India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli (85 batting) waged a lone battle to lift the struggling visitors to 183 for five in their first innings on the second day of the second Test match against South Africa.
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Indian skipper Virat Kohli (85 batting) waged a lone battle to lift the struggling visitors to 183 for five in their first innings on the second day of the second cricket Test against South Africa at the SuperSport Park here on Sunday. The flamboyant Delhi right-hander hit eight fours in his unbeaten 16th half-century in Test cricket after India bowled out the hosts for 335 in their first innings in the morning session. Kohli and Hardik Pandya (11 batting) were at the crease as the umpires called for the end of day’s play with India still 152 runs in arrear. Earlier in the day, South African captain Faf du Plessis’ 63 drove the hosts to 335. He registered his 17th fifty in Test cricket as South Africa added 66 runs to their overnight score of 269/6. Du Plessis, who was unbeaten on 24 on Saturday, drove the hosts forward in the morning even though he didn’t get convincing support from the other end. His judicious shot selection helped him negotiate the Indian bowlers. Seamer Mohammed Shami removed overnight batsman Keshav Maharaj (18) early. He edged to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. It was Shami’s 100th Test wicket in 29 matches. He became third quickest Indian fast bowler to pick 100 wickets behind Kapil Dev, who did it in 25 Tests and Irfan Pathan (28). Kagiso Rabada (11) hooked a rising delivery from Ishant Sharma for a catch to Hardik Pandya who had to run forward from the deep square leg. But South Africa had already reached 324/8 by this time thanks to du Plessis.
Here are India vs South Africa:
6:57 pm: They’re going off. A drop fell in AB’s eye as Shami ran in. Umpire’s met based on that. And they’ve made the decision. My colleague Firdose says this could be a “typical storm” and it won’t last too long. The covers are out and the players are off.
6:38 pm: India who seemed to mark their comeback with the initial blow to SA, are now struggling to send yet another batsman back to pavillion.
6:11 pm: At tea, South Africa are 60 for 2. Proteas lead by 88 runs with 8 wickets remaining.
6:07 pm: How about an Ishant Sharma Short ball barrage, like Lord’s? Pitch seems to have settled down. India need to think out of the box, else the game can quickly slip away.
5:57 pm: They’re inspecting the ball. Seems like a shape issue. Umpires toss it back to the bowler after the ring test.
5:48 pm: India have to find an unconventional way to dismiss AB. Conventional corridor-length bowling won’t work. Every over he stays there, he will take the game away from India
5:32 pm: Ironic that Bumrah was picked considering he’d be able to hit the deck on SA pitches and now he’s consistently getting the ball to skid on these surfaces” — Well, he is hitting the deck to be fair. It’s just that angle he creates that causes the variable lift.
5:01 pm: India start strong. Bumrah to Markram, OUT, plumb! Markram is leaping up at this short of a length ball to try and defend, but like he’s done all Test long, Bumrah gets this one to skid on at knee height. He’s trapped on the back leg and there’s little doubt in that.
4:40 pm: Morkel to Bumrah, no run, hit on the helmet as he expects a short ball. He’s ducking early. Takes his eyes off the ball. It’s a good length ball. Hits the shoulder of his bat and deflects onto his grill.
4:37 pm: Morkel to I Sharma, OUT, bunts it to short leg. Morkel came progressively closer to Ishant in this over. This one is at his chest, at an off stump line. Can’t get outside the line like the last ball, can’t get on top of it either. Gets under it and gives an easy one to short leg.
4:32 pm: Philander to I Sharma, 1 run, back of a length in the corridor, dabs it wide of gully off the back foot. Point keeps it to one after putting in a slide.
3:28 pm: Morkel to Mohammed Shami, OUT, taken at first slip. Regulation Morkel wicket. Short one in the corridor, hangs his bat up to try and defend. It’s a bit too quick for him. Amla with the reverse cup at throat height.
3:15 pm: Philander to Ashwin, OUT, good catch Faf! Ashwin edges straight away against the new ball. Length ball, swinging away outside off. Wafts away from the body, thick edge flying at Faf’s face at second slip. He grabs it and then tries to balance as he’s falling backwards. Falls over anyway.
3:11 pm: Are you reading India’s score as 273/6 by any chance? India still needs miraculous efforts from lower order and then bowlers to be called favourites.
2:57 pm: Rabada has been…expensive. After hitting Ashwin on the thumb, the short ball strategy seemed to have just stopped. Nearly six an over since.
2:45 pm: Maharaj to Kohli, FOUR.
2:32 pm: Rabada to Ashwin, no run, back of a length close to off stump, a bit of extra bounce, and South Africa appeal for a catch at gully. Ashwin gets out in that area a lot, and this was a hard-hands jab, the ball just flew off the outside half of the bat. Soft signal is not-out… AB dived to his left from gully and took it low – did it bounce before it reached him? Looks like it’s bounced for sure, a couple of inches from his hands, but the third umpire’s still having a few more looks at it, magnified.
2: 21 pm: Last 10 overs: 46 runs, 1 wkts. India trail by 102 runs.
1: 54 pm: Indian skipper Virat Kohli completes century.
1.40 pm: After 65.0 overs, India now at 203/5. Kohli 2 runs shy from 100.
1.35 pm: Philander and Ngidi get good swing in the morning of day 3.
1.35 pm: After 62 over India have scored 188/5. Hardik Pandya on 12, Virat Kohli on 85. Lungisani Ngidi bowls from the other end!
1.30 pm: Day 3 kicks off in the second Test, Virat Kohli Hardik Pandya take the charge. Vernon Philander bowls for the Proteas.
1.25 pm: Cricket expert Akash Chopra tweets, “Excitement. Anticipation. Third day of a Test match is considered to be the ‘moving day’. Very often the team that dominates the 3rd day, wins the match.”
1.20 pm: “Day three is moving day ????We’re hoping these two will make a big impact with the ball,” tweets South African cricket board
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 15, 2018
1.15 pm: Indian cricket legend, VVS Laxman took to Twitter and wrote: “Great all- round performance by the young lads. Really a delight to watch the passion. An emphatic win to start the campaign. Keep it up boys”
1.00 pm: WATCH | Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin practice before the day 3 of 2nd test match begins.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2018
12.45 pm: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the 2nd Test match between India and South Africa on day 3.