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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Centurion

14 Enero 2018, 01:47 | Gerardo Tarin

Proteas search for perfect balance

Bumrah asserts India comeback

Aiden Markram (94) and Hashim Amla (82) had produced gritty knocks to not only frustrate the Indian bowlers, but put the hosts on track of achieving a big total. Pandya, though, reached the ball quickly and pulled off a turn and and direct hit that would have made some of the best fielders in the world to sit up and take notice. Trying to get heave into Ashwin, Rabada speared the ball long enough to allow Hardik Pandya, standing at point, to position himself properly for the catch. Amla who'd joined him had some luck go his way when Hardik Pandya missed a hard chance at short midwicket, but otherwise the veteran no.3 look composed.

"He (Ishant Sharma) has played 78 (79) Test matches, to play 78 (79) Test matches for India is fantastic".

Meanwhile, Amla and Markram added 63 runs for the second wicket. If players fit in the kind of balance we want to go in with as a side then they will fit in. He asked for DRS review and was a tad unlucky as the edge was doubtful. His 42-run partnership with Keshav Maharaj was the main reason South Africa crossed 300. First Kohli dropped a tough catch in the slip and then Pandya and Shami made a hash of a dolly failing to call for the catch. During the session, Shami left the field due to a mild headache but was declared alright later on.

Except that Ashwin produced the hugely disappointing figures of 0-83 off 36 overs as South Africa claimed a draw, and almost won.

Ashwin later emphasised that the experience of playing County cricket in England for Worcestershire came to be of great help while bowling on the Centurion track. He immediately troubled Elgar and continued to do so throughout his first spell. Ashwin too probed Elgar, and in the 24th over, had a caught-behind appeal turned down.

The Proteas had crossed 50 in the 21st over.

Rahul has played 21 Tests, scoring 1,428 runs at an average of 44.62 with four hundreds and 10 half-centuries. This was after South Africa won the toss and opted to bat.

South Africa have handed a debut to tall seamer Lungi Ngidi regarded as a hugely promising talent who will expect to get steep bounce at a brisk pace on his home pitch in provincial cricket.

Morne Morkel will be the third seamer, with Chris Morris likely to play in place of the injured Dale Steyn.

Former opener Virender Sehwag appeared unhappy with India captain Virat Kohli's bold selection for the underway Centurion Test, in which he excluded wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make space for Parthiv Patel and Ishant Sharma respectively on Saturday.

Ashwin was dropped for the next match, which India lost, and it took a while for the selectors to trust him in Tests outside India.



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