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SA lose three quick wickets to leave India with momentum in Centurion

14 Января 2018

If India's team management managed to confound with new selection shenanigans, their lead bowlers took the expected route of profligacy.

The other wickets to fall for South Africa were of AB de Villiers, who was run out, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander, who was also run out, in the last session as South Africa ended six wickets down and India with the momentum.

He said, 'If they had been patient in Cape Town, India would have scored the bulk of their runs between 50-80 overs.

India however won't be taking any solace from its record at this ground, having played only one Test match and losing it by an innings and 25 runs. "It is good to see a lively pitch because our batsmen are looking to take on the challenge again‚ and the bowlers are looking to do the same job they did in Cape Town". The vice-captain was certain to replace R Ashwin but the sudden disappearance of the grass from the Centurion wicket on Test eve has got the team management into serious thinking. Their batsmen can have no excuse here other than scoreboard pressure.

Earlier in the day, the Indian team management surprised one and all with some inexplicable changes.

The 34-year-old's attempted flick towards the leg-side to an Ishant Sharma delivery took a big edge off his bat but Patel failed to collect a relatively straight-forward chance diving to his left to let Amla off the hook.

Ishant helped put the brakes on, but Shami came back to release the pressure in the 11th over. In the first hour of the Test, India were reduced to asking Pandya to hide the ball well outside off, which he did as ordered.

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Their only issue is in finding an apt replacement for the injured Dale Steyn.

Although India's bowlers gave a good account of themselves, the batting line-up flattered to deceive once again on a lively track.

Markram, with Hashim Amla, however, continued the domination by adding another 60 odd runs to the board after which both Markram (94) and Amla (82) fell short of their respective Test tons.

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.

Amla had carded scores of 3 and 0 in the first Test at Newlands, but on this surface he looked at ease from the beginning to the end of his knock, which came in unfortunate fashion.

Explaining what he meant by 'intent, ' Kohli replied, "Intent doesn't really mean playing shots from ball one".

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday said that his past performances on the ground have hurt his professional pride and he has worked a lot on his game for improvement.

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SA lose three quick wickets to leave India with momentum in Centurion