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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Advantage Proteas on Day1

It is advantage Proteas on Day 1 at Nagpur. Centuries by Kallis and Amla ensured that South Africa will going to post huge total and will not bat again in this match. In the morning Smith won the toss and elected to bat and the two seasoned campaigner took full advantage of toss. Zaheer started well in the morning by picking both the openers inside 10 runs but after that it was Kallis-Amla show and this show will continue tomorrow as well if India wont strike early.

Kallis showed why he is regarded as great batsman.His innings had every thing which a cricket lover wants to see and alongwith him Amla showed great character. Indian bowling looked quite ordinary except Zaheer Khan who looked like picking up wickets in every spell in-fact he almost got Amla after lunch had Dhoni and Vijay not missed his catch. Field placing of Dhoni was also questionable after lunch as he started with only one slip. Poor catching of India is greatly responsible for their situation in the match as they missed 3 chances and poor catching and fielding is now closely associated with Team India for long.

Harbhajan disappointed very much today as he was expected to be the strike bowler for India because of his experience but he remained wicketless and couldn't contain the SA batters as well. Amit Mishra actually bowled better than Harbhajan. I think Harbhajan is not in best of the form right now as he is not picking up many wickets since last 10 matches and because of that he looks short of confidence right now. He has to re-think on his bowling.

So tough times ahead for India. I feel SA will win this series 1-0.


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