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Will Indian Spinners Help India Whitewash South Africa in Kotla

Will Indian Spinners Help India Whitewash South Africa in Kotla

December 01
10:19 2015

kotlaNew Delhi, Tuesday, December 1- The pitch conditions of the Indian soil took Proteas by surprise. Some great spin on the crease in the Test match spread water on their dream to go back home with series win in all formats.  After they won in ODI and T20 formats, it was likely that performances will be of class in the longest format. Eyes can’t be shut to the fact that the tourists unquestionably looked forward to winning the 4-match Test series but thanks to some great shows by the Indian bowlers right from the beginning, they were not successful in their motto.

South African were beaten at the hands of India by 108 runs in the first Test that held at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali where pitch had no grass. In spite of the fact that innings of the Kohli-led team ended at 201 runs and 200 runs, they managed to stop Proteas at scores of 184 runs and 109 runs. Poor weather in Bengaluru played spoilsport throughout the second Test, making it to end in a draw. Viewers at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore continued to pray for rain to stop after Virat Kohli’s boys winded up South Africa at 214 runs and started well too by losing no wicket and accumulating 80 runs. the audience was keen to witness impressive shows by Indian team but incessant rain did not let them do so.

The victory at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur was special for them in a number of ways and there is no doubt about it. A win is pivotal to keep the morale up. Besides this, it offers the lead in ongoing tournament. A victory here enabled India seal series. 79 runs, the lowest total in Test match by any playing XI against India, were put on the scoreboard by South African squad in response to India’s 215 runs in 1st innings.  Things appeared much easy  for India at this point and why not! It was terrific bowling by the Indian bowlers who made sure to get the most out of their strengths and contribute in team’s success as much as possible.

Regardless of the fact that some catches were dropped but Indian players were successful in their motto of building the pressure on the opponents. Its effects were seen in second innings of the lately concluded match as well when the tourists were sent back to the pavilion at a score of 185 runs, enabling the host enjoy 124-run win. Great display of fielding helped Indian let Proteas feel the heat despite the fact that weather wasn’t hot enough.

Since no batsman from Proteas side crossed the mark of 40 runs, it was easy for Indian players to think of winning the game with immense ease. When players like Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, Dane Vilas, Hashim Amla, 28-year-old Stiaan van Zyl, Imran Tahir, Simon Harmer, Morne Morkel, Faf du Plessis, the young and passionate Kagiso Rabada and others are parts of South African squad, hardly anyone thought that India will mark a sound bounce back in the game.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin let their teammates heave a sigh of relief on more than a few occasions by reason of some quick dismissals needed to have a grip in the match. It was due to their magical spin that did not let anybody else shine.  If truth be told then Tahir was the only player who was able to stand out amid his teammates, who were struggling enough on Indian conditions, observing first overseas series loss in nine years.

JP Duminy was impressive in some contexts as well. The left-handed batsman was a hope for Proteas camp but as soon as wickets began to fall, he couldn’t do much to save his team from falling in trough. He caught the eyes for making attempts tp save his wicket from falling as long as possible but missed the sheer perfection in approach that allowed Indian players gain foothold.

Jadeja, the left-arm orthodox spin, has marked a memorable comeback in the ongoing tournament, almost letting selectors give him a permanent spot in this format. Ravichandran Ashwin has certainly grabbed the eyeballs, taking wickets on the dot and giving timely breakthroughs to his team.

If truth be told then scope for fast bowlers wasn’t high as it was for the spinners. Amit Mishra, the right-arm leg-break bowler, was back in business as well. even though, he did not take as many as wickets that were expected when match kicked off.  It would be crucial to notice who will be picked to perform in the final Test match series, which is to begin December 3. A couple of days remain for the match to start and the viewers are sure that South Africa would try to put best foot forward at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi as India hope for South Africa whitewash. It is the last chance for Proteas to win. The real eagerness to conclude series by winning the last Test could make the impossible thing possible.

Hopes are surging from Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and skipper himself. Bowlers did their jobs well and a way near to perfect. Role of tail-ender batsmen will be a must watch stuff. Magic of AB de Villiers isn’t seen in the Game 3 but story might be a tad different when two teams face each other in match 4.

If they do not let Indian batting orders rise from quick jolts, they could finish the game on winning note that is eyed for sure before going back to homeland.  Tough situations, unfamiliar moods of the pitch, hidden surprises and the rest not only astonish the visitors but also India, who are enjoying their latest victory. Challenges are going to be huge in the upcoming Test. Environmental conditions are changing slowly and steadily in the national capital. Dew factor during early December could impart some role in success of the teams or situations may be vice-versa. Winning the toss will be imperative.

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