The enthusiasm surrounding India's tour of South Africa may have dwindled after the BCCI scissors ran on the schedule, but the series is by no means insignificant for Team India.
A foreign test will examine the team's transition phase that until its arrival in the Proteas' land was cushioned at home.
A full tour of 2 T20s, 7 ODIs and 3 Tests was reduced to a skimpy three-ODI series and a two-Test rubber unbecoming of a No. 1 vs No. 2 battle. But it should be enough to weigh an in-form Indian team, sans the 'Fab Four', under most testing conditions in world cricket.
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12:38 am: That's all from my side. Join us for the updates of the 2nd ODI. Good Night.
12:35 am: South Africa beat India by 141 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
12:34 am: India all out for 217.
12:34 am: OUT! Dale Steyn take the final wicket.
12:32 am: Shami is our last hope
12:32 am: India is going to lose. hahaha
12:32 am: India showed one of it's worst performance. totally disappointed!!!
12:32 am: Mohammed Shami comes to the crease.
12:31 am: South Africa are one wicket away from victory.
12:30 am: Love you Steyn
12:30 am: OUT! Dhoni has been bowled by Steyn for 65.
12:30 am: Steyn to Dhoni, five wides.
12:29 am: Dale Steyn starts the new over. Single to fine leg.
12:28 am: End of over 40: India 212 for 8; Dhoni 65*. India need 147 runs in 60 balls.
12:27 am: comon india
12:27 am: Four runs. Dhoni plays it to deep extra cover.
12:27 am: Come on Dhoni show them some helicopter shots!!!!!
12:25 am: come on dhoni
12:25 am: Dhoni has to play a cameo
12:25 am: India need 153 runs in 64 balls.
12:22 am: Four runs. Dhoni plays it to deep midwicket.
12:22 am: Steyn starts the new over with three dot balls.
12:20 am: India need 158 runs in 72 balls.
12:20 am: End of over 28: India 201 for 8.
12:17 am: Four runs.
12:15 am: SIX! Dhoni hits it over long off. Fifty for MS Dhoni.
12:14 am: Mohit Sharma comes in to bat. India 190 for 8
12:11 am: OUT! Bhuvneshwar fall to Steyn for a duck.
12:10 am: Dale Steyn comes into the attack.
12:09 am: As I predicted earlier,Shami Ahemd is the only bowler disturbing Africans.
12:08 am: India need 169 runs in 84 balls.
12:08 am: End of over 36: India 190 for 7.
12:08 am: Very Nice updates from Sattwik , thanks
12:07 am: as india have chased down 350 plus runs two times within a month....happy diwali
12:07 am: The Wanderers Stadium, JohannesburgRohit Sharma IPL 2009 - 42 (26)Rohit Sharma Current - 18 (43) two different formats, both were played when Rohit in good form
12:07 am: indian cricketers are example of a bad workman blames his tools
12:06 am: come on india dikha do.....
12:06 am: Dot ball.
12:06 am: Four runs. Dhoni plays it to backward square leg.
12:05 am: Morne Morkel starts the new over. Two runs off the first ball.
12:04 am: India 184 for 7 in 35 overs. Guys I take your leave and from here till the end of the match, my colleague Vivek Mishra will take you through.
12:03 am: Bhuvneshwar joins Dhoni at the crease.
12:02 am: Unfortunate for Ashwin, the ball clipped the top of the pad before carrying on to the wicketkeeper. Definitely there was some noise.
12:01 am: Out. McLaren strikes by removing Ashwin for 19 caught bu De Kock. India 183 for 7 in 34.4 overs.
11:58 pm: Ryan Mclaren brought back to bowl