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Back in whites, SA aim to salvage home season

Their personnel struggled against India, but South Africa still have a chance to finish well against another side at the top of their game


South Africa's lack of depth exposed - Cullinan


South Africa v India

2nd T20I, Centurion

Duminy, Klaasen smash way to series-levelling win

The pair put together blistering fifties to outdo rapid half-centuries from Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni earlier in the evening

Cullinan: Duminy stood up and played a captain's innings

Daryll Cullinan also praises Heinrich Klaasen for the confidence he showed and says South Africa took full advantage of the conditions


South Africa v India

2nd T20I, Centurion

Dream fulfilled; now it becomes a job - Klaasen

Despite playing a match-winning innings in Centurion, Heinrich Klaasen is practical about Quinton de Kock taking his place back in the side

Monga: Rain gives SA freedom and focus, for a change

This might have been the first time the lurking shadow of DLS might have actually helped South Africa direct a chase

'I can deliver a lot more than right now' - Pandey

Manish Pandey sheds light on the challenges he has had to combat in order to deal with his one-step-forward-two-backward international career so far

India in SA 2017-18

ODI series review

Graeme Smith: 'Kohli best player in the world'

Smith talks about India's captain, and tries to put his finger on where it went wrong for the home side in the one-day series

'South Africa piled Markram under pressure'

Graeme Smith says the 23-year old should have been allowed to settle into the side before being made captain


De Villiers, de Kock in line for return against Australia

South Africa will watch captain Faf du Plessis' progress till the first Test which starts from March 1, while fast bowler Dale Steyn is unlikely to be considered till the third Test

South Africa v India

1st T20I, Johannesburg

Kohli's unique approach to ODI chases

The India captain isn't a dasher like Sanath Jayasuriya. He isn't an accumulator like MS Dhoni. He has his own method of nailing chases


Monga: Bhuvneshwar's strangle does the trick

The correlation between intent and wickets is low in T20s. It's more about stifling batsman and forcing them into low-percentage shots. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did just this in Jo'burg

South Africa v India

1st T20I, Johannesburg

Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar power India to 1-0 lead

The opener led India to 203, before the fast bowler took a five-wicket haul to wreck South Africa's chase in Johannesburg

Monga: South Africa's short-ball plan slides wide

The hosts' plan of bowling short to India's experienced, confident batsmen went awry when their inexperienced bowlers erred in line

South Africa v India

6th ODI, Centurion

Monga: Freed-up Kohli shows what he's capable of

In the earlier games, the India captain batted as per the match situation. Now, with the result holding little value, he had licence to let himself go, and boy did he put on a show

In defeat, Markram remains optimistic about the future

South Africa's young captain says he is richer for the experience gained in this series, and thinks the lopsided result will spur his team on and make future victories that much sweeter

Stats - Kohli and wristspinners hit the right note

What the numbers tell us about this combination that helped India win the ODI series in style against South Africa

South Africa v India

ODI series

Rabada fined for Dhawan send-off

The South Africa quick lost 15% of his match fee and gained one demerit point, taking his overall tally to five; eight points within a specified period mean a weighty suspension

Gibson's tenure twist: from honeymoon to nightmare

After easing in with wins against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, the South Africa coach's term has turned disastrous early, with five losses in six matches against India

South Africa v India

5th ODI, Port Elizabeth

Monga: Rohit turns around misfortune with runs

Rohit Sharma showed match awareness and grit in Port Elizabeth to do just enough for India, and himself - to shed his out-of-form tag that was questionable in one-day cricket to begin with

Rohit, wristspinners fetch India first ODI series win in SA

India have won their first bilateral series in South Africa across any format bar a one-off T20, with victory in the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth

South Africa v India

4th ODI, Johannesburg

Newcomer Klaasen becomes new Pink-Day hero

Two weeks ago, the wicketkeeper-batsman had no inkling he would be playing for South Africa; now, his calculated, match-winning knock has turned him overnight into a star

Monga: India's spinners stumble in the rain

It was a tough night for the visiting wristspinners. But, given the odds were stacked against them, what happened here should matter much less than how they react to it

Miller, Klaasen hammer spinners to get SA first win

In a truncated chase at the Bull Ring, South Africa shook off their early jitters in incredible fashion to keep the series alive

South Africa v India

4th ODI, Johannesburg

SA savour de Villiers' return on 'special occasion'

"To the team, he brings so much more than runs, he brings the AB de Villiers factor, let's put it that way," Chris Morris said ahead of the pink ODI in Johannesburg

How to beat India in ODIs

The current side has almost all bases covered, for all conditions. But there remain a few ways to beat them. Here's the cookbook


South Africa v India

3rd ODI, Cape Town

Monga: Kohli's run addiction brings another high

There was pace and bounce to contend with as well as a bout of cramps, and wickets kept falling around him, but India's captain, as always, found a way to score runs

Cullinan: Textbook construction of an innings from Kohli

Daryll Cullinan is all praise for Kohli's placement, his footwork, and his ability to maintain the same intensity every time he steps onto the field


Kuldeep, Chahal could be 'massive x-factor' at World Cup - Kohli

'Every over they might pick up two wickets, that is the kind of belief they have in their abilities. The team has a belief in them, the team is backing them'

South Africa v India

3rd ODI, Cape Town

Kohli and wristspin trample South Africa, again

After the India captain smashed an unbeaten 160, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared eight wickets between them to give their side an unassailable 3-0 lead

'We haven't picked the wrong 'uns' - Duminy

South Africa's senior-most batsman has conceded that India's wristspinners have 'assessed conditions better than us'


India in South Africa 2018

Is cricket living in the past?

Aakash Chopra, Deep Dasgupta, Cyrus Broacha and others discuss the laws and rules of cricket in the wake of the lunch break of the second ODI between South Africa and India


South Africa v India

3rd ODI, Cape Town

Why India have become so hard to beat in ODIs

When conditions are anything other than perfectly batting friendly, India have the best variety of batsmen and bowlers, and the instinct, to adjust to the demands of the situation

Moonda: SA floundering but not yet in panic mode

They might be blighted by injuries and staring at the prospect of going 3-0 down, but South Africa quick Kagiso Rabada says the hosts have to be wary of overthinking their predicament

Captain Markram - two ODIs; the rest - 803 ODIs

Aiden Markram is one of the most inexperienced captains ever to lead a top ODI side, taking over the reins temporarily from the injured Faf du Plessis

South Africa v India

2nd ODI, Centurion

South Africa doomed by wristspin once again

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took eight wickets between them to rout the hosts for their lowest total at home

Two runs to go, let's take lunch?

Fans were left bemused after umpires called lunch with India two short of their target - with nine wickets and 31 overs to spare

Monga: The slow aggression of India's spinners

Despite spin bowling being reduced to a chore of not letting batsmen get under the ball, Chahal and Kuldeep are inviting them to do exactly that

South Africa v India

2nd ODI, Centurion

Moonda: South Africa's future frontman

In choosing the 23-year old Aiden Markram to lead the side, South Africa are putting together a succession plan for when their big players retire

Markram to fill in as South Africa's ODI captain

The appointment has been made with Vision 2019 - South Africa's plan for the World Cup in England - and beyond in mind

South Africa v India

Test series aftermath

India 'surprised' at dampness on Wanderers pitch on final day

A team source told ESPNcricinfo that the pitch on day four was at its flattest, which didn't make sense; the dampness, they felt, was extraordinary and helped bind the track

Shastri backs decision to field Rohit, Ishant in Centurion

"In 2017, Rohit was averaging more than 200 in Tests and had scored around 1200-odd runs in ODIs," Shastri said. "So, what does the team tell him? Your runs don't matter because that's how it works?"

South Africa v India

1st ODI, Durban

Kuldeep, Chahal announce themselves in the land of wrong'un

Marrying magic with temperament, control with flair, the two wristspinners stemmed a free-flowing South African innings, and sounded out a warning to teams around the world

Wise Kuldeep not scared to take his chances

For a spinner in only his 15th ODI, the thought process Kuldeep showed was wise beyond the years, but it also takes a lot of guts to do that

We needed 300, unfair to blame bowlers - du Plessis

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that while the pitch offered assistance for the spinners, South Africa's batsmen needed to adapt better and string together partnerships

South Africa v India

1st ODI, Durban

Kohli 112 bests du Plessis 120 as India go 1-0 up

The six-wicket victory was set up by India's wristspinners, Chahal and Kuldeep, who bowled 20 overs for 79 runs and took five wickets

Cullinan: How SA middle order counters spin is the key

Daryll Cullinan also says captain Faf du Plessis should keep the idea of winning before experimentation, ahead of the next World Cup


South Africa v India

1st ODI, Durban

'Rahane a strong candidate for No. 4' - Kohli

On quicker pitches, in conditions similar to England where the 2019 World Cup will be played, Ajinkya Rahane can fit in to India's set-up as an opener or a middle-order batsman

Manjrekar: India can be relied upon to win ODIs across the world


India in South Africa

Injured de Villiers out of first three ODIs

The selectors will not name a replacement, so the squad has been trimmed to 14 players, with the likelihood of Khaya Zondo being handed a debut now higher

Think two steps ahead in ODIs, unlike in Tests - Rohit

Going into the ODIs, he won't have the same trepidation he might have had before the Tests. Rohit Sharma will be looking forward to this change in format

South Africa v India

Series review

Cullinan: India batsmen were neither back or forward

Daryll Cullinan dissects India's batting in South Africa, and explains why most of the batsmen struggled in the Tests


Monga: Johannesburg was terrific, but there are lessons for India

India need to have the ambition to see this tour of South Africa as one of missed opportunities, and ensure they don't miss them again

Cullinan: Despite struggle, Amla scored some of his best runs

Daryl Cullinan breaks down the performance of each South Africa batsman in the Test series against India


South Africa v India

India announce T20 squad

Raina returns for SA T20Is; Shreyas Iyer left out

Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur also recalled; no places for Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar.

South Africa v India

3rd Test, Johannesburg

India savour triumph on extremely tough pitch

Mohammed Shami picked up a five-wicket haul to prevent a South African whitewash

Battered and bruised Elgar says Test should have been called off

Despite playing arguably his finest Test innings, Dean Elgar suggested too great a risk had been taken with player safety when play was allowed to continue

This win will be remembered for a long time - Kohli

India's captain felt vindicated in his assessment that India came close to winning in the first two Tests of this series after a "sweet" win in Johannesburg that he compared with Lord's 2014

South Africa v India

3rd Test, Johannesburg

Monga: Ishant Sharma, India's lifeline

The immense pressure he created at one end in Johannesburg ensured South Africa were always on the hook

Moonda: South Africa beaten at their own game

They achieved the series victory, but having the final Test taken off them will hurt Faf du Plessis' side for some time to come

South Africa v India

3rd Test, Johannesburg

Play to resume on day four amid pitch concerns

Uneven bounce caused a number of batsmen to take blows to the body on day three, and the future of the match looked uncertain when Dean Elgar was hit on the helmet and umpires called the players off the field

Challenging pitch, but not dangerous - Rahane

The batsman insisted the ball that hit Dean Elgar in the helmet did not behave in an extraordinary manner, and said India, having 'prepared turners' for the home series against SA in 2015-16, had expected to play on pitches like this one

We asked for pace and bounce, not grass - Gibson

South Africa's coach said his team had not expected the exaggerated bounce and lateral movement at the Wanderers

South Africa v India

3rd Test, Johannesburg

Moonda: A show of guts and resolve from Rabada and Philander

Hashim Amla put on a special act at the Wanderers but needed some support. He found it in unlikely quarters


'You can get out every ball here' - Amla

Hashim Amla admitted that batsmen have not been able to settle in on the Wanderers' pitch during the ongoing Test, but would not be drawn into calling conditions extreme

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India in South Africa

ODI squad

South Africa pick Ngidi and Zondo for India ODIs

Morne Morkel and Chris Morris, who missed the Bangladesh series with injuries, also return to the squad


South Africa v India

3rd Test, Johannesburg

Moonda: SA squeeze in the bad amidst all the good

South Africa might not have intended to step off the gas, but perhaps they did. Just a little.


Polite Enquiries - Did Kohli save Rohit's Test career?


Got to keep yourself motivated on the sidelines - Phehlukwayo

The allrounder wasn't a frontunner to play in this series, or in Tests at all; but he made a valuable contribution on the first day


South Africa v India

3rd Test, Johannesburg

Moonda: De Kock the puzzle in South Africa's jigsaw

Nearly all the pieces are in place, but the wicketkeeper-batsman's form is a worry, particularly in a team that wants to play five bowlers

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'Wanderers has been a special venue for us' - Kohli

India's captain hopes his team can take inspiration from past deeds at the Bullring, particularly the Test match they dominated for large periods on their previous tour of South Africa


South Africa v India

Test series

Would have liked to come to SA two weeks earlier - Shastri


'Don't know if Kohli is a long-term captaincy option'

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has raised doubts over Virat Kohli's ability to get the best out of his players in high-stress situations

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South Africa v India

Test series

India hint at Rahane recall in Jo'burg

Judging by their net sessions at the Wanderers three days before the third Test, it seems likely that India's vice-captain will slot back into the side. The question is: who will he replace?


Moonda: Gritty runs make the difference for SA

South Africa's batsmen are yet to make a hundred in the series, but most of their top order has contributed at vital times


Bavuma fractures finger, sidelined from final India Test

South Africa do not name a replacement for Johannesburg, already have cover in the form of Theunis de Bruyn

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South Africa v India

Test series

Virat Kohli the tinkerer


Manjrekar on Mission Overseas


Runorder - Do SA have the best bowling attack?


The Dale Steyn timeline of injuries


Chopra: 'I would play Rahane in the third Test'


South Africa v India

2nd Test, Centurion

Moonda: SA's desire to win on display in the field

After the kick to the gut that was their previous tour to India, South Africa really, really wanted to get their own back. And their eagerness to do so showed through clearly


Du Plessis wants SA to maintain pitch standards

Despite success in the second Test, South Africa's captain was concerned with the uncharacteristic SuperSport Park surface it was played on


South Africa v India

The aftermath

WATCH - Kohli's fiery press conference


'I'm not sitting here comforting my guys' - Kohli

India's captain responded combatively to questions about selection and his team's overseas record in his post-match press conference


'So many soft dismissals in one match hurt a lot'

India's captain has asked every member of the team to reflect on the errors made by them during the loss in the second Test in Centurion


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