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Saturday, December 25, 2010

SA Series - Second test starts tomorrow with advantage Proteans

BANGALORE, INDIA - OCTOBER 13: Harbhajan Singh...Bowlers should put their hands up
India take on the South Africans in Durban tomorrow trailing in the series after an innings defeat in the first test. The first day was good enough to test the Indian line-up and they failed. The Indian batting has faced many stringent tests over the years and this was another that they failed, especially in the first test match of the series.

Zaheer Khan will be back and that will boost the Indian bowling attack. Greame Smith will be dreading the return of the Indian spearhead as he has fallen many a time for the guile's of Zak. As Ananth mentioned in his column, the Indians must be also hoping for the mystery spinner (Harbhajan Singh) to make a contribution in this test match, taking a cue from Swann in the previous test that South Africa played against England.

The batting will undergo a change with mostly Cheteshwara Pujara taking the place of Suresh Raina and another late change of Murali Vijay coming into the playing Eleven thanks to Gambhir's injury. Gambhir had managed to get a big score in the second innings of the first test and his injury means that Vijay has to get adjusted to the pitch in this test match.

The pitch is again the cynosure of everyone after the first test while the talk is the bowling composition of the hosts. Will they drop the spinner? The selectors will not take such a drastic step as there could be a chance that the pitch will take turn - the coach has backed Harris to play and that seems logical as well, since Kallis is available as the fifth bowler.

The Indians can take a chance and bring in Pragyan Ojha for Suresh Raina, putting the onus on the batsmen to take responsibility of the scoring but this does not seem to be the line of thinking of the Indian Team Management now. How the Indian bowlers can fire out the opposition quickly and put up a score that is beyond the reach, will determine the fate of the test match and thus, the series. Tomorrow is Boxing Day and who gifts the presents to the other team is to be seen.  
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