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Day 3 of 3
South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs.

India vs S Africa

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India waiting on Kumble

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Kumble: concern

The fitness of captain Anil Kumble is a concern for India ahead of the second Test against South Africa, which starts on Thursday.

Experienced leg-spinner Kumble, who is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, suffered a groin strain in the drawn first Test last week and did not take the field in the final two sessions.

"We just have to wait. We'll take a final call tomorrow morning," Kumble said on Wednesday.

India will definitely miss Sachin Tendulkar in Ahmedabad, the talismanic batsman having also picked up a groin injury in Chennai.

The hosts' bowling appears worst hit, with it still remaining unclear whether promising paceman Ishant Sharma will return for the second Test.

Sharma has been out of action with a foot injury since returning from India's tour of Australia.

Left-arm seamer RP Singh, who is coming back from injury, went wicketless in the first Test and looked way below his best.

Promotion

With Mohammad Kaif drafted into the squad in place of Tendulkar, the hosts plan to promote VVS Laxman up the batting order to fill the gap created by the latter's absence.

Laxman normally bats at number six but is likely to be pushed up to number four on a responsive pitch as he is considered one of the team's better players of fast bowling.

"He will certainly come up the order," Kumble said.

The captain added that India's injury concerns meant that a final decision on their starting line-up will be delayed.

"But we have enough potential and quality to do the job," Kumble stressed.

"We have worked out some plans to ensure that we put pressure on the South Africans and get the right result."

Kumble also expressed confidence that Virender Sehwag, who hit the fastest recorded triple century in the first Test, would be able to deal with proposed tactics outlined by Micky Arthur.

South Africa's coach said on Tuesday that the tourists may resort to fast, short-pitched bowling in order to counter India's opener.

Kumble added: "I think he's (Sehwag) a good enough batsman to handle that. He scored 319 in the last innings and is capable of handling whatever comes his way."

Hoping

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith is hoping the pitch will indeed be more responsive than the benign strip in Chennai that allowed batsmen from both teams to flourish.

"All cricketers want to see a good cricket wicket." Smith told a news conference on Wednesday. "One with a good balance between bat and ball."

Of the plan designed to curb Sehwag, Smith said: "I think you always assess things as a team.

"Certainly we have the attack to be able to use that. The pitch will last too we hope."

Match Details

Date
3rd Apr 2008
Toss
Venue
Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Ahmedabad
Umpires
B R Doctrove and A L Hill

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Sehwag lbw b Ntini 17
Jaffer c de Villiers b Kallis 19
Dravid c de Villiers b M Morkel 17
Laxman c Boucher b M Morkel 35
Ganguly c Boucher b Steyn 87
Dhoni c Smith b Ntini 52
Pathan not out 43
Kumble b Harris 5
Singh lbw b Steyn 4
Singh c Steyn 8
Sreesanth b Ntini 17
Extras 5nb, 7w, 5b, 7lb 24
Total 94.2 Overs 328
Full Batting Card

s africa BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Steyn 23 1 91 3
Ntini 16.2 3 44 3
M Morkel 20 0 87 2
Kallis 10 3 26 1
Harris 25 4 68 1
Full Bowling Card