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.


Bigg Boss 11: Real reason behind Shilpa Shinde-Vikas Gupta's fight

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Bigg Boss 11: What Is The History Behind Shilpa Shinde And Vikas Gupta's War Of Words?

One of the most popular actors inside the Bigg Boss 11 house, Shilpa Shinde, is best known for her role of Angoori Bhabi in Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain. She played a simple, peace loving and naive woman in the show and fans hope to see her true self on the Salman Khan show. Shilpa did not make her fans wait long - even before entering the house, she fought on the stage and left even Salman speechless.

After introducing her and performing some fun tasks with Shilpa, Salman called actor and &TV programmer Vikas Gupta on the stage as the final contestant. Shilpa initially tried to play cool but could not maintain peace for long. It all began when Salman asked if the two know each other and Vikas talked about her infamous fight with the makers of Bhabiji.

Sir, wo kya hota hai kabhi kabhar jo sach hota hai wo thoda kadwa hota hai to I think uske wajah se logon ke barah bajte hain.

Mere? Apne to pure channel ke barah bajae the.

The two then went on and on about the public fight between Shilpa and makers of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain, both trying their best to justify their side and make the other look irrational. Salman tried to intervene but in vain.

As Shilpa and Vikas entered the house, they said the other will end up in jail.

Shilpa and Vikas share an unpleasant history. Shilpa found fame as Angoori Bhabhi in &TV’s show, Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai but she quit the show after a year alleging that the makers “mentally tortured” her. later accused producer, Sanjay Kohli, of sexual harassment and his wife, Benaifer Kohli, of threats. Vikas, the programming head of &TV, said Shilpa threw her weight around on the show. He was said to be instrumental in her ouster from Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai.


Anushka back on sets, here's how her co-workers surprised her

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Anushka Sharma is back on the sets of Aanand L Rai's Zero. And seeing her Instagram updates, we know the actor was received in the most beautiful manner. Anushka's wedding with Virat Kohli kept her in news even when she was on a break from work. Now, after a dreamy nuptial and a dreamier holiday in Cape Town, South Africa, the actor has returned to complete her two projects - Zero and Pari. he 29-year-old got a warm welcome on the sets of Zero, which also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. Anushka shared a photo from her dressing room where she can be seen in her vibrant best. With a paper in one hand (most probably a copy of the script) and a coffee mug in the other, the newly wedded actor's happiness knows no bounds.

Anushka was presented with flowers and her room was decorated with pictures of herself and her cricketer husband Virat Kohli. She shared the photo from her vanity van with the caption, "They say - Back to one! In this case ill say - Back to Zero

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