Published On: Sat, Jan 6th, 2018

South Africa reach 65/2, take 142-run lead over India on Day 2

Cape Town: South Africa reached 65 for two in their second innings after bowling India out for 209 in their first innings on the second day of the opening Test at Newlands here on Saturday.

Pandya (93) rekindled India’s hopes of a fightback with a classic counter-attacking half century

The hosts have taken a lead of 142 runs as all-rounder Harik Pandya’s fighting knock of 93 lifted India out of the hole but that didn’t stop South Africa from getting a 77-run first-innings lead.

Hashim Amla (4 batting) and night-watchman Kagiso Rabada (2 batting) were at the crease when the umpires called it a day.

Earlier, Pandya (93) rekindled India’s hopes of a fightback with a classic counter-attacking half century but fell shy of seven runs to reach his second Test century.

Coming in at the fall of Ravichandran Ashwin when the Indians were tottering at 81/6, Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25) forged a 99-run eighth-wicket stand to take India past 200-run mark.

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.

Resuming the day on 28/3, Indian overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma (11) started cautiously watching every delivery closely to keep rotating strike.

Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis used his seamers well — rotating them to keep the visitors unsettled. The home team’s pace quartet maintained a good line and length asking constant questions to the opposition batsmen.

Rohit, who struggled to get going in his 59-ball innings, which contained a single boundary, was dismissed by a delivery from Rabada which struck him in front of the wicket. But the Mumbai batsman asked for a review and the decision was in favour of the bowler.

Following the dismissal, Ravichandran Ashwin (12), who was promoted up the order, joined Pujara to take India to 76/4 at lunch.

After the lunch session, both Ashwin and Pujara failed to get going from the onset.

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