April 23, 2018

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test

14 January 2018, 03:54 | Kevin Scott

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane

Moments later, Parthiv Patel ran out Vernon Philander.

In the 24th over, Elgar survived a review from India for a caught behind as the bat had hit the pad but Markram looked extremely confident as he reached his second half-century with two more fours.

Markram's wicket came against the run of play.

South Africa, who were sitting pretty at 246 for 3 at one stage, went to stumps on a lot shaky 269 for 6, with Ashwin having taken 3 for 90. India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2 Shami's team-mate R Ashwin is the fastest Indian to 100 Test wickets, getting there in his 18th match.

Dhawan failed against bouncers in both innings of Cape Town Test and thus Rahul, who has fared better against rising deliveries in the past, was included in Centurion.

In the coming and final session of the day‚ Amla‚ who was dropped by India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel in the 51st over on 30 runs‚ and De Villiers will be looking to occupy the crease for as long as possible to further increase South Africa's lead. Rahane still didn't make the playing XI in place of Rohit Sharma but what surprised the seers was Bhuvneshwar Kumar being dropped for Ishant Sharma.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test

After wickets fell in heaps in the first Test at Newlands, the pitch at SuperSport Park presented an entirely different proposition as batsmen ruled the roost. Nevertheless, his runs at the top set-up an excellent platform for South Africa to push towards a big total. Elgar never looked comfortable but hung in, and even benefitted when he pulled Bumrah to square leg but M Vijay misjudged the path of the ball and took a couple of steps in, only to see it go over his head.

Interestingly, having said that he was excited by the lively look of the wicket, Virat Kohli did raise his eyebrows when he saw that most of the grass had been shaved off.

5 PANDYA MAGIC TURNS THE DAY: Despite not being highly rated ahead of the series Hardik Pandya is becoming something of a talisman for India in this series and he again provided a spark that got India right back into the contest late in the day. In fact, it nearly seemed like his plan to play three pacers and a spinner backfired as there was hardly anything in the wicket for the Indian bowlers at least.

Ashwin also claimed the wicket of opener Dean Elgar (31) as the left-hander stroked a delivery into the body of silly point Murali Vijay, who reacted brilliantly to grasp the ball as it rebounded off him.

South Africa ended day one on 269/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

Two balls later, Quinton de Kock edged his first ball to slip, giving Ashwin his third wicket.

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