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India vs South Africa 2018 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights - As It Happened

Updated: January 7, 2018, 8:09 AM IST

1st Test, Newlands, Cape Town 05 - 09 January, 2018

Toss won by South Africa (decided to bat)

South Africa beat India by 72 runs

Man of the Match: Vernon Philander

Highlights

21:32(IST)

Stumps on the second day and definitely the day and the session belongs to South Africa despite India finishing with two wickets. Too many runs on the board already as South Africa started with a lead of 77 which reads 142 now with the final score being 65/2 after 20 overs. Rabada and Amla are the not our batsmen with Amla finishing on 4 and Rabada on 2

21:27(IST)

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Pandya on a roll here as he now sends back Dean elgar for 25, caught by Saha. The ball moved just enough to take the edge of the left-hander's bat and land in the gloves of the keeper. South Africa's score reads 59/2 with the lead reading 134
5 mins to go for the end of day's play and the South African score reads 61/2 with a lead of 138. The Indian bowlers have done well in the last 15-20 minutes and looked to pick wickets after starting poorly with the new ball and giving away too many freebies to the openers

21:24(IST)

Amla comes out to join Rabada in the middle.. If India can get another wicket today then they will certainly be charged up for tomorrow!

21:17(IST)

WICKET! Pandya strikes again for India, Elgar departs now. Both South African openers back in the hut. Again, bowling the 4th stump line and Elgar pokes at one outside the off stump. Gets a thick edge and it goes straight through to Saha. SA 59/2

21:16(IST)

FOUR! Poor bowling from Pandya, slips onto the pads and Elgar makes full use of it. Just picks it off his pads and the ball rushes away to the boundary. SA 59/1 and lead by 136 runs

21:12(IST)

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Aiden Markram is gone. Dismissed for 34 off 43 balls as he top-edges one from Pandya and that lands in the hand of Bhuvneshwar. Kohli and boys look slightly suppressed in their celebration here as the scoreboard reads 52/1 with the lead reading 129

21:10(IST)

WICKET! First wicket for India, Pandya strikes. Had to be him for India, the ball rises a tad too much and he manages to get a leading edge, the ball just lobs up and Bhuvneshwar completes a simple catch. SA 52/1

21:08(IST)

STAT Attack: This is the 4th 50 plus opening stand between Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram out of 6 innings

21:08(IST)

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Markram hits a mesmerising cover drive off Pandya to bring up the team's 50. The hosts mean business in the second innings and the indians have their task cut out. The lead reads 129 already with 10 wickets in the bag. This match is definitely in the bag for the Proteas

21:07(IST)

50 partnership is up between Elgar and Markram, and what a stunning way to bring it up. Markram certainly looking solid as he shows a beautiful cover drive, this time off the front foot as the ball rushes away to the boundary. SA 52/0

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21:05(IST)

FOUR and FOUIR!  Short delivery from Shami, and Elgar beautifully pulls it away for a fine boundary. Placed it away from the fielder. The next one is even better, again a pull shot from the midriff. SA are approaching 50 rather quickly here. They are 48/0

20:59(IST)

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With Murali Vijay already at the point boundary off Markram, clearly the Indians have handed the upper hand to South Africa in this second innings. The openers have done really well and scored at a brisk pace like in the first innings. Time for India to pick a wicket with 30 minutes to go for end of play. The lead is 116 as the score reads 39/0

20:57(IST)

Elgar gets an outside edge but it misses the gully fielder and goes away for a boundary. Things not happening for India at the moment, SA are now 38/0 and they lead now by 115 runs

20:52(IST)

FOUR! Pandya comes into the attack and Markram welcomes him with a four. He certainly seems to be in the mood here, he is timing the ball beautifully. Picks one off his pads and it races away towards the mid-wicket boundary. SA 34/0 at the moment with lead by 111.

20:50(IST)

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The South African openers have shown great temperament and learnt from the mistakes they made in the first innings. They are currently batting on 28/0 after 10.2 overs with Markram on 23 and Elgar on 5. They lead by 105

20:46(IST)

Mohammad Shami comes into the attack for India, bowling from around the wicket. Dean Elgar still not looking comfortable out there despite facing close to 30 balls. He is still searching for his rhythm. Shami concedes just 1 run from the over as we break for drinks, SA 27/0

20:46(IST)

Mohammad Shami comes into the attack for India, bowling from around the wicket. Dean Elgar still not looking comfortable out there despite facing close to 30 balls. He is still searching for his rhythm. Shami concedes just 1 run from the over as we break for drinks, SA 27/0

20:40(IST)

Markram certainly looking dangerous now, he gets another boundary off Bhuvneshwar. Times one perfectly through the cover region for a four. SA move onto 26/0

20:36(IST)

Another tight over from India's point of view but still no wicket, Bumrah concedes just 1 run from the over. SA 22/0 at the moment.

20:31(IST)

Dean Elgar certainly not looking comfortable at the moment, but he is not looking troubled also. India not getting the ball to do as much as it was during the 1st innings. Bhuvi bowls yet another maiden. SA 21/0

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20:27(IST)

FOUR! Markram with an excellent backfoot drive, gets right on top of the bounce and just punches it through the covers. He is certainly looking dangerous here, SA 21/0 after 6 over and now lead by 98 runs.

20:24(IST)

Bumrah concedes 3 runs from that over, South Africa certainly not looking the most comfortable but importantly not losing any wickets. They are 13/0 and lead by 90 runs

20:17(IST)

Bhuvneshwar certainly getting the ball to move, Markram edges one but it goes over the slip fielder for a boundary. Every run is crucial in this innings as far as India are concerned. SA 10/0 after 3 overs.

20:14(IST)

FOUR! Markram is off the mark with a beautiful punch off the backfoot, goes past the mid on fielder and rushes straight to the boundary. SA 6/0

20:13(IST)

Great over that from Bumrah, getting the ball to move and asking some questions off the South African openers. SA 2/0

20:10(IST)

Elgar heaves a sigh of relief, he attempts to pull the first ball he faces. Can only top edge that but its away from Shami who had to run behind to take that one. He misjudged that one, SA steal a two. SA 2/0

20:09(IST)

Markram is solid in defence and he certainly knows where his off stump is. No run from the first over but nothing threatening as such from Bhuvneshwar. SA 0/0

20:06(IST)

So, we are back after a small break. Markram and Elgar will start for South Africa while Bhuvi is running in with the new ball for India

19:56(IST)


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Seems like the commentator's curse has struck here as Bumrah edges to Elgar behind the wicket off Rabada and the South Africa opener happily accepts it to end Bumrah's innings on 2. Ravi Shastri wears a disappointment  look as India's innings end on 209.

19:55(IST)

WICKET! Bumrah's short stay at the crease ends, Rabada gets the final wicket. Bumrah manages to get an outside edge and Elgar takes a catch at slip. India are dismissed for 209 and SA lead by 77. But Pandya's innings will certainly give India some hope. 

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Day 1 Review: If beating the edge of the bat could get India points, Virat Kohli and boys would have scored 100 out of 100 on the report card at the end of the opening day’s play in the first Test of the series between India and South Africa at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Friday.
But it is picking the wickets that count on the scoreboard and that is where the visitors let the game drift and South Africa strengthened their hold on the game after reeling at 12/3 in the opening hour of the match.
The result at the end of day's play was South Africa sitting pretty on 286 in the first innings and India reeling at 28/3 after 11 overs with Cheteshwar Pujara (5) and Rohit Sharma (0) at the crease. The visitors still trail South Africa by 258 runs with seven wickets in hand and if the groundsmen are to be believed, the pace and carry will only get better on the second day. This clearly means that India have their task cut-out come Saturday.
Murali Vijay's (1) dismissal showed how the senior campaigner committed the cardinal sin of flaying outside the off-stump. With the ball from Vernon Philander pitching just outside off, Vijay went for the flashy drive and the ball went straight to Dean Elgar at gully.
Dale Steyn then got Shikhar Dhawan for just 16 as the latter tried to pull one off the tearaway pacer and only managed to top-edge it for Steyn to wait at the bowling crease and complete the easiest of catches he has ever got in international cricket. The score read 18/2.
Virat Kohli showed he has still not learnt from his horror run in England as he edged Morne Morkel to Quinton de Kock to go back for 5. That very line outside the off-stump that the Englishmen kept feeding Kohli has done the trick again in Newlands.
The old adage goes that morning shows the day. But unfortunately for the Indians that was definitely not the case. With South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis winning the toss and deciding to bat, it looked like the Indians were in for a toil. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked three wickets in quick succession to have the South Africans reeling at 12/3 after just 4.5 overs with Dean Elgar (0), Aiden Markram (5) and former skipper Hashim Amla (3) falling prey to the seam movement of Bhuvneshwar.
While Elgar and Amla edged to Wriddhiman Saha behind the wicket, Markram failed to get the bat down in time to stop one swinging in after pitching and thudding into is pads. The umpire had no hesitation in lifting the finger and sending the opener back. The packed crowd at Newlands wore a sombre look as Kohli kept pumping his fist.
But what the Indians seemed to have forgotten was the presence of two of the hosts’ best performers with bat in recent years – Faf and AB de Villiers. The two combined beautifully even as the Indian bowlers kept missing the edge of the batsmen. They showed excellent commitment and discipline in their approach in the first hour – a must in the longest format of the game. Even though they hardly middledanything with Bhuvneshwar and Mohammed Shami bowling a tight line, they refused to surrender.
The two stitched a 95-run partnership as the hosts went into lunch with the score on a dicey 107/3. The game could still go anywhere and the Indians had sniffed blood. Even though ABD had scored his 41st Test fifty, he still looked very cautious in his approach with the ball moving around. Faf was unbeaten on 37 at the break.
Coming back after the break, the Indians finally ended the 114-run partnership with debutant Jasprit Bumrah picking his first wicket. He got the ball to come in with the angle and the ball took the inside edge of de Villiers’s (65) bat as the Indians celebrated. Even though Faf continued his progress to notch up his 16th Test fifty, he was also dismissed against the run of play at 62. This after he was given a reprieve off the previous ball as the Hardik Pandya delivery hit his pad, but the review showed the ball hitting the bails and the umpire’s call saw the Proteas skipper get another life. But with Faf inside edging the very next ball to Saha behind the wicket, India’s joy knew no bounds.
The score read 142/5 as an over-excited Kohli was asked by the umpire to calm down and not cross the line. Kohli though reasoned with the umpire and said he was only celebrating the dismissal. With the Indians having sniffed blood, one would have expected them to go for the kill and finish things off below the 20-run mark. But the Indians let things drift.
While Quinton de Kock scored 43, Vernon Philander – dropped by Shikhar Dhawan on 20 – scored 23, KeshavMaharaj hit a useful 35, Kagiso Rabada scored 26 and a new-look Dale Steyn hit 16. His shuffle at the crease wore the resemblance of Australia skipper Steve Smith. Finally it was R Ashwin who dismissed Morne Morkel (2) -- caught plumb in front – for the South African innings to come to an end on 286.
Bhuvneshwar finished with figures of 4/87 (missing out on a well-deserved five-for), Shami had figures of 1/47, Bumrahfinished with 1/73, Pandya had a tally of 1/53 while Ashwinpicked two wickets giving away 21 runs from his 7.1 overs.
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Playing XIs:

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 4397 116
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 England 4722 105
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 Australia 3663 102
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