Stuff – After toiling for two and a half sessions, India was suddenly on top in the second cricket test as hosts South Africa threw away wickets at the end of day one on Sunday (NZ time) at Centurion.

Summary

  • After toiling for two and a half sessions, India was suddenly on top in the second cricket test as hosts South Africa threw away wickets at the end of day one on Sunday (NZ time) at Centurion.
  • In between those two dismissals, Quinton de Kock was out first ball to Ravichandran Ashwin, with the off-spinner the best of India’s bowlers with 3-90, as the seam attack struggled for most of the day on a surprisingly slow and lifeless pitch at SuperSport Park.
  • The late drama, though, and South Africa’s careless end to the day gave India a way back into the test and possibly the three-match series after going 1-0 down in Cape Town and starting the second test on the back foot.
  • South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was unmoved at the other end as Pandya, again, played a role in the run out by returning the ball to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel with both South Africa batsmen at the other end.
  • SuperSport Park was expected to be fast and bouncy and replicate the Cape Town pitch where India’s batsmen struggled against the home quick bowlers and the top-ranked test team lost by 72 runs to fall behind in a series against its closest challenger in the rankings.


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