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Shami Strikes Early, South Africa 7 Down

India fought back late to reduce South Africa to 269 for six wickets in their first innings on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the SuperSport Park on Saturday. Aiden Markram (94) and Hashim Amla (82) threatened India with signs of a prospective big total. But India’s bowling unit, spearheaded by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/90), took four wickets in the final session to show the team’s intent of making a strong comeback after the defeat in the opening Test in Cape Town. Captain Faf du Plessis (24 batting) and Keshav Maharaj (10 batting) were at the crease at the end of the day’s play. Du Plessis earlier in the morning won the toss and elected to bat on a bouncy wicket with less seam and swing as compared to the Newlands wicket in the first Test.


Opening batsmen Markram and Dean Elgar (31) justified the skipper’s decision with sensible batting. They stitched together a 85-run partnership to give a good start to the hosts. Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Harik Pandya operated with probing line and length. Ishant replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar for this match, while injured glovesman Wriddhiman Saha made way for Parthiv Patel. Another change was Lokesh Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan. Mohammed Shami disappointed by bowling fully-pitched deliveries though Pandya rose up to the challenge got more overs to bowl than the former. The 23-year-old right-hander Markram was particularly impressive, registering his second Test fifty which had 14 fours.

Live updates between India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2, straight from Centurion

14:19 IST: Fewest Tests to 100 wickets for Indian pacers:

14:18 IST: Mohammed Shami completes 100 wickets in Tests.

14:16 IST: Virat Kohli brings Ashwin back into the attack.

14:14 IST: Kagiso Rabada is the new man at the crease. Two slips and gully in place for him.

14:12 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami removes Keshav Maharaj for 18 runs. South Africa 282/7 in 98.5 overs.

14:01 IST: FOUR! What a shot from Maharaj. He picks the length and cuts the ball towards deep point for a boundary. South Africa 280/6 in 69.4 overs. 

13:51 IST: Keshav Maharaj opens the face of the ball and guides Ishant towards square of the wicket for a couple. South Africa 276/6 in 94.2 overs.

13:45 IST: A loud LBW appeal from Bumrah. Umpire says NO. Kohli speaks to the pacer and asks for a review. And, it’s NOT OUT. India have lost a review.

13:40 IST: Short ball from Ishant. Du Plessis pulls the ball towards square leg for a single. South Africa 272/6 in 92.5 overs.

13:30 IST: Faf Du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj are making their way to the middle. Ishant to start the proceedings for India.

13:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live updates from Day 2 of the second Test in Centurion.

When South Africa were 61/0, India sought a review after the umpire turned down a caught behind appeal against Elgar off off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. But the umpire’s decision remained with the snickometer giving no sign of the ball kissing the bat.

Markram was the aggressor, while Elgar batted with steely resolve and backed his defensive techniques to the hilt as the hosts reached 78/0 till the lunch session.

Elgar fell three overs into the second session. The experienced left-hander stepped out of the crease but his uppish drive to a rising delivery from Ashwin went to close-in fielder Murali Vijay.

But an unflustered Markram joined hands with Amla and the pair continued to control the Indian bowlers. Markram even though fell six runs short of his third career century in five game, gave a good accout of his talent. He was in a punishing mood but with a sensible approach.

He dealt with disdain whenever the Indian pace bowlers erred in line and length and was also good against Ashwin.

Ashwin moved round the wicket to force a faint edge of the 23-year-old’s bat for an easy catch for Parthiv, bringing an end to a 67-run stand.

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