Markram falls short of century in second India Test

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2018

Pacer Ishant Sharma feels India have the chance to take the ongoing second cricket Test away from South Africa if Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya build up a good partnership at Centurion on Monday.

Virat Kohli, who top-scored for India with 85 not out, initially looked to be plumb lbw to the youngster when South Africa called for a review in the evening session.

India grasped the initiative with four wickets in the final session after half-centuries from Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla put South Africa in a promising position on day one of the second Test.

Earlier, South Africa were bowled out for 335 in their first innings just before lunch.

The hosts were nevertheless unable to take full advantage, Ishant Sharma picking up the wickets of Rabada (11) and key man Faf du Plessis (63) to finish with 3-46. Wriddhiman Saha, who is down with an injury, was also replaced with Parthiv Patel.

The wicket at SuperSport Park caused some raised eyebrows on day one and it is not the kind that South Africa had hoped for, or that India had expected. India are trailing by 152 runs to South African first innings total of 335.

Shami was the last Indian fast bowler to be included in this list, who had achieved this feat in Bridgetown against West Indies in 2011.

It was a memorable outing for Lungi Ngidi on Sunday, as he picked up his first ever Test wicket, that of Parthiv Patel. He comes down the track and tries to go big but the ball turns away and takes the edge as it lobs towards cover-point. I actually had goosebumps. "You just have to run hard, keep bowling and give your best to get them out".

During the 28th over of India's innings with the score of 80 for 2 on board, Kohli was heard making a statement from the non-striker end which includes an abusive word as well.

"I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was and it helped me with a lot of confidence going forward".

If India's bowlers had persisted on Saturday to earn late rewards, South Africa's followed the same script on Sunday, though their rewards were not almost as late in coming.

At the other end, R Ashwin looked like getting Rabada out at any moment, confounding the left-hander with his dip and turn.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have constantly proved their Mattel on the home ground but their failure in Newlands brought them to the hit list of selectors.

South Africa had ended a 79-run stand that spanned 27.1 overs, but more than that, they knew they had a foot in the door.

They lost another wicket on the next ball when new batsman Cheteshwar Pujara took on the arm of Ngidi at mid-on and lost, run out by a direct hit. He is now involved in a 19-run stand with Hardik Pandya, who is batting on 11. Du Plessis was culpable too - in fact probably the most culpable given his part in the run out of Amla.

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