Du Plessis surprised by brown pitch

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Riding the crest of an unprecedented win-spree, notwithstanding, Team India has several chinks in its "famed" armour.

South Africa South Africa are 1-0 up with two to play having once again proved that Cape Town's Newlands ground is a fortress that can rarely be breached - unless it's a powerful Aussie team invading the ramparts.

Imagine the pressure on Rahul and Rahane if they are pitchforked into the side. The SuperSport Park is considered to be the most hard place to bat in South Africa, and it is the reason why none of the Asian sides have ever managed to win here. The South African line-up enjoys the battle of being on a surface where everything except the crowd is against them. The condition of the wicket has got the team management into thinking.

"Rohit has scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, and he was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka", said Kohli in the post-match media conference.

Alongside Bhuv Kumar, Bumrah formed a potent new-ball partnership which kept South Africa quiet.

South Africa needed to do something different with the bounce and seam movement on offer and de Villiers realised it very early. So run-scoring, while tough, is not impossible.

India certainly played their part in the thriller that see-sawed for effectively only three days - the third day was washed out completely. It was not so long ago that Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Steyn and Morris were all out injured.

From Saturday, Bloy hopes that the attention will shift to the players and that he can sneak out of the spotlight and away from the stress.

"I am a very fast-bowling minded coach and I guess we will always have to find a balance to see if we can get four fast bowlers in the team, first of all", Gibson was quoted as saying. It can be quite steep from length also.

Kohli had an advice for batsmen and encouragement for bowlers. Kohli said they had gained from their experience in Cape Town - and the mistakes they had made there.

Stumper Wriddhiman Saha (8) perished just at the stroke of tea, even as Ravichandran Ashwin (1 not out) survived a few scary moments to head in to the break undefeated. Though the less flamboyant ones, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara also failed, they are trusted to in these conditions, especially the dogged Saurashtra right-hander. On Friday, R Ashwin left the nets with an ice pack around his right shoulder after he was hit while taking throwdowns.

Traditionally, SuperSport Park is as South African as it gets. Weather in the lead-up to the match has been hot and dry and seem to have burnt the grass on the pitch brown. South Africa are nearly invincible at this ground, having won 17 of their 22 Tests. "We've asked for pace and bounce, so hopefully we will get that".

Mohammed Shami needs one more wicket to reach 100 Test scalps. We want to plug all those game. He averages 48.59 combined in these countries and is someone who likes to ride the bounce, play late and with soft hands.

Rookie pacers Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi have been added to the squad and skipper Faf du Plessis may be lured into fielding either of them. We want to look for whatever takes them out of their comfort zone. That's one reason why we have won many games in the past is because we have applied ourselves really well.

Explaining what he meant by 'intent, ' Kohli replied, "Intent doesn't really mean playing shots from ball one. Before the first Test no-one thought that he should be in the eleven and now suddenly people are looking at the other option", Kohli said on the eve of the second Test, here.

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