India skipper Kohli welcomes lively Centurion pitch

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Kohli said the selection for Cape Town was based on form. Kohli said they were going to decide on that after the nets on Friday.

Yes. The match was wide open.

Ishant is the only bowler in the Indian line-up who has already toured South Africa twice.

Kohli elaborated, "We have had a look at how games have panned out in the past here and how many overs have been bowled by fast bowlers and spinners. I expect they will take a lot of positives from the game and I expect another huge performance from them". Kallis frowned. Smith decided to make a joke of it, asking the reporter: "You really like Sachin, don't you?" Do we really stand a chance having lost the first Test?

"I think it will be about Indian batting versus South African batting. We need to embrace that". While these scores were raised on better batting pitches at home, it gave the bowlers the freedom to experiment.

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will inaugurate the three-day Refining & Petrochemicals Technology meet beginning in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. It could've gone either way.

South Africa, meanwhile, look set to once again pick a four-pronged pace attack, although they have to replace the injured Dale Steyn. In Centurion, it will be hard and bouncy and from experience I can tell you there is less lateral movement.

Whether we are playing five batsmen or six, you still need to apply yourself.

Yes, they bowled well. That makes a big difference. The only part when we were a little bit better was we got more runs in the first innings.

Alongside Bhuv Kumar, Bumrah formed a potent new-ball partnership which kept South Africa quiet.

To substantiate the above numbers, India found themselves really out of order in the 1st Test Match against South Africa, certainly not the way No.1 test ranked team should have played.

Rohit was batting well.

It could have been closer than the end result at Cape Town. I've said before the success of our Test side will be very much dependent on our fast bowling group.

But in the last three years Steyn has shown he has the ability to rise again after being down, so it should come as no surprise if he's back on the cricketing field again.

In the second innings also he was looking good. That's when things can go wrong. If the overseas record is taken into account, Murali Vijay has as good a record as any and see how he groped to find his off-stump. Even if I lost this game I would have been very disappointed, but the way this Test match was played was remarkable. Only those who poked at deliveries well outside their off-stump or played across the line looked inept and ungainly. It's about the team.

Brett Lee, Mitch Johnson, Shoaib Akhtar and Shane Bond all had their fair share of injuries, resulting in faltering performances in their last few years of worldwide cricket, but Steyn's Test performances are still as good as in his peak years. In sport such things happen. Going in to bat, his contribution too were dismal. And needless to say, the conditions were nothing like what greeted them at the Woolloongabba in November.

"For us, at the moment, it's unknown". And you have to battle it out.

Rahane's exclusion in the first match came as a shock to cricket pundits and fans.

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