Sehwag hits out at Virat

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Virat Kohli got a start in the second innings but was unable to convert it into a substantial contribution

"If you do that against a strong team like India, they will pounce on you".

"What I got from the groundsman is that the grass on the wicket has been burned from the heat over the last week, because it was too hot".

"We have asked for pace and bounce and hopefully that is what we will get".

"Watching Virat Kohli excluding Shikhar Dhawan for just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test at Centurion, if he fails to perform in Centurion", Virender Sehwag told India TV.

"So, I don't think anyone needs to panic on that front and as far as your opening combination goes, we are going to decide at the end of the practice session today", the skipper said.

Du Plessis‚ though‚ displayed a hint of concern. "There is a thick layer of brown grass so it's not something we're used to seeing".

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The seaming, bouncing ball at the picturesque Newlands in Cape Town, once again became the nemesis of the famed Indian batting line-up, much like its predecessors in similar conditions. The trio played 360 balls scoring 181 runs among them during the course of both innings in the first test.

Faf du Plessis boys will be high on confidence with their golden run over Virat's side when they will face visitors at Centurion for the second Test. For a follower of the Indian cricket team, there is one emotion that has shadowed him from time immemorial, the terrible feeling of an imminent defeat, whenever playing in a foreign land and on a wicket layered with grass.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli yesterday said that the players need to put in more efforts as the team can not afford to play loose shots.

India's record of nine consecutive series victories is on the line after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. I expect them to take positives out of that game.

Bhuvi also contributed a crucial 99 run partnership with Hardik Pandya in the first innings and a 49 run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin in the second.

He said, "I expect another huge performance from India".

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