2nd Test: SA 269/6 at stumps on Day 1

2nd Test: SA 269/6 at stumps on Day 1

But you can't drop Bhuvneshwar Kumar like that.

It looks like a really lively pitch‚ which is exactly what we wanted it to be‚ Kohli said. Unlikely. So it either has to be at the cost of a pacer and all of them have performed extremely well to bowl out the home side for 286 and 130 in both the innings respectively.

In Cape Town, Bhuvneshwar gave India a rousing start taking three wickets in the first half hour of the Test.

"I thought we showed good fight, winning the toss and batting first, especially after how last week played out. We believe we can get them out twice again", Kohli said. Wriddhiman Saha all this while was seen just helping out with throwdowns as the slip catching session was on. Three runs collected off the final over of the opening day, with the game pretty much in balance as the game moves to the second day. Elgar struggled throughout his innings, lacking rhythm and timing, but was just starting to look settled when one from Ashwin, turned and bounced deceiving the left-hander who was caught between wanting drive and defend, ultimately did neither providing Murali Vijay with a simple catch at silly point after making 31.


"It was a reality check in terms of not being able to win a test match for the country on day five when all things were actually set up for a spinner", he said of the Wanderers test. For us as a team it's all about finding the right balance. Tall, elegantly lazy, authoritative, equally balance both front and back-foot, Markram played shots all round the park.

South Africa have already taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. I'm not saying that Ajinkya can not or will not start in this game. "Possibilities are all open at the moment". Kohli said, when asked about Rahane. "Ideally, we would have liked to have it quicker but I don't think it's something bad". You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face bowling spells which are going to be hard. "Bowling spells which are going to be hard, we need to embrace that", he added. The team is capable enough to come back from a 1-0 deficit and they have done that before. The conditions are far different from that of the sub-continent and India didn't even play a warm-up game prior to the first Test. If it was a low-scoring game, we'd want to get 20 or 30 or 50 more. The hosts went into the Newlands Test with their strongest quartet of seamers - Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada.

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