Johannesburg, Jan 14: Thrashed in the first game in Durban, India would hope to put up a far more inspired display as they go into the second one-dayer against South Africa here tomorrow with a few problems to sort out in both the bowling and batting departments.
The Indians did well by drawing the Test series 1-1 and then winning the only T20 game on Sunday, but the humiliating135-run defeat in the first match came as a big blow for the visitors who have to regroup before its too late.
Already plagued by injuries to key players, nothing seemed to have gone right for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men in Durban as both the batting and bowling left much to be desired.
The Indians have a track record of not doing too well in the first match on tours and Dhoni and his men will be looking to bounce back and level the five-match series 1-1 at the New Wanderers ground which is likely to aid the pace bowlers.
Already missing key players such as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, the injury list has only grown longer with paceman Praveen Kumar also returning home because of an injury.
Paceman S Sreesanth is also recovering from an elbow injury, which forced him to sit out of the first match, and it remains to be seen whether the Kerala speedster is fit enough to take the field on the morrow.
Batting has been India's strength but the top order collapsed like a pack of cards to be reduced to 43 for four in the first match, and the team could never really recover from that jolt.
Sachin Tendulkar, returning to the Indian one-day foldafter close to a year, has a big role to play and the champion batsman has to take up the responsibility of giving India a competitive total on the board.
The Indian line-up has a number of young but talented players such as Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina but they have to fire when it matters most.
Kohli was the only batsman to score a half century in thelast game unlike the South Africans who had three batsmen coming up with substantial contributions. The failure to build partnerships made India's chase all the more difficult.
For the off-colour Yuvraj Singh, it is the final chance to convince the selectors that he is the same destructive force which won India many a matches before the stunning slump in form.