Smart changes can script a win for Virat Kohli at Centurion

India vs South Africa Sourav Ganguy wants visitors to include either Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul for 2nd Test

South Africa's hero at Newlands seemed more willing to carry a heavier burden in that 72-run victory after being publicly criticised in England a year ago.

They arrived in Perth in January 2008 2-0 down against Ricky Ponting's all-conquering side - 16 wins on the bounce - and were greeted by the news that Australia were about to unleash Shaun Tait, the Wild Thing, in an attack that already boasted Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark.

Losing a Test chasing 208 runs can demoralise the best of teams and it will surely hurt the World Number One team.

That tells you how hard South Africa are to beat in Centurion. A loss will mean the series is gone. This is perhaps only a trivia among many other more important factors that'll make a difference to the second Test between India and South Africa starting here at 10 am local time on Saturday.

In comparison, the Indian batsmen could not come to terms with the pitch, and may not be able to do so even when the second Test begins.

India's team is full of stroke-makers like Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. Parthiv Patel replaced him. He also acknowledged that Indian bowlers erred in reading the bounce in the South African first innings, which yielded 286 runs for the hosts.

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"He has got that confidence and he brings that confidence in the players, so that motivates the players", the right-handed batsman signed off. "He knows my bowling and as a player it is good to have a coach who knows my strengths and weakness", he said. He Further said that we aim to prepare a surface that has something in it for the bowlers in the morning before getting a little more batsman-friendly. The ball is not expected to swing as much and so, Ishant Sharma, who gets better bounce, was preferred.

Like in the last match, South Africa too have their own selection dilemmas. Or they could plump for an all-rounder like Chris Morris. In fact, if you ask my father-in-law who I had a chat with on the morning of the fourth day, I told him that I felt India had a chance. "I believe there is a lot of talent there". While bowlers can be effective quicker in different conditions by some target bowling in the nets and proper planning in the head - and I have confirmed this with some worldwide bowlers - for batsmen, it's not that simple. "Now it is time to move forward and focus on the second Test", Bumrah said on Thursday. "If you pick four seamers, he can be in amongst them". "It will be 50-50, a bit of bounce and a bit of seam movement", the ground staff said.

The past few years have seen South African pacers Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn picking up 10-wicket match hauls at Centurion.

"We wanted something where both teams will be in the contest and we are happy to see the wicket".

Historically, the SuperSport Park track is a balanced one, with ideal conditions for both batting and bowling.

Despite the rain eating up a day, the first match got over in less than four days. However, if they do not, du Plessis' men could cause all sort of headaches for India.

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