India seek 'intent' to combat SA speed kings

India seek 'intent' to combat SA speed kings

You can't just stand there and take whatever is coming your way and not have intent," Kohli said after his team were beaten by 72 runs in the first Test in Cape Town.

You might get out but it's important to keep coming at the bowler and making them feel, 'if you make an error I am going to score.

With conditions at Centurion again likely to favour fast bowling, the problem for India is not just how they should execute Kohli's strategy -- but who should do it.

No Indian top-order batsman made more than 28 in either innings in Cape Town. The only two scores above 30 were 93 by Hardik Pandya in the first innings and 37 by Ravichandran Ashwin in the second.

Pandya and Ashwin were batting at number seven and eight respectively, which suggests India have enough depth in their batting order -- if their top-order players can get themselves through the new ball.

At least two batting positions will be debated as the tourists seek a way to play themselves back into the three-Test series.

Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan fell to short-pitched deliveries in both innings and there is an argument for Lokesh Rahul to take his place, while Ajinkya Rahane must be a contender to replace Rohit Sharma at number five.

Kohli said the selection for Cape Town was based on form. Rahane had a dismal recent series against Sri Lanka but has shown the ability to score runs away from home.

On India's 2013/14 tour of South Africa Rahane scored 47, 15, 51 not out and 96 in the two Test matches and looked one of the best-equipped Indian batsmen against pace.

South Africa, meanwhile, look set to once again pick a four-pronged pace attack, although they have to replace the injured Dale Steyn.

There are three candidates -- two out-and-out pace specialists in Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi or Chris Morris who has batting skills as well as the ability to bowl at more than 140 kmh.

Both teams showed batting fragility in Cape Town, with India's pace bowlers showing they too could take advantage of helpful conditions.

AB de Villiers' aggression in innings of 65 and 35 was a key factor for South Africa. It is that sort of intent that both teams will be seeking in what promises to be another action-paced Test.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Chris Morris or Duanne Olivier or Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan or Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.


Virushka can't ignore NY sales!

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It's been a month of celebrations and festivities for Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. After tying the knot in a hush-hush ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, the newlyweds flew off to Finland for their honeymoon. Post that, they threw two receptions for friends and family in Delhi and Mumbai respectively. And now the couple is soaking the sun in Cape Town.

Anushka is with Virat in South Africa, where he will be playing for the upcoming series. But before the series kick starts, Virat is spending quality time with wife in Cape Town.

Discounts tempt everyone. Even a power couple like Virat and Anushka. The two were spotted shopping in Cape Town.

Anushka is expected to return to Mumbai soon. She will start shooting for Aanand L Rai's next with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. The makers will reveal the title of the film on January 1.


Pics: Anushka, Virat spotted with Akshay Kumar in South Africa

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Newlyweds Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were spotted in Cape Town, South Africa with Akshay Kumar. The two, who are in the country for the upcoming cricket test match, were seen enjoying lunch with her Patiala House co-star.

While Anushka is enjoying a much-deserved break after the whirlwind of a month that was December for the couple, Virat will head the Indian team for the three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s, beginning from January 5, the first of which will be in Cape Town.

Akshay was in Cape Town with wife and author Twinkle Khanna to ring in the new year and celebrate her birthday. The couple posted several pictures from their vacation.


Pics: Virushka's Cape Town tour

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Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are making the most of their time in Cape Town, South Africa. The two have been seen street shopping, dancing and spending some amazing moments together. Now, in the new set of pictures, we see Anushka smiling bright for the camera with Virat, and giving perfect company to the newly weds is Virat's close friend and cricketer Shikhar Dhawan along with his family. YRF's official Instagram handle shared the pics. In another picture, Anuhska and Virat can be seen posing together.

Earlier in the day, Virat took to Twitter and shared the latest selfie with Anushka. But more than appreciating the scenic beauty of Cape Town, it was his adorable words for his wifey dear which caught our eyes. Cape Town is such a beautiful place anyways, and even more beautiful with my one and only! the Indian skipper wrote.

Anushka and Virat got married in a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy on December 11. They broke the news of their wedding on Twitter and went on to become the most trending celebrity couple of the year. The two, after honeymooning in the snow-clad mountains of Europe, celebrated their togetherness with family and friends in Delhi and Mumbai.

The pictures were shared by Yash Raj Talent's handles.

Yesterday, the couple was also spotted spending good time with Akshay Kumar, who was holidaying in Cape Town during the New Year's week. While Akshay has returned to Mumbai, Anushka is expected to comeback post Virat's test match with South Africa. This would be the first match for Virat post wedding. Anushka is expected to begin shooting for Sui Dhaaga as soon as she comes back to the town, apart from the post-production work on Pari.


Watch SpaceX launch the mysterious Zuma spacecraft live here

Watch SpaceX launch the mysterious Zuma spacecraft live here

SpaceX will attempt its first launch of 2018 later today, with a two-hour launch window opening at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST), with a backup launch window set for tomorrow at the same time. The launch was originally planned for late last year, but was pushed due to SpaceX wanted to review data related to fairing used in the launch.

The payload for the


SpaceX successfully launches top-secret Zuma spacecraft

SpaceX successfully launches top-secret Zuma spacecraft

SpaceX has successfully launched its first mission of 2018, after capping a record year last year in 2017 with 18 total launches. The first launch this year carried a special payload – Zuma, a secretive spacecraft commissioned by the U.S. government for an undisclosed mission.

SpaceX launched Zuma from its SLC-40 launch facility at Cape Canaveral

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