India vs South Africa 2nd Test, Day 1 Highlights: As it happened
India vs South Africa Live Score, 2nd Test, Day 1: Catch all the highlights from the 1st day of the 2nd Test between Ind and SA at Pune.
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Day 1 As it happened: Bad light has stopped play in Pune and the players are making their way back into the pavilion. Faf du Plessis isn’t happy with the decision and he is still talking with umpire Nigel Llong. India end the day at 273/3 in 85.1 overs. Virat Kohli remains unbeaten on 63 while his deputy Ajinkya Rahane end the day at 18*. This after Mayank Agarwal hit his second Test century to anchor the innings before being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada, who scalped all three wickets in the day.
Follow India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights:
Bad light has stopped play in Pune and the players are making their way back into the pavilion. Faf du Plessis isn’t happy with the decision and he is still talking with umpire Nigel Llong. India end the day at 273/3 in 85.1 overs. Virat Kohli remains unbeaten on 63 while his deputy Ajinkya Rahane end the day at 18*.
No stopping India skipper
Vernon Philander pitched the ball up and got swing but Virat Kohli seemed to be waiting for it and played the perfect cover drive for another boundary. It wasn’t bad ball but a very good shot. This is Kohli’s 10th four of the innings and he is finishing the day strong.
Vernon Philander was almost rewarded for his good bowling outside the stumps as he made Virat Kohli play at a delivery he wasn’t entirely certain with. The ball hit his bat even before he could leave it and went for a boundary past the slip fielders. Kohli has already hit nine boundaries in the innings.
Fifty for Kohli
Virat Kohli hits couple of boundaries off Vernon Philander and with that he has brought up his half-century off 91 deliveries. This is Kohli’s 23rd fifty in the longest format. Courtesy of Kohli’s two fours in the over, India have gone past the 250-run mark.
Fifty partnership, new ball taken
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have steadied the Indian ship with their fifty run stand. The duo took 115 deliveries to score 51 runs in the innings. South Africa have opted for the second new ball and Vernon Philander will bowl the first over with it.
India motoring along
Ajinkya Rahane joins in the party and he too hits Senuran Muthusamy for a boundary. Virat Kohli then hits his sixth boundary of the innings off Dean Elgar. In the last four overs, India have now hit four boundaries in last four overs and hosts are finishing the day strong.
Four and four
Virat Kohli flexes his muscles and hits couple of boundaries in over from Keshav Maharaj. The first one he hit through backward point and then, he uses his wrists to perfection and flicks it towards mid-on. Intent shown by the India skipper.
Rahane has dropped guard
He is looking rather solid. ALthough, the runs are not coming hurtling along, the right-hander is looking secured at the crease. A sedate phase for both the sides.
Pitch has started to turn
It is proving to be a testing time for the Indian batsmen - the ball is spinning and well, Kohli and Rahane have to be watchful against the spinners. The seamers have been relentless at the other end, but they cannot drop their guards against the spinners on this pitch.
Kohli is watchful
Good, hostile bowling this from Nortje and Kohli is willing to wait and weather the storm. Faf too is more attacking in his field settings. An intense battle, this is proper Test cricket, enthralling to watch.
Tight spell for South Africa
This is proving to be a good phase for South Africa, they are stringing in few tight overs and this is building pressure on India. It is still overcast, so the conditions are pretty good for the bowlers
Kohli looking solid
These are good signs for India, the captain is looking solid. Kagiso Rabada is bowling a fine spell and South Africa have to find a way to make the most of this scenario before the close of play today. It has become quite gloomy and the lights are switched on.
Agarwal falls for 108
OUT! Another edge, another catch at slip and another wicket for Kagiso Rabada. He has kept South Africa in the game. What a big wicket this is. Mayank Agarwal was once again looking set for a daddy hundred but just like in the case of Pujara, Rabada got one to bounce off length, Agarwal went in with hard hands only to edge it to du Plessis in the first slip.
2nd Test ton for Mayank Agarwal.
3rd India opener to have multiple Test tons vs South Africa in Tests
4- V Sehwag
2- R Sharma
2- M Agarwal
4th Indian to score Test tons in consecutive matches vs South Africa in Tests
M Azharuddin- 109 at Kolkata and 163* at Kanpur in 1996
S Tendulkar: 100 at Nagpur, 106 at Kolkata,111* at Centurion 2010
V Sehwag- 109 at Nagpur and 165 at Kolkata 2010
M Agarwal: 215 at Visakhapatnam and 103* at Pune
He is batting on 105*
100 for Agarwal
CENTURY FOR MAYANK AGARWAL! This has been an excellent knock from the opener. 200 in the first innings of the first Test and another century at Pune. He has made that opening slot his. Good length ball outside off, Mayank looks to cut it goes off the outer half of his bat wide of first slip and gets a boundary. He is pumping the air in delight. He removes his helmet and has a big, joyful hug with his skipper. Take a bow young man!
Back to back sixes
SIX! SIX! Mayank Agarwal is on a roll here. He jumps to 99 with twin sixes off Maharaj. What brilliant use of the feet from the India opener. Maharaj tossed it up on both occasions, Agarwal hit it over long-off the first time and then hit it straight over the back of the bowler’s head for another six.
Day 1, session 3
It’s gone a bit dark at Pune. Rain around the corner? But as of now, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and the South African players have assembled for the final session of day 1. It will be Keshav Maharaj to Mayank Agarwal.
Tea, Day 1
Agarwal defends it off the front foot and that will be Tea on Day 1. Another session to India. They have reached 168 for 2. That wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara right towards the end just gave a lifeline to South Africa but still the 138-run stand between Pujara and Agarwal have given Indian an early ascendency in this match. Agarwal is batting on 86 and unlike Pujara, he will look to carry on and turn it into another big one.
Rabada gets Pujara
A commentator’s curse! Just when we were building Pujara up for a big one, he has got a beauty from Kagiso Rabada. Bowls it on a length just outside off, it nips back in. Pujara is stuck in his crease and on the back foot. A wicket right near the end of the second session of play and just what the doctor ordered for South Africa! Rabada is the man again to give the visitors a breakthrough. Pujara departs for 58, India lose their 2nd wicket.
India captain Virat Kohli comes in to bat at No.4
Did someone say Pujara was out of form?
Back to back fifties for Chetshwar Pujara
His 22nd Test fifty
5th fifty vs South Africa
16th fifty at home
He is batting on 52*
50 from Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara gets to his fifty with a boundary. Very good innings from India’s No.3. He doesn’t get tired of scoring runs does he? And for all we know, he might just be warming up for a big big hundred.
Another boundary for Agarwal
FOUR! Poor ball. Drag down on the pads, Agarwal pulls it with ease through mid-wicket to fetch himself another boundary. This has been the problem with Murhusamy, he lacks consistency. There are good balls but every now and then he will slip one down the leg side or drag it half way in the pitch.
First six of the match
SIX! First of the match and it has come from Cheteshwar Pujara’s bat, would you believe it? Short on middle and leg from Muthusamy, Pujara gets on his back foot and whacks it over the mid-wicket fence for the first maximum of the game.
Agarwal braving the bouncers
Cracking pull shots from Mayank Agarwal. The short ball theory is not working for South Africa. Nortje did hurry Agarwal on the first occasion but the India opener was in full control while pulling it past the squareleg fielder and on the second occasion, Agarwal dismissed the short ball from his presence for the second four of the over. 100 partnership between Pujara and Agarwal.
Drinks on session 2
Another great hour of play for the Indian batsmen. Agarwal and Pujara have scored 38 runs and looked very comfortable in the middle despite a barrage of short stuff dished out at them by the Norje.
Agarwal breaks the shackles
FOUR! A bit uppish, there were shouts if ‘catch it’ too but it was hard from Agarwal. It evaded the catchers on the leg side and raced away to the boundary. The short ball tactics from South Africa had kept Indian batters at bay so far. This pull shot from Agarwal might just get India going.
Agarwal = Consistency
4th Test fifty for Agarwal. This is his second consecutive fifty plus score after a double hundred in the first Test.
His 1st Test fifty against South Africa and1st at home
5th batsman to score fifty plus runs in an innings at Pune in Tests
Fifty for Mayank Agarwal
FOUR! Fifty for Mayank Agarwal. What an excellent way to get to a milestone. Just a fraction of short from Maharaj, that was all that Agarwal needed. He quickly transfers hi weight to the backfoot and caresses the ball through the point and cover region to bring up a well-deserved half century. 100 up for India too.
Pujara shows his class
FOUR! That was more power than grace from Pujara. Short and wide, it deserved to be punished and Pujara did exactly that by rocking onto the backfoot.
Pujara gets into the act
FOUR! Excellent from Pujara, not so good from Philander. He erred on the shorter side and Pujara was quick to get on to the backfoot and cut it through the point boundary to collect his first four after lunch. Both Pujara and Agarwal are now away.
Agarwal begins routine business
FOUR! Straight down the ground. FOUR! Through the mid-wicket region. Two juicy half volleys from Keshav Maharaj and Mayank Agarwal is in too good a form to miss out on those. He puts them to the fence with utmost ease and class. Good start from the India opener after lunch.
Day 1, session 2
The players are out their in the centre. Mayank Agarwala and Cheteshwar Pujara will look to continue the good work in the second session, and build towards a good score. It will be Keshav Maharaj to start the proceedings for South Africa.
Lunch on Day 1
The umpire takes the bails off and that will be lunch on Day 1 of the 2nd Test match at Pune. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara have taken India to 77 for 1. This has been a terrific partnership between the two. One has to say this has been India’s session. Virat Kohli won the toss, opted to bat first but there was enough in it for the fast bowlers. Kagiso Rabada removed Rohit Sharma with a snorter of delivery but by then Rohit and Agarwal had done a decent job of playing out the first 10 overs. The real job, however, was done by Agarwal and Pujara, who not only weathered the storm but also scored in the last half hour of the session to get India to a strong position.
South Africa, on other hand, would have liked at least another wicket to their kitty. This was their session, with 3 seamers, they wouldn’t get a fresher pitch than this in Pune. To be fair to them, they did bowl well, particularly Rabada but he was handled well by both Pujara and Agarwal.
FOUR! Just a dab from Pujara and the mid-wicket fielder had no chance. It raced away to the fence for a boundary, pure class from Pujara, nothing wrong with the delivery from Rabada. That also brings up the fifty partnership between Pujara and Agarwal.
Decent period for South Africa
Finally some control from South Africa. And that is mainly because of Kagiso Rabada, he has bowled two very good overs. The first one was a maiden and the next one yielded 3 runs. Maharaj too seemed to be getting to his act right in his second over. Only 5 runs from 3 overs.
Pujara takes Maharaj on
Back to back boundaries from Cheteshwar Pujara’s bat. He has straightaway made his intentions clear, he won’t let Keshav Maharaj settle. On both occasions, he used his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and uses his wrists to drive it through the vacant area between mid on and mid wicket. Pressure on Maharaj.
Another Agarwal cover drive
FOUR! Another fuller delivery outside off from Anrich Nortje and another picture perfect cover drive from Mayank Agarwal. This time slightly squarer but no problems with the perfection, simply outstanding batting this from Agarwal. Some quick thinking needed from South Africa and especially Nortje.
Fifty up for India
Mayank Agarwal has hit Anrich Nortje for three boundaries in an over. 50 up for India. All of sudden, India have had a move on and this start once again looks very threatening for South Africa.
Mayank Agarwal with two glorious shots for boundaries, putting Anrich Nortje under pressure. India are now looking much more comfortable, and so is Agarwal.
Vernon Philander returns to attack
Vernon Philander is back into the attack to try and use the pace off the newer ball. India are starting to regain control now. But South Africa will feel more comfortable if they can one more wicket by the end of session.
Cheteshwar Pujara clipped it to Temba Bavuma at short leg and the fielder let it go out of his hands. The reflex catch just got out of his hands. OUCH. This will hurt South Africa.
Mayank Agarwal gets one away for four!
Now, this is a proper cricketing shot from Mayank Agarwal. Nortje pitched outside off stump, a little too much width on offer and Agarwal pounced on it with a cover drive that races towards mid-off boundary.
Kagiso Rabada gets a wicket!
HUGE WICKET! Kagiso Rabada manages to produce an edge off Rohit Sharma’s bat. He edges it to Quinton de Kock behind the stumps. India lose Rohit Sharma. He departs for 14. IND 25/1
Change in attack - Nortje repalces Philander
Anrich Nortje comes out to replace Vernon Philander. He is an inexperienced campaigner in international cricket, but has proved himself at the domestic level.
Steady start - Rohit and Mayank
There have been a couple of nervy moments for India in the match so far. But Kohli and Mayank are doing well to keep the threat contained.
The ball goes through Mayank Agarwal and a huge appeal from Vernon Philander. The ball goes through Mayank Agarwal. He started to walk back, but the umpire did not give it as out. Proteas reviewed - but it goes for the umpire’s call.
First boundary in the game, as Rohit gets one away between the fielder at gully and third slip. It races away to the ropes. Using the extra pace on the ball, a risky shot, but it paid off.
South Africa breathing fire
Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada making things happen with the new ball. Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal are playing the long game now. The first 10 overs will be crucial here.
India out to bat
Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal out to open for India. Vernon Philander starts the attack for South Africa. HERE WE GO!
“A very good start to the series. With the Test Championship each match is important, points to be taken. In the last Test, the way the bowlers bowled on day five was really good. It was a tough pitch to start off on, so I was finding it difficult early on, but once I knew the pace of the pitch, it was easier to rotate strike and put the loose ball away. That knock (81 in the second innings) will help me going forward. Our preparation for this Test has been good, we’re all looking forward to it and the morale is really high. Looks like there will be more pace and bounce on this pitch and some assistance for spinners later on. It will be slightly quicker than we saw in Vizag.”
South Africa bring in Anrich Nortje in place of Dane Piedt.
South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
One change for India - Umesh Yadav comes in place of Hanuma Vihari
India (Playing XI): Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
“There is a bit of grass on this morning, but I was asking Virat to teach me the sleight of hand trick to win tosses in India. We’re bringing in Nortje for Piedt, so just a bit of extra pace here. That first innings was positive, that showed that we could score big even in India. A Test debut for any player is a special thing.”
- Faf du Plessis
Kohli speaks at toss
“We’re batting first. Looks like a hard wicket. Runs on the board and on this surface, the ball will eventually turn here on Day 2 and 3, so Day 1 will be the best time to bat. The players were putting pressure on me to win the toss. With the grass on the pitch and the reverse option on this track, we needed a new seam option. Vihari misses out unfortunately and Umesh Yadav comes into the side.”
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli wins the toss and India will bat first.
Virat Kohli 50th Test as captain
Virat Kohli will play his 50th Test as India captain. Also, it is important to point out that Kohli has not scored a single ton in 2019.
“If you’ve lost form, then you’d like to come to Pune and bat. It’s dry, despite the rains and it’s been very well-covered, so it has been maintained well. He hasn’t had time to water it much, hence the dryness. The grass should hold it together for Day 1, and it should be really good to bat on for the first day. The ground is a little soft and squishy, so there might be a delay in the start, but win the toss and bat-first, a no-brainer for any captain.”
- Sunil Gavaskar on Star Sports Live Broadcast
All set to go
India vs South Africa - to begin in 30 minutes
South Africa look to counter spin
During South Africa’s net session ahead of the second Test starting at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, the plastic seats in the stands at the Pavilion End took a pounding. Time and again, balls landed on them making a loud noise. Their practice session on Wednesday resembled more nets for a Twenty20 game than a five-day contest. The batsmen’s focus was as much on going for their shots as on sound defensive play with soft hands.
Read more about it here.
Milestone for Kohli
Skipper Virat Kohli is all set to add a new feather into his already illustrious cap when he leads Team India out on field against South Africa in the second Test at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium starting Thursday. India lead three-match series 1-0 following their comprehensive 203-run victory at Vizag and the hosts will be hopeful of similar level of performances to take an unassailable lead over Faf du Plessis’ troops.
Read about this feat here.
The city will receive intense spells of rainfall spanning 20-30 minutes with some thunderstorm activity over the next 72 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. However, the forecast also added that between October 10 and 12, the intensity of rainfall is likely to reduce. The city will continue to witness overcast sky conditions on October 13 and October 14.
Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD Pune, said, “Strong westerlies from the Arabia sea bringing more moisture leads to heavy downpours over Konkan, Goa and parts of Madhya (central) Maharashtra.”
Hello and welcome
The action will now take place in Pune and this is where, India would want to seal the series and consolidate their position at the top of the World Test Championship points table. They were a strong side in Vizag and considering they might go in with the same side, the task is cut out for the Proteas.