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  • India vs South Africa: Jittery India aim to stay afloat against daunting Proteas

    Centurion: Outplayed in the lung-opener, India will have to resolve a few selection puzzles and respond better to the sharp bounce when they square off against redoubtable South Africa in the do-or-die second Test, starting here tomorrow. India’s record of nine consecutive series victories will be on the line from tomorrow after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by registering a 72-run win in the first Test in

  • India vs South Africa: Leave outside off-stump deliveries, says Chandu Borde to Indian batsmen

    Pune: Former batsman Chandu Borde has some advice for the Indian batsmen who struggled in the first Test in South Africa – stay a bit outside the crease and leave the balls pitched outside the off-stump. India were crushed by 72 runs in the first Test at Cape Town as the visiting batsmen failed to chase a modest 208target after being shot out for 135 to give South Africa a 1-0lead in

  • India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Does India have the arsenal to bounce back at Centurion?

    India’s tour of South Africa started on expected lines as the hosts defeated Indians by 72 runs at Newlands, Cape Town in the first Test match. India, the No 1 ranked Test side, were comprehensively beaten and outclassed at Cape Town and it begs a very important question, whether this Indian team will fall like nine pins or will show spine and fight back at Centurion?

  • India vs South Africa: I was nervous, says SA skipper du Plessis

    Cape Town: The margin of victory was big enough to be called dominant but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he was quite nervous about defending 208 against India in the opening Test. South Africa were dismissed for 130 in their second innings, leaving India with a victory target of 208 on the fourth day. “I was nervous. I knew that the new ball was going to be key for us

  • India vs South Africa: Cape Town collapse a reality check for Kohli and Team India

    Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and just when you think that you have figured it all out, it comes back to surprise you. India’s tour of South Africa had been billed as the series to watch out for, but India lost the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town by 72 runs and it was a feeling of deja vu all over again. India, the No 1 ranked Test side in

  • India vs South Africa: Picked Rohit over Rahane on current form, says captain Virat Kohli

    Cape Town: India captain Virat Kohli has defended the selection of Rohit Sharma in the opening cricket Test, saying he was picked ahead of Ajinkya Rahane on current form. “Well, we decided to go on current form. Rohit has scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, andhe was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka, “said Kohli in the post-match media conference.

  • South Africa won by 72 runs against India in 1st Test Match

    Cape Town: India lost the first cricket Test against South Africa by 72 runs to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Chasing 208 for victory, India were all out for 135 in 42.4 overs.

  • Live Scores, Match updates, Commentary: India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 2 at Cape Town

    The much awaited India vs South Africa Test series finally got underway at Newlands, Cape Town. South Africa won the toss and bravely decided to bat first and were rocked by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s three early strikes. India were right on top, but lost momentum as AB de Villiers and captain Faf du Plessis counterattacked and brought the home team back into the game. India bowled out Proteas for 286 with Kumar picking up 4/87.

  • India vs South Africa: We have given away 30 runs more to SA, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    Cape Town: Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar admitted that the bowling attack gave away 30 runs too many as South Africa reached 286 in their first innings despite being reduced to 12 for 3 within the first half an hour. “If we want to be hard on ourselves, then yes we did give away a few too many runs to South Africa. I think they scored25-30-odd extra runs. In every hour of play,

  • India vs South Africa: De Villiers saved the day for us, says SA batting coach Benkenstein

    Cape Town: SA batting coach Dale Benkenstein had almost taken an Uber to hotel from Newlands Cricket Ground after watching the side being reduced to 12/3 during the maiden hour of Day 1 morning of the first Test against India on Friday. “It was just one over (when de Villiers score 17 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar) where AB (De Villiers) just changed the game really,” Benkenstein said at the news conference after

  • India vs South Africa Cape Town Test: SA to bat against India in 1st Test

    Cape Town: South Africa won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test match against India at the Newlands here on Friday. For India, pacer Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut while Hardik Pandya was also included in the squad which is playing with one spinner. South Africa are playing with four seamers — Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn — and a spinner.

  • Live Scores, Match updates, Commentary: India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 1 at Cape Town

    India, the No 1 ranked Test side will take on South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town beginning from today. India had enjoyed a stellar 2017 and are unbeaten in Test cricket since 2015 tour of Sri Lanka. This series will test Virat Kohli’s men to a greater extent considering the stature of opposition and the team has to make a decision on certain players depending upon the condition.

  • India vs South Africa: Can Virat Kohli and team India walk the talk and nail Protea challenge?

    India’s tour of South Africa will begin in a couple of days and this series comes at a time when international cricket is crying out for a context and contest and this challenge will determine Virat Kohli and his young brigade’s legacy. India vs South Africa might not be in the same league as India vs Australia or India vs Pakistan but ever since South Africa’s readmission since 1992, the matches between

  • India vs South Africa: India will be tough opponents, says SA coach Ottis Gibson

    Cape Town: South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has warned his team that India may prove to be tough opponents during the upcoming three-match Test series. “They are currently ranked number one and they’ve got a lot of world class players and world class players aren’t just world class in their own back yards,” Gibson told the media here.

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