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India vs South Africa: 'Second innings Shami was magnificent,' Twitter praises pacer for match-winning spell on Day 5
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India vs South Africa: 'Second innings Shami was magnificent,' Twitter praises pacer for match-winning spell on Day 5

Pacer Mohammed Shami took five for 35 in a fiery spell as India defeated South Africa by 203 runs to win the 1st Test.

Board President's XI vs South Africa: Opening day of warm-up game washed out without a single ball bowled
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Board President's XI vs South Africa: Opening day of warm-up game washed out without a single ball bowled

The first day's proceedings of South Africa's warm-up match was called off in the post-lunch session as rain lashed the PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex.

India vs South Africa: MS Dhoni, Heinrich Klaasen showcase difference in experience and exuberance at Centurion
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India vs South Africa: MS Dhoni, Heinrich Klaasen showcase difference in experience and exuberance at Centurion

If Klaasen showed that exuberance is name of the game today, then his counterpart, Dhoni, showcased amply that experience is invaluable.

India vs South Africa: Manish Pandey’s knock shows why India need more impact players in playing XI
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India vs South Africa: Manish Pandey’s knock shows why India need more impact players in playing XI

One has to just watch Manish Pandey when pushed into a spot to know how gloriously pressure works on these gifted individuals.

India vs South Africa: Manish Pandey aces the test, but Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma fare poorly in 2nd T20I report card
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India vs South Africa: Manish Pandey aces the test, but Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma fare poorly in 2nd T20I report card

Looking to seal the T20I series, India ran into an inspired Junior Dala, a belligerent Heinrich Klaasen and a composed JP Duminy at a rain-hit SuperSport Park to concede defeat. Here’s the report card for Virat Kohli's men for the match:

India vs South Africa: Once the gold standard for fielding, Proteas’ aura in the field quickly diminishing
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India vs South Africa: Once the gold standard for fielding, Proteas’ aura in the field quickly diminishing

It is evident that South Africa have a slew of batting and bowling concerns, but the elephant in the room is fielding and they need to work on it on a priority basis.

India vs South Africa: Unflappable Manish Pandey could be the missing piece in Virat Kohli and Co's middle-order jigsaw
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India vs South Africa: Unflappable Manish Pandey could be the missing piece in Virat Kohli and Co's middle-order jigsaw

As they take on the Proteas in the final match of a series which they have already won, India might want to take a punt on Pandey considering the World Cup is close by and an over-reliance on the top three isn't ideal, as their Champions Trophy debacle showed.

India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli and Co fielding five bowlers in limited overs a potent strategy with World Cup 2019 in mind
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India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli and Co fielding five bowlers in limited overs a potent strategy with World Cup 2019 in mind

At St George’s Park though, Pandya really shone through. India's bowling revolved around him. Despite the threat of rain, the match wasn’t truncated and India needed their fifth bowler to put his hand up to get through 50 overs.

India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma plays to his strengths to end jinx in Rainbow Nation
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India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma plays to his strengths to end jinx in Rainbow Nation

Rohit Sharma has been criticised for everything from his technique to his temperament and composure. But as has been the case right through his career, he managed to ignore the din and compile a hard-working century.

India vs South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan burnishes his limited overs credentials with another knock to remember
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India vs South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan burnishes his limited overs credentials with another knock to remember

The best part of Dhawan’s knock was the conviction and assurance he brought with him to the batting crease. This was a far cry from the impression he created during his terrible outings in the only Test he played on this tour.

India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma's career took two steps back with typical struggle against Proteas
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India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma's career took two steps back with typical struggle against Proteas

It cannot be denied that every single time Rohit Sharma has visited South Africa, his career trajectory has taken two steps back, instead of four forward. If he were Napoleon, this country would be his Waterloo.

India vs South Africa: Making Aiden Markram captain before he established himself as a regular may not be a smart move by Proteas
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India vs South Africa: Making Aiden Markram captain before he established himself as a regular may not be a smart move by Proteas

The responsibilities that South Africa have dumped on Aiden Markram at such an early stage in his career could be detrimental to his growth as a player.

India vs South Africa: Skipper Virat Kohli's fine century in Durban leads visitors' batting revival in Rainbow Nation
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India vs South Africa: Skipper Virat Kohli's fine century in Durban leads visitors' batting revival in Rainbow Nation

India’s successful run chase of 270 was all about Kohli and his brilliance. Nothing, not two new white balls, swing, pace, bounce or spin fazed him. The pressure of a huge chase spurred him to shatter the Proteas’ winning streak of 17 ODI wins at home.

India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli's intent fuses insanity with steely resolve
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India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli's intent fuses insanity with steely resolve

Kohli is that stuntman driving a bike/car vertically in a ‘well of death’. From the outside, it looks like he is out of control. Unknown to those watching however, there is a clear understanding of what he is doing, and more importantly, why so.

India vs South Africa: Proteas bowlers guilty of letting Virat Kohli and Co off the hook on ridiculously bowler-friendly pitch
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India vs South Africa: Proteas bowlers guilty of letting Virat Kohli and Co off the hook on ridiculously bowler-friendly pitch

On Wednesday, South Africa’s bowlers were guilty of letting India off the hook. Barring Kohli and Pujara, the other batsmen had scores of 8, 0, 9, 2, 0. Yet India managed to accumulate 187 runs, a total that might yet turn out to be a match-winning one

India vs South Africa: Ishant Sharma finally becoming the anchor bowler he was always meant to be
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India vs South Africa: Ishant Sharma finally becoming the anchor bowler he was always meant to be

Plugging runs and etching out the odd wicket has become a hallmark of Ishant’s bowling off late. On a tough wicket at Centurion, his performance was a microcosm of this trait in what can be described as the latest phase in the Delhi pacer’s career.

India vs South Africa: Mohammed Shami harried Proteas in incisive spell to show he’s the best pacer in Virat Kohli’s side
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India vs South Africa: Mohammed Shami harried Proteas in incisive spell to show he’s the best pacer in Virat Kohli’s side

Shami lacks the raw pace of Umesh Yadav. But he has other skills to fall back upon. And when all those skills come together, like they did in the first session of the morning, Shami looks exceptionally good.

India vs South Africa: Maturity beyond age makes Aiden Markram a special talent for Proteas
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India vs South Africa: Maturity beyond age makes Aiden Markram a special talent for Proteas

Markram is one of those typical all-format modern-day batsmen, who likes to maintain a high strike-rate while being at the crease. And during this innings, he backed his strengths and went after the Indian bowlers.

India vs South Africa: Ravichandran Ashwin’s tenacity, helpful Centurion pitch save the day for Virat Kohli’s men
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India vs South Africa: Ravichandran Ashwin’s tenacity, helpful Centurion pitch save the day for Virat Kohli’s men

The indications after the first day’s play are that this pitch is not as treacherous as the one at Newlands. Thus, India’s batsmen should be a lot more comfortable at finding their feet here.

India vs South Africa: Inconsistent policy and muddled team selection are hurting Virat Kohli and Co
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India vs South Africa: Inconsistent policy and muddled team selection are hurting Virat Kohli and Co

Horses for courses is a perfectly acceptable selection policy. But India dropping in-form Bhuvneshwar and playing Rohit ahead of Rahane because of current form is one of the examples of many inconsistencies with their team selection.