India in SA

India's decent Bullring record

2013-12-17 18:00
Graeme Smith and MS Dhoni at the Wanderers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Believe it or not, but the Proteas are yet to beat India in a Test match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

The South Africans tackle India there from Wednesday in the first of a two-Test series.

The visitors will go into the Test a little undercooked after their warm-up game against a South African Invitation XI in Benoni was called off due to inclement weather.

They also struggled with South Africa's pace arsenal in the one-day series, won 2-0 by the hosts.

This has led to pundits predicting a similar trend, with India expected to struggle on a quick and bouncy wicket against the likes of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morné Morkel.

However, history between the two countries at the ground suggests otherwise.

The last time the two teams squared off at the Bullring was in 2006 when a Shanthakumaran Sreesanth-inspired India beat South Africa by 123 runs.

The aggressive fast bowler’s 5/40 in the first innings helped dismiss South Africa for 84 - a deficit from which they could never recover.

In 1997, the South Africans were also up against it and only a courageous 122 not out from Daryll Cullinan saved the home side.

India scored 410 in their first innings, courtesy of Rahul Dravid's 148, as South Africa replied with 321. The visitors then declared their second innings on 266/8, setting a substantial 356 win-target. The Proteas finished on 228/8 as Cullinan and Allan Donald hung on for a draw.

The first Test there between the countries in 1992 - South Africa's first home series since isolation - also yielded a draw.

South Africa, batting first, made 292 in the first innings with the Indians replying with 227 all out.

Kepler Wessels's men were reeling at 73/5 in the first innings of that game, before Jonty Rhodes (91) and Brian McMillan (98) ensured a respectable total.

South Africa then made 252 to set a target of 318 before the game petered into a draw with the tourists on 141/4.

They may have only played three Tests there over the years, but history shows India have been more than competitive at the Wanderers.

And that should be enough for Graeme Smith's men to not take them lightly...

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