South Africa kings at Kingsmead

To cut a long story shot, all the Indians did at Durban was ” hop around”. The weather Gods didn’t come to their rescue too, and the final result was a 157 run thrashing from the Proteas.

The Durban pitch is one where the South Africans have an excellent record. For India, it is the same pitch where Ashish Nehra demolished England with a 6-23 spell in the 2003 World Cup. The game belonged to two men- Jacques Kallis and Andre Nel.

Kallis anchored the South African innings after Graeme Smith fell to Zaheer Khan in the second over. He took close to 27 overs for his 119, a bit slow by modern standards. Abraham De Villiers batted extremely well, and the duo attacked Harbhajan Singh, India’s main spinner. They did not allow him to settle and therefore forced Dravid to look at other options. Tendulkar did his job extremely well, going for little less than 4 an over. The dismissal of De Villers at a stage when the Proteas were looking set for 260+ reminded me of the CT semifinals. Some lusty hitting from Nel and Kallis towards the end took them to 248.

As for India, nobody barring Dhoni, Dravid and Tendulkar got into double figures. They lost their last 8 wickets for a mere 29 runs and ordinary bowlers like Nel and Kallis looked as if they had been sent from hell for a mission.

India have to do some serious soul searching if they have to answer their fans back home. I read today that the Indian Parliament bayed for Chappell’s head.

And by the look of it, the English are facing the same problem in Australia. 😀 Maybe an association for ” Batsmen mentally traumatised by bouncy pitches and fast bowlers” would do . 😛

If India capsize @ Capetown, pressure will mount on Dravid and Co. Lets see how they perform on Sunday. Keep the series alive, India

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