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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1 highlights: R Ashwin 3/90, SA run into trouble

R Ashwin took three wickets as India clawed back against South Africa in the Centurion Test. For the hosts, Aiden Markram’s 94 and Hashim Amla’s 82 was the highlights. Catch highlights of South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, day 1 here.

cricket Updated: Jan 13, 2018 21:16 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New delhi
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets as South Africa ended day 1 at 269/6. Get highlights of India vs South Africa here
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets as South Africa ended day 1 at 269/6. Get highlights of India vs South Africa here(BCCI)

Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets as South Africa collapsed at the end of day one of the Centurion Test. Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram missed out on centuries as South Africa threw away a good start. At stumps on day 1, the Proteas are 269/6. The hosts claimed a 72-run victory in the opening match in Cape Town and are aiming to become the first side to defeat India in a Test series since Australia in 2014-15. Get highlights of India vs South Africa, second Test Day 1 from SuperSport Park in Centurion here today. (SCORECARD) (STREAMING INFO)

20:49 hrs IST: Stumps on day 1 and India will be happy with their performance. Ravichandran Ashwin was the star with three wickets while Aiden Markram’s 94 and Hashim Amla’s 82 were the star performers for South Africa.

20:39 hrs IST: Stifled appeal for a catch but India do not go for the review. Good decision. It was pitching outside leg stump and there was no bat involved.

20:33 hrs IST: India have taken the second new ball. Good move as that will put pressure on the South African tail.

20:28 hrs IST: Only four overs remain in the day. India would be happy if they take one or two wickets more. Clearly, the last session has belonged to India and it could be a game changer.

20:19 hrs IST: WICKET! South Africa are gifting wickets to India at the fag end of day 1. IPL Auction anyone? Pandya comes wide of the wicket and slants in a bouncer, Philander fends it to short leg but he sets off for a single, du Plessis was not interested and both are at the same end. Disaster for South Africa. Vernon Philander run out 0 (6).

20:12 hrs IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock falls for a golden duck as Ashwin gets his third. Flighted ball outside off and it is on a tempting length, de Kock drives at it and the edge is taken by Kohli at slip, who is pumped up and roars in aggression. Quinton de Kock c Kohli b Ashwin 0 (1).

20:11 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis guides a four to third man to bring up South Africa’s 250. But, Pandya’s athleticism was simply remarkable.

20:09 hrs IST: WICKET! That is a vital wicket towards the end of play. Short ball and Amla tucks it to the leg side, Amla is hesitant for the run but he tooks off, Pandya on his followthrough collects the ball, turns rapidly and effects a direct hit at the bowler’s end, fantastic athleticism. Hashim Amla run-out (Hardik Pandya) 82.

20:06 hrs IST: India have not yet taken the new ball. Maybe, there is some purchase for Ashwin.

20:01 hrs IST: Pandya is trying the knuckle ball and we have one over left for the new ball. Will India take it immediately or will they persist with the old ball?

19:56 hrs IST: Almost an hour to go for stumps. India will want a breakthrough.

19:47 hrs IST: The pitch is keeping low and it is only day 1. Have both teams misread the pitch? They have included only one spinner. South Africa need a big score if they are to dictate the terms of this match.

19:45 hrs IST: Hashim Amla has not had a good run against India since 2010. He has a chance to score a ton against them after seven years.

19:36 hrs IST: The pitch has absolutely flattened down under the baking sun. If South Africa do not cross 550, then it will be advantage India.

19:30 hrs IST: FOUR! Another great shot from Amla and Kohli is worried. Too full from Ashwin and the delivery is blasted through sweeper cover.

19:28 hrs IST: Yet another partnership is building between Amla and Faf du Plessis. India need a breakthrough before the second new ball if they are to put South Africa under pressure.

19:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Faf du Plessis gets going in style. Full ball from Shami and the skipper drills it down the ground for a boundary to long on.

19:17 hrs IST: Third boundary for Amla in the last three overs. Flighted ball from Ashwin but too full and he drives effortlessly to the deep extra cover fence.

19:13 hrs IST: Shami spoils a good over by conceding a boundary off the second-last ball. Amla uses the wrists perfectly for a boundary in front of point.

19:10 hrs IST: Shami has replaced Ishant at the Hennops River End. India are raking up the changes in a hope of a further breakthrough.

19:05 hrs IST: Amla is now starting to get into the groove. Short ball from Ishant and the batsman creams the pull shot to the deep mid wicket fence.

19:00 hrs IST: Glorious way for Amla to notch up his 36th fifty. Flighted delivery outside off, the right-hander laces the drive to the deep extra cover.

18:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Ishant strikes and Kohli makes it a point to gesture to everyone that he was right in picking him. Short ball close to the off stump, de Villiers drags the ball back onto the stumps. Poor shot and India have struck. AB de Villiers b Ishant Sharma 20 (48).

18:52 hrs IST: Hashim Amla now has 1245 runs at Centurion, the most he has at a single venue. He is nearing a fifty as well. There are some venues where batsman make it their own, and Supersport Park is one of them

18:49 hrs IST: The 50-run stand is up between Amla and Ab de Villiers. Amla is nearing a fifty while de Villiers is putting up a confident show with the bat.

18:40 hrs IST: Superb shot from Amla. 146 kmph from Bumrah, a bit short and just outside off, the right-hander plays it late and steers it past slip and a widish second slip for a boundary to third man.

18:32 hrs IST: Poor start to the session for India. Short and wide outside off, Amla slaps the square cut to the deep point fence.

18:24 hrs IST: Update on Mohammed Shami. The right-arm pacer had a mild headache due to the heat and he is fine now.

18:10 hrs IST: That is Tea on the first day. South Africa have made good progress but Aiden Markram will consider himself unlucky to have missed out on a ton. The pitch still looks good for batting. So, this session has belonged to South Africa again.

18:01 hrs IST: Pandya gets a spell before tea. Can Amla make it count big? He has already gotten a couple of lives.

17:52 hrs IST: AB de Villiers unfurls the reverse sweep against Ashwin as he is already striking at over 100. In the Cape Town Test, his assault against Bhuvneshwar Kumar changed the course of the game.

17:47 hrs IST: DROPPED! Parthiv Patel has put down Amla. Ishant the unlucky bowler. On the pads and the right-hander glances, but the ball does not stick in Parthiv’s gloves.

17:41 hrs IST: Poor ball from Ishant as he floats a full ball on the pads, Amla clips it to the deep mid wicket fence. Another wicket for India could make this session very interesting.

17:37 hrs IST: AB de Villiers gets off the mark in style by cutting a short and wide ball from Ashwin to the deep backward point fence. Kohli shouted in anguish “Come on Ash” after that delivery.

17:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin gets his second wicket and Markram falls. It was the carrom ball from Ashwin and it skids on with a bit of extra bounce, Markram has a tentative plod and the edge is taken. The review is taken and the bat brushes the front pad and then the edge is taken. Aiden Markram c Parthiv Patel b Ravichandran Ashwin 94.

17:32 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami is walking off the field. He was holding his temple, potentially could be suffering a sore neck.

17:24 hrs IST: Amla is moving around in the crease a lot more confidently and tackling Ashwin well. The scoring rate is over 3.5,

17:13 hrs IST: Drinks in the second session. Although India got the big wicket of Dean Elgar, Markram has batted with confidence while Hashim Amla is making good progress.

17:10 hrs IST: Shami again bowls short and wide, Markram cracks the drive to deep point. He moves to 87, the unlucky number for Australians.

17:06 hrs IST: Shami continues to leak runs. Meanwhile, Markram and Amla are starting to tackle Ashwin well.

17:00 hrs IST: South Africa looking to take chances while India are hunting for wickets. Markram toe-ends a lofted shot which falls just short of mid on while Amla gets an inside edge that is not latched on to at short leg.

16:53 hrs IST: Markram continues to make good progress while Amla has gotten going with yet another boundary.

16:46 hrs IST: Amla brings up the team hundred in grand style by cutting Ashwin for a boundary through deep backward point. South Africa need Amla to press home the advantage

16:40 hrs IST: Bumrah with a tidy first over after lunch. SA are 97/1 after 35 overs.

16:35 hrs IST: FOUR! Makram continues to trouble the Indian bowlers, this time hitting Ishant for a boundary when the pacer’s line strayed too far down leg. SA are 92/1 after 33 overs.

16:28 hrs IST: Ishant continues to bowl in the right areas and ensure the South African batsmen can’t score off him. The hosts are 86/1 after 31 overs.

16:20 hrs IST: OUT! Ravi Ashwin gets the breakthrough at long last, removing Dean Elgar thanks in no small part to a bit of a lucky catch by Murali Vijay at close range. SA are 85/1 after 29.3 overs.

16:18 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma’s first over after a lunch is a tidy one and yields just the two runs. With 29 overs played, SA are 85/0.

16:13 hrs IST: FOUR! Elgar ends the first over after lunch with a glorious shot straight down the ground. SA are 83/0 after 28 overs.

16:12 hrs IST: Play is underway at Centurion. India need quick wickets if they are to find any way back into this game.

15:31 hrs IST: Lunch on the first day of the second Test in Centurion. It is a session that has belonged to South Africa. India bowled well but in the last few overs before the break, their discipline has deserted them. Virat Kohli’s side will have to put in a better show in the second session.

15:25 hrs IST: FIFTY for Aiden Markram and he brings it up with two boundries through long off and deep mid wicket. Superb effort from the U-19 winning World Cup captain.

15:18 hrs IST: GIVEN NOT OUT but Kohli reviews. Ashwin is getting good spin out there as it breaks away from the left-hander. The Indian captain reviews but replays show that there is no spike on Real Time Snicko and the batsman survives. India lose a review.

15:13 hrs IST: Bumrah is really struggling now. Too full on the pads and Markram whips it to deep mid wicket for his seventh boundary. He is closing in on fifty.

15:10 hrs IST: Ashwin is troubling Elgar with some flight and turn. Tossed up outside off and the ball turns away as Elgar is beaten on the drive. Kohli has spotted that the left-hander is not coming forward and is tempting him with flight.

15:07 hrs IST: DROPPED! Murali Vijay drops Dean Elgar off Bumrah and that is a bad miss. Vijay comes in to catch the miscued pull but he misjudges it and the ball goes over the head for a boundary. Markram then makes India pay with two boundaries to bring up the 50-run opening stand.

15:00 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack now. He is getting some spin and bounce. This is the 20th over of the innings.

14:59 hrs IST: Finally, Elgar gets his first boundary as he crashes a widish ball from Pandya to the deep point fence. South Africa are approaching the 50-run mark.

14:54 hrs IST: South Africa are not too bothered about the low run-rate. They have survived the initial phase and will be looking to cash in.

14:46 hrs IST: Ishant is plugging away and maintaining the right channels. South Africa are negotiating the session

14:39 hrs IST: Some words were exchanged between Elgar and Hardik Pandya. It is desperation time.

14:32 hrs IST: The first hour is done and it is drinks. South Africa are in control. Ishant and Bumrah had their moments, but India are struggling for penetration at the moment. How costly will the selection blunder be for India?

14:28 hrs IST: Pandya begins with a maiden. Bowled good balls in the right areas but India have still not got the breakthrough.

14:24 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya is into the attack now. Can he provide the spark for Team India? Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s musical chairs in captaincy and vice-captaincy continues. Suranga Lakmal, who exposed India’s moving ball weakness, is now Angelo Mathews’ deputy.

14:22 hrs IST: In the 12 overs bowled so far, India have bowled only three maidens. Meanwhile, Allan Donald, former South Africa bowling great, has said, “You’re kidding me?” on Bhuvneshwar’s omission.

14:16 hrs IST: Another poor ball from Shami. The change of end has not worked. Too full and Markram drills the drive past extra cover again. He is looking in great touch. 13 runs in the over and South Africa are starting to open up here.

14:14 hrs IST: Superbly done by Markram. Full ball outside off from Shami who changes ends and the batsman caresses the drive past extra cover for a superb boundary.

14:11 hrs IST: The reaction to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s omission continues with several prominent voices expressing their displeasure.

14:08 hrs IST: Bumrah has bowled five overs on the bounce. Technically, India have two bowlers operating who can bowl long spells.

14:03 hrs IST: Good start for Ishant. Some extra bounce and a bit of seam movement. Can Ishant hold one end up and build pressure?

14:00 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma is into the attack now. Good start from him as he beats Elgar with a ball that rises up from the deck just outside off. In the previous over, Bumrah had cut Markram in half with a ball that decked back in off the seam

13:55 hrs IST: Kohli already has a man positioned at deep point to prevent the boundary. However, he still has three slips in place. South Africa have done well in the first 30 minutes so far.

13:49 hrs IST: Bumrah is bowling in the right channels but Elgar is tackling him well. Can Bumrah bowl long spells? Will Ishant get the extra lift from this deck? More importantly, will he be consistent?

13:44 hrs IST: FOURS! Markram breaks the shackles with two gorgeous fours. The right-hander punches a short and wide ball to deep point and follows it up with a neat flick wide of mid on for his second four.

13:42 hrs IST: South Africa finally get going as Bumrah misses his line slightly. Bowls too full on the pads and both batsmen get going.

13:37 hrs IST: Good start from Mohammed Shami as well. A bit of swing and some good extra bounce. This deck will test the batsmen. Cautious start from Elgar and Markram, no runs on the board still.

13:35 hrs IST: It has been an action-packed cricket day. New Zealand hammered Pakistan by 183 runs, bowling Sarfraz Ahmed’s side for 74. In the U-19 World Cup, Pakistan suffered with a loss to Afghanistan while New Zealand’s U19 side replicated the BLACKCAPS success with victory over the defending champions West Indies.

13:33 hrs IST: There is plenty of zip on this deck as Elgar gets hit on the body thrice. Nice start from Bumrah. As far as the bounce is concerned, it is true. Good toss to win for South Africa though. First hour absolutely crucial.

13:30 hrs IST: Three slips in place as Jasprit Bumrah opens the bowling for India. Dean Elgar will take strike. Another surprise from India.

13:28 hrs IST: No Asian team has ever won a Test in Centurion Park. South Africa, on the other hand, have lost only two Tests in the last 18 years at Centurion Park.

13:22 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs

India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel

13:09 hrs IST: South Africa have made only one change with Lungi Ngidi making his debut. For India, three changes. KL Rahul replaces Shikhar Dhawan. Wriddhiman Saha is out due to a hamstring injury and Parthiv Patel is in. But, the third one is an absolute shocker. Ishant Sharma replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvi was your best bowler and a solid bat in the first Test.

13:01 hrs IST: South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat.

12:51 hrs IST: In 33 Tests as captain, Virat Kohli hasn’t fielded the same XI in consecutive matches. And today, a minimum of two changes can be expected.

12:47 PM IST: Mohammed Shami, who took 99 wickets at 30.29 in 28 Tests, need just one wicket to complete the century of wickets. He will become 21st bowler to reach this milestone. Will he play today?

12:45 PM IST: We are 15 minutes away from the toss and a lot of focus is on the pitch. It surely will be a test for batsmen on both sides.

After a brilliant home run, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team faces one of their greatest test at a venue that has been rather kind to South Africa. South Africa have won 17, lost two and draw three in 22 Test matches played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. (SACHIN TENDULKAR’S THREE COMMANDMENTS)

The Proteas enjoy a winning spree at this ground like no other venue across South Africa. India,on the other hand, have lost the only Test match played at this venue in 2010.

Du Plessis wants South Africa’s pacemen to be able to put the tourists under pressure, but finds himself facing unfamiliar conditions on his home surface.

“Generally‚ Centurion does not spin that much but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it and it is not something that we are used to here. For us‚ at the moment, it is unknown and we will see how it plays over the next five days,” he told a news conference.

India are considering changing their opening combination. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan struggled in both innings in Cape Town, Vijay making just 14 across his two knocks.

KL Rahul is consequently in the running for a starting berth as India, the top-ranked Test team, attempt to avoid a first series defeat in 11, though Virat Kohli assured he was calm about the batting unit as a whole.

First Published: Jan 13, 2018 12:09 IST

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