India have not rectified their batting woes as Virat Kohli’s men succumbed to pacey Proteas attack yesterday and have lost the first test in Cape Town in the three match test series.
Day 4 Review:
A complete loss of Day 3 due to rain was raising some doubts whether the match will yield any result, but a fiery Indian attack destroyed the hosts in their second innings as South Africa bundled out for a paltry 130 in their second innings. Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were brilliant and got three wickets each.
Chasing 208, India never looked comfortable as the South African pacers again troubled them from every angle and India were tottering 82 for 7 at one stage. Vernon Philander ran rout with 6 wickets despite of a late Ashwin fight back as India came short of 72 runs, only to be collapsed for 135 and loose their opening test in South Africa.
Things We Learned:
India’s lost in the first match has been something that people may not have expected as the team were on the back of a dominant 2017. But there has been some important things that can be scrutinized ahead of the second test-
- Batting is abysmal and needs to improve:
The big names in batting that India have was not reflected on the pitch in Cape Town. All the players were the victim of pace and bounce and made the same mistakes even in the second innings. Players like Dhawan, Rohit and skipper Virat Kohli has got a start but then have been dismissed. So Indian batters need to improve their batting in the second test. Only Hardik Pandya was outstanding in the first innings while Ashwin fought in the second, this is not enough and needs to improve as soon as possible.Embed from Getty Images
- We can rely on the Pace bowling department:
Now the only positive from the test is India’s bowlers, as they have held their head high and their performances is a thing to be proud of. Bhuvneshwar in the first innings and Shami, Bumrah in the second has been brilliant. Their pace and lateral movement troubled the African batsmen and put India in a place to win the test, only to be squandered again due to another batting collapse.
- South Africa can afford Dale Steyn absence:
Dale Steyn got injured and will miss the series now, but it is quite vivid the artillery the Proteas have, they can afford the leave of Dale Steyn. Morne Morkel, Philander all are still there and they terrorized Indian batting in the second test. Kagiso Rabada also has been outstanding in the first test and the trio may well be enough to dismantle the star studded batting in the upcoming tests again.