised at the results thus far. The will lose this game as well. The same can be argued for England's team. Compare the results for the away tests perfomances against home series for both these teams. India are 8-0 away from home. This will series will be 10-0.

  • POSTED BY heartbreakerz on | December 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Steyn n Morkel not playing.....if india still loses today then they should give up all their hopes(if any) of even competing in tests.

  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | December 11, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    OMG, DeVilliers and DeKock are showing India DeDoor. Seriously I don't get excited often but DeKock is the next coming, but then the same was said about Pakistani batsmen Jamshed when he made consecutive centuries against the Indian bowling attack in India, and he has just been dropped by Pakistan. Swings and roundabouts indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    I wonder , how they claim themselves and world's number one team ! Team India , you are still a kid outside India.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    In first odi, MS was more worried about kick off overs than of death overs. In second odi, couple of death overs did sink them and in third odi, bowlers put opposition down upto to MS's wish, but death overs are going to hurt MS. What is next excuse Mr. Cool Captain ?

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | December 11, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Qdk 3 century in 3 games vs India and his 4th century in such short time.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | December 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    SA made a mistake in picking up the bowlers today. They should have kept Imran tahir as a surprise for the Test. In ODI he might end up giving 60+ runs as Indians are good against spin. On batting tracks Indians did show they are world class but in pressure situation only Kohli and Dhoni are qualified for among top 10. The way DeKock playing these days I would say he would become one of the very best in the world. With Amla, Kallis and DeVilliers and with a very long batting line up I wonder if Indians can get 20 SA wickets in the Test. If Indians come out good this time than they will surely deserve top rankings in my book.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | December 11, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Incredible batting by dekock. fourth century in a row. He is a tremendous talent. irrespective of two dropped catches, he made it a habit of making hundred once he crosses 50 runs.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 11, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I think SA should declare their inngs now...150 is more than enough target for the Champs...

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | December 11, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda i agree with you that the indian top 3 should perform better in test matches. but the question is bowling. if the indian bowling keeps putting so much pressure on the batsmen every time, is it fair to expect the batsmen to rise to the occasion every single day?? expecting to chase 350 and 300 runs when you have just landed in south africa is not fair at all, so their failures especially those of the openers is excusable to some extent.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    there will be not much difference in SA batting by these changes. but in bowling it will be huge difference. This is how teams these days approach the matches after series result to test bench strength. 1st pakistan did it last month instead of going for white wash and now SA doing it. It is a good chance for india to win todays game and also get some practice for tests. because reports are that tour match will be affected by rain. SA's bowling will be bit weak today. India should have no problem in playing Imran tahir.

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | December 11, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    shikhar, kohli and rohit are top batsmen and can walk into any team in the world. hope they get some practice today to help them in upcoming test matches. dhawan in full flow in south african conditions will be a treat to watch for all cricket lovers. i am surprised he hasn't been able to do well so far. a bit of extra bounce and pace in the pitch in fact very much suits his style of play. anyway, looking forward to test series.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | December 11, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    There is no excuse for dropping simple catches. You dont need to be in SA to practice for catching. Grabbing chances and taking catches are so important for a team with limited bowling resources. If they drop simple catches they will be punished because their bowlers are not that great to create chances after chances. India could have been in much better shape than it is now because of two dropped catches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Ashwin is really a spinner??? I dnt think so.... Harbajan is far better then Ashwin in ODI's

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    a test for indian bowling .......... either they keep on going like this or hammerrd at the end ... its also a test for south african batting depth ............... will be interesting how indian battsmen enjoy the tour with out styen and morkal...................

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | December 11, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa...yes well this isn't a first class game is it? Davids has been consistently good in the local one-day competition, that's why he was selected. I'm tired of this constant harping on about politics...

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | December 11, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Much maligned Indian pacers have finally bowled a few good spells. But for the drop catch by Rahane, they almost had 4 wickets for 60 plus runs. Not bad et al. BCCI should learn to give them 2-3 weeks and a few practice matches to adjust to the bouncy conditions. They will do really good. This is a talented side and needs exposure in alien condition. By the way Yuvraj has also dropped a simple catch. These guys (simple catch droppers) should be kicked out of the team.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | December 11, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    too bad from india's point of view that steyn and morkel are not playing. one day series is lost anyway, at least they would have got to practice a bit more against these 2 bowlers in favorable conditions before test matches. esp rohit, dhawan, kohli who haven't played in SA ever. but anyway these 3 guys are among the best 4-5 batsmen in the world today and i am sure they will do much better in test matches when they are not expected to be chasing 6-7 runs per over from ball one.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    I wonder when they bring in pacers like Hendricks and VIljoen instead of this tried and failed backup pacers.Saffers arent they better than Tsotsobe and Parnell

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    looks like India will win today:)

  • POSTED BY adeng on | December 11, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    QdK deserves a massive 21st birthday party - if he performs today, I will pledge to buy him a drink! ;D

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    good start by the indian pacers today.. specially ishant has bowled well...

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | December 11, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Bye Bye Henry Davids I think he is 32 so I think this must be the end of his international career.

  • POSTED BY Kappa69 on | December 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    No matter who wins SA has the series. India can perform only in their conditions and they became number one by luckily. But SA test team did that in the other way.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 11, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Ohh no...Finally Indian Pacers figured it out..Now they learnt how to bowl :P

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 11, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    And india mind you haven't practiced because of rains in South Africa so criticizing them is kinda harsh on them.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    if SA gets 150 on the board, then it is more than enough. India can't chase even 150 also. The only time India played well in the away series was in 1970 to 1972 when there were great spinners in the Indian ranks and in the mid eighties.2003 to 2010 also great years for Indian team in away series because of likes of Sachin,Dravid,Kumble. This Indian side looks ordinary to emulate those teams but still these are learning time for young indian lads to learn how to play away from India.

  • POSTED BY adeng on | December 11, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    If Quinny comes through with a fighting innings today, he will really have arrived and ready to break down that door into the test side. He must show that he can discern when to attack and when to defend now.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    2 wickets and ishant is a hero. ....

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Henry Davids, FC batting average of 32. I can name 10 better batsmen who deserve to be there instead of him. SA politics and sport at their best. Well bowled India thought too.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | December 11, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    sensing a big win for india here as sa are 3 down inside 9 overs. no morkel or styen to bowl bouncers and rest are not good enough. may be the moral booster india needed before all important test series. may the best team win here.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | December 11, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Thats what I was talking about. Give the team a bit time to adjust to alien condition and they will adjust. Now bowlers are finding their line and length and SA has lost 3 wickets under 10 overs. Keep going guys.

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    what is the pitch like ????

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    will raina ever get dropped?

  • POSTED BY worldcric.com on | December 11, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @Tushar Ravi, i am sorry to tell that . if SA plays with full time.it should be 100% whitewash . Indian can play only flat pitch wickets with medium fast blowers .you forget if MJ played last match between Aus vs India . 100% india lost the season . worst thing come soon to indian team .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Steyn has been rested.Now we must loose the match to show Steyn made no difference to us.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | December 11, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Another 150+ runs partnership is coming up...Go SA go

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    No Kallis, Steyn, Morkel. SA B team vs India A team. Lets see what happens....

  • POSTED BY HLvinodkumar on | December 11, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Hi again SA Batting Expecting Target 300

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 11, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    When I play CRICINFO Fantasy cricket, i feel little bit helpless! Bcz 2 select the best team XI from this series, maximum i can select 7 players 4m a team. that means minimum 5 i'v 2 select 4m india, otherwise i'd like 2 select the whole South African Team as my best XI.. then i can gain more points in the game...

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 11, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    No steyn no morkel haha hopefully India win this one !

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | December 11, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Disappointed, I was looking forward to watching Rahane. He wasn't even out last game was unlucky his chain hit his helmet making a noise. Yuvraj should not be in India's squad for any format other than maybe T20 now.

  • POSTED BY anupam9992 on | December 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    ha............ still raina finds a place in the team,,,,disgusting

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    REST? are out serious!! when u can destroy their confidence you REST your best bowler... and then they wonder why can't they win stuff!!

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | December 11, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Steyn rested! Is that what india needed?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    No body told SAs to go with their A team......Go with full force and do whitewash if you can...

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | December 11, 2013, 11:22 GMT

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

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  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | December 11, 2013, 11:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 11, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    No body told SAs to go with their A team......Go with full force and do whitewash if you can...

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | December 11, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Steyn rested! Is that what india needed?

  • POSTED BY on | December 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    REST? are out serious!! when u can destroy their confidence you REST your best bowler... and then they wonder why can't they win stuff!!

  • POSTED BY anupam9992 on | December 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    ha............ still raina finds a place in the team,,,,disgusting

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | December 11, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Disappointed, I was looking forward to watching Rahane. He wasn't even out last game was unlucky his chain hit his helmet making a noise. Yuvraj should not be in India's squad for any format other than maybe T20 now.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 11, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    No steyn no morkel haha hopefully India win this one !

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 11, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    When I play CRICINFO Fantasy cricket, i feel little bit helpless! Bcz 2 select the best team XI from this series, maximum i can select 7 players 4m a team. that means minimum 5 i'v 2 select 4m india, otherwise i'd like 2 select the whole South African Team as my best XI.. then i can gain more points in the game...

  • POSTED BY HLvinodkumar on | December 11, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Hi again SA Batting Expecting Target 300

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | December 11, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    No Kallis, Steyn, Morkel. SA B team vs India A team. Lets see what happens....