SA v Ind 2nd Test Day 1: South Africa bowlers take control of opening day
South Africa took control of the second Test against India with an outstanding bowling performance on the opening day at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
On Monday, India were bowled out for 202 after electing to bat and in response South Africa were placed at 35 for one in 18 overs.
Earlier, India started off confidently without their regular skipper Virat Kohli who was left out because of upper back spasms. Kohli's place was taken by Hanuma Vihari.
For India Mayank Agarwal and stand-in captain Lokesh Rahul began confidently. They appeared t be heading towards another a big start, but Agarwal fell with the score reading 36. Cheteshwar Pujara fighting for a place in the XI, tried hard to hold himself off from being too aggressive fell for a painstaking 3 off 33 balls.
Ajinkya Rahane fell next for a duck off the very first ball.
Rahul then held the innings together with a solid 42 run stand with Vihari. But Rahul fell soon after for 50 off 133 balls with nine boundaries.
It then required a brisk 40 run sixth wicket stand between Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin to revive the Indian innings. But after Pant fell it became difficult.
Ashwin fell for 46 with the score on 187 for nine. In the end India finished on 202 in 63.1 overs.
R Ashwin addressed a virtual press conference in Johannesburg after Day 1 of the 2nd Test against South Africa
For South Africa the best bowlers were Marco Jansen (4-31), Duanne Olivier (3-64) and Kagiso Rabada (3-64).
In their response, South Africa lost their opener Aiden Markram for just seven. Towards the end of the day's play skipper Dean Elgar was static on 11 off 57 balls, wile Keegan Petersen was on 14 off 39 balls. South Africa finished on 35 for one.
South Africa made two changes to their line-up. Kyle Verreynne came in for just retired Quinton de Kock, whereas Wiann Mulder made way for Duanne Olivier.
India suffered a scare towards the end of the day's play when Mohammed Siraj pulled up short because of trouble in the right hamstring.
India 1st Innings: 202 (63.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Mayank Agarwal-14.1 ov), 2-49 (Cheteshwar Pujara-23.3 ov), 3-49 (Ajinkya Rahane-23.4 ov), 4-91 (Hanuma Vihari-38.4 ov), 5-116 (KL Rahul-45.5 ov), 6-156 (Rishabh Pant-53.4 ov), 7-157 (Shardul Thakur-54.6 ov), 8-185 (Mohammed Shami-59.3 ov), 9-187 (Ravichandran Ashwin-60.5 ov), 10-202 (Mohammed Siraj-63.1 ov)
South Africa 1st Innings: 35-1 (18)
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Aiden Markram-3.5 ov)
End of Day 1: South Africa trail by 167 runs
Toss: India, elected to bat
Venue: Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Start time: 1000 hrs SA time
Match officials: Allahudien Paleker, Marais Erasmus (On-field Umpires); Adrian Holdstock (TV Umpire); Bongani Jele (Reserve Umpire); Andy Pycroft (Match-referee)
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