So here we are, India all set to avenge their last 25 years while South Africa is having completely different plans. As it turned out today the Protean batsmen are struggling against the Indian pace attack.
As far as the Indian pacers are considered it is a very good opportunity for them as here in Africa they’ll get all a fast bowler can expect from the pitch. For youngsters like Bumrah, this will be a real opportunity as well test to prove their bowling skills.
So far Bhuvi has certainly been the go-to man for the Indian side. From the very first ball, he looked in an excellent rhythm and came up with a beautiful delivery to get Elgar in the very first over. Then Markram in the third and Amla in an over next to it. Bhuveneshwar was looking as if he’ll sweep off the whole African batting line-up until ABD and their skipper Plessis came and scored some good runs.
Other than him Shami is looking a completely different bowler to what he was in India. He’s struggling a lot with his line and length. Bumrah and Pandya are bowling good in patches and Bumrah in one of those patches got the all-important wicket of ABD while Pandya got that of Plessis.
India is now looking in a strong position. If they can get one or two more wickets then it will get difficult for the African to get back in the match. It is very important for the Indian team to restrict the Proteas to a low score because the kind of attack that South Africa have it won’t be easy for the Indian batsmen to score. So far, so good, but it needs to get better only if India wants to end the long 25 years of misery in South Africa.