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South Africa win toss, opt to bat in second test v India

14 Janvier 2018

"For us as a team it's all about finding the right balance". They also feel that he lacks pace and can not hurry the batsmen whereas Ishant has the height and pace to exploit a surface with bounce.

"It looks like a really lively pitch".

Following the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said, "No-brainer, we'd have batted as well". They are born and brought up on those pitches. While the conditions obviously are hard to tackle, they need to show some positive intent to take on the rival attack which will be preying on their perceived weakness against bounce.

The next test starts this Saturday on 13 January 2018 in Centurion at the SuperSport Park.

So, with Dale Steyn out of the series, which seamer to choose then?

Talking about the South African pitches, Kohli emphasised that team needs to have intent because the kind of bowling attack South Africa has, especially on these pitches they get extra bounce and they get extra pace off the wicket.

On Monday, Klusener was travelling to Harare to join the Zimbabwe boys (He is a batting coach of the Zimbabwe national team) and missed out on watching the fascinating day's play at Newlands, where 18 wickets fell.

The former Mumbai fast-bowler also emphasized Ishant's efforts and approach towards the game. India's record of nine consecutive series victories is on the line after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

"If not, then we will try and look to shape the team in other ways", said Gibson after the first Test.

Kohli's not free of selection headaches either, but he appeared delighted that a variety of options were open to him. Naturally, question marks were raised on the team selection, with the focal point being Rohit Sharma's inclusion ahead of Ajinkya Rahane.

Subscribe to the IOL Sport Newsletter! . Yes, they bowled brilliantly in the second innings at Newlands. But at the pre-Test media conference here yesterday, Kohli sat as serenely as he would at a windy Cape Point in a quaint Cape Town rather than at a sweaty Centurion, 4500 metres above the sea level where the sun beats down hard.

The interesting add-on here is Shikhar Dhawan's twin failure in the first Test.

"We were pretty happy with the wicket and the way it played in Cape Town, it gave us many opportunities to stay in the game", said Kohli. He's very fit, which is a great thing for a captain, because you know you can always throw the ball to him. Bumrah had a reasonable debut but was guilty of providing too many loose deliveries in the Proteas' first innings.

Faf du Plessis (24 batting) and Keshav Maharaj (10 batting) were at the crease at the end of the day's play.

Meanwhile, KL Rahul and Ishant Sharma have been named to replace Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, respectively.

South Africa win toss, opt to bat in second test v India