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Old 2nd October 2015, 14:27   #1
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South Africa in India

A long tour starts today with a T20I (SA bowing first). South Africa have an excellent record in India, at least in Test cricket, so this should be a good series.
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Old 2nd October 2015, 18:04   #2
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SA cruising to a comfortable win. India started brilliantly with the bat thanks to rohit but then SA pulled things back. And the SA top order is pretty damn powerful - certainly not an enviable task bowling to an opening pair of Amla and de villiers!!
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India looked pretty heavy favourites with SA 3 down needing 12 an over but Duminy built up towards giving it an absolute smashing starting from Axar Patel's last over, which went for 22 and never really looked back from there.
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Old 2nd October 2015, 20:04   #4
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SA very lucky with a couple of lbw decisions in their innings but a great performance nonetheless. Pitch unusually fast and bouncy for India, bet the rest are slower.
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Old 5th October 2015, 17:39   #5
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India collapse to 92 all out in the 2nd T20 - but then the SA reply is interrupted by the crowd who threw bottles onto the outfield. Can't remember the last crowd trouble at an international match.
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Old 10th October 2015, 20:59   #6
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India collapse to 92 all out in the 2nd T20 - but then the SA reply is interrupted by the crowd who threw bottles onto the outfield. Can't remember the last crowd trouble at an international match.
Unfortunately the last instance was probably in India too - India have a really poor record on this front.

Whilst the disgraceful crowd behavior has understandably dominated headlines, it has covered some trouble brewing on the cricketing front for India. Dhoni's place is at long last being questioned - cricinfo have a headline piece from Ajit Agarkar questioning his spot and this has been picked up by a couple of journalists on Twitter. I sense the floodgates are waiting to open - Dhoni has behaved terribly with the media throughout his captaincy (not that his criticisms were completely without merit, but ultimately his and other Indian cricketers' vast riches are all down to the Indian cricket hype machine of which the media is a big part) so they are unlikely to spare the knives as he nears the end.

There is no denying that Dhoni is past his best, the world cup is 4 years ago and kohli, whilst too hotheaded to be a great captain just yet, for better or worse has delivered results in his first series as test captain. All that begs the question, should Dhoni be persisted with? Sure even below his best he might be a fair bit better than the alternative. But that's not enough of a reason to keep him in the team to me, especially as he is blocking Rahane's progress.

Interesting times. SA suddenly looking strong favorites (whereas I thought it looked an even series before the series began).
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Although this game was being discussed on the par score thread. I thought I would bring on the chat onto this thread. In the first ODI SA amassed 303 in their innings in Kanpur. Much of this down to ABdV and some late innings pyrotechnics to get a ton. However such is the nature of both the pitch and the boundaries, India look as though they are likely to reach that without much breaking sweat. They are at 176 at 30 overs. Unless SA get some quick wickets I really can't see India not getting there.
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No agree CM, looks like the early SA batsmen were far too slow. AB batted well again though.
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India should be favourites, but they've stalled a little bit recently.
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It's Binny time!
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SA win it narrowly with Rabada taking a crucial brace of wickets.
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That last over brought back memories of watching Bopara and Bresnan trying to finish a chase.
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No agree CM, looks like the early SA batsmen were far too slow. AB batted well again though.
True. I see DeVilliers only faced 73 deliveries despite coming in at 4 and carrying his bat. Don't know when he came in but it must have been late.
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Old 11th October 2015, 15:29   #15
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For all the talk of this SA being old and past it they still look like a very good outfit, with some good young players coming through.
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To add to that, we're looking very ordinary. Dhoni has lost whatever little midas touch he had. He also seem to have lost the ability to hit big. Without that ability, his utility as a cricketer is quite restricted.
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Fairness to Dhoni, he spent quite a while being an exceptional one day batsman.
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Yeah but apart from that, winning the champions trophy, winning the T20 world cup, getting India to number one to the test rankings and winning the World Cup he's been nothing short of terrible.
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India are struggling again against SA. The wickets are mostly of their own doing, but the pressure built up by the bowlers must be a factor.
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Looks like Dhoni can justify his place by not being India's biggest problem. He's their Bell.
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