India vs South Africa 1st Test: Proteas ahead but a valiant Pandya keeps India afloat

The test is poised for a result.

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Virat Kohli Captain of India celebrates the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl of South Africa during day one of the 1st Paytm Freedom Trophy Series Test Match between India and South Africa held at the PCA, I.S Bindra Stadium in Mohali, India on the 5th November 2015 Photo by Ron Gaunt / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

South Africa are 142 runs ahead of India at the end of the second day in Cape Town as the hosts certainly have the upper hand with three more days to play in the first test.

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Summary:

South Africa 286 and 65 for 2 (Amla 4*, Rabada 2*, Pandya 2-17) lead India 209 (Pandya 93, Philander 3-33, Rabada 3-34) by 142 runs.

Review:

South Africa were bundled out for 286 in the first innings after some decent display of bowling by the Indians, especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But Virat Kohli’s men finished the first day with a score of 28 for 3 as Dhawan, Vijay and Kohli were back inthe pavilion.

Today was a real test for the Indian middle order but they failed miserably as it was 92 for 7 at one stage. Rohit Sharma, Pujara and Rahane all went cheaply and India could have been bundled out for a very paltry score, only not to be because of a flamboyant Hardik Pandya. Pandya scored a magnificent 93 of just 95 balls that contained 14 boundaries and a six. India were bundled out eventually for 209 as Philander and Rabada both took three each.

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South Africa have played out 20 overs today and at the stumps they are 65 for 2. Both the openers Markram and Elgar are gone and it was the man of the moment Hardik Pandya who got both the openers. Kagiso Rabada and Amla are at the crease as it was stumps on second day and it seems that the home side have the test in their control.

What lies ahead:

South Africa are in control and from their point of view, they will be trying to add as much as they can tomorrow. For India, they will have to strike early tomorrow to put pressure on the South African middle order. But a blow for South Africa is that Dale Steyn is unable to bowl anymore in this match and may well be out for the rest of the series.

 

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