2nd Test: SA 269/6 at stumps on Day 1

Dale Steyn’s participation in the India series was cut short due to a left heel injury that has sidelined him for 4-6 weeks

Dale Steyn’s participation in the India series was cut short due to a left heel injury that has sidelined him for 4-6 weeks

In 38 Tests since then, Ashwin has taken 205 wickets at an average of 23.82, proving himself one of the best spin bowlers in the history of the game.

South Africa had seemed set for a big first innings total when they reached 246 for three but some brilliant fielding and poor decision making combined to rattle their middle order and leave the honours even after the first day.

Maharaj bowled the only possible over of the Indian innings before the break, costing four runs. The top order provided South Africa with a solid start. But, Aiden Markram was fluent, and Elgar refused to give his wicket away, the pair adding 85 for the first wicket. By tea, 76 of the 129 runs scored off the fast bowlers had come on the leg side, in a country where you are well served to attack the batsmen just outside off. South Africa 282/7 in 98.5 overs.

And against India yesterday, he was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for 94 on his home ground. But the offie is unlucky to not get the former. Rabada was finally caught by Pandya, off Ishant, at deep square. SA 292/7 in 104 overs. So a special moment for him at Centurion. But it turns out to be a bad call by India as the ball hit SA skipper above the flap of his front pad.

Ashwin was dropped for the next match, which India lost, and it took a while for the selectors to trust him in Tests outside India. But remains to be seen if there's some help for the Indian seamers in the morning session.

But India came back into the game strongly with three quick wickets in the last hour, leaving du Plessis as the last recognised batsman at crease.


Meanwhile, du Plessis took South Africa past 300 with a boundary off Ashwin and soon after brought up his half-century with a couple off Pandya. India, on the other hand, would want to restrict SA to under 325.

South Africa's openers settled in on a surprisingly hospitable pitch at Centurion and batted through the first session to go to lunch on 78-0 on Day 1 of the second test against India on Saturday.

Markram, who was raised just a few kilometres from the Centurion Park stadium, will resume after the interval on 51 along with a more cautious Dean Elgar, who has 26. "So, this was one of those days".

Captain Kohli made several changes in the squad with KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma and Parthiv Patel returning to the side in place of Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Wriddhiman Saha.

Asked about a sixth specialist batsman coming in or India going into the Test without a spinner, Kohli replied, "Look all kind of situations are possible...what are the pros and cons that come along with the scenarios". His run-out of Amla touched off the collapse late in the day.

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