Ishant, Ashwin restrict S Africa to 335

Ishant, Ashwin restrict S Africa to 335

India launched a late fightback against South Africa on day one of the second Test after Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla had scored half-centuries for the Proteas.

India, on the other hand, would look to bounce back and win the second Test to level the 3-match series by 1-1.

So is the Centurion pitch an aberration, like Ahmedabad in 2008 when a South African pace attack gleefully ripped out the Indian team on a grassy first session track for a measly 76 and in less than 20 overs?

Kohli, who faced flak because of lack of runs in the first Test and his selection decisions in the ongoing match, paced his innings to perfection and attacked the Protea bowlers when opportunity came his way.

India trail South Africa by 152 runs.

Much needed breakthrough for South Africa as Maharaj sends back Vijay and breaks the risky partnership building up between Kohli and Vijay.

There was no hint of what was to come when Kohli moved to his 16th Test half-century with the same ease with which he had batted all innings long. R Ashwin had three chances put down off his bowling during a fine morning spell, with Kohli, Parthiv and a combination of Shami and Pandya the offenders.

Patel had put on 32 runs with Kohli for the fifth wicket but became Ngidi's maiden Test wicket just as the innings started to look stable.

India were in deep trouble at 164 for 5, but Pandya came out with a calm head on his shoulders and ensured he not only lent support to Kohli but that there would be no more casualties before stumps. Instead, India gifted them a couple of soft early wickets, back-to-back, and a third after their only major partnership, 79 between Kohli and M Vijay for the third wicket.

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Ngidi ran out Pujara with a direct throw from mid-on as the Indian batsman went for a non-existent run. Quinton de Kock's wafting at an Ashwin delivery with no footwork, and Vernon Philander's run-out gave India an even share of the spoils on the first day.

Kohli, he revealed, had walked up to him after his dismissal and said: '"Well played, you were unlucky to get out.' It was a great gesture from him". He set off with a flurry of boundaries and quickly outscored Vijay.

South Africa ended up being bowled out for 335 when Morne Morkel was caught by Murali Vijay off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for six runs.

India wasted their second review earlier in the day, reviewing a not out lbw shout against Maharaja. However, he felt that much changes may not be made for the upcoming match. Next ball, Rabada charged out and got a booming edge that ballooned up towards point, where Pandya and Shami failed to call for the catch, and the result was a glaring gaffe.

When Rabada got his line line wrong, Kohli whipped him past the mid-wicket fence. In the first test, he took the most number of wickets (6 wickets) showing skill in using the new ball & batted quite well showing patience nd resilience.

South Africa were 269/6 yesterday and didn't fare much today as they could add only 66 more to their overnight total.

While Ishant Sharma picked 3 wickets, Shami got just one and Jasprit Bumrah remained wicketless.

Maharaj, Morkel, Ngidi and Rabada claimed one wicket each.