The credits should be given to R Ashwin for whatever good India did on Day 1 of the second Test of the three-match series. His run-out of Amla touched off the collapse late in the day.
The Tamil Nadu tweaker accounted for openers Markram and Dean Algar (31) and Quinton de Kock (0) to peg the hosts back. Hashim Amla's batting was as good as ever, with his magical wrists piercing gaps and often sending the ball to large vacant spaces. If you are bowling well obviously, the batsmen play you in a certain fashion.
India fought back in the last session in which 37 overs were bowled, 87 runs scored and 4 wickets were taken.
He struck the ball with authority, particularly off the back foot, before he tried to guide a ball from Ashwin towards third man and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.
India then attacked Amla with short stuff and also tried to lure him outside the off-stump. Having picked the right arsenal - they perhaps could have gone for Umesh Yadav ahead of Jasprit Bumrah - they appeared clueless with execution. Nonetheless, Ishant Sharma's three-for and Ravichandran Ashwin's four wickets limited the total under 350. End by saying it is a hard wicket and not much wear and tear on it. But the umpire's decision remained with the snickometer giving no sign of the ball kissing the bat.
When Markram edged Ashwin to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps, he had put on 63 for the second wicket with Amla. During the session, Shami left the field due to a mild headache but was declared alright later on.
"In this series and for the rest of the summer, we will be looking to see how best we can fit four fast bowlers into whatever formula we come up with", South Africa coach Ottis Gibson told reporters this week.
Yes, they bowled well. He immediately troubled Elgar and continued to do so throughout his first spell. The first one was dropped by Virat Kohli at first slip, and the other was a mix-up between Hardik Pandya and Shami. As a bowler, my motto is not to get too excited and not to get too down after every match. India lose their review. The Proteas had crossed 50 in the 21st over.
Home captain Faf du Plessis is not out on 24 and will resume his innings on Sunday with Keshav Maharaj (10) on a slow wicket that is expected to quicken over the next few days.
South Africa made only a little in their team by replacing injured Dale Steyn by the local pace sensation Lungi Ngidi, who will make his global debut within the series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of India's top performers in the Cape Town defeat, and Shikhar Dhawan were dropped in favour of Ishant Sharma and KL Rahul, and these moves brought widespread criticism from former cricketers, especially Sunil Gavaskar who angrily reacted to these changes.
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