In­dia back at work as South Africa cel­e­brate

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

DUR­BAN: While South Africa cel­e­brated a com­pre­hen­sive in­nings and 25 runs win in the first Test at Su­perS­port Park on Mon­day, In­dia's play­ers made use of the Test pitch to start their prepa­ra­tion for the sec­ond con­test, which starts in Dur­ban on Sun­day.

In­dian cap­tain Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni be­moaned his bowlers' fail­ure to dis­miss South Africa, who scored 620 for four de­clared in their only in­nings af­ter In­dia had been dis­missed for 136 af­ter be­ing sent in.

"The wicket was very dif­fer­ent to the first day, but still we have played on flat­ter tracks and been able to get bats­men out," said Dhoni. "To win a Test match you need to take 20 wick­ets."

Dhoni said it was a prob­lem that South Africa had been able to score at a rate of 4.76 runs an over. "If you are not get­ting wick­ets you have to stop the bats­men scor­ing briskly." The In­dian cap­tain was also concerned that In­dia had been un­able to keep up with the re­quired over rate.

As though to em­pha­sise Dhoni's dis­con­tent, the In­dian bowlers spent more than an hour bowl­ing on the Test pitch af­ter the end of the match.

The bowlers in­cluded lef­t­arm paceman Za­heer Khan, who missed the first Test be­cause of a ham­string in­jury. Dhoni said Za­heer was al­most cer­tain to play in Dur­ban.

Dhoni said the first two ses­sions, when In­dia col­lapsed to South Africa's pace at­tack af­ter be­ing sent in, had been cru­cial, but he re­fused to blame los­ing the toss for the scale of the de­feat.

"Win­ning the toss is only the job half done," he said. "South Africa bowled re­ally well. Once they got us out, they got a good wicket to bat on but they needed to bat well."

Dhoni said In­dia's spir­ited per­for­mance in the sec­ond in­nings, in which they scored 459, was a pos­i­tive to take to the sec­ond Test, which he said In­dia were de­ter­mined to win.

South African cap­tain Graeme Smith, though, said his team wanted to put more pres­sure on the tourists, who are de­fend­ing their num­ber one rank­ing in Test cricket, af­ter what he de­scribed as "a pretty dom­i­nant per­for­mance." -Afp

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