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

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Rahul's case becomes all the stronger as Dhawan was sloppy in the field and even dropped a catch in the first innings, denying Bhuvneshwar Kumar a five-wicket haul. Although Dhawan is only 32 and there might be good 3-4 years of worldwide cricket still left in him but considering his vulnerability in these conditions, India might be tempted to go with young Rahul. They have stuck to their natural game, punishing bad deliveries and not flirting much with the wide balls outside off.

"As soon as the Test ended, a message should have been sent to the groundsman to not water the pitch, so the players could come and practise on the same pitch which had given them the problems".

Accommodating Rahane, if India pick six batsmen, would mean dropping a seamer, most likely Bumrah, and while that would be harsh on the 24-year-old, the security of six batsmen to combat South Africa's acknowledged physical approach is something the tourists have to seriously consider.

Team India warming up at Centurion. "You have to maintain composure when you get a sudden change of bounce because here bounce can be steep‚" he said.

"It looks browner than I thought it would be". In the first test at Newlands, India had a decent opportunity to start the series with a victory as South Africa produced one of the spiciest pitches which was sure to favour a good Indian pace attack.

In comparison to the pensive Indian camp, South Africa seemed at ease as they went about practicing for the second Test.

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What changes, if any, will India make following that 72-run defeat in the enthralling first Test at Newlands?

Lively pitches have allowed Indian bowlers to be more potent, and their batting, which invariably had three world-class batsmen, would still get enough runs on such pitches. "Might do something also whether we will go with a different opening combination", he said.

The team's logic over Sharma's inclusion is simple: By dropping him, what message do they convey to a batsman who scored an unbeaten century and two half-centuries (one unbeaten) in the only two Test matches he played in 2017.

Getting AB de Villiers as his first Test scalp was a "happy moment" for him, said Bumrah.

India have won just two Test matches on South African soil in 25 years of touring - in 2006-07 and 2010-11.

Du Plessis wants South Africa's pacemen to be able to put the tourists under pressure, but finds himself facing unfamiliar conditions on his home surface. "It was always going to be a challenge for India especially after it had just played Sri Lanka", he said. Bringing in Ishant Sharma for Bhuvneshwar Kumar has raised quite a few eyebrows, and one of the best fast bowlers to have played the game, Allan Donald reacted rather angrily.

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