India does not shape too well in Centurion’s plays of the day
SHOT: The final ball of the 60th over sees Hashim Amla display the most exquisite timing to drive Unadkat through the covers for four. Though there were well over 10 000 in yesterday, the sound of the ball could be heard all the way to Jo’burg BALL: There weren’t too many good deliveries from India but debutant Jaidev Unadkat produced a beauty that seamed back into Graeme Smith, and missed the inside edge by a centimetre and by half that amount at the end of the 17th over. CATCH: Gambhir to get rid of Petersen, it looped towards him at short leg, and coming forward he poached the chance. QUOTE: Rahul Dravid about the main talking point in this match – “Hairstyle changes, but the runs keep coming,” laughed Rahul Dravid. “It’s been fascinating, I’ve played and shared a changing room with Jacques (Kallis) over the last three years at the Royal Challengers. I have seen a lot of him up close and you can see why he is such a successful cricketer. He’s got a fantastic temperament for the game, such a relaxed personality, both on and off the field. He just keeps scoring runs and keeps getting better. HEROES: Kallis and Amla. Gosh don’t they just love batting together? This was the 10th time they’ve notched a century stand and the second time this year they’ve gone past 200 against the Indians. They work very well off each other and Kallis who needed just 130 balls for his hundred, has been allowed to play in a more attacking manner . VILLAINS: The Indian bowlers. Yes Zaheer is missing, and a 19-year-old has replaced him but Sreesanth and Ishant are two good bowlers who should be happy to bowl in conditions so suited to fast bowling. Yet they lackied consistency and thought and were rightly hammered. CONDITIONS: Beautiful for batting. There was bounce sure, but that’s no surprise, and the South African batsmen all looked to attack the short ball, sometimes unsuccessfully. Today the forecast is for even warmer temperatures, and the pitch should be at its best for batting but rain is rain forecast Sunday and Monday.