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South Africa vs India first Test: South Africa opt to bat; Bumrah makes his debut

For India, three quicks, Pandya and Ashwin as the sole spinner while South Africa chose to go with four seamers and a spinner.
After a string of victories in Tests, India will begin their strenuous campaign of the year 2018 by playing a three-Test match series against South Africa.




Bumrah has just received his Test cap. For India, three quicks, Pandya and Ashwin as the sole spinner while South Africa chose to go with four seamers and a spinner.

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah

These are days of severe water scarcity in Cape Town. As the fear of ‘day zero’ mounts, boreholes are being drilled in this beautiful city and its surrounding areas. When India and South Africa face off in the first Test of a marquee three-match series at Newlands from Friday, it will effectively be ‘Cricket in the Time of Drought.’ Even as they follow government advisories to save precious water, the free-spirited Cape Townians, who breathe music, dance and sports, are living it up.



The annual parade on the iconic Long Street at the beginning of the new year drew more crowds than the last time around. And the much-awaited Test here is expected to be a blockbuster.

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