India vs South Africa Cricket Score, 1st Test day 1: Dale Steyn, Morkel prove lethal, Virat Kolhi out cheap

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New Delhi | Updated: January 5, 2018 10:02:55 PM

Cricket Score, India vs South Africa: For the South African team, it isn't a good start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar got early wickets bringing the SA team to the backfoot. Earlier, South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first.

Cricket Score, India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli and company look forward to breaking the South Africa Test match jinx.

India vs South Africa Cricket Score: For the South African team, it isn’t a good start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar got early wickets bringing the SA team to the backfoot. Earlier, South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. South Africa will take 286 happily. They were probably thinking 400 when they elected to bat, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar had them doubting that decision inside 20 minutes. It’s a good recovery, and they will be proud of that scorecard from No. 4 onwards. Everyone chipped in.

On the other hand, India won’t be too unhappy either.Well a great start to begin this tour for India, the next 14 overs would set the tone for this test match and for the series. In the bigger picture, restricting South Africa to 286 after losing the toss is a superb effort. That they’re batting on the first day of the tour after losing the toss is no mean feat. I believe they’ll have to face about 14 overs this evening.

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Here are India vs South Africa Cricket Score Updates:

9:32 PM: At stumps, India are 28 for 3. Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan went to pavillion cheap.

9:30 PM: This is HORRIBLE!! Not a SINGLE ball was truly wicket taking. This is why I am so mad at the Indian management. You need technique and temperament. All 3 balls on which wickets were taken were supposed to be left alone. Too much aggression nonsense. We needed KL Rahul instead of Dhawan who doesn’t have the technique in these conditions. We need Rahane instead of Rohit Sharma. Rohit is a walking talking wicket here. These kind of selections muddled with the mind of Vijay too!! Pathetic!!” — You need to breathe a little my friend.

9:28 PM: Bet India are wishing they played a few warm up games and didn’t have Saha at 6 right now.

9:18 PM: Morkel to Kohli, OUThe gets Kohli first ball! He pokes away from the body and gets a nice healthy nick on this! Oh the crowd’s gone wild, and it’s absolute dire straits for India at the moment. Short ball, rising up in the corridor. Not in position to play at this – his feet were still in the air. A weak prod.

8:54 PM: Dale Steyn is back after injuries and guesses what he does not look rusty.

8:45 PM: Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan begin the chase. Philander opens for Proteas.

8:40 PM: Well a great start to begin this tour for India… the next 14 overs would set the tone for this test match and for the series.

8:23 PM: South Africa ALL OUT.

8:17 PM: SA near all out on day 1. They are 283 for 9

7:41 PM: Mohammed Shami to Maharaj, OUT, how’s that? There is a direct hit at the batsman’s end, and the third umpire is asked to confirm. Maharaj’s laziness has cost South Africa here. Very poor from him. Ashwin catches him short. Driven to mid-on, Maharaj calls Rabada, but is sent back. He is left mid-pitch why Rabada hasn’t responded well, and so spends a vital fraction of a second there before turning back. That cost him, as he is a couple of inches short. Very sloppy from Maharaj, the frustration was piling.

7:36 PM: South Africa are 258 for 7 after 62 overs.

7:30 PM: A fantastic six by Rabada followed by a single helps SA get past 250. They are seven down with Maharaj on 30 not out.

7:2o PM: Right now it is a battle of Egos. India showing that they are capable to attacking in foreign conditions and SA showing that they dont back off at their home. This battle is going to set up the series. Oh the joy!

7:18 PM: Bumrah should start using his stock delivery now. Get those Yorkers out and wipe out the tail quickly. This is where India had struggled in a lot of overseas matches before.

7:13 PM: SA know the conditions best, going by what is happening we can deduce that they are making sure that they get as many runs as possible, as quickly as possible, which means that India could have the best conditions to bat on tomorrow and if possible day after, beyond which the pitch crumbles rapidly bringing Ashwin into picture.

7:05 PM: India should be batting today. The last Test South Africa played, bowling late on the first day, they did so much damage. But they need their lower order to cobble up as much as they can now. We’re ready to go again. Bumrah will begin. Proteas are 235 for 7.

6:49 PM: Its tea, and Proteas are already in trouble.

6:38 PM: I will say this, if the Indian bowlers are still getting so much assistance, I am glad that I would not be facing all of Steyn, Morkel, Rabada and Vern on this wicket. If there is seam movement to be had, Philander will grab it, that I can guarantee. 200 might just already be competitive. It is a pitch known to be much better on Day 2 though. Certainly for, now, it seems to have dried up.

6:35 PM: I wonder what is Dhawan’s pose when he drops the catch, probably Thakur from Sholay? As he prefer to be Gabbar when taken a catch.

6:29 PM: Mohammed Shami to Philander, OUT. Proteas are 221 for 7. Can they even cross 300 mark?

6:24 PM: Indian players at slip are like Bagha of Lagaan movie. If they can grab even one chance, the whole world will start dancing!

6:14 PM: QDK walks back to pavillion.

6:00 PM: In my obeservation, whenever a cluster of wickets fall, there is a counter attack to be expected. At that time it is important to dry up runs at least from one end like Lyon does for Australia. Ashwin can do this and has to be given the ball. — Here he is. Around the wicket, slip and short leg in place.

5:50 PM: Ashwin has finally given the duty to stop the formidable QDK, will he be able to it? CSK scouts might be looking at his performance. If he performs good he might be retained through RTM.

5:45 PM: Ashwin to come into the attack and get QDK out as the wickets have dried up. Up for a prediction game anyone?

5:42 PM: SA are now 164 for 5 and its DRINKS! India has been quite lethal after the lunch. Must have had some really good meal back in the dressing room it seems. Kudos! to the chefs.

5:37 PM: Average first Innings score at Newlands is 333 which is a bit of a worry for SA but considering the way QDK is playing that score could be well within reach. 300 not a bad score on this surface.

5:33 PM: India have regrouped really well after lunch. They didn’t worry about getting driven or flicked. they have maintained the full length and odd delivery targeting the stumps. With enough seam movement, this has created doubts in the mind od the batsmen

5:28 PM: Pandya to du Plessis, OUT, out this time, no doubt. Du Plessis has nicked off two balls later and SA are in big trouble! Good length outside off, keeps a tad low too. Du Plessis cuts, but is a tad late on the shot. Toe-end to the keeper. Kohli sends off du Plessis with some ecstatic celebrations

5:23 PM: Faf du Plessis scores half century.

5:20 PM: South Africa are 134 for 4 after 34 overs.

5:16 PM: Meanwhile, on Thursday, IPL 2018 retained players list was out. The lists were full of surprises. On one hand, where  Mumbai Indians went with Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, Punjab in a shocker let all their big stars go and settled with Axar Patel.

5:14 PM: Bumrah to de Villiers, OUT, goes through him! 140 kph, massive wicket. Bumrah’s maiden Test wicket is de Villiers. Full delivery outside off, de Villiers drives but that seam movement again, takes the inside edge and hits off stump. Throws his head back as he heard the stumps disturbed.

5:03 PM: If there is something for the pacers, there is something for the spinners. Bring on Ashwin! Proteas are 123/3 so far and India has bowled 32 overs.

5:00 PM: Bumrah to du Plessis, 1(no ball) , strays down leg, Saha appeals and India review as the umpire says no. ‘Do awaz aaya,’ says Saha (there were two sounds). But it seems like Bumrah has overstepped, is there anything behind? Don’t think so. No-ball. India don’t lose their review. The bat was nowhere near the ball, so a review saved.

4:55 PM: South Africa is 120 for 3.

4:53 PM: Pandya to du Plessis, no run, good length outside off, defended into the off side, 132 kph.

3:46 PM: AB de Villiers completes his half century. The crowd at Newlands are elated.

3:42 PM: This is the 5th 50-run partnership between Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers and their 2nd highest partnership vs India. Their highest is 205 and too came against India.

3:31 PM: Couple of boundaries from Faf Du Plessis now and with that, the 50-run partnership is up between these two. ABD and Faf have taken off the early pressure that Indian bowlers had created.

3:10 PM: AB de Villiers open fire after taking South Africa past the 50 run mark. Hits consecutive boundaries.

3:05 PM: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis take the South African scoreboard past 50 run mark.

3:00 PM: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is constantly troubling the batsmen outside the off-stump. For the South African team, AB De Villiers takes the score forward with a couple of boundaries.

2:47 PM: Bumrah becomes only the third Indian cricketer ever to make his Test debut in South Africa. Dodda Ganesh (33.5-9-131-1), Cape Town, 1997 ; Jaidev Unadkat (26-4-101-0), Centurion, 2010 ; Jasprit Bumrah, Cape Town, 2017. Bumrah bowls a good first over as he gives away just two runs from it.

2: 38 PM: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis take the innings forward after the early losses suffered by the South African team.

2:19 PM: Third wicket in three overs for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hashim Amla departs.

2:14 PM: Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes the second wicket, Aiden Markram departs.

2:o9 PM: South Africa opens up scoreboard. Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla get off the mark.

2:02 PM: Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives India the first breakthrough in the very first hour. Dean Elgar departs.

2:00 PM: Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram open the innings for South Africa. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens bowling attack.

1:50 PM: Jaspreet Bumrah is making his debut in the Internation Test cricket in today’s match while Ajinkya Rahane, who is also the vice-captain, has been dropped from the playing 11.

1:35 PM: The South African captain has won the toss and chose to bat. South African skipper Faf said, “We will have a bat. The wicket is slow and it will get better to bat on as the day wears on. I don’t look too much into stats. The conditions have changed over the last two years.”

1:20 PM: A very good afternoon folks. The pitch is ready and so are the teams. The toss will take place shortly.

Here are India vs South Africa 1st Test playing XIs:

India – Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

South Africa – Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel

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