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.
The Indian batsmen had no answers to the pace and swing of South Africa bowlers as they were bundled out for 217 in 41 overs chasing a massive 359.
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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