Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

India vs South Africa: Johannesburg Test will resume as scheduled on Saturday

India vs South Africa: Johannesburg Test will resume as scheduled on Saturday

'In considering whether to authorise such repairs, the ICC match referee must consider whether this would place either side at an unfair advantage, given the play that had already taken place on the unsafe pitch. Bangar and Bharat waited for the rolling to get over.

Rahane said India never made excuses while batting in similar conditions.

Wanderers woke up late on Saturday. They had to make a decision. India is a fantastic side.

De Villiers had earlier dropped Kohli off Morne Morkel when the India skipper was batting on 32 while Vernon Philander dropped one early in the first session when Kohli was on 11.

As it happens in fourth innings, more so on pitches like these, the new batsmen find it incredibly hard to bat.

The beginning of play at the New Wanderers Stadium was delayed by an hour due to a wet outfield following rain.

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Elgar and Amla battled until shortly before tea but then Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah sparked a dramatic collapse.

He added: "What about them bowling short balls to our bowlers".

Elgar, who had been hit on the head with what proved the final delivery of the previous day, looked in good touch as he put on 119 for the second wicket with Hashim Amla (52). The problem begins when the bounce becomes uneven and the team batting has to face a battery of pace bowlers like in the current case of the Wanderers test. Elgar likes to be stationed on the crease. South Africa needed one more man to bat out of his skin to add to the efforts of Elgar and Amla.

India needs to get the selection of the eleven right, particularly on overseas campaigns where every place counts.

"When 6-7 players perform, it works well for the team", Shastri said. Had India batted even moderately well in Cape Town and Centurion, they could have been level or even ahead in the series. Anything full on his legs, was sent to the square leg.

India, though, will be buoyed by their record at the ground. Interestingly, that was also the time when the cracks that were hard-pressed in the morning were gradually opening.

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"The Indian bowlers are very successful in these conditions". The coach said that the depth of the bowling line-up, was what differentiated it from all previous teams that have toured South Africa. "Test cricket is 70 per cent mental and 30 per cent what you can do on the park". The punch to balls higher than his waist, a shot nearly unique to Amla, continued to be his friend. The Indian team has also confirmed that the match will start. That left South Africa 16-2.

"When we go to India we certainly don't play on green pitches". Elgar continued to hang in there, holding the fort fo the hosts. "It's pretty sure they did". "We're willing to play". Our aim is to play and win this Test match, and we are looking to play.

Even on Friday, when Elgar was hit on his fingers, there were murmurs from behind.

The Indian bowlers beat the bat regularly, but the home side managed to negotiate the session without incident after resuming on their overnight score of 1-17. This was the fourth time Elgar was hit in his 32-ball stay, the first on the head. Ajinkya Rahane had come to check on him. This is not a cricket pitch, this is risky.

On Saturday, the tide had turned. This, he believes, gives India the ammunition to be competitive. He could have had the last laugh. Despite the trenchant criticism of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its obsession with the bottom line, the country finally had a team whose performances often matched the expectations of the fanatical support.

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