South Africa’s triumph in Wanderers dogfight

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South Africa’s triumph in Wanderers dogfight

We review the second Test between South Africa and India – which South Africa won by seven wickets. This was India’s first loss at The Wanderers ground, and South Africa’s first Test win against India in six Tests.

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Talking Points:

  • South Africa’s fast bowlers more suited for the conditions than India’s
  • India’s lack of height in the fast bowling department
  • Olivier’s lack of pace and what he brings to the attack
  • India’s fast bowlers offering lessons in the nuances of fast bowling
  • Shardul’s terrific spell and his ability to hit the cracks
  • Elgar v Pujara – similar batsmen who chose different methods in this match
  • Did Kohli’s absence hurt India?
  • Making sense of Pant’s approach and shot selection


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Ashoka (@ABVan)


  • Looks fast, feels faster – why the speed gun is only part of the story – Cameron Ponsonby – ESPNcricinfo
  • How South Africa won the pace-bowling battle at the Wanderers – Karthik Krishnaswamy – ESPNcricinfo
  • Here comes Elgar’s moment of truth – Telford Vice – Cricbuzz
  • Resolute van der Dussen plays forgotten hero – Firdose Moonda – ESPNcricinfo
  • ‘The hardest part is to leave out a senior player’ – Trevor Hohns interview – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – ESPNcricinfo
  • Javagal Srinath on Jasprit Bumrah – Sandip G – Indian Express 

Lead image from here.

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