South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 1st day December 18, 2013

South African quicks aim to refocus radar

Just as they did at The Oval last July, South Africa's quicks bowled too wide on the first day. Allan Donald hopes they can stage an Oval-style turnaround
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Cullinan: 'Smith could've managed bowlers better'

M Vijay vigilantly watched half of the first over of this Test match sail past him. Dale Steyn was steaming in, swinging the ball away, and although he beat Vijay's outside edge once, he also provided enough room outside off stump to ensure the opener was not forced into a shot on three occasions. Eighty overs later, with Steyn taking hold of the second new ball, MS Dhoni watched four out of six balls carry through to AB de Villiers. Sandwiched between those two overs was the reason South Africa did not have more success on the opening day of this series: they did not make the Indian batsmen play enough and did not show enough discipline.

They bowled too wide of off stump and the unexpectedly stoic attitude from India's batsmen left the first day delicately balanced. It also highlighted South Africa's occasional lapses into lethargy, otherwise known as 'starting slowly.'

South Africa, by their own admission, sometimes stutter in their attempt to get off the blocks, especially if they have been on a break. They took half a Test to get into their groove in the UAE after a seven-month layoff, by which time the first match was all but lost. Then, they could not adjust to conditions quickly enough. Today, at the Wanderers, their showing was reminiscent of their display at The Oval last July.

England finished the first day 267 for 3, with Alastair Cook scoring a century. England had been allowed a free pass, as South Africa bowled without the attacking intent they had built their reputation on. Even though Allan Donald said then that they knew width was not an option, they persisted with a line outside the off stump and England's batsmen could settle.

Donald, South Africa's bowling coach, recognised the similarities between that day and this one immediately. "I went back to the day we had at The Oval where we asked the right questions to start with but at the same time, we were slightly wide and a little bit too short," he said.

India's openers left almost half of the first ten overs - 27 deliveries out of 60. Vijay spent 41 balls being watchful. He ignored anything he had to reach for, for more than an hour. He only faltered after being given a working over by Morne Morkel, who, as he did at The Oval, delivered the most impressive of South Africa's opening acts.

Morkel extracted steep bounce and used the short ball to good effect, directing it at the batsmen's bodies in the hope of getting them to fend to short leg. It almost worked. After Vijay was dropped at short leg, Morkel sensed he would be vulnerable and dished up the fuller one, which Vijay could not stop fishing at.

Mistakes like that were what South Africa were waiting for. At 24 for 2, with both India batsmen falling to a plan and the evidence of the one-day series still fresh in their minds, they could hardly be faulted for expecting more of the same. Cheteshwar Pujara only offered one chance - when he edged Morkel short of first slip - and even though Virat Kohli initially looked uncertain, especially against Morkel, he soon showed his prowess on the back foot.

With Pujara's determination and Kohli's strokeplay, the frustrators became the frustrated. Kohli had time to ease in and sensed it would get easier for him if he rode out the initial test. "I don't think they were threatening at all," he said. "It was all about respecting the conditions. After that, you have to respect yourself. You have to respect the good balls that are thrown at you and use your opportunity to hit when you could. Later on, they started bowling on fifth, sixth stump."

That was after lunch and it was when South Africa's day threatened to unravel. The usually impeccable line of Vernon Philander veered much wider than usual and the spinners, on a first-day Wanderers pitch, were ineffective and expensive. Imran Tahir's mash-up of long-hops and full tosses provided relief and runs for India, proving that patience pays.

Still, Donald said South Africa never felt India took the game away. "They fired down," he said. The run-out of Pujara and Kohli's soft dismissal kept South Africa on a fairly even keel. Despite Ajinkya Rahane being handed the same leeway, with South Africa offering as much, if not more, width at the end of the day as they did at the beginning, Donald was largely satisfied. "I will say I will take it. It was a mixture of asking the right questions but then being a bit sloppy in patches. There's no doubt we have to make a big play tomorrow."

For that, Donald will ask them to remember The Oval. South Africa surged back on the second day with much more conviction and purpose. The chat Donald had with them may have had something to do with it. "I went to bowlers individually and spoke to them," he said. "I chatted with Dale especially about setting the tone."

Led by a fired-up Steyn, South Africa took the last seven England wickets for 114 runs. "We locked in so well and didn't give England anything," Donald said. "That's what we have to do tomorrow. There is a lot riding on tomorrow's first session and how the bowlers set the tone."

In recent months, South Africa have not stacked up bad days and Donald is convinced that won't change, especially if he has something to do with it. "When we have a rusty day, we get back into things and we pride ourselves on how we find a way. We have done that successfully against teams all around the world. Tomorrow is another one of those days where we have to do it."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on December 19, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    when these south africans come to subcontinent and struggle against the spin on turning tracks, why the hell so much of hoopla when subcontinent batsman struggle on fast bouncy pitches . Is cricket only playing fast bowling on fast tracks, then why dont we ban the spin and spinners from cricket altogether. Playing spin requires more skill which players outside subcontinent dont have. No one is really comfortable against quality fast bowling on bouncy fast wickets including south africans and australians. So learn to give respect to this young and inexperienced indian team for what they achieved on day one.

  • Alexk400 on December 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    SA fast bowlers choking badly. over hyped. Steyn bowl only in swinging condition. Morken has some percentage of ishant brain. Less you say about philander is better. Tahir ...how did he get into SA team? Quota? He is club level bowler and have no control. First ball he bowled short ball. Expectation crushed him. Just let him play club game. he is not ready for high pressure games.

    SA need to find real fast bowler who clock 150kmph regularly. Philander may be good against Aussies and England not good against india. he is too slow. Kinda Irfan pathan level.

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 19, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    To the "True South African Fan" - You guys were all over India batting until the match started. Now since that option is closed, you want to talk about India bowling? Well, keep talking.

  • lokeshcriclover on December 19, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    make them tired....then go after them...probably working for INDIA....

  • on December 19, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    I am a true South African fan and I will warn every Indian fan here that please do not under estimate the power of African attack, they did blast the batting line ups in near past and India would see soon.

    Get Ready for 2nd day and one more thing if SA bowlers were not so successful, how can the cheapest bowling bowling unit like India will get success?

  • the_blue_android on December 19, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Cullinan and Donald are now calling this track a belter! yesterday it was 'intimidating'! there is a reason why these guys never won an silverware. They are always in denial. If they do well, then it's because of they performed well and if the opponents do well, then it's because they did not do well! Learn to give some credit!

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on December 19, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    While gauging India's performance it has to be noted that SA is the no.1 ranked test team with bowlers like steyn and morkel AND IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD...India has nothing to lose but only gain and they started in nice fashion...They are focused and that's one thing we failed to see in England and Australia...no one wanted to fight..even Dravid was slipping.

  • truecric_fan on December 19, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Day 1 surely belonged to India. Keeping in mind that the young Indian batsmen had no preparation time or warm up game, I wish to give them full credit. Steyn and Co were 2 notches below our expectations. If Dhoni sticks around, SA are in big trouble.

  • bumble23 on December 19, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Had Tahir been not included in this test match the scoreline would have read 180 for 5. One just cannot fathom the inclusion of tahir. It really has been poor selection by the Saffa's.

  • cooljack_143 on December 19, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Its TIME to teach these SA authors and commentators like esp kepler wesels & shaun pollock ,Cullinan a Lesson.The way they were commenting as if they were playing the associate nation here.Look at your line up , I mean Kallis vs Dhawan or Kohli, what is that comparison.Super sport channel is making fool of itself today.Look at Robin Jackman how he did it humbly.Respect your opponent and give credit where it is due.way to go team India !!!!!!!!

  • on December 19, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    when these south africans come to subcontinent and struggle against the spin on turning tracks, why the hell so much of hoopla when subcontinent batsman struggle on fast bouncy pitches . Is cricket only playing fast bowling on fast tracks, then why dont we ban the spin and spinners from cricket altogether. Playing spin requires more skill which players outside subcontinent dont have. No one is really comfortable against quality fast bowling on bouncy fast wickets including south africans and australians. So learn to give respect to this young and inexperienced indian team for what they achieved on day one.

  • Alexk400 on December 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    SA fast bowlers choking badly. over hyped. Steyn bowl only in swinging condition. Morken has some percentage of ishant brain. Less you say about philander is better. Tahir ...how did he get into SA team? Quota? He is club level bowler and have no control. First ball he bowled short ball. Expectation crushed him. Just let him play club game. he is not ready for high pressure games.

    SA need to find real fast bowler who clock 150kmph regularly. Philander may be good against Aussies and England not good against india. he is too slow. Kinda Irfan pathan level.

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 19, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    To the "True South African Fan" - You guys were all over India batting until the match started. Now since that option is closed, you want to talk about India bowling? Well, keep talking.

  • lokeshcriclover on December 19, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    make them tired....then go after them...probably working for INDIA....

  • on December 19, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    I am a true South African fan and I will warn every Indian fan here that please do not under estimate the power of African attack, they did blast the batting line ups in near past and India would see soon.

    Get Ready for 2nd day and one more thing if SA bowlers were not so successful, how can the cheapest bowling bowling unit like India will get success?

  • the_blue_android on December 19, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Cullinan and Donald are now calling this track a belter! yesterday it was 'intimidating'! there is a reason why these guys never won an silverware. They are always in denial. If they do well, then it's because of they performed well and if the opponents do well, then it's because they did not do well! Learn to give some credit!

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on December 19, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    While gauging India's performance it has to be noted that SA is the no.1 ranked test team with bowlers like steyn and morkel AND IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD...India has nothing to lose but only gain and they started in nice fashion...They are focused and that's one thing we failed to see in England and Australia...no one wanted to fight..even Dravid was slipping.

  • truecric_fan on December 19, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Day 1 surely belonged to India. Keeping in mind that the young Indian batsmen had no preparation time or warm up game, I wish to give them full credit. Steyn and Co were 2 notches below our expectations. If Dhoni sticks around, SA are in big trouble.

  • bumble23 on December 19, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Had Tahir been not included in this test match the scoreline would have read 180 for 5. One just cannot fathom the inclusion of tahir. It really has been poor selection by the Saffa's.

  • cooljack_143 on December 19, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Its TIME to teach these SA authors and commentators like esp kepler wesels & shaun pollock ,Cullinan a Lesson.The way they were commenting as if they were playing the associate nation here.Look at your line up , I mean Kallis vs Dhawan or Kohli, what is that comparison.Super sport channel is making fool of itself today.Look at Robin Jackman how he did it humbly.Respect your opponent and give credit where it is due.way to go team India !!!!!!!!

  • UncleJack on December 19, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Credit where it is due: India batted well on the first day...

  • on December 19, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Where are SA Fans Now..Lolzzz

  • u_guys_are_history on December 19, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Like many other fellow commenters have pointed out, the author makes it sound like the SA bowlers were entirely to blame for India making 255. Kindly be a little more sporting and give some credit where it is due. Leaving wide balls outside off is not the easiest thing in the world. Morkel was unplayable at times. An objective view is India weathered some good bowling initially, saw out the second new ball later in the day and if not for some brain fades on their part, should have been absolutely on top. Not the other way around.

  • UncleJack on December 19, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    I think that a lack of a mid-on is a trick that Graeme Smith has missed on the 1st day. A bowler is still human and has misgivings about trying to get too close to the stumps without protection on the on side.

    If Smith can get a mid-on in place today I think the line may well come right and force the batsmen to play.

  • Lallubhai on December 19, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Totally diasgree with writer.India stood up to SA and got the better of them.

  • on December 19, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Indian batsmen played well against a good bowling attack. SA media and author trying to belittle what India has done on the first day by their comments. this mental disintegration and sledging and abuse is cowardly and filthy. give credit where its due. if not for few silly shots of dhawan, kohli and rohit and pujara's run out, they would be in a far better position

  • on December 19, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    The hype surrounding the bounce and pace of SA wickets and the quality of the SA quick attack has been over the top. Almost every expert from South Africa had predicted dire straits for the young Indian batting line up. But they have been made to eat humble pie by this young Indian line up, who have shown that they are made of sterner stuff. They are not just a bunch of brash, spoilt rich kids out there to make up the numbers. They are in SA to compete and win. Way to go MSD & co.

  • on December 19, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Agree with @humdrum, @maddy20 and others who disagree that SA bowled badly. It was an even contest, and for once on day 1 of a series abroad, India did not collapse. There was no reason for SA to switch tactics during the day, and wait for end of 90 overs for course correction!!! SA scribes can be a little more graceful in accepting that Indians batted better than they expected, instead of blaming the SA bowlers.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on December 19, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    leaving a ball is a art like drawing the test match. Watching vijay leaving the ball is awesome. First time i watched test match so closely, i loved the way he was leaving the ball. He took the shine but did nt score.

  • Srini_Indian on December 19, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    It was India who let SA off the hook, not the other way around. India gifted 4 of the 5 wickets. If not for Pujara runout, Rohit brain-fade and Kohli's soft dismissal, SA would have been in trouble. Actually SA should feel very lucky to be in the position they're now. But I do hope India scores 350 and nicks out Amla and AB quickly. Have to see how the likes of Alviro, Kallis who is out of form, DuPlessis, Duminy fare with scoreboard pressure.

  • Pankreap on December 19, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Really,as i said,it was just a matter of getting acclimatised to the conditions.I don't know why indian fans r being so pessimist.India is their to compete,i can tell you that.And as kohli pointed out that south african bowlers are not threatening,sa bowlers r really overrated.Though they r world class bowlers,but look at dale steyn and morkel,they just keep on boasting about their bowling often taking opposition as underdogs. As far as their batting is concerned,why they r talking about India considering they themselves have'nt been able to chase even 180 without any choking.yepp

  • truebleue_cricfan on December 19, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    I am sure this article would have been entirely different had India been bowled out yesterday. It would have been something on the lines of 'SA quicks exploited the conditions and never allowed the India batsmen any freebies. India took their poor showing the ODIs to the tests and the young batsmen need to learn a thing or two about handling pace and bounce'. SA bowled quite well. Indian batsmen were equal to the task and would have been more comfortably placed if not for a few silly dismissals. You want to see what not making the batsmen play enough is? Watch Ishant Sharma bowl later in the day today.

  • humdrum on December 19, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Sure,Allan Donald will take it-- after being 24-2 , and ending up with 255-5,that's the best he can say.It could have been much worse.The SA were not coming off a seven month layoff this time, and to hear the promos,you could be forgiven for thinking that by lunch,the Indians would be back in the hut with a grand total of 50.Wonder what lethargy was that,which lasted a full day,and why Donald did not have a word with Steyn and co during the lunch and tea breaks. Doesn't wash,mate.

  • mk49_van on December 19, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    The one dayers made SA complacent, and led to an underestimation of this Indian line-up. The expectation was that they would get knocked over. If they can hang in and get to a score close to 400, SA have a fight on their hands. They may well find that they underestimated the bowling attack as well.

  • usernames on December 19, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Even if SA comes back strongly on the second day, which it should considering it's the best side in the world, there's no taking credit away from the Indian batsmen. They were very good in their first innings in South Africa. Very good judgement, very good assessment of the conditions, etc. and you can see that this team both wants it and has the potential to do well in these conditions. Earlier, before the Tendulkar era perhaps, we didn't see that.

    It's only expected that SA will be fired up tomorrow and test the batsmen even more. That is what test matches are for: an actual test for both the sides instead of the downright stupid slog fest that the ICC has made ODIs.

    India have done very well and they will only improve with time. :-)

  • Nampally on December 18, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Kohli & Pujara stopped the rot from 24 for 2 with an 89 run third wkt. partnership. It was a sad way of ending Pujara's dour defence with a run out. Perhaps that was the only way of getting him Out. SA won the ODI's by bowling outside the off stump & letting inexperienced Indian batsmen make mistakes. Well today some Indian batsmen made adjustment & decided to leave the balls outside the off stump well alone. Kohli alone left 60 of 181 balls he faced, well alone. From the rest of the 121 balls he faced he scored 119 runs! He carried the theme - "Tire them first & then attack them". This change of tactics were least anticipated by SA. On day 2 they go to plan B, as per Coach Donald! The first hour will be crucial to see if Plan B works. Rahane & Dhoni will continue to bat the same way as they did facing the new ball in poor light in the last hour! If they tide over storm, India can expect a good total to challenge SA. Current total of 255 for 5 is respectable- Not commanding or great!

  • maddy20 on December 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    @Sammy K Sammy K, you either did not watch the game or do not understand it. As pointed out in the article, the Saffas were hoping, that they can tempt the rookie Indian batsmen into fishing a foot outside off or unsettle them with a short-ball barrage. The batsmen cleverly avoided the traps and ducked or pulled(Kohli, Rahane) or hooked when they could. Calling that "luck" is being as naive as a toddler!

  • Lallubhai on December 18, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    South Africa are supposed to be the best bowling side in the world and they did bowl well.Problem for them was that India are beggining to acclimatise ,and played better than them.Credit where credit is due.

  • pabbu on December 18, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    I agree with @LebronJameas. Indian batsmen fared well against seasoned SA bowlers in their own backyard. Author seems to find fault and too critical of SA bowlers, Which i felt too harsh. I always believe commenting from outside is easy. It was a fascinating battle between bat and ball. Young Indian batsmen were playing well against probably the most potent fast bowling unit. Tomorrow 1st hour will be crucial for both the teams.

  • BigINDFan on December 18, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    It was India's day since the expectations of No. 2 was to fold over less than 200 on Day 1. The fact that Kohli scored a century is a statement of intent. The way Pujara and Kohli played showed they are adjusting to Test cricket in SA. The way the "slow bowlers" bowled means SA relies too much on the 3 fast bowlers with Kallis mustering energy in short spells. If this was Aussies playing they would have scored 350 easily. Cook and Pietersen would have had fun and Bell scoring a big century if Eng was here. Since it was a newbie Ind team they fought and made their way to 255. Donald must be disappointed and is talking up his bowlers. They may deliver quickly tomorrow but MSD should carry on the good work and push Ind to 350-400. Then Zak and co should show fight and ask a lot of good questions of the SA batsmen.

    Hope it will be a thrilling contest, let us see!

  • on December 18, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    The second day could make or break either team. Should be a fun match. Its surprising that the pitch was not as wicked as originally expected. The SA quicks were denied a chance to show themselves at their fiercest. India may want to consider that a lucky break.

  • lokeshcriclover on December 18, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    All the best to Dhoni & co...for the 2nd nd crucial (in this test, i suspect) day.... CHAK DE INDIA...............

  • on December 18, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    If not for the soft dismissal of Virat Kohli, India could have been in a commanding position at stumps on first day. Nevertheless, they can still hope to put Proteas under pressure, if they reach anywhere near 350+ mark.

  • PPL11 on December 18, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Tomorrow is going to be a big day if India Cross 400 Mark then it will be tough for SA to come and win the match, but if india bundles out quickly then SA will be well and truely on Top, Rahane, Dhoni have big job to do atleast see off 30mins - 1 hour tomorrow morning and then counter attack

  • LebronJameas on December 18, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I guess you are not giving enough credit to the Indian batsman. I thought the SA bowlers did a good job in testing out the new comers to Test cricket. Indian batsmen were expected to poke (given their primary experience in ODIs in subcontinent) and that is what Vijay, Kohli and Sharma did. To India's credit, their batsman didn't take the bait. But, don't go too hard on the SA bowlers. It was a great contest.

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  • LebronJameas on December 18, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I guess you are not giving enough credit to the Indian batsman. I thought the SA bowlers did a good job in testing out the new comers to Test cricket. Indian batsmen were expected to poke (given their primary experience in ODIs in subcontinent) and that is what Vijay, Kohli and Sharma did. To India's credit, their batsman didn't take the bait. But, don't go too hard on the SA bowlers. It was a great contest.

  • PPL11 on December 18, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Tomorrow is going to be a big day if India Cross 400 Mark then it will be tough for SA to come and win the match, but if india bundles out quickly then SA will be well and truely on Top, Rahane, Dhoni have big job to do atleast see off 30mins - 1 hour tomorrow morning and then counter attack

  • on December 18, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    If not for the soft dismissal of Virat Kohli, India could have been in a commanding position at stumps on first day. Nevertheless, they can still hope to put Proteas under pressure, if they reach anywhere near 350+ mark.

  • lokeshcriclover on December 18, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    All the best to Dhoni & co...for the 2nd nd crucial (in this test, i suspect) day.... CHAK DE INDIA...............

  • on December 18, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    The second day could make or break either team. Should be a fun match. Its surprising that the pitch was not as wicked as originally expected. The SA quicks were denied a chance to show themselves at their fiercest. India may want to consider that a lucky break.

  • BigINDFan on December 18, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    It was India's day since the expectations of No. 2 was to fold over less than 200 on Day 1. The fact that Kohli scored a century is a statement of intent. The way Pujara and Kohli played showed they are adjusting to Test cricket in SA. The way the "slow bowlers" bowled means SA relies too much on the 3 fast bowlers with Kallis mustering energy in short spells. If this was Aussies playing they would have scored 350 easily. Cook and Pietersen would have had fun and Bell scoring a big century if Eng was here. Since it was a newbie Ind team they fought and made their way to 255. Donald must be disappointed and is talking up his bowlers. They may deliver quickly tomorrow but MSD should carry on the good work and push Ind to 350-400. Then Zak and co should show fight and ask a lot of good questions of the SA batsmen.

    Hope it will be a thrilling contest, let us see!

  • pabbu on December 18, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    I agree with @LebronJameas. Indian batsmen fared well against seasoned SA bowlers in their own backyard. Author seems to find fault and too critical of SA bowlers, Which i felt too harsh. I always believe commenting from outside is easy. It was a fascinating battle between bat and ball. Young Indian batsmen were playing well against probably the most potent fast bowling unit. Tomorrow 1st hour will be crucial for both the teams.

  • Lallubhai on December 18, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    South Africa are supposed to be the best bowling side in the world and they did bowl well.Problem for them was that India are beggining to acclimatise ,and played better than them.Credit where credit is due.

  • maddy20 on December 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    @Sammy K Sammy K, you either did not watch the game or do not understand it. As pointed out in the article, the Saffas were hoping, that they can tempt the rookie Indian batsmen into fishing a foot outside off or unsettle them with a short-ball barrage. The batsmen cleverly avoided the traps and ducked or pulled(Kohli, Rahane) or hooked when they could. Calling that "luck" is being as naive as a toddler!

  • Nampally on December 18, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Kohli & Pujara stopped the rot from 24 for 2 with an 89 run third wkt. partnership. It was a sad way of ending Pujara's dour defence with a run out. Perhaps that was the only way of getting him Out. SA won the ODI's by bowling outside the off stump & letting inexperienced Indian batsmen make mistakes. Well today some Indian batsmen made adjustment & decided to leave the balls outside the off stump well alone. Kohli alone left 60 of 181 balls he faced, well alone. From the rest of the 121 balls he faced he scored 119 runs! He carried the theme - "Tire them first & then attack them". This change of tactics were least anticipated by SA. On day 2 they go to plan B, as per Coach Donald! The first hour will be crucial to see if Plan B works. Rahane & Dhoni will continue to bat the same way as they did facing the new ball in poor light in the last hour! If they tide over storm, India can expect a good total to challenge SA. Current total of 255 for 5 is respectable- Not commanding or great!