featurecricket4 days ago

IND vs SA | Winners and losers from Pune ft. Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje and Zubayr Hamza

As expected, Pune turned out to be the storm before the calm that was Vizag and India, unsurprisingly, steamrolled through a hopeless South African side. Despite an overwhelming number of losers from one side, we, here at SportsCafe, have tried our best and compiled a fairly reasonable list.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 days ago

IND vs SA | Pune Day 4 Talking Points - Aiden Markram's home sickness and Wriddhiman Saha's superhuman Sunday

After Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on, much in sync with the first innings, South Africa's top-order showed no fight as their bowlers out-batted their specialists yet again. While all Indian bowlers had a field day at the office, it was Saha who stole the show with his superhuman keeping efforts.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket5 days ago

IND vs SA | Pune Day 3 Talking Points - South Africa slump to pace and Big Vern makes India work

After losing two wickets early on, there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel for the Proteas, but Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj strung together a marathon partnership to keep things interesting. But despite their heroics, India continue to remain firmly in the drivers' seat.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket6 days ago

Questions galore as Pune throws up yet another low spectator turn-out

The 2017 Bengaluru Test between India and Australia was one for the ages. It was cricket in its purest form, two high-quality teams battling out in the middle neck to neck, and two of the sport’s all-time batsmen had been under each other’s skins for reasons not only cricket.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket6 days ago

IND vs SA | Pune Day 2 Talking Points - South Africa's submission and Kohli "leaves" his way to glory

If there ever was any hope for South Africa to bounce back or stay alive in the series, it is fair to say that Day 2 in Pune has well and truly shut it down. After Kohli and Jadeja piled misery on the Proteas bowlers, Umesh Yadav ran through their openers to diminish all hope for the visitors.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket7 days ago

Will the real Keshav Maharaj please stand up?

Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal might have already scored two centuries each in the series already, but on his way to a third consecutive century of the series is South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj and right now, there’s nobody in the world who can stop him from doing so, not even himself.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket7 days ago

Rishabh Pant has improved as keeper but still needs to work on footwork against pacers, suggests Ajay Ratra

Giving his opinion on the Wriddhiman Saha-Rishabh Pant debate, former India keeper Ajay Ratra has stated that Saha is very good on turning tracks, thus it is only fair for him to play ahead of Pant. Ratra has also added that the Delhi keeper needs to work on his footwork while keeping to pacers.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket7 days ago

IND vs SA | Pune Day 1 Talking Points - Mayank Agarwal's mettle and Anrich Nortje's obscure aggression

Bowling first on a wicket that offered enough spice, South Africa started well but withered as the day progressed as Mayank Agarwal scored his second ton of the series to deflate the visitors. The Proteas will now need early wickets on Day 2 to have any chance of staying alive in the series.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket8 days ago

IND vs SA | How and where South Africa can win the Pune Test

In case you’re wondering, no, this is not a parody. From Sri Lanka whitewashing South Africa to Ben Stokes’ stupendous Headingley knock to Afghanistan outclassing Bangladesh, a lot has happened in Test cricket in 2019, so maybe, there’s a chance of us once again witnessing the impossible?
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket8 days ago

IND v SA | South Africa’s Predicted XI for second Test in Pune

After entering the series with subverted expectations, South Africa punched above their weight for four days, before finally succumbing on Day 5. But heading into Pune with the series still on the line, the Saffers would be looking to fine-tune their line-up to give them the best shot of winning.
Anirudh Suresh