One could have still given the benefit of doubt to the Indian batters that they were new to South African conditions if the entire team fared the same way. The information from the groundsman was that the grass on the wicket had been burnt from the heat over the last week. "We've asked for pace and bounce, so hopefully we will get that", he said.
India will aim to bounce back after their defeat in the opening Test against South Africa when the second match of the starts at the SuperSport Park with the focus on its batsmen.
Du Plessis‚ though‚ displayed a hint of concern. Conditions that we like are when we get the ball that spins as little as possible. "Generally Centurion doesn't spin that much but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it so it's not something that we're used to seeing at Centurion", he said.
Du Plessis said he expected pace and bounce but admitted he was not sure how the pitch would play."It looks browner than I thought it would be", he said. "We just need to apply ourselves better".
"I expect a good cricket wicket with a good of pace and bounce".
Faf du Plessis boys will be high on confidence with their golden run over Virat's side when they will face visitors at Centurion for the second Test.
In place of Bhuvneshwar, Ishant Sharma was picked for "extra bounce". "Both teams are into the contest and will have to play some good cricket".
India's record of nine consecutive series victories is on the line after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli yesterday said that the players need to put in more efforts as the team can not afford to play loose shots. Sitting here as a batsman, the first priority is to win games but if the ball takes the upper hand, so be it.
"They will say that they were not far off because they got 20 wickets out of the game". India would have suffered more embarrassment if all-rounder Hardik Pandya had not come up with an audacious 93 in the first innings.
"I expect another huge performance from them".