Steyn: India need to adapt
Protea fast bowler Dale Steyn says Indian batsmen must adapt to South African pitches.
JOHANNESBURG - Protea fast bowler Dale Steyn says India needs to adapt to the South African pitches quickly if they want to be competitive during the rest of the series.
South Africa take on India on Sunday in Durban for the second One Day International (ODI).
The Proteas thrashed the number one ODI side in the world by 141 runs at the Wanderers in the first ODI on Thursday.
Steyn, who doesn't have a lot of sympathy for the visiting batsmen, says the pitches here are very different to those in the subcontinent.
"I don't see many of our guys walking off the field with bloody fingers or icepacks on the ribs. It definitely was a wakeup call for the Indians. It's not Mumbai where the ball doesn't get higher than the stumps."
The Proteas gave away 29 extras in the first ODI and Steyn says they have addressed this as part of their bowling.
"We just haven't hit the right lengths. I think that's purely because we don't want to hurt our batters in the nets so we don't really practice it. Those guys have got to harden up though because it's coming their way."
Steyn says India are a quality team and will bounce back from their poor performance on Thursday.
"It's going to be hard to play here, but they are a good side. They're not the number one ODI side in the world for no reason and as MS Dhoni said in his pre-match, they tour the world. They've come to South Africa a couple of times. Maybe give them a week or two and they will start getting used to it."
Vernon Philander is fit for the second ODI, while there is a 50/50 chance that Imran Tahir will be available.
During the match, there will be a moment to pay tribute to former president Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday evening.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat explains, "All the players as usual will wear a black arm band, but more than that we will also be observing a minute's silence that will be preceded by a prayer by Archbishop Ndungane."
The first ball is scheduled for 10am on Sunday morning.