Duminy optimistic of South Africa response


JP Duminy said South Africa have proved they are capable of mounting a fightback in the Test series against India but knows they must find a solution to their inability to counter the spinners.

India won the first Test in Mohali by 108 runs and dominated day one in Bangalore, but saw their hopes of going 2-0 up dashed when the next four days were washed out.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets apiece at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium as the Proteas were bowled out for 214 and India were 80 without loss in reply.

Ashwin and Jadeja both took eight wickets in the first Test and Duminy said the tourists have to be more effective against the in-form spin duo in order to avoid a series defeat ahead of The third Test in Nagpur, which starts on Wednesday.

"The guys have admitted to the fact that we made a few errors, especially in that first Test. We'd like to rectify it going forward," said the all-rounder, who missed the first Test due to injury.

"We understand that their strength lies in their spin and there's no point in trying to deny that. It's about having a game plan against it."

Duminy expects South Africa to show why they are the top-ranked team in the longest format of the game after a poor start to the series.

"We always knew there would come a time when we would be challenged quite a bit. It's how you come back from those challenges that is going to make us as a team," he added.

"We pride ourselves on that - that we're a resilient team, that we never back down from a challenge.

"We know it's a tough challenge for us but we also know we have the capability of facing those challenges. We've done it before. We've come here and played well in all formats."