India in SA

Proteas win toss, field first

2010-12-26 10:57
Smith and Dhoni (Gallo Images)
Durban - South Africa won the toss for the second time in the series and sent India in to bat in the second Test match at Kingsmead on Sunday.

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The pitch is expected to suit fast bowlers early on.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith opted on Sunday to give his pace attack first use of a green wicket at Kingsmead which has lots of grass cover after rain in the week leading up to the match.

The toss was delayed due to heavy overnight rain which continued for most of the morning. Once the rain stopped, the ground staff worked hard to get the outfield ready.

India are ranked No 1 in the ICC Test Rankings and South Africa are second, with both teams boasting a number of players in the top 10 including the No 1 bowler in the rankings, Proteas speedster Dale Steyn, and the No 2 batsman in the world, Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

South Africa has retained the same team that won the first match of the three-test series at Centurion. Hashim Amla will play his 50th test.

India has made three changes with opening batsman Gautam Gambhir out with a left hand injury and Suresh Raina and Jaidev Unadkat dropped. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and experienced fast bowler Zaheer Khan have been called in to the team.

Teams:


South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Dale Steyn, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel.

India - Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vangipurappu Laxman, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.

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