SA lose three quick wickets to leave India with momentum in Centurion

SA lose three quick wickets to leave India with momentum in Centurion

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

"The one thing I have comfortably done is to conveniently forget the history about South Africa".

Exactly why Amla has prospered on this pitch is hard to pin down - it could have something to do with the pace of ball on bat - though on Saturday that would not have been the case. It was supposed to bring spinners into play only on the last two days.

"He came across and said "well played" and "unlucky to get out", Markram explained.

Ishant Sharma chipped in with three wickets, while Mohammed Shami claimed one. Induces Kagiso Rabada to play a pull and Hardik Pandya does the rest at deep square leg by taking a forward-running catch.

The live telecast of the first Test, Day Two will be available on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD. AB de Villiers (20) too tried to wash his hands in the flowing river but fell prey to a slow short ball early in his innings by Ishant Sharma, chopping onto his stumps. South Africa 324/8 after 111 overs. He made 63 in just over three and half hours facing 142 balls and hitting nine fours. Hashim Amla, who was batting well on 82, was run out by Pandya.

Having been set the first innings target of 336‚ their chase did not get off to a good start as Morne Morkel was responsible for India's first wicket shortly after lunch when he bowled and caught Rahul who mistimed his shot in the Rahul in the tenth over. KL Rahul replaced Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order in an expected move, while Parthiv Patel was handed the wicketkeeping gloves with Kohli informing at the toss that Wriddhiman Saha had a hamstring niggle.

Kohli strode in with India under pressure at 2-28 after losing two wickets in two balls.

But the Indians struck soon after the lunch break as R Ashwin sent back Elgar, caught by Murali Vijay at silly point.

With South Africa two down, in walked the crowd favourite de Villiers and along with Amla, the two took the hosts to tea at 182/2. Ishant got Amla in a tangle with a ball down the legside but a diving Parthiv couldn't hold on with the batsman on 31, and it seemed like an opportunity missed when not many would be coming.

You know why. It was a performance that closed the door for Ashwin in the playing XI when India played overseas, as Ravindra Jadeja was preferred as a better defensive option. Ashwin, who bowled 31 off the 90 overs India sent down yesterday, has had his first look on the second morning, and troubling both Rabada (3*) and Du Plessis, who has reached 34. De Kock was undone by Ashwin, poking at one away from his body, and then came Philander's foolhardy charge down the wicket that saw him end up at the same end as a furious du Plessis.

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