Du Plessis fifty carries South Africa to 335

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The hosts' misery was compounded when Vernon Philander was also out without scoring, charging down the wicket for a run as Du Plessis screamed at him from the non-striker's end to stop.

It is only the second match in India's 12-Test long overseas schedule in 2018-19, and already they are faced with a must-not-lose situation in a bid to keep this series alive.

Pandya atoned in fine style, albeit with Amla having added 68 runs to his score by that point, when he sprinted down the wicket and shattered the stumps at the bowler's end with a dead-eye throw. But today, skipper Faf du Plessis (24*) will hope to carry the tail along and go past at least 350 for a par first-innings score.

Centurion: South Africa lost their first wicket in the 30th over, their second in the 48th and their third in the 63rd and partnerships of 85, 63 and 51 underlined how infrequently India's bowlers struck in the first two sessions of play on day one of the second Test at Centurion.

Ashwin later emphasised that the experience of playing County cricket in England for Worcestershire came to be of great help while bowling on the Centurion track.

Ishant is the only bowler in the Indian line-up who has already toured South Africa twice.


The SuperSport Park pitch has a reputation for being one of the most hard places to bat but 39 centuries have been scored in the past and Indian batsmen need to show the required dedication and commitment to keep this three-match Test series alive.

Earlier in the day, the Indian team management surprised one and all with some inexplicable changes. He bowled 31 overs. "I don't think we need to panic because of collapses". His game is easy on the eye but he is able to get that scoreboard moving at a pace when he needs to. I expect them to take positives out of that game. He fell short of 6 runs and was caught behind by the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel for 94 runs in the 48th over. Kohli has been the only constant in India's Test side since he took over from MS Dhoni in the middle of their series against Australia. Youngster Lungi Ngidi might get his first opportunity on home-soil.

Off-spinner R Ashwin revealed on Saturday (January 13) that the unanticipated conditions at SuperSport Park in Centurion forced the team to make the last-minute changes.

Following Markram's wicket, A.B.de Villiers (20) chipped in and along with Amla took the team to 199 until the swashbuckling batsman was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma.

South Africa ended Day One on 269/6, surrendering a position of strength after being 246/3 at one stage. Du Plessis, though, set off for the quick single.

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