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Markram half-century helps South Africa off to good start

13 Enero 2018, 05:55 | Gerardo Tarin

India vs South Africa: Ignored Ajinkya Rahane Trains Alongside Ishant Sharma, KL Rahul Ahead Of 2nd Test

The 65-year-old retired railway employee got so upset following Virat Kohli low score in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa that he poured kerosene and set himself on fire

Two years ago in India, South Africa witnessed not only the end of their proud unbeaten record on foreign soils but also experienced their worst ever defeat against a subcontinental team by 0-3.

Bumrah said he would rather pick the positives, including getting A B de Villiers as his first Test wicket.

Yes. The match was wide open.

"I have always been one for families to be part of a tour for even office goers go back to their families every evening so why shouldn't the players?" All the Asian teams, let alone India find it well-neigh impossible to win, playing South Africa in South Africa. In the first Test, the famous Indian batting line-up struggled against South African pacers and failed to chase a paltry target of 208 runs in the fourth innings.

South Africa, on the other hand, are riding high on confidence after their splendid outing in Cape Town and will aim to wrap the three-match Test series when they head into the second match. The vice-captain was certain to replace R Ashwin but the sudden disappearance of the grass from the Centurion wicket on Test eve has got the team management into serious thinking. We would've wanted to bat first as well. "But if we play four seamers he is someone who gets talked about because he has pace and X-factor, and obviously he bats as well". Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Aswin asked questions of their bowling. It could've gone either way.

We expect the more ruthless team to come out on top but feel this is too close to call.

Whether those improvements will occur as a result of personnel changes, only the next 48 hours will tell. He'd conceded 73 runs for De Villiers' wicket in the first innings - which proved costly ultimately - and in the second, in picking up three wickets, he went for just 39 runs. "I think there is a bright future ahead for him so I want to start that journey off with him".

India have the attack to properly challenge South Africa, and they did at Newlands but they need the batsmen to stand up to the hosts' pack. That makes a big difference. To bowl South Africa out for 130 was commendable.

Rohit Sharma is expected to keep his place, while Ajinkya Rahane could miss out again. It was very much like the session that Gautam (Gambhir) and I played out in 2011. Markram scored the second half-century of his career and is looking good for more. "So it could be a good move to get him (Rahul) in", he added.He also expressed surprise that Murali Vijay had abandoned his normal method of leaving the balls pitched outside the off in the opening Test and paid the penalty. So to get acclimatised to such kind of wickets, you require to play at least 2-3 practice matches. The batting unit as a whole wasn't able to do well in Cape Town. Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July past year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so. In sport such things happen. They must curtail their habit of going after the deliveries. "For us at the moment it's unknown". That's the challenge of Test cricket.

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