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India hit back after Markram and Amla half-centuries

13 Enero 2018, 11:50 | Benedicto Grullon

India hit back after Markram and Amla half-centuries

India batsmen Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t had the best of times playing against rising deliveries and will look to counter South Africa’s dangerous pace brigade in the Centurion Test

India endured a hard opening to day one of the second Test against South Africa but thanks to some late wickets will feel well in the contest.

A diving Parthiv was unable to hold on down the leg side after Amla edged a delivery from Ishant, who was rewarded for his endeavour by removing De Villiers, the former skipper chopping on for 20 after tea. "You need to find the ideal balance to do well in South Africa especially where there is more bounce", he said. "That's the beauty of Test cricket". Sehwag feels that keeping Bhuvneshwar out was not justified and Ishant Sharma could have played at someone else's cost.

In the 24th over, Elgar survived a review from India for a caught behind as the bat had hit the pad but Markram looked extremely confident as he reached his second half-century with two more fours. It will take a big improvement from their fast bowlers if that is the case. If India's team management managed to confound with new selection shenanigans, their lead bowlers took the expected route of profligacy.

Rabada's thrilling display of fast bowling helped South Africa to a 72-run victory in the first Test at Newlands, and catapulted the young firebrand to the summit of the International Cricket Council's test rankings. The pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami bowled with venom and, for Indian viewers, it was a treat to watch.

After inspecting the pitch on Friday afternoon‚ a relaxed Kohli said it was what India had hoped for because both teams will be in this contest where South Africa could wrap up the series with a match to spare.

"If every Test match finishes inside three days and we're on the right side of the result, then I'm okay with that", Proteas coach Ottis Gibson offered after the Cape Town Test. Their batsmen can have no excuse here other than scoreboard pressure. Winning the next two matches and sealing the series would be a huge claim to make. Though Amla prefers the latter, a trickier pitch demanded more application from him, just the sort of thing he needed to find his fight again. Not only did they fail to do that, but the Proteas got within eight runs of what would have been a world record chase. 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. "But he is a world-class bowler and it was a good challenge to get out there and face him", he added. He was caught at silly point by Murali Vijay in the 30th over.

"He came across and said, 'Well played, you were unlucky to get out.' It was a great touch from him". By the time he realised what had happened, there were two South African batsmen at one end of the pitch and Pandya clipped the bails off. Keshav Maharaj and Du Plessis then saw out the remaining overs. Bumrah bowled an ordinary second spell and was taken for runs as Elgar looked more comfortable at the crease.

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