Coming to India, South Africa’s biggest threat was the spin bowling and it started to haunt them in the very first innings of the 1st encounter at Visakhapatnam against the home team. India was off to a robust start, scoring 502 runs in the 1st innings courtesy a magnificent double-century from Mayank Agarwal and century from Rohit Sharma.
After spending a lot of time in the field, South Africa eventually got a chance to bat when the Indian captain declared the innings, but straightaway they had problems against the quality Indian spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out-played the South African top-order and left them reeling at 39-3 at the end of the first day’s play.
The Proteas will have to find a solution against spin if they want to give India a tough time in this series, otherwise, India won’t have a lot of problems dealing with the South African team. South Africa also needs to live up to its reputation in the longest format of the game and for that, they have to play bold and courageously.