30 December 2010 by Roy Barford

South Africa vs India in Cape Town: An exciting decider

The third and final Test in the cricket series between South Africa and India takes place at Newlands in Cape Town from January 2. With the series level at 1-1, excitement is guaranteed.

India fought hard to beat South Africa by 87 runs in the second Test in Durban, having been blown away in the first Test in Pretoria.

Newlands, rated as one of the most scenic grounds in world cricket, offers the perfect setting for the series decider. Batting is generally much easier on the flattish Newlands track than it is on the bouncy surface at Kingsmead in Durban, so spectators can expect to see more runs in this encounter.

A train from Adderley Street in Cape Town’s city centre to Newlands takes less than 15 minutes and costs less than R15 for a return ticket. You will see the stadium on your left shortly before you arrive at the station.

Newlands is the home ground of South Africa’s 2 top batsmen, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith, and both will be looking to make amends for their shortcomings in Durban.

There were some heated exchanges between players in Durban, with renowned Indian entertainer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth really getting under the skin of the South Africans. I find this guy very amusing and I enjoy his attitude. In addition to being a quality fast bowler, he is also famous break-dancer!

This may be the last Test match that Sachin Tendulkar, the world’s most iconic cricketer, plays in South Africa. The mere prospect of watching him bat is worth the R60 (for a spot on the grass embankment) or R70 (for a seat in the stands) you pay to get into the ground.

Tickets are available from Ticketpros or from PostNet outlets.

The above photo of Newlands is courtesy of Craig Strachan.

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