South Africa bounce back with three quick wickets after troubled by Bhuvneshwar

AB de Villiers scored a blistering 65 run knock
AB de Villiers scored a blistering 65 run knock

South Africa 286 (de Villiers 65) v
India 28-3 (Morkel 0-1)
First Test, Cape Town, day one

South Africa made a strong comeback restricting India to 28 for three at stumps on day one after they were bowled out for 286 in the first innings of the Cape Town Test.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar stuns South African top order

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. India handed Jasprit Bumrah a debut while South Africa went with all pace attack with Dale Steyn in the ranks. Bhuvneshwar (4-87) made full use of the new ball as he had Dean Elgar (0) caught behind in the third delivery of the innings and in his successive overs he also had Aiden Markram (5) and Hashim Amla (3) dismissed leaving South Africa reeling at 12 for three.

AB de Villiers - Faf du Plessis lead the Proteas fightback

Just when the Proteas needed an inspiration somewhere, AB de Villiers (65) decided to counter the Indian seam bowling with a flurry of boundaries. He smashed four boundaries in the ninth over from Bhuvneshwar while also went severe hit on Mohammad Shami (1-47). Faf du Plessis (62), who started the innings with caution also slowly gained confidence after hitting the debutant Bumrah (1-73) for two boundaries in the 16th over. The duo brought their 50-run stand off 74 deliveries.

AB de Villiers reached his fifty off 55 deliveries as South Africa went into lunch with a score of 107 for three. Du Plessis looked shaky at the start of the second session when he scored a streaky boundary and also survived a caught behind decision.

Lower order fight but India keep South Africa under 300

India finally got the breakthrough when Bumrah produced a beauty to castle de Villiers ending a 114-run stand for the third wicket. Du Plessis completed his 16th Test fifty and in an eventful 36th over from Hardik Pandya (1-53), he struck two boundaries off the first two deliveries. In the same over, the Proteas captain survived a review from India on a tight LBW call but was caught behind in the next delivery.

Quinton de Kock (43) looked fluent in his 47-ball knock while Vernon Philander (23), Keshav Maharaj (35), Kagiso Rabada (26) and Steyn (16 not out) all played handy roles to help the Proteas post 274. Bhuvneshwar was the pick of the Indian bowlers with a four-wicket haul while Ravichandran Ashwin (2-21) too picked the final two wickets and effected a run out as well.

India off to struggling start with the bat

Shikhar Dhawan (16) started the innings positively with three boundaries in the first four overs while Murali Vijay (1) survived a review from South Africa for LBW in the second over. India raced to 16 for naught in the first four overs but as a complete turn of events, Philander (1-13) had Vijay caught in the slips and in the next over, Steyn (1-13) had Dhawan caught off his own bowling. The inning sunk further as skipper Virat Kohli (5) nicked a Morne Morkel (1-0) delivery to the keeper and India ended the day with a score of 28 for three from the 11 overs.

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