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Ind-SA T20I series: Dravid looking to give players long rope for staking claim to World Cup spots

The buzz coming into the T20I series between India and South Africa was Umran Malik, the 22-year-old fast bowler who regularly challenged the speed gun during the Indian Premier League. India played five matches – the last game in Bangalore on Sunday was abandoned after 3.3 overs due to rain – but Malik didn’t get a game. Welcome to Rahul Dravid’s gurukul. This series was Malik’s initiation as an apprentice, along with left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh, an opportunity to get a feel of the Indian dressing room. Dravid believed in the process as a player and then as a captain. He is following it as the head coach of the Indian team. Back in 1996, as the India probables had a camp before the World Cup, Dravid as a young player was a strong contender to make the final squad. The then selection...
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Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya’s finishing India’s biggest plus from SA series in T20 World Cup build-up

Bangalore gets regular evening showers around this time of the year, so a bit of a question mark hangs over the fate of the T20I series decider between India and South Africa, scheduled for Saturday evening at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. However, even if the fifth match were to be washed out completely by chance, India have already made some significant strides over the course of the past four games as they seek to build their side for the T20 World Cup. Their comeback from 0-2 down – while needing to win every game to remain alive in the series – to square the contest 2-2 has been commendable. Different sets of players have heralded the revival; while the openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan set up the Visakhapatnam game for Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel to spin their web, it was th...
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Dinesh Karthik leads comeback as India level series 2-2

From teetering on the edge of the cliff, India have crawled back to breathe again and take the series to the final game in Bangalore. Sizeable credit for the series-levelling 82-run victory in Rajkot goes to the unflustered big-hitting brilliance of Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya, whose 65 runs in 5.3 overs propelled India to 169 runs on a tacky surface, as well as the synchronised utility of its bowling firm. Give these set of bowlers conditions that remotely abet their craft, they make life impossibly difficult for overseas batsmen to live, let alone prosper. The surface was not as conducive to stroke-play as the other venues in this series. Some balls stopped, some skidded along, some just leapt off good-length areas. The bounce was spongy rather than a trampoline. Both seamers an...
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Important to keep our IPL players fresh and mentally ready for this series: Parnell

Majority of South Africa’s star players were part of the two-month long IPL that preceded the ongoing T20 series against India and Proteas seamer Wayne Parnell said it will be a challenge to keep them “mentally ready” over the course of the five games. David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen and Anrich Nortje were among the players who were part of the IPL. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 However, there was no sign of any fatigue as the visitors thrashed India in the first ODI in Delhi.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium “It’s important to get them fresh and ready for the matches, it’s been 10-12 weeks in the IPL with a lot of time in the bubble. Getting guys mentally ready is...
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Pretorius wants to inculcate Dhoni’s calmness and self-belief

Preparing for the upcoming T20 series against India, South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius on Monday said he would like to inculcate the legendary MS Dhoni’s calmness and self-belief. The South African made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings this year after joining the franchise for a base price of Rs 50 lakh. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 Pretorius played just six matches, scoring 44 runs and claiming six wickets with best bowling figures of 2 for 30.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium The limited opportunities notwithstanding, Pretorius said playing alongside Dhoni has been his biggest gain. “Playing my first IPL was a great experience. It was one of my bucket list items and that too to get t...
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Chahar’s enterprise not enough to salvage consolation win

A South Africa tour that had begun with expectations of dominance – heightened by the Centurion Test win – ended with a fifth successive defeat for India, a four-run loss in Cape Town bringing a 0-3 ODI series wipeout. It was the closest India had come to winning a game after Centurion, albeit an inconsequential one with the series already lost. But just when the match seemed to have settled decisively in their grasp, following a familiar middle-order stumble and a stunning revival, they fell apart at the final hurdle. In his previous ODI, Deepak Chahar had walked in at 160/6 in a chase of 276 against Sri Lanka in Colombo last July. It became 193/7, but Chahar took India to a series-sealing victory with an unbeaten 69, playing some outrageous strokes along the way. FIFTY! A crucial...
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KL Rahul blames lack of wickets in middle-overs, middle-order collapse for loss

India skipper KL Rahul blamed lack of wickets in the middle overs and below-par show by the middle order batters for the team’s 31-run defeat against South Africa in the ODI series-opener here on Wednesday. Resolute batting from home skipper Temba Bavuma (110) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out) took South Africa to a match-winning 296 for four as Indian bowlers struggled to take wickets. “It was a nice game. There’s so much to learn. We started off really well, we couldn’t get wickets in the middle. We’ll look to see how we get wickets in the middle overs and stop the opposition,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony. That's that from the 1st ODI. South Africa win by 31 runs. Scorecard – https://t.co/PJ4gV8SFQb #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/NrRNxZgMNK — BCCI (@BCCI) Jan...
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Shikhar Dhawan proves his resilience & resourcefulness… yet again

Shikhar Dhawan, with his exuberant disposition, infuses the team with a sudden lightness. If there indeed hung a heavy air of tenseness around the team, with off-field developments stewing in the background, Dhawan’s presence provided the perfect antidote. There was the usual broad smile and laughter, jokes and banter flying round, as he and Virat Kohli breezed through their partnership — suddenly it felt like the good old times again — and there was a sense of India enjoying their cricket again. If he had converted his 79 into a hundred, he could have pulled out the moustache-twirls and thigh-slaps too. Dhawan came back as though he had never been away; as though he had always been there, like an invisible shadow. And not someone who is, these days, reduced to sporadic appearances, lik...
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South Africa go 1-0 up after India self-destruct in first ODI

India’s inexplicable middle-order collapse ensured that fine half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli did not count for much as the team was handed a 31-run defeat by a resolute South Africa in the opening ODI here on Wednesday. Chasing a challenging 297, India were cruising at 138 for one before wickets fell in a heap dashing the hopes of the visitors who trail 0-1 in the three-match series. India’s innings ended at 265 for eight. South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma (110 off 143) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out off 96) had scored contrasting hundreds en route to their 204-run stand to take South Africa to 296 for four after opting to bat. That's that from the 1st ODI. South Africa win by 31 runs. Scorecard – https://t.co/PJ4gV8SFQb #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/NrRNxZgMNK —...
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Rabada released from South Africa squad on eve of India ODI series

South Africa’s lead pacer Kagiso Rabada was on Tuesday released from the team for the three-match One-Day International series against India as part of its workload management. The series starts in Paarl on Wednesday. “Proteas seam bowler, Kagiso Rabada, has been released from the team for the Betway One-Day International (ODI) series against India due to high workloads over a sustained period of time and the need for him to recover prior the outbound Test series against New Zealand next month,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement. The board said no replacement will be brought in for Rabada as there is an extended squad in place in the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE), but George Linde has been retained from the Test team as an extra spin-bowling option for the series. Sq...
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Indian bowling attack by far most challenging one for me: Keegan Petersen

Rookie South Africa batter Keegan Petersen admits the world class Indian bowling attack was by far the most challenging he has faced but said he would not have wanted another way to build his nascent career. The 28-year-old was named player of the series after his outstanding exploits with the bat against India in the three-match contest which South Africa won 2-1. The stylish right-hander was the top run-scorer from either sides in the series, amassing 276 runs at an average of 46.00. He was the only player to notch-up three half-centuries, recording scores of 72, 82 and 62, whilst his slip fielding was another hallmark of the series. Keegan Petersen reflects on the recent series win against India as well as his player of the series award👀 Full article: https://t.co/HgudmcH3NW#SAvIN...
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Passion, Skill, Attitude – South Africa rise again

From the foothills of Table Mountain, on a sun-lit January afternoon, South African cricket began another long journey. A journey of revival. Written off before the series, ridiculed after the hammering in the first Test, stuck in an endless wheel of transition, afflicted by administrational chaos and coups, South African cricket seemed slipping down the slope of perdition, instilling fear that they would never be the unbendable force they once were. There were distant echoes of the decline of West Indies and Sri Lanka. There was fear and doubt that cricket would lose one of its historically strong teams, at a time when the chasm of standard between teams is getting wider than ever before. In times to come, the afternoon they beat India to win the Test series could evoke different feel...
Pujara, Rahane can’t seem to turn a corner as batting woes continue
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Pujara, Rahane can’t seem to turn a corner as batting woes continue

A porous Indian middle-order became even weaker after back spasms ruled Virat Kohli out of the second Test. Even in the middle of an elongated fallow period, Kohli has been scoring 30s and 40s, and India missed their captain today. In his absence, the onus fell on two senior batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, to raise their game. Pujara is horribly out of form at the moment. Rahane, despite not scoring big in the first Test at Centurion, looked good and showed intent. Both came to this tour walking a tightrope and so far they have failed to live up to the pressure. On Monday, if Pujara fell prey to extra bounce, Rahane played a loose shot. Kohli’s replacement, Hanuma Vihari, got out by committing to front-foot early. Pujara stays low To start with, Pujara’s app...
We can still make a match out of it: Ashwin after India’s 202 all out on day one
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We can still make a match out of it: Ashwin after India’s 202 all out on day one

India’s premier spinner R Ashwin termed his team’s first innings score as slightly below par on a “two paced” Wanderers pitch but might be enough with their bowling arsenal to make a match of the second Test against South Africa. India finished their first innings at 202 with Ashwin scoring a crucial 46 towards the end of the innings on a testing pitch after stand in skipper K L Rahul (50) opted to bat. Asked what’s a tricky total, Ashwin replied: “” (what is a) good total in South Africa has been tricky, especially in the first innings. It’s always a good thing to win the toss and bat first and you want to post a good score in excess of maybe 260 or 270 which is around about score. “South Africa always batted first (in the past) and got in excess of 250 and dominated games...
What India expected from Rishabh Pant, Ashwin delivers – an attacking cameo
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What India expected from Rishabh Pant, Ashwin delivers – an attacking cameo

Not many tinker with the batting technique and set-up as much as he has done over the years. A flip-book of him at the crease will throw up so much variety that it can bewilder: the bat tapping the ground, held high in the air and parallel to ground. That’s just the bat. The knee also has been contorted in various degrees over the years. It flexes up and down at the crease, it has stayed a bit firmer, upright. The upper body too has had its variations. Upright, crouching, mid-way. So does the hands. He can rock and cradle that bat back and forth at crease as he does these days. The elbow too can be crooked up, like now, ala Imran Khan. The angle of his posture too; it’s been mostly side-on but he has also tried the open-stance. Clearly, he is someone who loves to bat; afte...
Second Test: SA hold initial bragging rights
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Second Test: SA hold initial bragging rights

The first nine overs of the Wanderers Test suggested a near-repeat of the first hour of the Centurion Test. South Africa had squandered the new ball on Boxing Day, bowling too wide and serving up too many boundary balls to build any sort of pressure with the new Kookaburra. India’s openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal had gone on to add 117, and the match was to slip away from South Africa right there. But in sharp contrast, at the end of the day in Johannesburg, hosts were the happier lot after dismissing India for 202 and reaching 35/1. Had it not been for a resolute half-century by KL Rahul, leading India in the absence of Virat Kohli who is nursing an upper back spasm and a valuable cameo from Ravichandran Ashwin, the tourists would have struggled to cross 150. With the ...
2nd Test: Rahane, Pujara flop show continues as Indian middle-order disappoints again
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2nd Test: Rahane, Pujara flop show continues as Indian middle-order disappoints again

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s saga of failures compounded a shoddy batting performance by India even as stand-in skipper KL Rahul impressed with a defiant show amid the ruins on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa here on Monday. Rahul’s patient 50-run knock on a day when India missed Virat Kohli due to back spasms and Ravichandran Ashwin’s cavalier 46 at the rear end ensured that India scored 202 in their first innings on a bouncy Wanderers track. At stumps, Mohammed Shami sent back Aiden Markram even as Dean Elgar (11 batting) and Keegan Peterson (14 batting) took South Africa to 35 for 1. It could have been two down had Rishabh Pant snapped Peterson off Jasprit Bumrah, which seemed a regulation catch. STUMPS on Day 1 of the 2nd Test. South A...
Watch: Van der Dussen takes blinder to dismiss Hanuma Vihari in IND vs SA 2nd Test
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Watch: Van der Dussen takes blinder to dismiss Hanuma Vihari in IND vs SA 2nd Test

Rassie van der Dussen pulled off a contender for the catch of the tournament when he dismissed Hanuma Vihari (20) off Kagiso Rabada in the second Test between India and South Africa on Monday. It was a short and quick delivery by Rabada which was directed at the ribs of Vihari who looked to fend it away and ended up getting an inside edge which lobbed towards short leg. Rassie van der Dussen dived to his left and grabbed an absolute blinder. Meanwhile, stand-in captain KL Rahul scored a gutsy half-century but could not convert that into a big knock as another shoddy display by Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane left India in a troublesome 146 for 5 at tea. With skipper Virat Kohli ruled out of the match due to back spasm, Rahul (50 off 133 balls) was patience-personified ...
The Batsman Returns: How KL Rahul reworked technique, regained balance
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The Batsman Returns: How KL Rahul reworked technique, regained balance

“Can we meet for dinner, tonight?” Just like the old times, but David Mathias sensed that message from his best friend KL Rahul was a bit different. It was 2019, Rahul was dropped from the Indian team, feeling “most useless and negative he had ever felt in life” (Rahul’s words), and life needed to be turned around. The friends met and decided to find a way to beat negativity and fall back in love with the game. Cricket in anonymity, with friends, was decided as the way to go. They decided on the ground near the Bangalore airport where a friend Tejas Subramaniam runs Just Cricket Academy. Every day, early in the morning, for the next 10 days or so, a group of friends, all cricketers, would drive away from the city. It didn’t take long for Mathias to spot the problem in Rahul...