Pride will be at stake for India when they take on South Africa in the second Test at the SuperSport Park, Centurion starting Saturday. India, who after nine successive Test series triumphs, face litmus Test after going down by 72 runs in the first Test at Cape Town earlier this week.While the Indian pacers are expected to exploit the conditions at the SuperSport Park once again after grabbing 17 wickets at a lively Newlands pitch, the focus will be on India’s top five batsmen, who combined to put on board only 130 in both the innings.Bounce, seam and swing were all there to see at Newlands and SuperSport Park is expected to be no less lively. South Africa have not lost at this venue since 2014.South Africa head coach Otis Gibson has already expressed his desire to stick with a four-pronged pace attack. The hosts went into the Newlands Test with their strongest quartet of seamers — Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. Veteran Steyn injured his left heel midway through the match and has been sidelined for up to six weeks.One of all-rounders Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo is most likely to be included in place of Steyn to strengthen their batting which din’t perform on expected lines.Rookie pacers Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi have been added to the squad and skipper Faf du Plessis may be lured into fielding either of them. Keshav Maharaj will be the lone spinner in the team.To stand up to the pacers, Indian batsmen have a lot of areas to improve upon. The conditions are far different from that of the sub-continent and India didn’t even play a warm-up game prior to the first Test.advertisementHaving experienced the conditions in the first Test, the Indian batsmen will be hopeful of giving a better account of themselves.Some of them played reckless shots — which would have worked on a slow pitch — in the first Test and coming into the second game, they would have got a measure of the task ahead.India’s team is full of stroke-makers like Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. Their attitude of dominating the bowlers with a flurry of strokes will not work. Instead they must harness the art of controlling the pace quartet. They must curtail their habit of going after the deliveries.Calls for the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane, known for his quiet approach, instead of fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma have grown over the few days. It will not be a surprise if one of Dhawan or Rohit sit out, while Karnataka right-hander Lokesh Rahul — a stroke-maker but with a judicious batting approach — may find himself in the openers’ slot.Though the less flamboyant ones, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara also failed, they are trusted to in these conditions, especially the dogged Saurashtra right-hander.If Kohli wins the toss, opting to bowl will be an obvious option. Doing so will not only shield the batsmen from the early onslaught of the hosts’ pacemen but also allow the visiting bowlers to run into the opposition with full steam.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Education Minister tours schools this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Sept 2015 – This is officially back to school week and there are several changes in the area of Education this academic school year, this as the Department rolls out plans for new programs, new positions and leaves, all happening this year.The Ministry of Education will see a new education psychologist to replace George Pratt who is commencing study leave. Dara Thomas heads to the United Kingdom for one year to pursue a Masters in Educational LeadershipDavid Bowen, former Principal of Marjorie Basden high-school now heads to the Department of Education bringing with him over 15 years in leadership to the position of Education Officer of High Schools. Rodney Cox takes the position of Acting Principal at Marjorie Basden high school.The academic year also brings the introduction of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification in the high schools according to Education Minister Hon. Akierra Misick who explains that the courses will provide another avenue for students to succeed in obtaining certification and qualifications preparing them for the working world.Meanwhile, Minister says campuses were ready to receive the influx of students coming to school, which began on Monday September 7th for government schools nationwide.Hon. Misick sending a warm welcome to educators and the hundreds of school children. A press release from the Education Minister and Deputy Premier said the Ministry worked tirelessly over the summer break to ensure all campuses and staff were ready for the new academic year.The Education Minister said, “No doubt some of the infrastructural changes such as new science labs, home economics labs and woodwork rooms at various schools will enhance the teaching and learning environment in our sector.”The Ministry and Department team says it will be conducting site visits during this month to all of the campuses. Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Related Items:akierra missick, dara thomas, david bowen, Marjorie Basden High School, rodney cox, schoo report
The festival not only aims to provide a wholesome insight into Polish culture and art, but also hopes to rouse further interest in the audience so as the association of exchange continues.The festival began with the screening of the documentary film A little Poland in India directed by Anu Radha and Sumit Osmand Shaw. A Little Poland in India’ is a first film that has been co-produced between the governments of India and Poland, under the audio-visual agreement between both the countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The film is about the time period of World War II, when about 1,000 Polish children travelled to India. ‘Our relationship with India stretched back to World War II when India opened her heart to the Polish refugee children and offered them both home and human warmth. We shall never forget the generosity of spirit,’said Piotr Ktodkowski, the Polish ambassador.The film festival will be also screening other films like llumination directed by Krzystof Zanussi, Escape from the Liberty Cinema directed by Wojciech Marczewski, My Father’s Bike directed by Piotr Trzaskalski and the Promised Land directed by Andrzej Wajda.WHEN: 18 till 23 NovemberWHERE: India Habitat Centre, PVR Select Citywalk (3 December)