Well this time, the curator and Kohli will surely have some sort of serious discussions as 12, 10, 18, 12 and 12 are the total number of wickets that have fallen on each of the six days of the both test match. Excellent fielding, Turning pitches, and may be Good bowling, but most elite answer is the consistent Poor batting has been the way so far this series. India were bundled out for 215 on the first day in Nagpur and it wasn’t any different as the previous test match.
India-South Africa Second Test Match, Day 1
Having 85 for 2 at lunch, it’s pretty fair to conclude that the Indian batting order was once again under-performed. Kohli’s selection of Rohit Sharma and no Stuart Binny only meant that he will go with 4 bowlers for the first time in his incumbency as India’s full time Test captain. That in itself was an entry that this Indian batting order is absolutely struggling at this moment of era.
Murali Vijay top-scored 40 before getting out LBW to pacer Morne Morkel and rest of all the top-order failed to show the performance in the first innings. Once again, Pujara fell to a badly judged straight drive as he never in control of the shot. Ajinkya Rahane came out fighting, taking on Simon Harmer by using his feet, but failed to play the monster ball from Morkel. Rohit, surely the bad decision of his mini-comeback to the Test side.Kohli’s scores read since last 8 innings are: 3, 78, 10, 18, 21, 1, 29, and 22. Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar detailed on air about Kohli’s wide stance and a problem with keeping his head in line with the off-stump when he was driving away from his body. And this was even before his conclusive frequent dismissal- just repeating the frequency with which Kohli has been dismissing for that blunder shot
This Test between India and South Africa ensures to be anything but boring because the bowlers have bailed the batsmen out so far in this series the wicket oriented pitch would surely make this test match to a win or lose results. Good for India if they can surpass this test as a win or draw then the historic moments will certainly be created.
Article publié pour la première fois le 25/11/2015