South Africa were 269 for six at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India. Faf du Plessis (25) and Keshav Maharaj (10) were at the crease at the draw of stumps.
Stumps, Day 1
So, that’s end of day one. India will be happy to have picked three quick wickets towards the end and that means the day is shared by both the teams. India will now be eying to bowl South Africa under 350-run mark.
Another run out
What’s happening with South African batting, rather running. There was never a run, but Vernon Philander sets himself off towards non-strikers end without getting involved in the call. Both the batsmen end up at non-strikers end and Parthiv throws the ball towards strikers end. Pandya takes the bails off. SA 251/6.
Ashwin removes Quinton de Kock
Two quick wickets for India late in the day. South Africa have lost half the side now. First ball duck for de Kock, he edges it to the slip and Kohli takes the catch. SA 250/5.
Pandya runs out Amla
What a sad way to lose your wicket, when you are going great. Amla is run out. A direct hit by Hardik Pandya at the non-strikers end catches Amla short of the crease. SA 246/4.
ABD departs, 50 for Amla
Big wicket for India as AB de Villiers is bowled. He gets an inside edge and onto the stumps. Breakthrough, India were searching for. Meanwhile, Hashim Amla has completed his half-century.
Tea, Day 1
After two good partnerships, another stand is in the making. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers have thus far added 34 for the third wicket.
Markram falls short of hundred
Unlucky this for Markram. He falls six short of his hundred. Ashwin has accounted for a big wicket. Markram is given out caught behind, he opts for review but all in vain. South Africa lose second wicket. SA 148/2.
Elgar falls after lunch
Good start to the second session for India. Dean Elgar is caught at silly point. It’s a lucky breakthrough for Ravi Ashwin and India. End of a good opening stand. SA 85/1.
Lunch, Day 1
South Africa are off to a good start. A half-century opening stand as India fail to pick a wicket in the opening session. Markram has gone past his fifty as well and looks all set for a big one. India will be eager to separate the two after the lunch break. SA 78/0.
Markram, Elgar off to a solid start
This is turning out to be a good start for South Africa. The pitch looks nice to bat on and Markram has played some lovely shots thus far. He has been the aggressive than Elgar. Virat Kohli has so far used four bowlers, all pacers. SA 35/0.
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.
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
Toss: South Africa win the toss and opt to bat.
Build-up: After slumping to a morale-sapping defeat in the opening Test, India will look to bounce back in the penultimate Test. The Virat Kohli-led side suffered a 72-run defeat in the first match in Cape Town to go down 0-1 in the ongoing series against South Africa.
However, the world number one Test side will look to win this match in order to keep their hopes alive of becoming the first side in history to get to ten Test series win in a row with a victory over South Africa.
Meanwhile, India have also never managed to win a Test series on South African soil for the past 25 years. Their best result came during the 2010-11 series, which India drew 1-1.
South Africa, on the other hand, are riding high on confidence after their splendid outing in Cape Town and will aim to wrap the three-match Test series when they head into the second match.
It should be noted that South Africa had enjoyed a winning spree at Centurion like no other venue across this country with 17 wins and just two defeats.
On the eve of the match, South African skipper Faf du Plessis had said that South Africa and India are preparing for ‘unknown’ Centurion pitch before revealing that they had asked for a pitch with pace and bounce.
Earlier, Newlands groundsman Evan Flint was applauded for producing the seam-friendly wicket in the opening Test, with the highest total in the match being 286 during South Africa’s first innings.
The match saw South Africa’s Vernon Philander taking career-best figures of six for 42 and finishing with overall nine wickets to eventually bag `man-of-the-match` award. (With ANI inputs).