After the stop of the torrential rain it was the turn of the hurricane in centurion and not 1 hurricane but 2, Yes, M.Morkel & Steyn. Wow! what a piece of seam bowling it was .Quite a sight for fast bowlers it was,the bowling contained nothing special except pace and use of bounce in the pitch . Even though it was embarrassing to see the Indian batsmen get out ,they could do nothing about it ,the deliveries they got out to were absolutely unplayable and the deliveries that got rid of gambhir and dravid by Morkel were scorchers and both batsmen could do very less about it. The Class of the Indian batsmen were visible in parts but what can they do against an exceptional bowling performance from botht he ends. tsotsobe is being made to look like the only weak link because he is the only bowler lacking pace in the S.A attack. I do not have any idea about mentioning about any batsmen here but still i want to give the deserved credit to The Little Master for the way he played . he was pulling, driving and playing good shots when ever he can until the delivery he got from Steyn which made him walk back to the Pavilion.
As i expressed in my previous post this match would definitely produce a result and it would be purely based on second innings performance were the spinners would come into the frame. I Think Sree , Ishanth & udankat would be licking their fingers to have a go in this seaming wicket. Udankat is actually very lucky to make his debut in such conditions. Now @ 10:12 P.M IST ,India are 136/9 .oh! as i was typing this post the lights in the ground are ON and the play is most presumably over and that is the end of the 1st day .
We were expecting a day were runs or wickets would flow but except that Rain alone flowed in the super sports park , centurion. The wait is finally over and the match has started with as usual Dhoni losing yet another toss and this time smith who won the toss has elected to field siting reasons of sloppy conditions and yes smith took the correct decision as any other captain would have done. The pitch was totally covered because of the down pour for the past two days and the heat under the covers would have generated an ample amount of moisture and definitely would help the seamer’s for a long period that too for steyn and morkel . India has definitely lost such a crucial toss but the match eventhough curtailed by rain and further disturbances are also expected ,this match might produce a result and i suspect it is going to be a low scoring affair and going to be a second innings shoot out .
Here it is ! The most anticipated test series of the season along woth The Ashes. The clash of the No.1 and the No.2 sides in the world . India touring South Africa and the first test of the series starts from tomorrow.So, lets go check out what’s in store .
The Series starts in the super sports park in Centurion. The opening match is expected to be a cracker , but lets pray i don’t get washed off.
The encounter is so awesome because of the match up of some players @ similar positions .
(Openers – shewag , gambhir Vs Smith ,Peterson) .No prizes for guesses the Indians are top of the charts in this slot with anybody
(No.3 – Amla Vs Dravid) . This is one tough thing to take a shot at,Dravid has been in fine form but Amla is in a purple patch of his lifetime.
(No.4 – Sachin Vs Kallis) . The greatest match up i could imagine , both legends in their own respect,Kallis is sure gonna be the thorn in India’s flesh this series and Sachin as usual will trouble the likes of S.A bowlers. Remember, Sachin has played in S.A more than many of the S.A player’s in the present team.
(No.5 – V.V.S Vs AB) – The prominent and stylish laxman who is in the finest touch after the Aussie series and the next big thing of S.A cricket AB . It’ real tough to match these guyz
(No.6 – Raina Vs Prince) – Raina is the rising star but yet to hit top gear in the 5-day affair and Prince is slightly ahead courtesy of his experience.Both are definitely the only serious weak links in both the sides.
(Keeper – Boucher Vs Dhoni) – the captain marvel is not that great behind the stumps and not trust worthy in batting in the highest level and boucher who can mix with the tail like milk and water and good behind the stumps too. here Boucher edges out but does this position really matters???
(Spinners – Bajji Vs Harris) – Last time around Harris showed soe spark but spinners against India ,it’s just a joke(Warne and Murali would approve that!). Bhajji would exploit the bounce and extract spin along with it and can be a concern for S.A if he hits fine form. but Spinners in S.A are just used to maintain the over rate
(Seamer’s – Zaheer,Ishanth,Sreesanth Vs Steyn,M.Morkel,Mclaren) – here the ingredient were India will miss out is Pace. S.A surely has some serious pace in their armory which India lacks. But take it from me Indian bowlers may not be the best seam bowler’s in the world but in seaming and bowler friendly conditions they are as dangerous as the world expect them too. do not be surprised if they come up with something special…
There you go . the build up is too good to get involved in the series. Keep reading more about the series here on Blindly sports.