South Africa might have started the ODI series against India, that had been anticipated for too many of the wrong reasons, with their confidence at a fairly low ebb, following their first ever home series defeat to Pakistan, 2-1 in an ODI series.
But they would appear to have well and truly buried the memory of that defeat, and will go to Durban for the second match against the new visitors, from India, looking to clinch the three match series, having thumped the tourists by 141 runs in the first of the 50-over contests.
Unless India can find a huge turn around in form, they, unlike Pakistan, will have to go on waiting for that elusive first ODI series success in South Africa.
India certainly don’t look like the ICC’s number one ranked fifty-over side. A team that has remained unbeaten through the six ODI series that it has played this year.
While they beat Zimbabwe 5-0 on their last trip to the African continent, the tourists know that they must up their game considerably in the face of a South Africa team that is still smarting from the defeat to Pakistan.
India who had some serious problems against the pace of Mitchell Johnson and his fellow quick bowlers from Australia earlier in the year, on their home pitches of the sub-continent, found that the six man pace attack of South Africa, that came at them with total aggressive intent, was too hot for them to handle.
They will need to find a solution and quickly, if they are to turn the series around in Durban.
In truth, the Indians looked seriously under prepared for the first match. But such is the nature of international cricket, where the emphasis is on playing matches, rather than preparing properly to play those matches.
A contest against the lowly ranked West Indies on the sub-continent’s placid, bowler friendly tracks, is hardly ideal preparation for facing Dale Steyn and his colleagues, without so much as a warm up match, on their own turf.