Durban: South African pacer Dale Steyn has warned the Indian team to “expect more aggressive bowling” in the second one-dayer here Sunday, saying that the visiting batsmen might end up “frightened” by their pace attack.
Fresh from their victory in the first match in Johannesburg, the fast bowler suggested that they would be looking to seal the series here.
“In India the ball doesn’t get higher than the stumps. This is not Mumbai... Here, they cannot score easily in different areas and it is going to be hard to play here. And there is more of that coming on Sunday.
“Hopefully we can have a similar performance (as in Johannesburg) as we did the other night, and we should be able to come through with a victory. It is a massive game for us, we have the chance to seal the series here and we would like to do so,” said Steyn.
In the first ODI, Indian bowlers were clueless on a fast and bouncy wicket, as they conceded 358 runs to the Proteas. Thereafter, the Indian batsmen were clueless against the mighty pace of Steyn and Co.
“Our batsmen are batting really well and in some small way we have really given the Indians a taste of what the conditions are. Our intensity the other night really blew them away. Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and other batsmen in the end, they didn’t look like they wanted to line-up (to bat),” he said.
“Then, I didn’t see many of our players walking off the field with bloody fingers or ice packs on ribs. Wanderers can be scary, if you get a full day-night game there. You can inflict pain there, especially on that sort of a wicket. And we were able to do that as a bowling unit. It didn’t look like that when they were bowling to us. So it definitely was a wake-up call for the Indians.”
When asked specifically, if their bowling attack had managed to frighten the Indian batsmen, Steyn replied: “I would think so. I would definitely like to think so.”
But South Africa won’t be taking their opposition lightly. “They are not the No.1 side in ODIs for no reason. Like MS Dhoni said pre-match, they have been to South Africa a few times and they have played all over the world. So give them a few matches, they should be able to play well and perhaps get ready before the Test matches begin,” Steyn said.
“Rohit Sharma scored a double hundred, just the other day, even though he couldn’t put bat to ball in the last match. MS scored runs, Virat Kohli can bat, Shikhar Dhawan as well. We also showed them that they have a weakness in the middle order. So we want to exploit that a bit more,” said Steyn.
From the look of it, the Indian team might have another trying experience on their hands, as the pitch at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban almost bore the look of the outfield.