An Ashwin inspired India have restricted South Africa to 269 for 6 at the end of the first days play in Centurion as Virat Kohli’s men have found some late inspiration and a significant inroad to halt the African batting supremacy.
It was thala Ashwin who rattled the Proteas
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South Africa came up with a forced change as Dale Steyn was replaced by Lungisani Ngidi. India also made two changes as Parthiv Patel returned to the side for Saha, and Ishant Sharma came back ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
Winning the toss, the hosts had a steady start through Dean Elgar and Markram as the duo put up an opening partnership of 85 runs before Elgar was the victim of Ravi Ashwin. Amla and Markram then built a partnership but the latter fell on 94 and again it was Ashwin with the breakthrough.
The home side were 245 for 3 with 10 overs to play of the day, but the Indian side made their comeback in the last hour, as they picked up three wickets in rapid succession to gain the upper hand at the days play. Talking of the pitch, it was brown and sky was sunny, so Indian pacers had a very little effect and it was Ravi Ashwin who bowled bulk of the overs and was effective as well.
Two of the strikes were through run outs, as Amla and Philander fell short to their crease and Hardik Pandya had a hand in both the run outs, especially in Amla’s case as he direct hit the ball after a follow through pick up. The pick of the Indian bowlers has been Ravi Ashwin, as the off spinner picked up crucial wickets at important stages. He bowled relentlessly and has a figure of 3 for 90 at the days play after bowling 31 long overs. Skipper Faf du Plessis is at the crease and with him is Keshav Maharaj.