After de Villiers and du Plessis, SA suffer de Kock blow

Tricia Pearson
February 6, 2018

Jennings has witnessed Kohli progress from his days as an U-19 cricketer as he was associated as a coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore. "I thought he played the spin very well", said Benkenstein. But according to Adams, in the euphoria over sinners' success, the Virat Kohli factor can not be forgotten.

During the first ODI at Kingsmead, MS Dhoni had perhaps unknowingly summed up this clash while doling out a bit of advice to Kuldeep, who was up against a resilient Andile Phehlukwayo.

Kohli can instil "fear" in youngsters, is Jennings' observation and that's why a calm mentor is need of the hour. "These guys (Indian spinners) are a lot slower", he said, pointing out the difference.

But Jennings insisted that Kohli will get better with age.

"It's just one of those things that we must work on but it is not a massive danger for us".

"He is smart enough and passionate enough to want to change".

Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were in fluent touch and, at the scheduled lunch time, India were within touching distance of victory, prompting the umpires to take a 15-minute extension.

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Du Plessis (finger), Steyn (heel) and De Kock will now face a race against time to be fit for the first of four home tests against Australia that start on March 1.

"At this age, he already has 33 ODI hundreds and he is in touching distance of the best-ever seen in ODI cricket (Sachin Tendulkar)".

"The first 62 I shot was in Manila two years back on the Asian Tour", he said.

De Kock got off the mark with a hook shot but continued to play tentatively and it was up to Amla to up the ante.

With the victory, India also moved above South Africa and to No. 1 in the world ODI rankings, although South Africa can reclaim top spot with four games of the series to come.

South Africa stand-in skipper Aiden Markram conceded that his batsmen failed to deliver and that there is no room for errors in the forthcoming games. It's (2-0) a wonderful position to be in. "We know their middle-order was inexperienced, and we wanted to to cash in on that".

However, any player that comes in now will be forced to deliver when the dressing room is in tatters and that is not a good starting point for any long-term campaign. Pandey finished with 3 for 23, while Goswami, who is now one shy of her 200th ODI scalp, cleaned up the tail to return figures of 4 for 24 as South Africa were bundled out for 125 in the 44th over.

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