QPlay: Ind vs SA Today- Steyn Ruled Out, AB’s 100th Test & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
Steyn Ruled Out, India Set To Cast ‘Spin Spell’ in Bangalore
Having decimated South Africa inside three days on a turning track in Mohali, India will once again look to unleash their troika of spinners to spoil AB de Villiers’ landmark 100th match when the two sides square off in the second Test starting Saturday.
After a comprehensive 108-run victory in the first Test, Virat Kohli’s boys are expected to come out all guns blazing against a Proteas side which has been plagued by injuries as well as ineptness to survive on tricky sub-continental turners.
The team took another big hit with pace spearhead Dale Steyn being ruled out due to the injury he picked up in the first game. This, after Vernon Philander returned home to SA due to multiple ligament injuries in his left ankle.
Don’t be Surprised if You See Gurkeerat Playing Soon: Kohli
Praising Punjab’s Gurkeerat Singh for his recent run of form in domestic cricket, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli said the batting all-rounder “brings balance” to the side and certainly fits into the future scheme of things in the senior team.
Gurkeerat, who bats right-handed and is an off-spinner, was drafted as the 16th member of the side last evening after being kept as a reserve fielder during the Test match in Mohali.
He (Gurkeerat) has earned his call-up. He certainly fits in scheme of things and don’t be surprised if you see him playing soon. I can’t put a particular time when but he has ability with the bat at that No.6 or No.7 position. He is a very dangerous, instinctive player, who can take the game away from opposition. He (Gurkeerat) is also bowling well but he is primarily a batsman.Virat Kohli
Expect AB to Win Game For Us In His 100th Test: Amla
Asserting the fact that AB de Villiers’ 100th Test will not take the focus away from the second Test, South Africa captain Hashim Amla said the star batsman will only add to the team’s effort of trying to level the four-match series.
No it (De Villiers’ 100th Test occasion) does not (distract the focus of the team) ... Hopefully, he gets into the park and wins the game for us - that will be ideal match for him and us. Having lost the previous match, obviously it is not difficult for us to focus on this match. It’s been great to have something to celebrate, but in terms of taking our focus away, no I don’t think so.Hashim Amla
Saina Sails Into Semifinals of China Open
Defending champion Saina Nehwal sailed into the semifinals of the USD 700,000 China Open Super Series Premier after she saw off Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight games on Friday.
Saina didn’t break a sweat and her cool demeanour helped her to stave off the challenge from the World No. 10, notching up a comfortable 21-16 21-13 win in the women’s singles quarterfinals that lasted 42 minutes.
The top seeded Indian has set up a semifinal clash with 2011 World Champion and 2012 London Olympics silver medallist Yihan Wang, one of Saina’s toughest rivals, who has beaten her nine times.
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