India and South Africa will head to Cape Town to play the series-decider fixture of the three-match Test series in South Africa.
India breached South Africa’s fortress in Centurion as they registered a clinical victory of 113 runs. Before India’s win, the South Africans had just suffered two losses at the SuperSport Park.
In response to India’s 1-0 lead, the Dean Elgar-led Proteas halted their opponents’ unbeaten run at the Wanderers in Johannesburg with an emphatic seven-wicket win to level the series 1-1.
I think South Africa has worked Jasprit Bumrah out: Fanie de Villiers
Elgar & co played cautiously against Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah in Johannesburg during their 240-run chase as they didn’t allow him any wicket.
Bumrah conceded 70 runs after bowling 17 overs in the second innings, although he couldn’t find wickets but he dented a couple of blows on the South African skipper’s body with his nasty deliveries.
Former South African pacer Fanie de Villiers said that South African batters had done their homework to face Bumrah in the second Test after the bowler ran through their batting order in Centurion.
“I don’t think it is a question of him lacking ability or he bowled badly. I think South Africa has worked him out. Since he has been India’s most important bowler, lots of team discussion has gone on how to tackle and survive Bumrah. I think South Africa has learned their lessons from the first Test,” de Villiers told The Indian Express.
“This is where he lacked in the second Test as South African batters were leaving so many deliveries from him. Even Elgar played him better than before, although he got hit a couple of times,” he added.
Fuller deliveries have always been more successful in South Africa: Fanie de Villiers
De Villiers, who nabbed 85 Test wickets from 18 matches in his five years of international cricket, said that bowlers who can swing the bowl both ways will taste a great amount of success on South Africa pitches.
“In South Africa, fuller deliveries have always been more successful. The bowler, who has got the ability to bowl both inswinger and outswinger, will be more effective. That’s the reason why Vernon Philander enjoyed his greatest successes at home and especially at the Newlands [venue of the last Test],” de Villiers mentioned.
India will play against South Africa in the third Test at the Newlands in Cape Town, the match begins on January 11 (Tuesday).