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Board President's XI vs South Africa, Warm-up Match, Day 1 at Vizianagaram, Highlights: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | September 26, 2019, 2:39 PM IST

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  • 13:52 (IST)

    So continued rain has forced play to be called off on the first day of the warm-up game between Board President's XI and South Africa at Vizianagaram. We'll back tomorrow and hopefully with good news. 

  • 08:58 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the practice match between BP XI and South Africa in Vizianagaram. This is an excellent opportunity for Rohit Sharma to shine at the top of the order and then shine in Tests. Also it will be a chance for the rest of the team to shift gears from the T20I mode to Tests, after the 1-1 draw against SA. 

13:52 (IST)

So continued rain has forced play to be called off on the first day of the warm-up game between Board President's XI and South Africa at Vizianagaram. We'll back tomorrow and hopefully with good news. 

13:23 (IST)
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13:06 (IST)

Earlier, before the series started MSK Prasad had made it clear that Rohit will get a fair run at the top of the order, and if he comes out good, then it will be a huge boost for the Indian side. "He has been opening in white-ball cricket for more than a decade. We feel he has the capability to bat up the order, we have seen that in white-ball cricket, and if he can do that in red-ball cricket, then nothing like it. We have a lot of practice matches coming up, which will be a boost to this side."

12:59 (IST)

For batting coach Vikram Rathour, Rohit Sharma is 'too good a player' to not be playing in all three formats and backed him to do well as a Test opener in all conditions. “Rohit is one of the greats of white-ball cricket but has had a start-stop Test career. He has been given another opportunity in the five-day format, this time as an opener in the upcoming series against South Africa. He is too good a player to not be playing in any game. That is what is everyone is thinking. He has done so well in white-ball cricket as an opener so there is no reason why he can't succeed as a Test opener provided he gets enough opportunities," Rathour said.  

12:36 (IST)

Kohli also looked ahead to the three-Test series, saying they know 'what to do' especially playing in India. "Our Test team is as strong as it gets in world cricket and especially in our conditions we are, if not the best, one of the best teams. We know what we have to do. Playing in India with the bowling attack we have will always be challenging but you’ll have to respect all the oppositions and play solid cricket in all the sessions. We are always excited to play Test cricket, and especially with the home season which everyone is looking forward to,” Kohli said. 

12:20 (IST)

I think around 170 would have put the game in balance and with a wet ball in hand that is more of a challenge. Not defending 130. I don’t think the bowlers should be analysed or criticized about not defending this total." Kohli also looked ahead to the three-Test series, saying they know 'what to do' especially playing in India.

12:07 (IST)

"Washington Sundar bowled well and Deepak was good with the new ball too. Bowlers coming out of their comfort zone means defending 160 with dew, you can’t defend 130 with dew. I think we did not get it right with the bat and you can’t be harsh on the bowlers in a T20 game with that kind of a total.

11:53 (IST)

"I think they've done well. Honestly we didn't have enough runs on the board. The bowlers are always under pressure knowing one or two overs can take the game away. They've done decently well, we have to be bit more patient with the combination. Obviously we have to strengthen one or two things. As a batting unit I can tell you that people batting till 9 gives you a lot of confidence, and guys who have the ability to bowl as well. We're taking the best balance we can at the moment. When the big guns come, Bhuvi and Bumrah will be available, it will be interesting to see who along with them makes the composition of the team," he said.

11:22 (IST)

"But I think mentally if we put ourselves in a position where we say we can do anything rather than wanting to do one thing, we’ll be in a better position as a side to capitalise on any situation as a team. Unless you do that and take those kind of risks you will always be under pressure as a team. We want to make sure we iron all of that out before going to the World Cup." Kohli said the bowlers' performance should not be analysed much as India did not put enough runs on board.

11:06 (IST)

"We will have to take risks in T20. If you want to win a game of cricket you have to take risks. Nothing is a given before you start playing. I think as a team if we are willing to get out of our comfort zone a lot more then we will be unphased with what happens at the toss. That’s our basic idea. Try and take the toss out of the equation that’s why we are looking to play the best combination possible and have people batting till so far down the order till 9, so that batting first or bowling first we are in a good position.

10:52 (IST)

"The start we got, I think we could have reassessed to 170 instead of thinking of 200. The pitch didn't allow us to get to that total. We kept losing wickets, not taking anything away from South Africa. They bowled the right areas, it was a combination of good bowling, not great decision making. But these kind of games will keep happening, as long as we're wanting to come out of our comfort zones as a team and putting ourselves in situations which could be the case in big games in big tournaments, that's the idea behind it.

10:30 (IST)

"Yes we wanted to go for a big score, exactly why we batted first. In the past we've felt we've been 20-30 runs short batting first in T20I cricket which has cost us the game. The idea was to come out of our comfort zone, and try to get that big score because we're batting till No. 9. But we quickly realised the pitch didn't allow us to do that," he said.

10:19 (IST)

"We had planned according to phases. After 10 overs, we decided Rishabh would come in. Before that Shreyas had to walk in. I think both got confused and didn't realise who has to walk in at which stage. That was a miscommunication there." India opted to bat first, which was a surprise on a ground like M Chinnaswamy which is known for big chases. Kohli said the idea was to come out of their comfort zones in the lead up to the T20 World Cup next year.

10:08 (IST)

"I think there was a miscommunication there. That's what I understood afterwards," Kohli said in the post-match presentation. "The batting coach had had a word with both of them and there was a misunderstanding of who has to go at what stage. It was a little funny as well afterwards, they both wanted to walk in. It would have been very funny if both reached the pitch, three batsmen in the field! I think it was a miscommunication at that stage.

09:59 (IST)

Virat Kohli revealed that there was a miscommunication between Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant on who will walk in at No. 4 in the third T20I against South Africa in Bangalore. Both Iyer and Pant walked out from the dressing room when Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the eighth over, before Pant eventually came in. Kohli said India had planned on their No. 4 batsman depending on the number of overs left, which resulted in a bit of confusion.

09:44 (IST)

"I think it's never an easy tour coming to anywhere in the subcontinent, let alone India. It's full of challenges, but if we can conquer those challenges it will be really rewarding. "We are positive and upbeat and we're maintaining a really good language in the change room, a really strong language. At the end of the day, we're not going to harp on about conditions, we pretty much know what to expect and we just need to get the job done."

09:32 (IST)

"There's a lot of new faces and it's exciting times with the change of staff and quite a few new players as well. There's lots of new and refreshing energy in the camp and the guys look to be in good spirits so we're looking forward to the series." Markram says he is ready for the Test series and understands that the conditions for the three Test matches against India will be very different from what he and South Africa A experienced earlier this month.

09:16 (IST)

"From a personal perspective, it was nice to spend time out in the middle," Markram said ahead of their practice match. "I think the wickets we get will be a lot different to the wickets we got in the "A" series, but like I said, it's nice to spend time out there. And in the field as well, it was nice for us as fielders to be on our feet for long periods of time and for our bowlers to bowl plenty of spells in these hot conditions. I took a lot from the "A" side games and I'm ready to go in the Test matches.”

09:07 (IST)

With no Hashim Amla in the squad for what is likely to be a difficult Test series against India for a South African team in transition, the burden of scoring the bulk of the runs and playing out the new ball will fall on Aiden Markram. The opener however is not unduly worried and is confident of doing well, especially after he smashed 161 against India A in the second unofficial Test in Mysore less than two weeks ago. That however came after scores of 0 and 4 in the first unofficial Test.

08:58 (IST)

Hello and welcome to the practice match between BP XI and South Africa in Vizianagaram. This is an excellent opportunity for Rohit Sharma to shine at the top of the order and then shine in Tests. Also it will be a chance for the rest of the team to shift gears from the T20I mode to Tests, after the 1-1 draw against SA. 

Board President's XI vs South Africa, Warm-up Match, Day 1 at Vizianagaram, Highlights: As it Happened

BP XI vs South Africa Day 1, latest updates:I think around 170 would have put the game in balance and with a wet ball in hand that is more of a challenge. Not defending 130. I don’t think the bowlers should be analysed or criticized about not defending this total." Kohli also looked ahead to the three-Test series, saying they know 'what to do' especially playing in India.

Catch all the live cricket scores from the practice match between India Board President's XI and South Africa from Vizianagaram.

PREVIEW: All eyes will be on Rohit Sharma as he prepares to take up the opener's slot when he leads the Board President's XI in a three-day warm-up game against South Africa in Vizianagaram on Thursday. With the national selection committee and the team management deciding to promote Rohit as an opener, the next five Tests could be a make or break for the 32-year-old. He will have Mayank Agarwal for company and the two would look to get comfortable with each other before the first Test starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. A modern-day great in white-ball cricket, Rohit's average of 39.62 in 27 Tests, including three hundreds, doesn't do justice to his talent.

Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari consolidated their middle-order slots with impressive performances in the West Indies and the only remaining option for Rohit was to open. The three-day game against the quality South Afriacn attack, comprising Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi, will be a good dress rehearsal before the opening game in Visakhapatnam. Rohit's technique against the moving red ball has been suspect but this is a risk that Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are ready to take keeping Virender Sehwag's stupendous success in mind. If it clicks, this will be considered a masterstroke but if it doesn't, the A team's supply line of openers comprising Shubman Gill, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal will be there to fill in.

Even if Rohit succeeds on the low and slow sub-continental tracks, there's no guarantee that he would be able to replicate it on the grounds in New Zealand, where Trent Boult promises to bring it back in repeatedly. The road ahead will be tricky for one of India's finest ODI openers as the next six months will decide his fate in the game's traditional format. Umesh Yadav, who has been drafted into the Test side as an injured Jasprit Bumrah's replacement, will also be looking to get back into the groove of things.

Squads

Board President's XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.

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2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
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2 England 4253 266
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