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South Africa vs India, 2nd Test Day 2 in Centurion, Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 15, 2018, 8:25 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 the end of day's play here with South Africa falling short by 3 overs. The match is evenly poised with Kohli and Pandya looking good in the middle. 183/5 with the Indians still needing to go some distance to come back and hold the driver's seat.


Stumps :That's it folks, the umpires have called stumps on day 2 of the second Test. India are 183/5 and they trail by 152 runs in the first innings. Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya remained not out for 85 and 11 respectively. 


Four: Vernon Philander was introduced into the attack as South Africa he could provide with one more breakthrough today but Kohli wasn't having none of it as he cut the ball for a boundary. Kohli and Pandya it seems will close the day while at the crease.


Virat Kohli seems to have found and able partner in Hardik Pandya as he is holding the fort from the other end as well. India cannot lose any more wicket today as they would need them to get close to the South African score tomorrow. With five overs to go in the day, India's score read 176/5, trail by 159.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: A beautiful straight drive from Pandya off Lungi. Looks like the all-rounder means business here and is looking to give his skipper the support he needs. The Indians will have to bat out another 6 overs after this and this has been a quality third session of play.


Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya will look to bat through the day as five wickets have already fallen and any more dismissals will put the hosts in total command. More than Kohli, the onus will be on Hardik to not go for anything risky.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: 7 overs left after this and it is important that both Kohli and Pandya see the team through to stumps because the visitors still need to score more than 150 runs with half the team back in the hut. Kohli is batting beautifully and he should hold fort.


Morne Morkel continued to bowl outside the off stump to Kohli and the Indian skipper wasn't falling for the trick as he left the deliveries alone, without trying to hit it.. Kohli is in the zone and he won't be falling for such tricks.


In his early innings so far, Hadrik Pandya is showing that he won't give away his wicket easily and he is out there to fight for the visitors. He is defending wherever needed but dispatching poor delivery with ease as well. Virat Kohli will definitely like that in his partner. 


Four: Hardik Pandya is brimming with confidence and this shot proves that. Morkel tries to bounce him but Pandya gets into position early and pulls the ball for perfect on the onside for a boundary. Easily one of the best shots of the day and you don't do that to Morkel.


Hardik Pandya has come out to bat now and the visitors will be hoping that he provides an able support to Kohli who desperately needs a partner to stay on the other end. Slowly and steadily, the Indian skipper is running out of partners as he seems to be waging a lone battle.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Parthiv's stay at the crease ends as Lungi picks up his first Test wicket. That was the edge that Lungi had been looking for and Parthiv goes for 19, caught by Quinton behind the wicket. India's score reads 164/5 with the game slowly turning in South Africa's favour here.


OUT: Debutant Lungi Ngidi scalps his first wicket in Tests as he gets rid of Parthiv Patel for 19 as India lose their fifth wicket now. Parthiv poked at a delivery outside the off stump and he pays for it with his wicket as De Kock takes an easy catch. 


Four: Half-volley from Ngidi and he pays the price for it with a boundary through the covers. Parthiv got down and hit the ball comfortably on the off-side. Three boundaries in two overs for Parthiv as he is starting to cut loose a bit. 


Four and Four: Parthiv comes down the track and the ball takes a big edge off his bat but goes for a boundary behind the slip cordon. Ngidi tried his hard to stop the ball but the cherry won the race. Keshav Maharaj holds his head into his hands. Then on the last ball of the over, Parthiv hits another boundary as this time the ball goes towards deep wicket. 


Debutant Ngidi has bowled his heart out in his first innings in the longest format of the game but he hasn't been rewarded thus far. In the six overs that he has bowled, he has conceded just 14 runs but he has been wicketless. 


150: Virat Kohli takes a single down to the third man as 150 is up for India in the 51.1 overs. Kohli is batting on 77 while Parthiv is on 7. India need these two to bat for the rest of the day today.


Stat Attack: Just to put Rohit's latest failure into perspective - 2015: This was the last time Rohit Sharma managed to score a 50 outside the sub-continent. It has been 6 innings since his last 50 against Australia at Sydney.


Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel are keeping the scoreboard ticking and India are closing on to the 150-run mark in the innings. Seven runs came from that Ngidi over but it was a great over from the debutant who almost scalped the wicket of Kohli there.


DRS: Virat Kohli has been saved by the DRS as Ngidi wrapped him on his pads while he was trying to play across the wicket. Du Plessis opted for the DRS after the on field umpire said not out. Replays showed that there was a faint inside edge and Kohli survives. 


Three runs came of that over from Maharaj as both Kohli and Parthiv are looking to keep the South Africans at way. The duo they that if they lose a wicket here, South Africa will take full command of the match. As it stands, the hosts are on top.


After Kohli took a single in the second ball of the over, Parthiv played the rest four Rabada deliveries with comfortable ease. However, the last ball of the over was right on the money when Rabada came from around the wicket and bowled a fierce yorker. But Parthiv managed to block it well.


Keshav Maharaj bowls yet another tight over, he has provided great support to Rabada so far. Not allowing runs to flow, India 135/4


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Rabada is elated as he catches Rohit plumb in front for 10. Rohit goes for a review after discussing with Kohli, but that looks plumb in front and the review goes in favour of the on-field umpire and sadly Rohit has to walk back as the crowd erupts. The South Africans are very much back in the game with the score reading 132/4 for India


WICKET! Rohit Sharma departs, yet again similar to the 1st Test. Rabada gets the ball to jag back in and it hits Rohit Sharma right in front of the stumps, height might be an issue but the umpire raises his finger. India decide to review it and it stays as umpire's call. India 132/4, Rohit departs for 10.


FOUR! Fine shot from Rohit Sharma, comes down the track and just times it over the mid on circle. It almost goes all the way, bouncing just short before clattering into the boundary boards. Kohli too likes it. India 129/3


Rohit Sharma's careless running almost costs India another wicket, Kohli hits the ball to the deep and straight away calls for 2. Rohit thinks its an easy two but Maharaj quickly covers up the ground and sends in a solid throw from the deep, had he hit directly, Rohit was gone, but now he can afford to have a laugh. India 125/3


Maharaj bowls a tight over, he has been bowling tight line and lengths in this game so far. India move onto 121/3 after 43 overs, trailing by 214 runs.


Chance: Kagiso Rabada wraps Virat Kohli onto the pads and the South Africans went up in unison - appealing for LBW. However, the umpire says not out as the ball was going over the wicket. That was close shave for Kohli, who is batting on 56 now and holds the key for Indian innings.


Rohit Sharma is looking calm and composed and he is trying not to take many risks and playing ball on its merit. Kohli needs a partner on the other end and if Rohit proves to be that, India can think of closing in to the South African score sooner than later.


South Africa vs India, 2nd Test Day 2 in Centurion, Highlights: As It Happened

India's captain Virat Kohli. (AP Image)

Day 1 Review: It was billed to be a "smell the leather" wicket at the SuperSport Park as India and South Africa came out on the opening day of the second Test in the three-game series on Saturday.
But the first two sessions was all about chase the leather for the Indian fielders as the South Africa batsmen made hay. Though things did turn back for the visitors by the evening as a couple of run outs in the third session and good consistent bowling from R Ashwin saw the Indians claw back into the game.
Almost all the South Africa batsmen got starts, with only Dean Elgar (31) and AB de Villiers (20) failing to convert them into a big ones and Quinton de Kock getting out for a duck. At stumps, Faf du Plessis (24) and Keshav Maharaj (10) were at the crease with the score reading 268 for the loss of 6 wickets. It was a good toss to win for South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and his batsmen made the most of the opportunity to make first use of the conditions.
Ashwin was the only Indian bowlers who looked threatening as he finished with three wickets on the first day wicket at Centurion. More than the wickets, he was the only bowler who kept applying pressure on the Proteas batsmen with his tight line and length. Had it not been for the couple of run outs in the third session - Amla and Vernon Philander - the hosts would have taken the bragging honours at the end of the opening day.
An ineffective bowling attack and a batting wicket is all former skipper Hashim Amla needed to roar back into form with a classy 82. He was in punishing mood whenever the Indian bowlers erred in line and was happy to pick the singles when they bowled in the right areas. It was a clear case of applying himself and making hay as the sun shone.
Interestingly, having said that he was excited by the lively look of the wicket, Virat Kohli did raise his eyebrows when he saw that most of the grass had been shaved off. In fact, it almost seemed like his plan to play three pacers and a spinner backfired as there was hardly anything in the wicket for the Indian bowlers at least. It will now be exciting to see if the South African pace battery manages to make inroads into the Indian batting line-up. If not, this is set to be a run feast at the Centurion.
But credit must also be given to opener Aiden Markram (94) and former skipper Hashim Amla for playing quality knocks. Even if it is a flattish deck, one has to apply himself and Markram looked at home from the word go. It only helped that this is his home ground. Knowing the conditions like the back of his hands ensured that Markram was happy to play out the first hour without trying too many aggressive shots. But once that was done with, he was at his stroke-playing best.
He had the perfect foil in Elgar as the southpaw kept at it and blocked one end up with his defence. He only waited to pick the singles and rotate the strike. It was only when there was a boundary ball in offer that Elgar looked to take full advantage. The hosts went into lunch at 78/0 and the first session belonged to the hosts.
But the Indians struck soon after the lunch break as R Ashwin sent back Elgar, caught by Murali Vijay at silly point. It was clearly a lucky wicket for the visitors as Elgar jumped down the track and hit the ball straight at Vijay who somehow managed to hold onto that one after it hit his body.
With Elgar back and an out of form Amla coming into bat, the Indians looked to attack. But the move did not pay much dividend as even though there was turn on offer, it wasn't anything drastic to bother a batsman of Amla's class. And Markram was already seeing the ball like a football so there was no need for him to panic.
While Amla was happy to pick the singles, Markram was more than keen to deal in boundaries as the home crowd kept cheering the batsmen on. It was finally a good ball from Ashwin that once again broke the back of the second-wicket partnership. Ashwin got one to hold its line just enough after pitching to take the edge of Markram's bat. Even though the opener reviewed the decision as he felt his bat had hit the pad, the third umpire decided otherwise.
With South Africa two down, in walked the crowd favourite de Villiers and along with Amla, the two took the hosts to tea at 182/2. It was a slightly slow innings from the otherwise aggressive de Villiers, but with four days of cricket still left after this, it wasn't a cause for concern.
Post the tea break, the Indians struck again and this time it was Ishant who struck. Bowling the fourth stump line, he got ABD to go for the cut and the ball was too close to the body, thereby ensuring that the inside edge got the ball to drag onto the stumps. The Indians were ecstatic, but skipper Faf and Amla stitched together another quality partnership before a run out saw Amla walk back to the dressing room.
Responding slowly to a quick call from Faf, Amla was caught short as a direct hit from Pandya saw him just short of his crease. Quinton too didn't bother the scorers as he was out cutting Ashwin straight to Kohli at first slip.
Philander was also run out as he was ball watching and running down the track even as Faf kept shouting no from the other end. In the end he had to run back straight to the dressing room without scoring.
The wickets at the end of the day's play definitely brings hope back for India, but the bowlers need to get their act right early if they wish to get back into the game on Day 2. You just cannot bowl all over the place and hope to pick wickets against the best in the business. And run outs don't happen every over at the international level.

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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
5 England 3772 97
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