Du Plessis wary of 'unknown' Centurion surface

Du Plessis wary of 'unknown' Centurion surface

Du Plessis wary of 'unknown' Centurion surface

The match saw South Africa's Vernon Philander taking career-best figures of six for 42 and finishing with overall nine wickets to eventually bag "man-of-the-match" award.

Sehwag further added that now if Virat Kohli fails then he should drop himself from the third test. For a follower of the Indian cricket team, there is one emotion that has shadowed him from time immemorial, the awful feeling of an imminent defeat, whenever playing in a foreign land and on a wicket layered with grass. Was the change which most of us were expecting a creation of our own imagination, not rooted in reality? "Bhuvneshwar performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified", Sehwag stressed.

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis sounded unsure of the SuperSport Park pitch on Friday‚ saying that it has an unusual thick layer of brown grass. "What I got from the groundsman was that it was burnt from the heat". We'll see how it plays over the next five days.

Speaking on the eve of the match, du Plessis said that his side are preparing for unknown Centurion pitch before revealing that they had asked for a pitch with pace and bounce. India were in the game for 90 percent of the time.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli yesterday said that the players need to put in more efforts as the team can not afford to play loose shots. It is worth noting that Bhuvi was the pick of the Indian bowlers in the first Test at Cape Town. "For us to get the conditions we would like, the ball must spin as little as possible.The wicket looks a bit browner than I thought it would be", du Plessis told the reporters. "I expect they will take a lot of positives from the game and I expect another huge performance from them".

But the Indian batsmen needed to step up.

"The team we selected last week was the right team and it worked pretty well", said Du Plessis."We have to decide whether we go with the same balance of four seamers and a spinner or whether we go for more of an all-rounder". Replacing Ashwin with a specialist batsman like KL Rahul would also provide more solidity to the batting order.

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