India pile on runs after South Africa succumb to spin again
India 80-0 (Dhawan 45no) v
South Africa 214 (de Villiers 85)
Second Test, Bangalore, day one
Overcast conditions and a little bit of moisture in the pitch prompted Virat Kohli to field first on winning the toss with Ishant Sharma returning after serving a one-match ban while Stuart Binny replaced Amit Mishra.
South Africa lost Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn to injuries and replaced them with Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel respectively. JP Duminy took the place of Simon Harmer.
Sharma (0-40) and Binny (0-1) bowled tight overs up front conceding just four runs in the first six overs to keep the South African openers under check until Stiaan van Zyl (10) eased the pressure by scoring 10 runs in the next over from Sharma.
Ravichandran Ashwin (4-70) was introduced as early as the eighth over and he immediately created an impact in the game, picking up a couple of wickets in his first over.
Ashwin first trapped van Zyl lbw and then had Faf du Plessis (0) caught at short leg by Cheteshwar Pujara. The third umpire ruled the catch in India’s favour after it was reviewed by the onfield umpire.
South Africa were 15 for two at that stage. Dean Elgar (38) stitched a 30-run stand with Hashim Amla (7) before the latter was castled by Varun Aaron (1-47).
There was a buzz around the M Chinnaswamy stadium, when their local Indian Premier League hero came in to bat marking his 100th Test.
AB de Villiers (85) got off the mark with a quick single which ended as five runs, courtesy of an overthrow from Kohli.
De Villiers, along with Elgar, added an unbeaten 33 runs to take South Africa to 78 for three at the end of the first session.
Two deliveries into the second session, Ravindra Jadeja (4-50) bowled Elgar bowled but de Villiers got going with five boundaries in six overs adding 42 with Duminy (15).
Duminy failed to convert his start as he edged an Ashwin delivery to Rahane, who made no mistake in the slips.
De Villiers went past his fifty to a loud cheer from the Bangalore crowd but Dane Vilas (15) hit a delivery back at Jadeja, who completed a good return catch to reduce South Africa to 159 for six.
On the stroke of tea, de Villiers’ spirited resistance came to an end as he came down the track against Jadeja and lobbed the ball up in the air, and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha leaped forward and pulled of an excellent one-handed catch.
After viewing a few replays, the third umpire ruled de Villiers out and at the end of the second session, South Africa were struggling at 177 for seven. Jadeja struck again in the second ball of the final session to end Kagiso Rabada’s (0) two-ball stay.
Morkel (22) and Abbott (14) showed some fight by adding 37 runs for the ninth wicket. Ashwin broke the partnership as Morkel tried to go big over mid-wicket, only for a top edge to be taken by Binny at long-on.
Off the next ball, a misunderstanding between Abbott and Imran Tahir (0 not out) saw the former being run out, ending South Africa’s innings.
The visitors managed to score just 214 runs. Jadeja and Ashwin were the pick of the bowlers with four wickets each. Aaron had one wicket to his name.
Murali Vijay (28 not out) got India's innings underway with a boundary in the first over. The opening duo of Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan (45 not out) played with a good mix of caution and aggression to take India to 42 without loss in the first 10 overs.
Vijay had a reprieve when he was dropped at square leg by Tahir (0-9) off Morkel (0-23) and it wasn’t long before the pair brought up the first fifty-run opening stand for India in the ongoing series.
India ended the day at 80 for nought in 22 overs, trailing South Africa by just 134 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.
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