Smith spots chink in Indian armoury on video

Published on Nov 18, 2006 06:16 PM IST

South African skipper Graeme Smith says his team is well prepared to take on the rivals having studied their game on video.

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An already struggling Indian line-up was on Saturday put under further pressure by South African skipper Graeme Smith who said his team was well prepared to take on the rivals having studied their game on video.

Smith got hold of the video of the tour opener between India and South Africa 'A' played at Benoni on Thursday and intends to use inputs from it for the match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.

"We got hold of the video from the Benoni match and it only reiterated what we have been planning against the Indians," Smith said on the eve of the match.

The mighty Indian batting collapsed in the face of some good fast bowling, in particular by the relatively unknown Dale Steyn, to suffer a humiliating 37-run loss in the warm-up match.

South Africa are planning to give it back to the tourists what they experienced in India during the two-Test series in 2004-05. In Kolkata, the out and out turner pushed them to backfoot as they conceded a 1-0 series loss.

"It's payback time for the Indians on this tour," warned South African coach Mickey Arthur.

India could have an unexpected ally in rains which was considerable on Friday and virtually poured on Saturday.

"It's always very frustrating to be involved in start-and-stop kind of game. But we cannot think about it. We will play as we normally do," he said.

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