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India vs South Africa, Second Test, Day 1 at SuperSport Park Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 14, 2018, 10:18 AM IST

2nd Test, SuperSport Park, Centurion 13 - 17 January, 2018

Toss won by South Africa (decided to bat)

South Africa beat India by 135 runs

Man of the Match: Lungi Ngidi



Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: That is stumps on the opening day of the Test match with Faf and Maharaj taking the hosts home with the score on 268/6 after 90 overs. A couple of run outs definitely bringing India back into the game. But the Indian bowlers need to start well on the second morning if they wish to restrict the hosts to a total less than 300. Good gripping last hour of play here.


Ishant was given the job of bowling the penultimate over of the day and he bowls a maiden with the new ball. Jasprit Bumrah will now bowl the final over of the day as India search for one more wicket in the day.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Fans make a snake with beer glasses. Fun times at Centurion!!!


Chance: Short delivery from Ashwin and Maharaj lofts the ball towards mid-wicket where Jadeja was fielding. The substitute fielder lost the ball in the sun and it went for a boundary over his head. Kohli couldn't believe what he was seeing.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: India take the new ball in the 87th over as they want to keep it new for the first hour on Sunday morning. Bumrah to go first up with it as the Indians feel that they can get the likes of Keshav Maharaj with the new ball and get further grip on the game. Just 3 overs to go after this one.


New Ball: Virat Kohli has finally opted to take the second new ball with 3.4 balls left to be bowled today. Jasprit Bumrah will now bowl his four balls of the over with the new ball.


Chance:  Ashwin produces a thick edge of the bat of Maharaj and the ball fleis towards KL Rahyl at leg slip. However the ball lands just infront of him and that prompts Kohli to say: 'bohot piche khada hai yaar'. Four overs left to be played in the day now.


Four: Full and wide from Pandya and Du Plessis simply carves the field on the off side for a boundary through the covers. The onus is now on the South African skipper to add as many runs as possible to the hosts' score. 


Four: Keshav Maharaj hits a boundary to get off the mark straight down the ground to release some of the pressure. Ashwin for once bowled wide and paid for it with a boundary. India need to continue to pile on the pressure here.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Another run out here. Looks like it is run outs that will get the Indians wickets here in the last session. They are back in business here as the pitch looks placid. Vernon Philander is run out without bothering the scorers as the score reads 251/6.


OUT: South Africa have completely lost the plot in this final session of the day as Vernon Philander runs himself out for 0. This is absolutely amazing as Philander runs after top edging a ball even after Faf said no to it. Easy run-out by Parthiv and Hardik as India have now changed the face of the match. 


Stat Attack: This is Quinton de Kock’s first golden duck. It is his third Test duck and his first since 2015. 


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Quinton doesn't bother the scorers here as he cuts Ashwin straight to Kohli at first slip. Kohli is all over the park in joy as the rest of the fielders join him in the celebration. That is number three for Ashwin. Clearly India could have done with another spinner on this one.


OUT: India have hit back in the match in stunning style as they have gotten rid of Amla and De Kock in quick succession. South Africa lose their fifth wicket. Ashwin picks his third wicket of the day now.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Partnership finally comes to an end with a run out. That is the only way the Indians could have got Amla here. He looked like a rock standing there till a quick call from Faf saw him struggle to reach the non-striker's end. Pandya was spot on with the throw as Amla walks back for a well-made 82. Pandya celebrates the wicket by doing the dab with KL Rahul.


OUT: Hardik Pandya has provided India the breakthrough that they needed as he runs out Hashim Amla for 82. South Africa lose their fourth wicket. A brilliant turn and thrown by Pandya at the non-striker's end sees Amla heading back into the hut. 


Ashwin bowls the 80th over of the day and he concedes three runs from it. With that the second new ball is also due for the visitors. Let's see when Virat Kohli opts to take it and gives his bowlers one final shot at the batsmen today.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: One more over before the Indians can take the second new ball, but it will be interesting to see if Kohli does opt for the new cherry or waits for the last few overs of the day before unleashing it on the South Africa batsmen. Amla and Faf look in complete control of the situation with the score on 242/3.


Ashwin bowls the first over after tea and he gives just one run from it. Amla is batting on 80 and Faf is on 9. As it stands, the hosts are firmly in command of the innings. India need wickets and they need it soon.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: The last drinks break of the day is over and the boys are back to their positions with Amla and Faf taking strike for the South Africans. The score reads 239/3 with the hosts clearly on top here. This has definitely been a comprehensive batting performance from the Proteas and a couple of wickets in the last 14 overs would give the Indians a smile as they walk back at the end of the day's play.


Drinks have been called for as 76 overs have been bowled in the day. Jasprit Bumrah bowls a maiden over to Hashim Amla who was content with defending the ball.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: A good partnership building here between Amla and Faf with Amla doing most of the scoring here as the skipper is happy to play second fiddle. This has been one of the toughest days on the field for the Indians and they must regroup and come back stronger on the second day. 16 overs still left in the day's play and does not look like too many wickets are coming.


Jasprit Bumrah has done nothing so far to justify his inclusion in the line-up. He has been one of the most expensive bowlers in the innings and he has been wicket-less as well thus far. The pacer needs to start firing soon and give Kohli something to cheer about.


Hardik Pandya was reintorduced into the attack and he gives awau just two runs from it. Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis are doing a good job of rotating the strike and dispatching bad deliveries whenever they come along. 


STAT ATTACK: Amla (not out on 75) has gone past Kallis (1267) as the highest run scorer at Centurion in Test matches. Amla now has 1277 runs.


Hashim Amla is rotating the strike well and he keeps on hogging majority of it. Like in this over, he once again took a single off the last ball of the over as he did in the last over as well. Good batting from the South African star.


Stat Attack: When Amla was on 56*, he surpassed Michael Clarke (8643) in the leading run scorers in Tests.  Also, the last time South Africa’s first three partnerships put on a 50+ run partnership was in 2010, against India at Centurion.


Four:  Faf Du Plessis gets into the act now as he hits his first boundary of the innings straight down the ground of the bowling of Mohammed Shami. The ball went past the mid-on fielder in a flash. In total, Shami concedes five off the overs as SA score reads 223/3 after 69 overs.


Four: Another over and another boundary for Hashim Amla as he hits a stunning drive through extra cover for this 13th four of the innings. While on one end, Du Plessis is holding the fort, Amla on the other is dealing in boundaries.


Four: Amla continues to deal in boundary as he slams his 12th four of the innings off the bowling of Mohammed Shami. Amla cuts the ball hard and there was no chance of Pandya at backward point to stop the ball.


India vs South Africa, Second Test, Day 1 at SuperSport Park Highlights - As It Happened

Indian bowler Hardik Pandya. (AP Image)

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India skipper Virat Kohli has said that this team is happy to fight fire with fire and the lively track on offer at the SuperSport Park in Centurion is no deterrent for his boys and they weren't just mere words and the batsmen backed it with action as they kept facing short pitched deliveries at the nets.
But what did confuse many is whether we will see Parthiv Patel and KL Rahul come into the playing XI for the second Test, starting Saturday.
"It looks likely a really lively pitch. Exactly what we expected it to be and we actually wanted it to be that way so that both teams are into the contest provided they play some good cricket. We are pretty happy to see the wicket how it behaved in Cape Town that gave us many opportunities to stay in the game and make comebacks whenever we were put under pressure also. Yeah look, this pitch will again test us to play our best cricket and that is something that we are looking forward to." Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.
The day before the match provides quite a picture of the team management's thought process and the first to bat at the nets were Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel. If that was no confusing enough, Parthiv was also seen fine-tuning his wicket-keeping skills. Wriddhiman Saha all this while was seen just helping out with throwdowns as the slip catching session was on.
In case of Rahane too, things seems pretty unclear because even though he batted at the nets with Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, Rahane's was the shortest stint. But then, he was also seen working on his slip catching.
If India does include Rahane, it will have to be a case of having an extra batsman because there is no way that Rohit will be dropped as he was picked by the management ahead of the Test deputy in the opening game and to drop him after just one game would be unfair and will show the team management in poor light.
"It’s funny how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days. Before the first Test no-one thought that he should be in the eleven and now suddenly people are looking at the other option. For us as a team it’s all about finding the right balance. If players fit in in the kind of balance we want to go in with as a side then they will fit in. He(Rahane) is a quality player, he’s done well in South Africa, all conditions actually away from home. I’m not saying that Ajinkya cannot or will not start in this game. Possibilities are all open at the moment and we shall decide after practice." Kohli said, when asked about Rahane.
Kohli also said that the left-right opening combination might be looked at but there is not need to press the panic button yet,
"I don’t think we need to panic because of collapses. People need to apply themselves much better whether we are playing five batsmen or six, you still need to apply yourself. It doesn’t mean that if you are playing six batters, you can afford to go out and play loose shots. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face bowling spells which are going to be difficult. We need to embrace that. So I don’t think there is any need to panic on that front and as far as the opening combination goes, we will decide today at the end of practice today," the captain said.
The skipper felt it was important to win moments as they come, if the team is to win aborad.
"To win a test anywhere in the world you need to stay in the present moment and try and win each moment that comes your way. We feel in test cricket every ball is an event and we need to be at the top of the game to win that event and that’s why it tests you more than any other format.
It is a test of character throughout for all five days. That’s one reason why we have won many games in the past is because we have applied ourselves really well. And the most important thing is that we don’t give up after being put under pressure. We are a team that looks to fight back and get right back into the game we are not a team that gives opposition easy victories. We are going to test them and in a scenario we have a chance to go at the target or for a win everyone knows that we will do that." Kohli added.
The Indian team knows that Saturday's game might well be the last chance for him and his team to stake claim as one of the greatest Indian sides ever, if they lose, the series will be over and it will be a familiar story for Indian cricket yet again.

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South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel

India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma

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1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
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