India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: South Africa 269/6 on Day 1 as India counter post Tea
By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: January 13, 2018 9:29 pm India turned the screws in the third session of the day. (Source: Reuters)
Day 1 at Centurion would have been all about South Africa had it not been for that final session. South Africa were cruising at 246/3 in that part of the day and Hashim Amla looked primed for a 29th Test century. And then, the Indian fielders closed in and this coincided with some utterly ridiculous running from South Africa. At the end of the day, South Africa were 269/6. Captain Du Plessis was in the middle having made 24 off 77 balls alongwith Keshav Maharaj (10 off 23).
India started by serving those predicting the playing XI a shocker. 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. Virat Kohli said during the toss that the decision had been made so as to exploit the extra bounce. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. They did not emulate the start they had in the first Test and openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram put up a partnership of 85 before Elgar was dismissed.
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