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Team News:

South Africa

Such are South Africa's options that 14 of their 15-man squad have a real chance of selection. Either they will pick seven batsmen with three seamers and a spinner, or six batsmen, an allrounder, three seamers and a spinner. The latter looks the likeliest option, which means Temba Bavuma could miss out. Dale Steyn's comeback may also have to wait with the selectors yet to be convinced by his ability to get through a whole Test.

Probable XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Chris Morris/Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

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All the double sessions in the week gone by meant India decided to rest their collective heels on the day before the Test. Ravindra Jadeja's illness has virtually eased one selection decision for India. Given his good recent form, the green-looking wicket and the fact that it's the first Test of the series, India will use the additional batting insurance that Rohit Sharma provides at No. 6. The team management have a call to make on the opening and bowling combinations and on the evidence of Wednesday's training, it would appear that KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav will likely sit the Newlands Test out.

Probable XI: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan/KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.
 

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What to expect: Since encountering what Faf du Plessis termed "extreme conditions" in India in 2015, South Africa have been eager to exact some sort of revenge. To that end they will prepare lively pitches for this series, but Newlands is likely to be the most balanced of the three venues so far as bat and ball are concerned. There will be some movement at times, but generally a true surface expected with good bounce and carry. Or, as du Plessis put it, "nothing extreme". Day three could experience some light showers but otherwise the forecast is good.
 

 

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Just now, Vk1 said:

Boria Mazumdar has tweeted that Rahane would be dropped for Rohit. + 5 bowlers. Should try Rahane this test as a last chance.

No. He sucks and rightfully is being dropped. Rohit will play entire SA series. He will do okay in England. Do brilliantly on pattas of Australia. Like I said 2018 is end of Rahane's cricketing career. Mark it down.

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3 hours ago, Gollum said:

If we win the toss we bat first, no matter what the pitch looks like tomorrow. 

I dont know about this,there have been crazy collapses at newlands when the overhead conditions are in favor of the bowlers.

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7 hours ago, Laaloo said:

Finally. Let's surprise the saffers like we did at joburg 2006. Hit em fast and hard. Hope we pick the right team and combination.

 

 
India in South Africa, 2006-2007: South Africa won the series 2/1.

 The tourists were bowled out for 249 with comeback man Sourav Ganguly top scoring with a hard fought 51, perhaps one of his best Test knocks. The mercurial Sreesanth produced one of his best international performance ever to pick up a five-wicket haul as the Proteas were bundled out for 84. India batted again and it was VVS Laxman's (73) stroke-play that helped the visitors put up 236 on the board. South Africa needed to score 402 in the fourth innings to win the Test and although Ashwell Prince (97) did his best to keep the hsost in the hunt, India eventually won 123 runs to register a landmark win.
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India in South Africa, 2010-2011: Series drawn 1-1

 The second Test at Durban started on similar lines with Dale Steyn ripping the heart out of India's batting with a six-wicket haul as the visitors were bowled out for 205. Harbhajan Singh (4/10) spun a magic web around the South African batsmen as India hit back strong to bowl the Proteas out for 131. VVS Laxman's rescue effort under pressure, which saw him miss out on a well deserved ton by 2 runs was the cornerstone of India's second innings total of 228 all out. The Proteas needed 303 runs to win the match but the Indian pace duo of Zaheer Khan (3/57) and Sreesanth (3/45) didn't give them a chance as India won by 87 runs to tie the series.

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Sreesanth now facing match fixing charges in India but he was real hero, whose contribution in two victory in Southafrica will be remember for long time.I think Bhuvneshwar or Shami has ability to replay sreesanth’s spell 

 

i never trust Ishant in overseas test but recently he is too good in Ranji trophy so I expect him to bowls tight spell.

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11 minutes ago, Shy9 said:

 

 
India in South Africa, 2006-2007: South Africa won the series 2/1.

 The tourists were bowled out for 249 with comeback man Sourav Ganguly top scoring with a hard fought 51, perhaps one of his best Test knocks. The mercurial Sreesanth produced one of his best international performance ever to pick up a five-wicket haul as the Proteas were bundled out for 84. India batted again and it was VVS Laxman's (73) stroke-play that helped the visitors put up 236 on the board. South Africa needed to score 402 in the fourth innings to win the Test and although Ashwell Prince (97) did his best to keep the hsost in the hunt, India eventually won 123 runs to register a landmark win.
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India in South Africa, 2010-2011: Series drawn 1-1

 The second Test at Durban started on similar lines with Dale Steyn ripping the heart out of India's batting with a six-wicket haul as the visitors were bowled out for 205. Harbhajan Singh (4/10) spun a magic web around the South African batsmen as India hit back strong to bowl the Proteas out for 131. VVS Laxman's rescue effort under pressure, which saw him miss out on a well deserved ton by 2 runs was the cornerstone of India's second innings total of 228 all out. The Proteas needed 303 runs to win the match but the Indian pace duo of Zaheer Khan (3/57) and Sreesanth (3/45) didn't give them a chance as India won by 87 runs to tie the series.

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4 minutes ago, Jimmy Cliff said:

Think Markram is the danger man from their batters. We usually lay out the red carpet for the newbies. Wouldn't be surprised if we keep the likes of Amla/AB quiet but get screwed by Markram. 

Do not worry, our THINK TANK has plan for him.Game plan B Ready for him.@video of his weakness discuss by Kohli in the meeting.

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13 hours ago, Laaloo said:

Finally. Let's surprise the saffers like we did at joburg 2006. Hit em fast and hard. Hope we pick the right team and combination.

Bhai in 2006 we played the ODIs before and were ripped apart by them. By the time Jo'berg came we were sort of used to the conditions and SA got a tad overconfident. 

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