India vs South Africa: Host to bat first in second Test

He was not only the star of the day but also opened game for India when team was struggling for a wicket. He spun it, bounced it, looped it and toyed with all of South Africa's batsmen, revelling in a pitch that played into his hands more than anyone could have anticipated. Both, however, missed their tons.

India showed their resilience with the ball after they took three wickets in quick succession in the last session to peg back the hosts on the first day of the second Test in Centurion on Saturday.

Aiden Markram (94) and Hashim Amla (82) threatened India with signs of a prospective big total. Their bowlers took 20 wickets, but the only part when we were a little bit better was we got more runs in the first innings.

Faf du Plessis (24 not out) and Keshav Maharaj (10 not out) helped them arrest the slide as they battled the final seven overs scoring 18 runs in it as they finished the day with a score of 269 for six.

The Indian bowlers toiled manfully on a very hot day, with du Plessis having won the toss and opted to make first use of a track that had grown browner in the days leading up to the Test, and belied the assertions of not having much turn, as well as having plenty of bounce.

Earlier in the week, Aiden Markram was adamant the Proteas batsmen need not be in a negative frame of mind when going out to bat in the Test series against India. It could have so easily been a game where they could have run away with it after the second session.

# No one is questioning Ishant Sharma's inclusion in the side.

KL Rahul and Ishant Sharma replaced Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, respectively.

Mohammed Shami disappointed by bowling fully-pitched deliveries though Pandya rose up to the challenge got more overs to bowl than the former. But there wasn't sufficient evidence to overturn the on-field umpire's decision.


Markram was the aggressor, while Elgar batted with steely resolve and backed his defensive techniques to the hilt as the hosts reached 78/0 till the lunch session.

Indian bowler Hardik Pandya. Till the time he fell six short of his century, Markram showed what class is well about. He was in a punishing mood but with a sensible approach.

Most importantly, Elgar is still there and should be hopeful to continue to build a platform as the Indian attack tires in the heat. Amla went after Ishant's wide delivery on the leg stump but coulnd't connect it properly.

The dropped catch proved costly as the veteran right-hander went on to add another 52 runs.

Hashim Amla, trying to end a run of moderate form, was 35 not out at tea.

South Africa suffered a mini collapse at the end of Day 1 of the second Test at the SuperSport Park here on Saturday as they were reduced to 269/6. If he had, he would have seen that Du Plessis was not moving an inch and was asking him to go back.

In the very next over, Quinton de Kock (0) was caught at slip by Virat Kohli off Ashwin.

Virat Kohli's second innings dismissal (lbw) was brilliantly worked out by Vernon Philander. Pandya collected the ball and threw at wicket-keeper Parthiv, who did the rest to dismiss Philander.

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