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Brown pitch at Centurion surprises Du Plessis, pleases Kohli

Brown pitch at Centurion surprises Du Plessis, pleases Kohli

Despite the selection challenge, du Plessis says that their approach for this Test match won't change from the customary aggressive way in which they want to play their cricket.

He has good reason to be in a jovial mood, with his side taking a 1-0 lead into the match after completing a thrilling 72-run victory against the sub-continent opponents at Newlands in Cape Town, inside four days.

The legendary left-hander, who has more often than not, prefered the five-bowler theory also said Pandya should be persisted with, especially after the Baroda all-rounder counter-attacking knock in Cape Town.

"There's a lot of Test cricket still to be played".

Du Plessis said he expected pace and bounce but admitted he was not sure how the pitch would play.

Bloy was seen having a longish chat with the South African players in the middle, asked if it was anything specific, he said: "Naah, just showing them around the wicket as they wanted to have a look at it".

"The information from the groundsmen is that the grass on the wicket has been burnt from the heat over the last week. Last week was very hot".

"Generally Centurion doesn't spin that much, but there is a thick layer of ground grass on it, which is not something we're used to seeing".

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While Chopra recalled Team India's decision to drop Karun Nair for one-off Test against Bangladesh right after his maiden triple hundred against England in Chennai previous year to back his opinion.

"India at times were really good at Newlands. There is no rain forecast from Thursday and I am hoping that the pitch will be a good one‚ but it will definitely not be a green top", said Bloy. India was in the game for 90 per cent of the game, so it was a fantastic contest between two really strong teams.

Du Plessis reserved special praise for pacers Vernon Philander, who finished with career-best figures of 6/42 in the second innings, and Kagiso Rabada's performance in the first Test after their pace spearhead Dale Steyn succumbed to an innocuous heel injury during the first innings.

The first Test between India and South Africa witnessed a fast bowler's paradise on offer at Cape Town. Their bowlers took 20 wickets, but the only part when we were a little bit better was we got more runs in the first innings. But the Indian batsmen needed to step up.

"We expect a huge performance from them as they are a very strong team".

"There is no need to panic as a batting unit, we have played well for a long time - and we have played well away from home as well". For me‚ the key thing is pace and bounce and if there was a little bit of grass it would be fine‚ but we back ourselves.

Whichever way South Africa decide to go in their set-up, their fast bowlers will remain their major asset as they look to wrap up the series.

Kohli was quizzed on possible changes among the batsmen.


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