South Africa pack up India for 209 in post-tea session

Ruben Hill
January 12, 2018

South Africa were bowled out for 286 in their first innings, before restricting India to 209 in reply. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun were spotted amongst the first bunch heading there.

Which makes it hard to understand why Ajinkya Rahane, the most successful Indian batsmen in challenging overseas conditions, was dropped from the playing eleven for the Cape Town Test. A middle-order century stand between AB de Villiers (65) and Faf du Plessis (62), and a lower-order rally pushed the South Africans near to 300.

The match hangs in balance, meanwhile.

The ongoing series was Steyn's first Test since November 2016 after recovering from a career-threatening shoulder injury against Australia.

South Africa host India in three Tests this month with the next two to be played in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

For the Proteas, pacers Vernon Philander (3/33) and Kagiso Rabada (3/34) shared six wickets while Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel contributed with two scalps each.

South Africa pack up India for 209 in post-tea session
South Africa pack up India for 209 in post-tea session

Steyn was in full flow during his second spell, snaring the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha by catching him leg before.

South African cricket fans have yearned for the return of Dale Steyn.

After day three had been a washout, 18 wickets fell in 64 overs on Monday, all going to seamers. Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock hit 43 off just 40 balls, and the tailenders all chipped in. It's not a nice thing, but we have to find a way to win this Test match. "Those runs down there at the bottom, especially in tough batting conditions, really are vital".

"We got two wickets and if we bowl well tomorrow we're very much in the game".

The Indian skipper was enormously fired up when Du Plessis was caught behind on day one, roaring in his counterpart's face and celebrating wildly.

"There is also no short-pitched ball truce between the pacemen and the tail-enders these days". He has been ruled out of the remainder of this Test, and the series as a result. Dean Elgar nicked off, Aiden Markram was trapped in front and Hashim Amla played a loose shot as South Africa slumped to 12 for 3.

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