India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2 Highlights: As it happened
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2: Follow highlights of India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2 at Pune.
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India vs South Africa Day 2 As it happened: Nortje safely negotiates the final ball of Jadeja and that will stumps on Day 2. South Africa have crawled their way to 36 for 3. What a day it has been for India. They piled up 601 after opting to bat first. Captain Virat Kohli scored his 26th century, converted that into his 7th double ton before finally deciding to declare the innings after Jadeja’s wicket, who too scored 91. When it was their turn with the ball, Umesh Yadav gave India a dream start by removing both the South African openers early. Mohammed Shami too joined in the act with the wicket of Temba Bavuma.
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Stumps Day 2
Nortje safely negotiates the final ball of Jadeja and that will stumps on Day 2. South Africa have crawled their way to 36 for 3. What a day it has been for India. They piled up 601 after opting to bat first. Captain Virat Kohli scored his 26th century, converted that into his 7th double ton before finally deciding to declare the innings after Jadeja’s wicket, who too scored 91. When it was their turn with the ball, Umesh Yadav gave India a dream start by removing both the South Africa n openers early. Mohammed Shami too joined in the act with the wicket of Temba Bavuma.
DRS saves Nortje
DRS shows the ball had gone off Nortje’s arm. So the decision has to be overturned, much to the relief of South Africa. Another snorter of a delivery from Shami, which bounced from a good length and got Nrotje into a tangle. the ball hits something on its way to the keeper. The Indian players go up in appeal and the umpire raises his finger but the review saves Nortje.
1st ball wicket for Shami
OUT! Clear deflection on the snickometre. The Indians have seen it on the giant screen, they know they have got the third one. Great decision by Saha to tell Virat Kohli to go for the DRS. Mohammed Shami has struck on his first ball. A back of a length delivery, which shapes away slightly. No feet from Bavuma, he just pushes at it with hard hands and gets an outside edge.
Nightwatchman Anrich Nortje comes in to bat
First sign of spin
Ravindra Jadeja has been given the ball. Everyone was expecting Ashwin for sure but Kohli has sprung in a surprise by throwing the ball to Jadeja.
de Bruyn in good touch
Fourth boundary for Theunis de Bruyn. Gee he’s looking in good touch and South Africa need him to continue and get a big one. They have been rocked by two early wickets and if they want to get anywhere near India’s 600-plus first innings total, they need everyone from now on to make a contribution.
Nearly the thrid one
Huge appeal! India believe they have got their third one here. Umpire Nigel Llong walks up to his partner and decides to go upstairs but with a soft signal of ‘OUT’. Replays convey it’s a bump ball. The ball had hit the bottom edge of his bat and bumped on its way to the keeper. Nonetheless a fine take from Saha. It was very full on the pads, Bavuma looked to flick but the ball hit the toe end of the bat and went fine down the leg side. Saha dived to his left, stretched to his left and gathered a fine take.
Another one for Umesh
BOWLED! Umesh Yadav is on fire. Two wickets in his first spell. A good length delivery which just holds its line, Dean Elgar was in two minds whether to play it or leave it and in the end he drags it onto his stumps. Umesh is overjoyed and South Africa are off to a nightmarish start.
2 boundaries for South Africa
2 quick boundaries for Souht Africa. First one from Dean Elgar’s bat and the next from coming through a beautiful square cut from de Bruyn. This should ease the nerves of the these two a bit. South Africa cannot afford to lose another one tonight.
Umesh Yadav strikes in his 1st over
OUT! What a start for India, what a comeback by Umesh Yadav. Playing his first Test match in more than a year, Umesh gets a wicket in his 2nd ball. A beautiful in swinger and Markram was all at sea. The umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger. Markram goes for a duck, South Africa 2/1.
de Bruyn comes in at No.3
India have declared their innings on 601/5. Kohli was waiting for Jadeja to get his hundred but as soon as he fell victim to Muthusamy, the Indian captain decided to declare the Indian innings. Kohli completed his first 250 in Test cricket.
Keshav Maharaj has been brought out of the match as a precautionary measure. He will be going for scans to have a look at the shoulder.
600 for India
India have reached 600 runs with Virat Kohli reaching his highest individual score in Tests. Kohli completed his 250 runs with smashing four off Keshav Maharaj.
Jadeja smashing it
Ravindra Jadeja is also inching towards his hundred. He has increased his strike rate in this session and has smashed the bowlers all over the park. Kohli is also about to reach his double century as he is batting on 240 currently.
Virat Kohli continued his onslaught on Keshav Maharaj as he smashed a six and two boundaries in one over off him. India also completed its 550 runs in the first innings.
Runs are flowing
This session has seen runs flow from the bat of Kohli and Jadeja as the run-rate has reached more than 7.7 since Tea. India would be looking for some quick runs before declaring their innings.
Jadeja reaches 50
Ravindra Jadeja was promoted in the batting line up and he has proved his worth after scoring a 50 in the second Test. Jadeja has transformed his batting since the Sanjay Manjrekar criticism.
Muthusamy again got the wicket of Virat Kohli. He got an edge off his bat which was taken by the slip fielder. But to the delight of the home crowd, the decision was overturned due to a massive no ball from Muthuswamy. 500 also up for India.
200 for Kohli
Virat Kohli has scored his seventh double century in Tests. He has equaled the record of Mahela Jayawardene and Wally Hammond in the list of most double hundreds in the Test cricket. He is only behind Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara and Don Bradman in the list. This is first Test hundred in 2019.
The play has resumed after Tea with Virat Kohli inching towards a double hundred in Pune. The partnership between Kohli and Jadeja has also reached the hundred figure.
Virat Kohli is just 6 runs short of his double century as India is 473/4 at tea. Jadeja has provided good support to Kohli as he is batting on 25 runs.
Muthuswamy brought in
Faf du Plessis has brought in Muthusamy into the bowling attack. The South African got Kohli out in the first Test and du Plessis will be hoping the same from him again.
Straight drive from Kohli
Virat Kohli has been timing the ball beautifully in the past few overs. He hit an incredible cover drive off Vernon Philander to get himself a four. He is just 23 runs away from a double century.
Ravindra Jadeja got a easy full toss from Keshav Maharaj and he took full advantage of it. He followed his boundary with another four by putting the ball through long on.
Jadeja taking it slow
It looked like Jadeja was sent in to accelerate the run-rate but he has been taking it slow. It is Kohli who has been hitting the ball to the boundary ropes continuously.
India thinking about declaration
Virat will now have one eye towards declaration as India have reached the score 416 runs. It looks likely that India could declare around the score of 500 runs or with Virat reaching 200 runs. The team management would hope Jadeja pushes on the run rate.
150 for Kohli
There’s no stopping Virat Kohli. The India captain brings up his 150 and looks well set for a double.
400 up for India
FOUR! Just beautiful from Kohli. Nortje runs in, bowls a fuller length delivery at a fair clip but Kohli plants his front foot, presents the full face of the bat and drives it through the covers for a four. What’s more? He even holds on to his driving pose for a brief period, something for the photographers too. 400 up for India
OUT! Finally some success for South Africa on the day. Maharaj has found a way to get past the defense of Ajinkya Rahane. Keshav gives this air on off, the ball turns and bounces away from Rahane. He looks to defend but the ball kisses the outside edge of the bat and goes straight into the mitts of de Kock. The South African players appeal and the umpire after a slight delay raises his finger. This has been a tough tour for Keshav Mahareaj but this might act as a sweetener as Rahane becomes his 100th Test victim.
R Jadeja comes in at No.6, that’s a surprise!
Kohli dealing in boundaries
The Indian captain has already hit 4 boundaries after lunch and we haven’t even had 5 overs. This is simply brilliant batting from Kohli. Some real concerns for South Africa.
Day 2, session 2
Back after Lunch.We are all set for the second session, it will be Senuran Muthusamy for South Africa. A slightly surprising choice, one must say. He will be up against Virat Kohli.
Lunch Day 2
That will be lunch on Day 2. India are 356 for 3 and they will mighty pleased not to lose a wicket in the first session. Virat Kohli’s 26th Test century has been the highlight of this session but not to forget the job done by Ajinkya Rahane. He is unbeaten on 58. In 27.5 overs India scored 83 runs without losing a wicket. Both Kohli and Rahane were tested early on by Rabada and Philander, they even found the outside edge on a few occasion but they didn’t carry. Since then it has been all India. The only question that pops to mind right now is when will the Indian batters actually start attacking the South African bowlers?
100 for Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli gets to his 26th Test hundred and his first this year. What an innings this has been from the Indian captain.
FIFTY for Rahane
20th Test half century for Ajinkya Rahane. It has been a proper Test innings from the Indian vice captain. This is Rahane’s 3rd half century against South Africa and his 5th fifty in India.
No sing of injury there
FOUR! Lovely shot! Short around off, Rahane gets on his back foot, waits for the ball to turn and then cuts it with it through point. Thueunis de Bruyn gives it a chase and tries to pull it back with a dive but he fails to do so.
Rahane needs some assistance
The physio is out now. Seems like Rahane is dealing with some cramp on his right leg. A few stretches and he should be fine to carry on.A minor halt in play.
SA lose their first review
NOT OUT! Chris Gaffaney was spot on with his judgement. The same, however cannot be said about Faf! The ball pitched way outside leg stump but he went still went for the review and replays confirmed it. A good delivery from Maharaj nonetheless. He got it turn and foxed Rahane completely.
Class from Rahane
FOUR! Cracking shot from Rahane. Nortje once agin errs on the shorter side, Rahane was onto his back foot in a flash and used his hands to punch it past the point fielder for a boundary.
Drinks in first session
The umpires have called for drinks. It has been a fascinating hour of Test cricket. India have managed to get through the hour without losing a wicket. To be precise, 41 runs, 13.5 overs 0 wickets. India going on strong but the are still giving away a few chances. South Africa will be ruing their luck that none of the edges have carried but the only thing they can do is remain positive and keep bowling well.
Rahane joins the party
Two boundaries - one off Rabda, one off Nortje and on both occasions, Rahane was spot on with his timing and placement. After the early pressure from the South African fast bowlers, both Rahane and Kohli are looking comfortable in the crease.
300 up for India
FOUR! Kohli flicked it off his pad through the square-leg boundary. A rare loose delivery from Kagiso Rabda and Kohli did not need a second invitation. That boundary also brings up India’s 300 run. Once again, they are on their way to a big score.
There;s the 100 run stand between India captain Virat Kohli and vice captain Ajinkya Rahane. Their 10th century stand in Test cricket and it has been a very good one. They have had their share of luck but importantly, they held their fort to bring India’s command back in the match.
Eventful 1st over from Nortje
Anrich Nortje’s first over yields 4 runs but that’s only half the story or not even that. He started up with his usual back of a length policy and suddenly got one to just shape away to find the outside edge of Kohli’s bat but once again, because of the his soft hands, the ball died down before reaching du Plessis in the slips. A couple of balls later, Nortje tried to bounce Kohli but the latter was up to the mark with a pull shot that went between the mid on and mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
Another good delivery, another genuine outside edge but once again it lands just short from diving slip cordon. Ajinkya Rahane collects a boundary but even he knows that Philander had him with the movement. Pitched up from Philander, swung late, Rahane went it with hard hands, only to get an outside edge.
Class from Kohli
FOUR! WOW! Simply outstanding stuff from Virat Kohli. He waited and waited, weathered the storm and when Rabada for the first time, pitched it on his half, he presented the full face of the bat to drive it straight down the ground for his first boundary of the morning. This is Test match cricket at its best.
Edged and Four
Was Quinton de Kock standing a bit too deep? Is the pitch losing carry? Contemplate all you want but the fact remains that Philander induced the outside edge from Virat Kohli’s bat but the Indian captain survived. It was a genuine edge but perhaps the soft bottom hand from the Kohli did not let the ball carry to the ‘keeper. A moral victory for Philander.
First runs off the bat
Virat Kohli is away, first runs off the bat for India. Not in the most fashionable manner but Kohli will take it. Philander bowled a good first delivery, that came back in sharply and took the inside edge of Kohli’s bat to run down to fine leg.
Day 2, session 1
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have made their way into the middle. As usual, there is spring in Virat Kohli’s step. But it will be Ajinkya Rahane who will face the first ball of Day 2 from South African spearhead Kagiso Rabada. He will complete the 86th over.
What can South Africa do?
Pick up early wickets, as simple as that. Well, if you ask Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj, it’s not that simple. All of them were left wicketless on Day 1. The only Proteas bowler who was on the wickets column, was Kagiso Rabada. So what exactly did he do? Nothing outrageous, just classic Test match bowling - probing lines, mixing it up with the odd short one and good pace - Rabada was at the Indian batters all time. And Faf du Plessis would hope, the other bowlers step up to the occasion on Day 2.
Day 2 Pitch Report
“The pitch will play a lot better as it has dried up. The second new ball is still hard and new, for South Africa to get back into the game they have to get their line and length right. The red spot on a good length - in line with the off-stump - is one where they should be concentrating. It’s the ‘don’t know’ zone for the batters. Mix it up with the odd short ball, to make sure the batsman is not certain whether to get forward or not,” said Sunil Gavaskar in his pitch report.
Will Virat Kohli get to his 26th ton?
India captain Virat Kohli will start with 63 beside his name. We all know what that means, it is likely that he will go to three figures if he survives the first half hour of Day 2. This will be his first Test hundred this year, so naturally the anticipation is high.
Pujara’s assessment of the pitch
“Especially early on this pitch, I felt that there was not enough spin so we thought that in the first session it was important to score as many runs as possible against spinners. Later on, there was a little bit of turn in the second session so we have to be a little careful but yes there was a game plan that early on when there is not much spin for the spinners- try and score as many runs as possible,” Pujara said.
What exactly happened on Day 1
On the eve of the Test match against South Africa, Virat Kohli and his players too seemed displeased with the colour of track at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium. But, once they stepped on to the field on Thursday morning, there was no sign of those mental affectations in their performance on the first day of the second Test. (Here’s the full report)
Mayank Agarwal’s success decoded
“He (Mayank) is an experienced player who has scored a lot of runs in first-class cricket, which has helped him a lot. When it comes to the nervous 90s, he is someone who is fearless,” Pujara said after the day’s play. (Here’s the full story)
On Thursday, Pujara came in to bat on the first day of the second Test in Pune after the early dismissal of opener Rohit Sharma. The Indian number 3 stringed a stable partnership with Mayank Agarwal and took India to a commanding position. He hit a maximum again, this time of the bowling of Senuran Muthusamy.
By doing so, Pujara for the first time in his Test career hit sixes in back to back matches.
Aggressive Kagiso Rabada reaps his reward
The match is nicely poised for Friday morning, what with the best in the business, India’s Virat Kohli and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, sitting pretty on an unbeaten half-century and three wickets respectively. Buoyed by the lively pitch on offer, every time Rabada ran into bowl here in Pune, there was a sense of anticipation on Thursday. Overshadowed by Mohammed Shami in the series opener, the SA quick was back to his aggressive best. And by the time India suspended their innings due to bad light, Rabada had figures of 18.1-2-48-3.
Kapil Dev on Indian fast bowlers
The legendary Kapil Dev on Thursday heaped praise on India’s current pace battery, saying the fast bowlers have changed the face of Indian cricket in the last four-five years.
Asked whether the current pace attack is the best, Kapil said, “Do I have to say that? “Aisa pace attack humne dekha nahi tha, socha bhi nahi tha (we have not seen such a pace attack and never thought about it). So one does not have to say anything and yes without any doubt, in the last four-five years the fast bowlers have changed the face of Indian cricket,” he said.
Laxman, Smith left unimpressed by Faf du Plessis
Former greats VVS Laxman and Graeme Smith were left unimpressed by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis’ handling of pacer Kagiso Rabada on the opening day of second Test against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Thursday. Mayank Agarwal slammed a second consecutive Test hundred while Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara scored half centuries to guide India to 273/3 at stumps on Day 1.
Hello and Welcome
Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 2 of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa. As Day 2 approaches, India have a tight grip on the match, with captain Kohli in the middle, along with Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli, who is yet to score a ton in 2019, will be eager to get off the mark here in Pune. For India, a first innings total of somewhere close to 500 would be on the cards, and it would put Proteas under a massive amount of pressure.