Kohli Should Drop Himself If He Fails in Centurion Test: Sehwag


For his dismissal‚ Markram's review was unsuccesful as Ultraedge showed that the ball came off his bat and the decision remained that of the umpire‚ who originally had waved his finger for out.

And while he knew that things would be different this time around with groundsman Bryan Bloy asked to look after the fast bowlers, Markram still expects the Centurion wicket to be "less crazy" than what the batters were given at Newlands.

Rahul, on the other hand, has till now played 21 Tests, scoring 1428 runs at an average of 44.62 with four hundreds and 10 half-centuries.

Philander's run out in the next over came as he set off for a run as the ball looped into the air and dropped between three India fielders. South Africa were 251 for 6 and India flooded the stump mic with yelps of delight.

After a morale-sapping defeat in the first Test, the Indian cricket team will look to forget the awful outing at Cape Town and face a dominant Proteas side in the second Test match starting from Saturday at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Of course when we talk about politics in the team, it clearly points finger at head coach Ravi Shastri.

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"We're very happy with the way the bowlers went about their business".

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It seems unlikely that Kohli will opt for an extra batsman ahead of allrounder Hardik Pandya or indeed switching Parthiv Patel in for Wriddhiman Saha with the skipper calling on his batsmen to apply themselves. "So I don't think there is any need to panic on that front and as far as the opening combination goes, we will decide today at the end of practice today", the captain said.

This means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app, which if you're an existing customer, is also available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face spells, which are going to be hard.

However, two run-outs and a wicket by Ashwin within 13 balls saw South Africa slump from 246/3 to 251/6 as India sought to wrest control of the match while somewhat masking a couple of questionable selections in the playing XI. Faf du Plessis called for one, and Amla, after a moment's hesitation, responded.

The pitch conditions at SuperSport Park are again the centre of the conversation, and du Plessis believes that they will be similar conditions to those in Cape Town, where a total of 20 wickets fell inside four days.

Ishant Sharma, during his early playing days, emerged as a fiery young bowler who can ruffle the feathers of the best batsmen in the world.

Credit has to go to Hardik Pandya for changing direction in his follow-through, fielding a ball nearly at square leg, turning around and going for and achieving a direct hit at the end that the batsman - Hashim Amla, slower of the two at that time - didn't expect action.