South Africa lead the three-match ODI series against India 1-0 after an emphatic win at the Wanderers on Thursday. The two sides square off again in Durban in a day game on Sunday.
What: South Africa vs. India, second one-day international
Where: Kingsmead, Durban
When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. GMT (10 p.m. SAST)
Live Stream/TV info: SuperSport 2
Weather: There is always a threat of rain in Durban this time of year and, according to Accuweather, Sunday will be no different. Spots of showers are forecast for the whole day, but the rainfall in the area is far harder to predict than in Gauteng. It's likely that there will be a few interruptions, but there is little reason why there won't be a result.
On a bouncy pitch at the Wanderers, India's bowlers looked completely at sea while South Africa's batsmen finally clicked. For the first time since February 2010, they managed an opening partnership of over 100. Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy all played their parts in the thrashing as the Proteas won the opening fixture by 141 runs.
That will be a big confidence boost for the hosts, considering they struggled to get any sort of momentum during their recently concluded one-day series against Pakistan. What is a concern, though, is that their backup bowlers were quite expensive.
South Africa got away with that but only because their batsmen and Dale Steyn were firing on all cylinders. The hosts will most likely make a few changes at Durban, with a track that offers something for the spinners expected. Imran Tahir, who missed out on playing in the first ODI, could return and Vernon Philander might also make a comeback.
India, meanwhile, can't really change too much. Although they were hammered, it would serve them well to persist with the side which lost, They are most likely to do so and will be more at ease in conditions in Durban. For South Africa, the Durban track will be a test of their ability against spin once again.
At the start of the series, India looked far more settled and confident than South Africa and, although a side cannot be judged by one performance, it is the hosts who have their tails up. The Proteas have lacked a ruthless streak in one-day cricket recently and will be eager to finish India off before the series is over.
Imran Tahir will find the surfaces in Durban very helpful and although India are quite competent at playing spin, keeping the run rate down and subduing the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be crucial.
Much like Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja will have to keep things quiet in the middle overs, especially with India being so prone to conceding buckets of runs at the death. They leaked 84 runs in the last five overs on Thursday and 100 in the last six, the most since 2002. Jadeja, then, has to keep a lid on things and a sticky Durban surface should at least assist with that somewhat.
AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane.