Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who were expected to set the stage on fire in South Africa have been brutally exposed by the South African Pace battery. Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant 96 and a look at the Indian bench would tell them that there are players who are willing to take their opportunities if their poor run continues.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first on a good looking Durban surface. With the sun beating down, he expected his batsmen to come good. Instead of Ravichandran Ashwin, he brought inRavindra Jadeja. South Africa were bolstered by the news that Morne Morkel had regained fitness to play the game and the only change they made was Robin Peterson coming in for Imran Tahir.
India started their innings well with Shikhar Dhawan looking in good touch. Vijay was resolute and held one end to good effect. There was nothing much in the wicket and whenever the South Africans overpitched, the batsmen drove fluently. Dhawan fell after a promising start, but Cheteshwar Pujara continued from where he left off in Johannesburg.
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