South Africa wins toss, bats in 2nd test against India

South Africa wins toss, bats in 2nd test against India

The impressive performances of Khan, Ashish Nehra and Javagal Srinath powered India into the final of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Instead, the team chose Ishant Sharma, a bowler who has 226 wickets in 79 Tests prior to the current game. If they indeed opt for Ngidi, then South Africa will have three pacers, the other being Kagiso Rabada, consistently banging the ball in at over 145 kmph. "You need to find the flawless balance to do well in South Africa especially where there is more bounce", he said. He came in the side in place of injured Dale Steyn.

He conceded just six runs from his four overs. "Yeah look, this pitch will again test us to play our best cricket and that is something that we are looking forward to", Virat Kohli said on the Test eve.

Meanwhile, du Plessis took South Africa past 300 with a boundary off Ashwin and soon after brought up his half-century with a couple off Pandya. Cheteshwar Pujara walks in.

Initial signs were that the pitch at Centurion wouldn't be as hard to bat on as the seam-friendly track in Cape Town where South Africa's 286 in the first innings was the highest total of the match. "This team has got the potential, they have got the players who can perform really well in any sort of condition", he remarked.

Elgar was the first to fall, coming down the crease and hitting uppishly to silly point, the ball striking Murali Vijay in the mid-riff, with the fielder somehow clutching onto the ball.

Theunis de Bruyn signing autographs.

Following the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said, "No-brainer, we'd have batted as well". Hardik Pandya had a good game with both bat and ball and will likely keep his place as a 4th seamer.

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Borde also said he would like to see KL Rahul in the playing eleven instead of Shikhar Dhawan when asked whether such a switch needs to be done.

Outside the top-20, India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pat Cummins of Australia have achieved career-high rankings. On Friday, R Ashwin left the nets with an ice pack around his right shoulder after he was hit while taking throwdowns. "The team management couldn't have possibly avoided that", a senior BCCI official, who is privy to team management's decision, told PTI.

Traditionally, SuperSport Park is as South African as it gets. The wicket looks a bit browner than I thought. Bloy journeyed to Cape Town last week, along with other members of the SuperSport Park logistics team to observe how Evan Flint and his team went about things and it will be interesting to see if they have picked up any tips on leaving live grass on the strip. This, perhaps, has a lot to do with the quality of pitches, which seem to be getting flatter.

India have only played one Test in Centurion, on their 2010-11 tour. He has the most runs by any batsman in Centurion where his haul of scoring 50 or more 12 times in 17 innings includes four hundreds and one double-hundred.

They got their first wicket of the day thanks to Mohammed Shami.

"Frankly, it (the first Test) was a good match". The first priority is to win games. We played well for a long time.

And Markram was already seeing the ball like a football so there was no need for him to panic.

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