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India vs South Africa Highlights 1st Test Day 1: Bad light stops play after KL Rahul's gritty fifty takes IND to 208/8

India vs South Africa Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1: KL Rahul's gritty half-century took IND past 200 before bad light, rain stopped the proceedings.
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India vs South Africa Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1: KL Rahul showcased brilliant resilience, steering the innings with the tail to propel India to 208/8 before rain curtailed play on Day. His courageous half-century lifted the score past 200, a commendable feat when reaching 150 seemed challenging. Unfortunately, India's progress was abruptly halted by rain and bad light, eventually dashing hopes of a resumed play and forced early stumps pn Day 1 amid relentless downpour....Read More

South Africa got off to a good start on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test against India. They had won the toss and put India to bat first. India ended up losing their top three inside the first 11 overs. Catches have since been dropped off both Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli. The pair settled into their innings and saw India through to Lunch. The score was 91/3 at the end of the first session and the partnership between Kohli and Iyer stood at 67 off 89 balls. It was expected to be an on and off day with rain predicted but the sun is beating down now at SuperSport Park.

Rabada shook up the Indian batting order early after Lunch, dismissing Iyer and then Kohli in quick succession. He then dismissed Ashwin to get to his four-wicket haul. Marco Jansen and Gerald Coetzee have struggled to keep up the same quality and so India benefitted from Rahul and Shardul Thakur milking runs from the pair while Rabada was given a breather. However, Rabada returned and dismissed Thakur in his very first over. Rahul then rotated strike with Bumrah and saw India through to Tea. India were 176/7 in 50 overs at Tea on day 1 with Rahul on 39 off 71. Rahul got to his half century in style early in the third session, hitting a four and a six off the last two balls of the 52nd over. The toss was delayed by 45 minutes earlier in the day due to wet patches in the field.

It's tough to win in South Africa. For India, it gets tougher. Their batters have one of the worst records here, their spinners rarely have any sort of impact in these conditions. As a team, they have never won a Test series in South Africa. Since 1996, India have played 23 Tests in South Africa and won only 4 and never more than once in a series. Despite this, they are the third-most successful team in South Africa behind Australia and England. That's how tough it is to play South Africa in South Africa. But having said that, India have given South Africa a run for their money pretty much every time they have toured here in the last 10 years or so. In fact, the last time India went there, many believed they were the stronger of the two teams. And they did pretty well too but resurgent performances by South Africa in the fourth innings, denied India twice in the series.

What about this time? Rohit Sharma will be leading for the first time. India don't have either Ajinkya Rahane or Cheteshwar Pujara - both dropped. Mohammed Shami is out with an injury and so is Rishabh Pant, who was a prolific run-scorer during India's last tour. But they do have Virat Kohli, who averages more than 50 here. They do have three exciting young batters - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, who will be playing their first Test in South Africa. Jasprit Bumrah is as lethal as he ever was. Mohammed Siraj has his tail up. And South Africa? Well, they are still not the same as they once used to be. Captain Temba Bavuma is always under pressure, Dean Elgar will be playing in his farewell series, there are concerns over the fitness of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Does that mean India once again have a golden opportunity to conquer their toughest summit? Yes, in a way. At least the Indian fans would like to believe it that way.

Below are a few pointers from the IND vs SA 1st Test Day 1:

- South Africa got off to a good start with three wickets in the first 11 overs.

- However, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer then saw India through to Lunch.

- India were 91/3 in 26 overs at Lunch with Iyer and Kohli putting on 67 off 93 balls.

- Kagiso Rabada then rattled the Indian lineup by taking a fifer in the second session.

- India were 176/7 in 50 overs at Tea.

- Rahul got to his half-century early in the 3rd session.

- India reached 208/8 before rain forced early stumps.

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Dec 26, 2023 8:49 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rahul stands out amid IND batting failure

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The opening day of this Test series has clearly belonged to South Africa, but India's score isn't that bad after all. They were 24/3 before two crucial partnerships and a KL Rahul grind dug them out of a hole. Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer batted with a lot of positivity en route to stitching a 68-run partnership. With South Africa opting for bizarre and wayward lines, Kohli and Shreyas Batted with freedom and launched a counterattack to take India through to lunch. SA learnt from their mistakes and roared back with better lines and lengths. The result was Shreyas' wicket to a ball that stayed a tad low. Kohli then received an unplayable peach from Rabada to have his innings cut short.

Rahul then found solid support from Shardul Thakur even as the 'Lord' took a couple of blows. He raced to 24 off 33 before Rabada removed him to complete his fifer. But although wickets fell around him, Rahul kept going. Finding a second wind in his batting, Rahul, who scored a century at this very venue two years ago as an opener, scored a fifty that is as big and crucial as a half-century. India are down to their last 2 wickets and Rahul is the last hope in their bid to get as many more runs as possible.

Dec 26, 2023 8:19 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The official verdict is out! Play has been called off

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The writing was on the wall, and play has been called off. No surprises there. With about an hour more left, the officials felt the wiser call would be to draw curtains on the opening day. Live visuals are clearly not encouraging. The rain is so heavy that puddles are beginning to form on the ground. Nonetheless, that's stumps. India will resume Day 2 at 208/8. And the update we are getting for tomorrow is that we will have an on-time start.

Dec 26, 2023 8:10 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: It's pelting down now

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Some realtime updates from the venue. It is bucketing down at the SuperSport Park and will apparently take a miracle for any further play to take place today. "Not much chance of play today I think," says our correspondent from the venue.

Dec 26, 2023 7:52 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Uh oh! INTERRUPTION

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Bad light, rain stop play in Centurion. India 208/8 (Rahul 70*; Jansen 1/52) on Day 1 against South Africa. Although it had started to drizzle, the players walked off because the light had gotten poorer. The players walked off but the pitch was yet to be covered. Unfortunately though, the rain has now really picked up and we could be in for a haul.

Dec 26, 2023 7:43 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rahul opens the face of his bat… gets a FOUR!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rahul's bat working like a surgeon's knife now. Marco Jansen hasn't had the best of days so he realises he is the man to go after. Rahul opens the face of the bat to guide the ball past gully to help himself to another boundary as the score keeps ticking. Runs coming thick and fast now. Some extremely handy runs.

Dec 26, 2023 7:39 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Back-to-back fours! Rahul taking his chances

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Two extremely delightful strokes from KL. Goes inside out with a lofted cover drive and follows it with a full-blooded pull shot for consecutive boundary. With that, India celebrate as the 200 comes up. The dressing room applauds Rahul. And what an innings it has been!

Dec 26, 2023 7:32 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: And Rahul denies a single

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: With rain drops ascending from the heavens, perhaps Rahul felt the umpires would call off the players, but he doesn't, and hence India's hopes of keeping Rahul on strike for the next over are dented. So Siraj will face Jansen in the next over. While we say that, a huge thunder roars in the background. Commentator says 'there is a storm brewing'. And rightly so. Suddenly it's gotten dark and cloudy.

Dec 26, 2023 7:26 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: BOWLED! Jansen gets Bumrah

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: GOT HIM! Flashbacks of the last tour as Bumrah tries to go after Jansen but is cleaned up. India's No. 8 loses his patience, and concentration and has his stumps rattled. India go 8 down for 191. On to the final two wickets as out walks Siraj.

Dec 26, 2023 7:18 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: 53 overs done

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: It is Rabada and Burger bowling in tandem. Rahul is on 51 off 81, Bumrah on one off 17. India are inching closer and closer to 200 and Rahul looking in total command.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 189/7 in 53 overs

Dec 26, 2023 7:10 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR AND SIX! Rahul brings up his fifty in style

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Fifth ball of the 52nd from Burger is whipped this one through midwicket. Then the next ball is lazered in at 142kph and Rahul smashes it over deep third for six. That is a half-century of the highest order from Rahul, it has come in 80 balls. Extraordinary innings this considering how difficult this pitch has proven to be today.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 187/7 in 52 overs

Dec 26, 2023 7:04 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The players return

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rahul and Bumrah return, Rabada to continue with his spell. About 40 overs left today, wonder what the Indians can get upto here.

Dec 26, 2023 6:56 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The second session

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Belonged almost entirely to South Africa, specifically to Kagiso Rabada really. He ended the Kohli-Iyer stand that troubled them throughout the first session in the very first over after Lunch by dismissing Iyer. Then he got Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin. The fact that India started looking good when he was taking a breather and then promptly lost a wicket as soon as he came back on shows just how important he has been today to the Proteas' cause. Now, all eyes are on KL Rahul and on India's three tail-enders to somehow get them to a score above 220.

Dec 26, 2023 6:42 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: TEA!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rabada given a standing ovation as he leads South Africa off the field. A single taken off the last ball of the 50th over and so Rahul will keep strike. He has rotated strike expertly with Bumrah thus far, just nine of the 23 balls in this partnership has been faced by the latter. Rahul finishes on 39 off 71, Bumrah on 0 off nine.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 176/7 in 50 overs

Dec 26, 2023 6:39 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rahul takes a hit now

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Fifth ball of the 50th over, a bouncer that surprised Rahul and it deflected off his right forearm onto the grill of his helmet.

Dec 26, 2023 6:31 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! Oh that is stunner from Rahul

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Length delivery from Burger first ball of the 50th, Rahul lofts it over the cover with the bottom hand coming off the bat in the follow-through. He is going to play his shots now, Jasprit Bumrah is at the other end and so he will be playing with the tail.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 169/7 in 47.1 overs

Dec 26, 2023 6:23 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: OUT! Fifer for Rabada!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rabada smashes it and Elgar takes a smart catch at covers. It was straight at him but it was coming like a bullet above his head and he makes no mistake. It is Rabada once again, 13th Test five-wicket haul for him. He has been head and shoulders above all his teammates today.

Thakur c Elgar b Rabada 24 (33)

IND vs SA Live Score: India 164/7 in 46.2 overs

Dec 26, 2023 6:22 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Thakur hit again

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: First ball of the over from Rabada and it is into Thakur's body. It gets big on him and Thakur takes on his upper front arm.

Dec 26, 2023 6:18 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rabada returns

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Coetzee and Jansen have been slightly better in the last few overs but South Africa have pretty much been a one-man attack today. Problem for India is, that man is returning now. Thakur on 24 off 31, Rahul on 29 off 57.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 164/6 in 46 overs

Dec 26, 2023 6:15 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: SIX! Extraordinary from Rahul

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Jansen bowls the first ball of the 45th nice and wide, Rahul slashes at it with such fantastic hand-eye co-ordination, the timing is perfect and soars all the way over extra cover for the second six of the day. That's pretty much all the runs that come in that over, with Thakur getting away with a bit of a mix-up off the last ball as well. Rahul is on 29 off 53, Thakur on 23 off 29.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 163/6 in 45 overs

Dec 26, 2023 6:04 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Thakur has been hit!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Third ball of the 44th, Coetzee bangs it in and Thakur is surprised by it. It comes canoning up to his head 142kph and hits him on the helmet. This isn't the situation where there will be a concussion test for formality's sake. The swelling on Thakur's head can be spotted as he speaks to the physio. He puts and ice pack to his head. Then he gingerly puts on the new helmet. Looks like he is going to carry on. Thakur is on 23 off 26, Rahul on 23 off 47.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 157/6 in 43.3 overs

Dec 26, 2023 5:52 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Thakur motoring along here. A nice full toss on the pads first ball of the 42nd by Coetzee. Thakur just smears it through square leg. He moves to 19 off 18, India's 150 comes up.

Dec 26, 2023 5:44 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: DRINKS in the second session

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: That is the end of an hour of this session. Thakur is on 14 off as many, Rahul on 23 off 38. Thakur has been the most flamboyant batter we have seen thus far today.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 148/6 in 40 overs

Dec 26, 2023 5:41 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! What a shot from Thakur

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Well, he is called Lord and in England he was being called Beefy after Ian Botham and this is why. Second ball of the 40th bowled by Coetzee, back of a length outside off. Thakur gets on top of it and flamboyantly hits it off side.

Dec 26, 2023 5:36 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: 38 overs gone

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rabada has been given a breather and Marco Jansen returns for the 39th over. Rahul is 15 off 31, Thakur is the new man in and he has scored nine in as many balls. This is pretty much the final partnership on which India can really depend to get to a good score now.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 135/6 in 38 overs

Dec 26, 2023 5:20 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: OUT! Now Ashwin goes, Rabada gets his 4th

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Oh that's a brute of a delivery, stands up from a length on Ashwin who is completely done by it. It hits the glove and handle and darts above third slip where substitute fielder Wiaan Mulder times his jump perfectly and grabs it. Rabada has taken his fourth and he is breathing fire here.

Ashwin c sub (Mulder) b Rabada 8 (11)

IND vs SA Live Score: India 121/6 in 35 overs

Dec 26, 2023 5:12 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! What a shot that is from Ashwin

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: As sweet a cover drive as any. Rabada overpitches the last ball of the 33rd, Ashwin just leans into the drive there. Ashwin is 8 off 6. Rahul on five off 15.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 115/5 in 33 overs

Dec 26, 2023 5:02 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: OUT! Rabada again and this time, it's Kohli!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: It would've taken something extraordinary to get Kohli out and that is exactly what Rabada conjures. It came slanting in from around the wicket and then jags away very late. Kohli was forced to play because of the angle and it takes his outside edge while nipping away. Verreynne takes the regulation catch and the South Africans are over the moon.

Kohli c Verreynne b Rabada 38 (64)

IND vs SA Live Score: India 107/5 in 31 overs

Dec 26, 2023 4:55 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! Clattered by Kohli!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Oh frame that shot and put it up in a museum of the great ones that have been seen in Test cricket over the decades. Burger sends the second ball of the 30th slightly fuller and wide of off stump. Kohli leans into the drive, front foot, back foot everything set in those perfect angles, the ball pings off the open face of the bat and splits point and cover. No more runs in that over. Kohli is on 38 off 60, KL Rahul is the new man in, as was expected, and he is yet to get off the mark after seven balls.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 102/4 in 30 overs.

Dec 26, 2023 4:46 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: GONE! Rabada cleans up Iyer!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rabada shatters Iyer's defences. Fantastic delivery, it seems to rush in after hitting the pitch and it keeps a little low as well, it beats Iyer's inside edge and shatters the stumps.

Iyer b Rabada 31 (50)

IND vs SA Live Score: India 92/4 in 27 overs

Dec 26, 2023 4:40 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The players return

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The second session is a go. Kagiso Rabada steaming in for the first over in it, Kohli is facing him 33 off 47, Iyer at the other end on 31 off 46.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 91/3 in 26 overs

Dec 26, 2023 4:18 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The first session

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Well the ball was doing everything and Kagiso Rabada was making it talk. However, India's first wicket fell really out of a personal error from Rohit Sharma, going for that pull shot that reaps so many dividends for him but putting it straight down the throat of the man at long leg. Rabada had got the breakthrough and then Nandre Burger got Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal out. It meant that India were shaking around at 24/3 in the 12th over but after that, Kohli and Iyer made the most dropped catches that each of them got and the leg and middle linds that the South Africans bowled to them, rather puzzlingly. It might not be a surprise at all if the Proteas stop doing that in the second session and make life a little more difficult for the batters.

Dec 26, 2023 4:01 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: LUNCH!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Kohli and Iyer have ensured that India lose no more wickets in that first session. It means that despite three wickets being lost early India have edged this first session. The partnership between the two batters is on 67 off 89 balls with Kohli on 33 off 47, Iyer on 31 off 46.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 91/3 in 26 overs

Dec 26, 2023 3:53 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: SIX! What a shot that is from Iyer!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: First ball of the 25th from Coetzee, half volley on the pads which is bread and butter for a batter of Iyer's level. It was a nonchalant flick but he timed it so well that it ended up going a six over square leg. May have been a straightforward shot but that was done so well that it produced an extraordinary result.

Dec 26, 2023 3:47 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: 50-partnership between Kohli and Iyer

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: They have now put up 51 in 71 balls. Well Elgar is getting the ball checked with the umpires now. Kohli is on 26 off 41, Iyer is looking good on 23 off 34. This is an important innings for the latter, there were a lot of questions that came up on his technique in Test cricket despite the average he has managed in his short career. But he is looking quite comfortable today. Hardly any chances from Kohli as well.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 75/3 in 23 overs

Dec 26, 2023 3:36 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: First ball of the 21st from Coetzee, Iyer flicks and that is not far away from leg slip. It races away to the boundary.

Dec 26, 2023 3:32 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Bavuma is injured!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: He chases after a cover drive from Kohli and then pulls up just as he got to the ball. He throws it back and then the physio attends to him. Bavuma walks off, he has had some real issues with that hamstring. It initially looked like Markram might be captaining in his stead but it is the retiring Dean Elgar instead. Kohli is on 19 off 35 at the end of that over, Iyer is on 15 off 22.

IND vs SA Live Score: South Africa 60/3 in 20 overs

Dec 26, 2023 3:16 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! Kohli again!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Burger with a juicy half-volley fifth ball of the 16th, Kohli picks it away through midwicket. Just perfect balance and timing. Dot ball to finish that over, Kohli on 15 off 19, Iyer is on nine off 14.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 50/3 in 16 overs

Dec 26, 2023 3:14 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! Imperious Kohli!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Burger goes full on off, moves away from the leg and middle for a change. Kohli presents the full face of the bat, a gorgeous straight drive for four. He moves to 11 off 14.

Dec 26, 2023 3:08 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: DROPPED AGAIN!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: This time it is Kohli who gets a second life. Leg stump half volley fourth ball of the 13th from Burger, Kohli flicks it in the air. De Zorzi was a little late in reacting to it at square leg, puts in the dive but the ball spills out of his hands. Kohli runs two off the last ball of that over and gets to six in 12. Iyer on eight off nine. Now Gerald Coetzee comes in to bowl the 15th, replacing Rabada.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 40/3 in 14 overs

Dec 26, 2023 3:01 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: DROPPED! FOUR!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Oh Jansen has dropped a straightforward one and Shreyas Iyer has got away with that one. Rabada went full and wide outside off fourth ball of the 13th. Iyer goes searching for the drive, it is slashed in the air and it bursts out of Jansen's hands at point. Two dot balls after that and drinks. Iyer is on eight off nine, Kohli on four off six. The sun has come out, the sky is nice and blue. It is looking wonderful now.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 38/3 in 13 overs

Dec 26, 2023 2:58 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! Kohli off the mark

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Burger goes full on Kohli's leg searching for the inswinger. Kohli flicks it wristily to the right of midwicket. A dot ball after that and both Kohli and Iyer are on four runs. Rabada to now bowl his seventh consecutive over. South Africa want another wicket here.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 34/3

Dec 26, 2023 2:52 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: OUT! Now Gill goes

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: What a way to start your career, Nandre Burger. Back of a length down leg side, Gill takes a poke and the South Africans think the ball has taken the glove before going to the wicketkeeper. Umpire says not out and Bavuma calls for DRS. There is a spike as the ball passes the glove and so Gill has to go.

Gill c Verreynne b Burger 2 (12)

IND vs SA Live Score: India 24/3 in 11.1 overs

Dec 26, 2023 2:43 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: GONE! Nandre Burger gets his first Test wicket

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Jaiswal nicks behind and Burger wheels away in celebration.

Jaiswal c Verreynne b Burger 17 (37)

IND vs SA Live Score: India 23/2 in 9.4 overs

Dec 26, 2023 2:36 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! What a shot that is from Jaiswal

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Nandre Burger bowling his first over in Test cricket in the eighth. He beat Jaiswal's outside edge with aplomb first ball. Then Jaiswal roars back by smashing the second over point emphatically to the boundary.

Dec 26, 2023 2:32 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Gill takes a punch

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Big seam movement from Rabada last ball of the sixth. Back of a length, jags in and Gill is left in a mess. The ball pings off his midriff. He is yet to get off the mark after facing six. Jaiswal on 12 off 22.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 17/1 in 7 overs

Dec 26, 2023 2:22 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: OUT! Rohit falls pulling

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The Rohit Sharma pull shot makes an appearance and it ends his innings as well. The Indian captain is livid with himself. Short from Rabada, Rohit pulls, doesn't look to keep it down, as he does always, and ends up picking out the man at long leg. Rabada gets the big breakthrough.

Rohit c Burger b Rabada 5 (14)

IND vs SA Live Score: India 13/1 in 5 overs

Dec 26, 2023 2:12 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR! Rohit Sharma is underway

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Third ball of the third over by Rabada. Short outside off, Rohit gets on top of it and quite brilliantly punches it away past point. What a shot that is from the Indian captain. He moves to 5 off 4 with that.

Dec 26, 2023 2:07 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: FOUR!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Jaiswal was beaten on the outside edge off the fifth ball of the over. Then Rabada goes full searching for some swing, ends up erring on the pads and Jaiswal is never going to miss out on those. Flicks it in front of square to the boundary.

IND vs SA Live Score: India 4/0

Dec 26, 2023 2:03 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: The players are out there!

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: All right, enough chatter, we have some Test cricket to play. Yashasvi Jaiswal is facing up with Rohit at the other end. The young Jaiswal is doing something that is regarded as one of the greatest challenges in cricket - facing Kagiso Rabada in the first over of a Test match in South Africa.

Dec 26, 2023 1:58 PM IST

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma's thoughts

India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test: “Wasn't too sure (on batting or bowling). We are quite aware of the conditions, we have been here a few times. We need to put runs on the board and the bowlers will do the job for us. We do understand the challenge of batting first with the overhead conditions and the grass, but the guys are up for the challenge. Everytime we come here, we come with high hopes. We've come close in the last 2 tours. We are pretty confident with our squad and the make-up of our squad. We are playing with four seamers and a spinner. Ashwin is playing in place of Jadeja. Jaddu had a bit of a back spasm, so Ashwin comes in and he is a quality spinner to have. Prasidh is making his debut, along with the other pacers Shardul, Siraj and Bumrah.”

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