South Africa bowled out for 335 runs in first innings


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.

KL Rahul (o) and Murali Vijay (0) are now at the crease.

Those two boundaries released some of the pressure India had just put themselves in, when they had lost KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara, both needlessly, off successive Morkel deliveries.

South Africa profited with what could be crucial first innings runs through this period, before Rabada was superbly caught by, ironically, Pandya at deep mid-wicket as he attempted a hook off the excellent Ishant Sharma (3-46). South Africa's score then was 282 for 7. India removed South Africa's last seven batsmen for just 89 runs.

India was hoping for a quicker end to South Africa's first innings after three quick wickets at the end of the first day had the home team wobbling on 269-6 at stumps.

Kagiso Rabada (11) then hung around for nearly 12 overs with Du Plessis, adding 42 for the eighth wicket. India's Ishant Sharma celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of South Africa's Faf Du Plessis.

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As a collective, India's fast bowlers were far more consistent on the second morning than they had been on day one.

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At the other end, R Ashwin looked like getting Rabada out at any moment, confounding the left-hander with his dip and turn.

Kagiso Rabada (11) was then missed by India skipper Virat Kohli at slip off Ravichandran Ashwin (4-113), and the next ball spooned a simple chance to point.

He struck the ball with authority, particularly off the back foot, before he tried to guide a ball from Ashwin towards third man and was caught behind by Parthiv Patel. Soon after, he had du Plessis out bowled with a full one. 14 Innings taken by Hasim Amla to score fifty against India in test. Markram score 94 against India.