Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla account centuries, South Africa are 291 for 2 and go on to win the match. November 16, 2009, adjoin Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad: India are 32 for 4 in the aboriginal affair afore Rahul Dravid rescues them with a 177. December 11, 2008, adjoin England in Chennai: Andrew Strauss array a aeon on day one, India aisle in the aboriginal innings, and accept to bat last. October 9, 2008, adjoin Australia in Bangalore: Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey account centuries, and it is bottomward to backward partnerships to accomplishment India.
For a aggregation that has started boring on the aboriginal day of its aftermost four home series, it is a bit affluent to be accepting calm aloof two canicule afore a Test series. M Vijay started training on September 30, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina on September 29, and Rahul Dravid on September 28. They were all allotment of the Champions League T20 in South Africa. Things could accept been worse had Mumbai Indians - for whom Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan all played - fabricated it to the afterwards stages.
"Some of the players were calm afore some of the boys came afterwards the Champions League," Dhoni said. "Equal accent was accustomed to cricketing abilities and fielding aspects. I anticipate we accept fabricated best use of the time we got advanced of the alternation and hopefully it will reflect on the field."