India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Day 1: Aiden Markram was dismissed for 94 by R Ashwin. (Source: REUTERS)
South Africa were 199/2 at one stage and in complete control of the first day in the second Test against India at Centurion. The play thus far had been theirs – toss, opening session and second session. Then AB de Villiers chopped one on to give India the fourth wicket. Earlier, R Ashwin had been the pick of the bowlers with the surface not doing much for the seamers. Just after the new ball had become due, and India had chosen not to take it, things began to go horribly wrong for South Africa. It all began with Hardik Pandya providing a a massive boost with incredible fielding skills to catch Hashim Amla short at the non-striker’s end. Quinton de Kock followed soon after to become R Ashwin’s third wicket on the day. If things were already going wrong for South Africa, it became woeful with a mixup resulting in Vernon Philander being run out. For South Africa, the day for the most part belonged to Aiden Markram who scored 94 and fell just short of his third Test century. For India, the early morning discussion had been the team changes. Kohli at toss declared India had made three changes to their playing XI with KL Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Wriddhiman Saha sitting out for an injured Parthiv Patel. South Africa were forced to make one change for injured Dale Steyn. India trail the three match series 0-1. (INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA FULL SCORECARD)
2045 hrs IST: Final over of the day. Jasprit Bumrah has the ball. Starts with a no ball. Continues with some good balls that are banged in short and spring into Maharaj. The South Africa spinner has faced off and defended a fulltoss to see off the over and the day. STUMPS! South Africa close on 269/6 with Faf on 24 and Keshav on 10. The final session sees 34 overs with 87 runs coming off it at a fall of 4 wickets.
2020 hrs IST: GONE! WOWZA! Make that two overs and two run outs. Or two overs and three outs. This has gone south so badly for South Africa. Bouncer from Pandya, Philander like Amla fends it off. The ball scoops up but it falls short of three fielders who come running in. But, Philander is not looking at Faf who is gesturing for the striker to stay at his end. What drama here! Parthiv takes the ball and calmly throws it to Pandya who dismantles the bails. South Africa are suddenly six down!
2012 hrs IST: GONE! How the complexion of this game has changed suddenly. India don’t take the new ball and it has become a massive boon for the side. Quinton de Kock doesn’t move his feet, stays flat footed and the spin is enough to take an outside edge. Falls to Kohli at first slip. Golden duck!
2008 hrs IST: RUN OUT! What an absolute blinder by Hardik Pandya here. Amla stutters a bit while taking that run as Faf was already on the move. Pandya collects the ball and hits the stumps bang on directly. And Amla is quite a distance away from making ground. That was fantastic fielding from one of the most athletic fielders in the side
1948 hrs IST: DRINKS! Not been a happening hour of cricket that. AB de Villiers the only wicket to fall after he found the bottom edge and chopped one off Ishant to be bowled. Since then, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis have been defiant and steady against a tired-looking Indian bowling – as one would expect on a surface suitable for the batting. Looks more like an India surface than South Africa. But four overs away from new ball becoming available which could make things interesting
So a very non-happening hour of cricket. We saw de Villiers botching a cut shot and that’s it. India have been relentless but have more than offset it with minutes of adrenaline. Now to see who can close the day on top. India have a chance with the new ball, as much as South Africa have.
1916 hrs IST: Plenty of chopping and changing by Kohli in terms of bowling on offer. After Tea, Bumrah bowled three overs and Ishant two. Now on to Shami and Ashwin. The spinner has been more of a presence and no question why. He’s had the most impact so far having bowled 23 overs
1853 hrs IST: GONE! AB de Villiers has dragged this back. Ishant Sharma from over the wicket bangs it short and AB tries to slash it. Doesn’t have the room to get the desired contact on it and ends up getting a thick inside edge on to the off stump. Virat Kohli’s celebrations tell how much the wicket means to him!
1830 hrs IST: Underway into the final session of the day. Amla and AB de Villiers to get things underway. India desperately need a wicket and one or both of these fine batsmen would be a great finish to the day’s proceedings. This surface has finally become a batsman haven and India would have their work cut out.
1812 hrs IST: TEA! South Africa go into the Tea break at 182/2. Hashim Amla on 35 and AB de Villiers on 16 with 104 runs coming in that session. Two wickets falling and both going to Ashwin.
1755 hrs IST: DROP! After Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel provides a reprieve to Hashim Amla. Tries to glance a ball down the leg from Ishant with the ball veering down the leg side but he gets an edge behind and Patel moves to his left with both hands. Maybe going with one hand should have been the better option but either way, this has been dropped by and Kohli is not happy. Neither is Ishant who has his head down now
1733 hrs IST: Ashwin seems to have struck. Bowling from around the stumps, gets the ball to go past the bat. Markram has a chat with Amla and takes the review after the umpire gives it out caught behind. That is indeed out. Not a no ball and it has taken a slender edge. Crowd stands up and applauds as Markram walks back on 94.
1732 hrs IST: Shami has gone off the field of play. Gestured to the physio that his head was spinning. Walks back into the pavillion. Takes a big gulp of vitamin water. Weather is 32 degrees
1705 hrs IST: Pandya with a solid effort at short mid to almost get Amla off Ashwin but his desperate attempt fails to materialise. Short of driving length by Ashwin, turns and gets a thick inside edge. Pandya goes flying to his left and plucks out his hand to latch on with one hand but its a bit too much to ask. Would’ve been a great take had he held on. Although, Kohli doesn’t look too pleased
1645 hrs IST: Hashim Amla getting into the thick of the action now. Playing some delightful strokes here and in sharp contrast to how he was dismissed in Cape Town. Looks more confident and aware of the movement of the ball. Bumrah’s delivery is full on off stump and is whipped wide of Ashwin at mid-on. Desperate dive but nowhere near close to it. Reaches the boundary before Ash could get himself up and prevent a four
1620 hrs IST: GONE! Dean Elgar has to depart and it is rather lucky for India. Vijay had erred earlier but this time it is he who has held on. Ashwin shortens the length with Elgar stepping out and the ball is hit straight at Vijay at silly point who holds on. Plenty of luck there but don’t think the India players will mind! Elgar goes for 31 and South Africa are 85/1
1611 hrs IST: Back after Lunch. And it is Ashwin straight up to open the second session. Close in fielders can add to the pressure with Ash getting lots of turn on this surface. This is in sharp contrast to what the seamers have at the moment. A fifty bowler – a spinner – could be a massive add to Indian bowling. The visitors need a wicket soon as the wicket continues to improve for the batters to make merry
1602 hrs IST: Pundits believe spinner – R Ashwin – can make the difference here. He has beaten Elgar’s outside edge a few times already. His bowling saw India use the review too. Can he strike and get India a breakthrough after Lunch?
1535 hrs IST: LUNCH! And that’s lunch on the opening day of the second Test. South Africa sit comfortably at 78/0 with Markram on 51* and Elgar on 26*. Brilliant start to the Test for South Africa – won the Test and have batted well through what was expected to be bowler friendly conditions. Unlike Cape Town, there was no help on offer for the Indian seamers and South Africa batted confidently whenever there were good bowling efforts from the Indian seamers or solitary spinner in R Ashwin. Markram has been positive in his approach and has the lion’s share of runs. Elgar is happy to do the partner’s job to rotate strike.
1517 hrs IST: India have reviewed for a caught behind off Ashwin on Elgar. Bowled from around the stumps, Ashwin gets the ball to pitch and move just a touch off the surface. There’s jump on that but definitely no bat. Snicko confirms no edge and India lose their review. That was a loud appeal and fielders around the wicket looked convinced
1509 hrs IST: Thoughts?
1504 hrs IST: That was terrible judgement from Murali Vijay. He was on the rope and had the ball headed towards him with a chance for the first wicket. Short ball by Bumrah and Elgar goes for the ball and fails to keep the ball down. Vijay moves forward from deep backward square and with the ball sailing over his head, he couldn’t quite get his feet right. Pluck his hand out in desperation but that is a bit too late for anything. Goes over and into the fence for a boundary
1435 hrs IST: Drinks! South Africa have been rather comfortable in the first hour. The talking point so far has been the changes India made with Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting dropped in favour of Ishant Sharma to exact more pace and bounce from the surface. But does it really make sense to drop the bowler who took six wickets in the previous match and fought valiantly with the bat too. Ishant, though, hasn’t been bad either. Pitch report said the bowlers would make merry early on before the batters settle in for the runs. That has not held true completely. India have had one or two eye ins but nothing to take home about. The seamers have not leaked any cheap runs which could help in adding pressure on South Africa
1412 hrs IST: Dean Elgar almost drags this on in an attempt at seeing the ball through. Ishant getting the ball to angle away from the left hander as he bowls from the over the wicket. South Africa opener looked almost half convinced over where this ball was headed. Gets hit on the gloves and the ball trickles past the off stump.
1400 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma comes into the attack. And the second ball is an absolute beauty. A bit full this delivery, angles away from the left hander. Elgar was intrigued by the length but he’d be relieved not to have edged that behind. Nice start from Ishant.
1358 hrs IST: Is that gone? Half hearted appeals from the Indian players. Parthiv with a neat take down the leg for a catch off Markram. Bumrah has the South Africa opener cut in half. After all the away swingers, this one comes back in and beats the edge.
1344 hrs IST: First boundary of the Test. Shami gets the ball to pitch outside off, banged short, and it is confidently dispatched for a four by Markram. Really smart shot that. Make that two boundaries in a row. This one slides on to his pads and is tucked away towards deep mid wicket for a four.
1342 hrs IST: Still surprised with the team changes by India. A really perplexing decision to sit Bhuvi out. Took six wickets and scored 38 runs in a Test in which India faltered with the bat. Stood tall for a collective 127 balls as well
1330 hrs IST: Here we go! It’s Jasprit Bumrah who starts with the new ball and Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram come in for South Africa to bat. Good start from Bumrah in the first over. Gets the right line and length. Almost gets Elgar on the first ball of the second over but it goes touch wide of the leg stump
1305 hrs IST: India have made three changes to their playing XI! Wriddhiman Saha has a niggle so Parthiv Patel comes in. Shikhar Dhawan is repalced by KL Rahul and Ishant Sharma has replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the side
Toss update: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat first in the 2nd Test. Three changes for #TeamIndia. KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma and Parthiv Patel are in the Playing XI #SAvIND #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/kbj1louaSU
— BCCI (@BCCI) 13 January 2018
1300 hrs IST: South Africa win the toss in Centurion and Faf du Plessis has elected to bat. Virat Kohli also wanted to bat first on this pitch which doesn’t have that much grass
1250 hrs IST: Toss is 10 minutes away and we will know who is playing for India in the playing XI and who has to sit out. This is a very crucial match for India as they need to win it to level the series
1240 hrs IST: What changes will India make in their playing XI? Virat Kohli hinted at a couple but did not make it clear on Friday. But surely there will be changes in the Indian team.
1230 hrs IST: India and South Africa are ready for the second Test of the the three-match series. South Africa have a 1-0 lead in the series so they will look to win the series in Centurion while India will look to make a comeback in this match.
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