India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Centurion

When Virat Kohli and Co. travel to the Highveld for the second and the third Tests they're unlikely to get any respite from pace

When Virat Kohli and Co. travel to the Highveld for the second and the third Tests they're unlikely to get any respite from pace

Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a strain and Parthiv Patel took his place in the team.

"It's amusing how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days".

Queried whether vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane would be included in the eleven, Kohli answered, "It's amusing how things change in a matter of days".

Rabada's thrilling display of fast bowling helped South Africa to a 72-run victory in the first Test at Newlands, and catapulted the young firebrand to the summit of the International Cricket Council's test rankings.

He added, "For us it is all about finding the right balance". 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.

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Kohli said, "He's [Rahane] a quality player, he's done well in South Africa, all conditions actually away from home. He is probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home", the skipper said. I explained reasons why Rohit started ahead of him (Rahane).

"Another thing I would suggest is that instead of standing in the crease, they should stand outside the crease at least by 6 inches and meet the ball earlier and do not allow it to swing more", he said. "Possibilities are all open at the moment and we shall decide after practice". Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami bowled their "hearts out", in the words of their captain Virat Kohli, to bundle out South Africa twice-before they were let down by the batsmen. But Ishant is the star of the second morning as he took two of the four wickets to fall today and finished with figures of 3/46. Vijay is now 30th after dropping five places, Dhawan has slipped three places to 33rd, while Sharma has ended up 44th after falling three places. In doing so, he put on 42 runs with Rabada (11).

"I don't think we need to panic because of collapses". The team management doesn't expect it to be serious.

Opening batsman Aiden Markram had indicated that the wicket won't have as much green on the wicket, saying that it won't be as "extreme" as Cape Town. Even Harbhajan Singh was depressed with this unfortunate end result.

Markram, playing in his fifth Test, looked set for a third century to go with hundreds he made against the modest opposition of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The batsmen may be watching for Philander's seam movement and Rabada's pace but Morkel will pose the real danger at the ground. Flanked by the highway on one side and metro line on the other, the multipurpose stadium is easily one of the most picturesque cricket venues in the world.

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