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Centurion Test: SA opt to bat; India leave out Rahane again

13 January 2018

At a pacers' friendly wicket, it was Ashwin's spin that gave the visitors the breakthrough they needed. India first toured South Africa in the year 1992 and has since managed to win just 2 games, negotiated 7 drawn encounters, losing 8 matches out of 17 played. Day one first session is always tough for the batsmen but we wanted to take that challenge. But then, during the last half hour, India removed three batsmen in the span of 14 deliveries, one of them being the mighty Hashim Amla for 82.

Ravi Ashwin (3/90), however richly deserved the three wickets, but more importantly it was two runouts in the last session that put South Africa on the mat. "It is nice to get the start we did get, and for Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers to prolong the partnership", he said.

De Villiers chopped a delivery from paceman Ishant on to his stumps, with the hosts at 199/3.

However, with Ravichandran Ashwin dismissing Quinton de Kock for a duck and Hardik Pandya chipping in with his top-hole fielding skills, the home team lost three quick wickets for just 23 runs.

Vernon Philander also ran himself out for 0. In Centurion, the openers have to take a lot of responsibility to see the new ball off. Elgar departed for 31 runs off 83 balls hitting four boundaries in the process.

Earlier in the week, Aiden Markram was adamant the Proteas batsmen need not be in a negative frame of mind when going out to bat in the Test series against India. He sent back Elgar to the pavilion.

Mohammed Shami (0-46) was haywire too, and India had to recall Ishant and Ashwin back into the attack.

Markram's wicket came against the run of play. India opted for DRS review but there was no edge. But the umpire's decision remained with the snickometer giving no sign of the ball kissing the bat.

Centurion Test: SA opt to bat; India leave out Rahane again
Centurion Test: SA opt to bat; India leave out Rahane again

South Africa had crossed 100 in the 36th over, and their 150 came up in the 47th.

With a 29th Test ton firmly in his sights, Amla dropped a ball from Hardik Panya onto the leg side and didn't look immediately interested in a run.

The story of Newlands is now forgotten as attention turns sharply to SuperSport Park for the second Test cricket between South Africa's Proteas and India starting today.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India's star bowler in the first Test at cape town.

The other change was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who was ruled out due to a strain, and Parthiv Patel was included is his place. Citing that Ishant might benefit with his height, Kohli has hurt Bhuvneshwar Kumar's self-confidence.

Mumbai: The one silver lining in India's humiliating defeat by South Africa in Cape Town was the performance of India's fast bowling attack.

Watch day two of the second Test between South Africa and India, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 7.55am on Sunday.

However, the world number one Test side will look to win this match in order to keep their hopes alive of becoming the first side in history to get to ten Test series win in a row with a victory over South Africa.

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Centurion Test: SA opt to bat; India leave out Rahane again