Radio New Zealand – India surged back into contention against South Africa after two run outs late in the day, including the key wicket of Hashim Amla, resulted in the hosts slipping to 269 for six at the close on the opening day of the second cricket test at Centurion.

Summary

  • India surged back into contention against South Africa after two run outs late in the day, including the key wicket of Hashim Amla, resulted in the hosts slipping to 269 for six at the close on the opening day of the second cricket test at Centurion.
  • South Africa had seemed set for a big first innings total when they reached 246 for three but some brilliant fielding and poor decision making combined to rattle their middle order and leave the honours even after the first day.
  • Home captain Faf du Plessis is not out on 24 and will resume his innings on Sunday with Keshav Maharaj (10) on a slow wicket that is expected to quicken over the next few days.
  • Quinton de Kock was then out for a first ball duck, caught at slip by India captain Virat Kohli off the bowling of hard-working spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3-90), who sent down an impressive 31 overs on the opening day.
  • The hosts’ misery was compounded when Vernon Philander was also out without scoring, charging down the wicket for a run as Du Plessis screamed at him from the non-striker’s end to stop.


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