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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fitness worries for India ahead of 3rd test match against South Africa at Kanpur

India team who is already 0-1 down with one to be played in three match test series is facing fitness worry ahead of the third test match at Kanpur. The main worry for the Indian team is the fitness of their captain Anil Kumble. The final call on his fitness will be taken only in the morning of the Test

Anil Kumble has very well records at Kanpur and from his team perspective he must play here if Indian team likes to square the series against South Africans.

The good news for India is the hero of Australia tour is come back into the squad and he will likely to play in Kanpur test. However no final playing eleven decided yet on the eve of the Kanpur Test.

So far the matches played in Kanpur produces fewer results than draw. So far out of 19 test matches played here 12 are drawn. For tomorrow match the pitch looks extremely dry and has no grass cover. Anil Kumble and the curator felt it would break as early as the third day and assist spin from there on. Gary Kirsten, India's coach, is reported to have been taken aback by the track on first inspection. If all predictions hold true, neither side will want to bat last. The toss will be extremely crucial.

India had never lost the home series except Australia who able to win the series here in 2004. So South Africa would like to become the second such team to achieve such feat here in India.

For team combination is concerned India would likely to go in with three spinners and two pace battery. On the other hand South African captain Greame Smith is most certain to maintain the winning combination from Ahmedabad. Even though the pitch is expected to assist spin, and they have Robin Pietersen as another left-arm option, South Africa are tipped to play just the one spinner in Paul Harris.

So all in all Indian team have to play really well to stop the South Africans for winning the series in India for the first time.

Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from 09:30 AM India time)

Indian Squad: Anil Kumble (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, V.V.S Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, S. Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, and Piyush Chawla

South Africa Squad: Neil McKenzie, Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher (wk), Morne Morkel, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini.


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 7:03 PM  
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