Ishant, Ashwin restrict S Africa to 335

Ishant, Ashwin restrict S Africa to 335

Centurion: South Africa lost their first wicket in the 30th over, their second in the 48th and their third in the 63rd and partnerships of 85, 63 and 51 underlined how infrequently India's bowlers struck in the first two sessions of play on day one of the second Test at Centurion.

India had to bat out one over before Lunch, surprisingly bowled by Maharaj, and they did so without any alarms.

Kohli strode in with India under pressure at 28-2 after losing two wickets in two balls. Feet going nowhere, Rahul pushed well in front of his body at a full one and spooned a return catch, while Pujara, haring out of his crease after clipping his first ball to the right of mid-on, was run-out by a brilliantly athletic pick-up and direct hit from the debutant Lungi Ngidi.

In South Africa the spinners were the underdogs as the pitches assist pace and bounce. The edge was found, but both Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli, standing at slip, failed to hold on after getting their hand to it.

India had initially contained the home batsmen in the first 90 minutes of the session, bowling excellent lines that made scoring shots a risk.


South Africa had started the day on 269 for six in their first innings and profited from four dropped catches from the visitors to add 66 runs. South Africa's Faf Du Plessis is bowled out by India's Ishant Sharma.

Ishant Sharma justified his selection ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar by taking 3-46, which included the wicket of du Plessis. One such delivery gave India their first breakthrough of the morning, Keshav Maharaj nicking behind to give Shami his 100th Test wicket.

Kagiso Rabada (11) then hung around for nearly 12 overs with Du Plessis, adding 42 for the eighth wicket. Twice in two balls, India's fielders let off Rabada.

Hardik Pandya was put off by an onrushing Shami from short third-man though and spilled the effort onto the latter, who also had a bite at the ball before it dropped to the floor. Soon after, he had du Plessis out bowled with a full one.

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