India will aim to bounce back after their defeat in the opening Test against South Africa when the second match of the starts at the SuperSport Park with the focus on its batsmen. The hosts bundled out India for 209 and 135 in the two innings, registering a 72-run victory at Newlands, Cape Town. Though the visiting bowlers thrived on the lively pitch, the technique and approach of the batsmen was questioned as they failed to chase down a target of 208. India would have suffered more embarrassment if all-rounder Hardik Pandya had not come up with an audacious 93 in the first innings. But such counter-attacking and full-of-risk knock does not not pay off always and captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Ravi Shastri know that. Bounce, seam and swing were all there to see at Newlands and SuperSport Park is expected to be no less lively. The hosts have not lost at this venue since 2014. South Africa head coach Otis Gibson has already expressed his desire to stick with a four-pronged pace attack. The hosts went into the Newlands Test with their strongest quartet of seamers — Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. Veteran Steyn injured his left heel midway through the match and has been sidelined for four to six weeks.
Live updates between India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1, straight from Centurion
15:31 IST- Lunch. Good first session for South Africa after Markram’s fifty. Elgar, with his 26, also played a good knock for the hosts. India will look to regroup at the lunch break. South Africa 78/0 after 27 overs. (Markram 51*, Elgar 26*, Ishant 0/12)
15:24 IST- FIFTY! Markram shows his class after his fifty. This is his 2nd Test fifty. Looked in control right from the outset. 50 runs off 81 balls with 9 fours. South Africa 72/0
15:17 IST- NOT OUT! Big appeal for caught behind off Ashwin’s ball. Decision reviewed. Good relex catch by Parthiv Patel behind the stumps. Elgar, batting on 20, awaits his fate. No edge. India lose their review. South Africa 61/0
Extra bounce in Centurion on show….hardly anything hitting the stumps today. But no lateral movement must make bowlers target the stumps more…perhaps, bowl the Indian length. Fuller. #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/ZirWhoImGi
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 13, 2018
15:12 IST- Lose delivery by Bumrah and gets the necessary treatment by Markram. Ball races away to the boundary. It was a half-volley down the leg side. South Africa 60/0
15:06 IST- FOUR! Markram is very strong on the leg side. With the boundary, its 50 up for the hosts. Two boundaries off Bumrah’s over. South Africa 55/0 in 21 overs
15:00 IST- R Ashwin is brought into the attack. After pacers failed to get a breakthrough, Kohli called on the spinner for wicket-taking duties.
14:45 IST- The wicket is not as green as Cape Town was in the first Test. However, there’s little grass on it here at Centurion. Last 10 overs, South Africa has scored 25 runs for the loss of no wickets. Couple of slips and a gully for Sharma but still no breakthrough for the visitors. South Africa 37/0
14:37 IST- South Africa have weathered the initial storm by the Indian pacers. The first hour has seen the hosts play well, leave the off stump deliveries and tried no fancy shots. South Africa 36/0
14:24 IST- Hardik Pandya comes into bowl for India. India need a breakthrough as both South Africa batsmen look set. South Africa 35/0
14:17 IST- FOUR! Shami is getting hammered with two boundaries off his over. Some good looking shots by Markram. South Africa 31/0
14:08 IST- Decent start for the hosts. They seem to have a laid a foundation. Both Elgar and Markram have been solid with the latter scoring more runs. South Africa 19/0
14:04 IST- Ishant Sharma is the new bowler for India. A superb delivery in his first over that carried well to the keeper. A good first over by Ishant, gives away only a single run. South Africa 16/0
13:56 IST- South Africans have played well until now. Leaving balls outside the off stump and not trying to force any shot. Markram making good use of height to play short balls. South Africa 14/0 in 6 overs
13:45 IST- FOUR! Beautiful shot. Punched towards the offside boundary. Gets right on top of the ball. Races towards the boundary for Markram. Back-to-back boundaries for him. Terrific shot driven through the mid wicket. Ishant Sharma loses the chase as the ball reaches the boundary. Good over for the Proteas. South Africa 12/0
13:42 IST- South Africa finally begin to score runs. Four runs from Bumrah’s over. South Africa 4/0
Staggered by the exclusion of Bhuvaneswar. Staggered.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 13, 2018
13:39 IST- First runs on the board for the hosts. Elgar off the mark with a single.
13:37 IST- Mohammed Shami takes the ball for the visitors from the pavilion end. He gets good bounce in his first over. Shami varying with his pace and Markram playing cautiously. He is getting the balls smartly away from the batsman. A good first over for Shami. No runs from the first two overs.
South Africa 0/0
13:34 IST- Bumrah maintaining his line and length in his first over. Elgar has been careful. No runs off the first over. South Africa 0/0
13:30 IST- Match begins
Both South African openers at the crease. Markram and Elgar are the two openers for the hosts. Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah begins the proceedings for the visitors.
13:25 IST- National Anthems being played of both the teams. Its almost time now.
INDIA: Wriddhiman Saha is out with a hamstring niggle. Parthiv replaces him.
KL replaces Shikhar Dhawan.
Ishant Sharma replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel
13:00 IST: TOSS: South Africa captains Faf Du Pessis wins toss and opts to bat against India in Centurion.
12:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the opening day of the second Test between India and South Africa in Centurion.
If Kohli wins the toss, opting to bowl will be obvious option. Doing so will not only shield the batsmen from the early onslaught of the hosts’ pacemen but also allow the visiting bowlers to run into the opposition with full steam. Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya, alongwith lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bundled out the hosts for 130 in the second innings at Newlands. South Africa will depend upon Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis to score the bulk of runs.