2nd Test Live: Vijay, Kohli Rebuild For India


Ishant Sharma’s double strike helped India bowl out South Africa for 335 just before lunch on day two of the second Test. Out to play one before the break, India made four runs with Murali Vijay putting a loosener from spinner Keshav Maharaj past the extra cover. R Ashwin finished with 4-113 and Ishant Sharma took 3-46 as the Proteas lost their last seven wickets for 89 runs. At the break, Vijay was batting on four while KL Rahul was yet to face a ball. The hosts, surprisingly, opened the bowling with Maharaj. Starting from overnight 269/6, Faf du Plessis (63) and Maharaj (18) took their 7th wicket stand to 31 runs. India wasted their last DRS review early in the day as Jasprit Bumrah (0-60) looked for an early LBW call against Maharaj.


Mohammed Shami (1-58) bowled a lively spell and got the breakthrough with Maharaj caught behind in the 99th over for his 100th wicket in 29th Test. India made a double howler in the 104th over. First, Kagiso Rabada (on 1) was dropped at slip off Ashwin by Virat Kohli. The very next ball, Rabada (on 3) was again dropped by Hardik Pandya at point as Shami obstructed him whilst running in from short third-man. South Africa then crossed 300 in the 106th over, while du Plessis reached his 17th Test half-century off 127 balls. In doing so, he put on 42 runs with Rabada (11). India finally got the delayed breakthrough in the 111th over as Pandya held a smart catch off Ishant in the deep. Two overs later, Ishant also bowled du Plessis to change the course of the morning session again. Ashwin then wrapped up the South African innings as Morne Morkel (6) holed out to long off. Lungi Ngidi, on debut, remained unbeaten on 1.

Live updates between India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2, straight from Centurion

17:57 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay waits till the end and cuts the ball towards third man for a boundary. India 72/2, trail by 263 runs.

17:53 IST: Impressed by Kohli’s innings so far, this is what Irfan Pathan has tweeted.

17:43 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli comes on front foot and plays a beautiful cover drive. Excellent shot from the Indian captain. India 64/2, trail by 271 runs.

17:39 IST: 20 overs gone! India 60/2, trail by 275 runs.

17:27 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli uses the pace and flicks the ball towards deep mid wicket for a boundary.

17:20 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay stays back and punches the ball beautifully through covers. India 49/2, trail by 286 runs.

17:06 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli dabs the ball towards gully for another boundary. India 44/2, trail by 291 runs.

17:02 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli stands tall and hits the ball beautifully straight down the ground. Excellent shot from the Indian skipper. India 37/2 in 11.2 overs.

17:01 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli sends Morne Morkel towards deep extra cover for a boundary.

16:58 IST: Captain comes to the crease now.

16:56 IST: BIG WICKET! India lose their second wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara (0) is run out. India 28/2, trail by 307 runs

16:52 IST: WICKET! Morne Morkel strikes, KL Rahul departs for 10 runs. India 28/1, trail by 307 runs

16:43 IST: FOUR! Second boundary for KL Rahul. Morne Morkel isn’t happy with this.

16:42 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay sends Morne Morkel towards square leg for a boundary. South Africa 24/0 in 7.5 overs.

16:39 IST: KL Rahul plays a cut shot off Vernon Philander towards backward point. He will get 2 runs.

16:37 IST: Backfoot punch from Murali Vijay. He will get three runs.

16:14 IST: FOUR! KL Rahul opens his account with a boundary off Morne Morkel. Excellent shot from the opener. India 8/0 in 1.5 overs.

16:10 IST: Welcome back! The second session gets underway. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay are making their way to the middle.

15:32 IST: That’s LUNCH in Centurion. India 4/0 in 1 over, trail South Africa (335) by 331 runs.

Murali Vijay 4*

KL Rahul 0*

15:30 IST: FOUR! what a way to start the innings. Vijay smashes Maharaj towards sweeper cover for a boundary. India 4/0.

15:29 IST: India openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are making their way to the middle. Keshav Maharaj to start proceedings for South Africa.

15:21 IST: India bowl South Africa out for 335.

Aiden Markram 94

Hashim Amla 82

Faf Du Plessis 63

R Ashwin 4/113

Ishant Sharma 3/46

15:20 IST: WICKET! Ashwin takes his fourth wicket, Morne Morkel departs for 6.

15:13 IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma strikes again, Faf Du Plessis departs for 63 runs. South Africa 333/9 in 112.4 overs.

15:10 IST: FOUR! Morne Morkel smashes Ishant Sharma for a boundary.

15:05 IST: Morne Morkel is the new batsman at the crease.

15:02 IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma removes Kagiso Rabada for 11 runs. South Africa 324/8 in 110.3 overs.

14:58 IST: FOUR! Du Plessis waits till the end and cuts the ball towards backward point for a boundary. South Africa 324/7 in 110 overs.

14:53 IST: FIFTY! Faf Du Plessis scores his 17th half-century. South Africa 315/7 in 108.1 overs.

14:47 IST: FOUR! Faf Du Plessis moves to 49 with a boundary off Hardik Pandya.

14:40 IST: FOUR! Faf du Plessis smashes Ashwin towards deep mid wicket for a boundary. Powerful shot from the South African skipper. South Africa 302/7 in 105.4 overs.

14:32 IST: DROPPED! Another chance. Ashwin shouts – CATCH. It’s Pandya’s catch but he is distracted by Shami running across him. Two chances and two balls and India have missed both.

14:30 IST: DROPPED! Virat Kohli drops Rabada at slips. Ashwin isn’t happy with this.

14:25 IST: FOUR! Faf Du Plessis drives Ishant towards mid off region for a boundary. South Africa 287/7 in 102.2 overs.

14:19 IST: Fewest Tests to 100 wickets for Indian pacers:

25 Kapil Dev

28 Irfan Pathan

29 Mohammed Shami

30 Jawagal Srinath

33 Ishant Sharma

14:18 IST: Mohammed Shami completes 100 wickets in Tests.

14:16 IST: Virat Kohli brings Ashwin back into the attack.

14:14 IST: Kagiso Rabada is the new man at the crease. Two slips and gully in place for him.

14:12 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami removes Keshav Maharaj for 18 runs. South Africa 282/7 in 98.5 overs.

14:01 IST: FOUR! What a shot from Maharaj. He picks the length and cuts the ball towards deep point for a boundary. South Africa 280/6 in 69.4 overs. 

13:51 IST: Keshav Maharaj opens the face of the ball and guides Ishant towards square of the wicket for a couple. South Africa 276/6 in 94.2 overs.

13:45 IST: A loud LBW appeal from Bumrah. Umpire says NO. Kohli speaks to the pacer and asks for a review. And, it’s NOT OUT. India have lost a review.

13:40 IST: Short ball from Ishant. Du Plessis pulls the ball towards square leg for a single. South Africa 272/6 in 92.5 overs.

13:30 IST: Faf Du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj are making their way to the middle. Ishant to start the proceedings for India.

13:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live updates from Day 2 of the second Test in Centurion.

When South Africa were 61/0, India sought a review after the umpire turned down a caught behind appeal against Elgar off off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. But the umpire’s decision remained with the snickometer giving no sign of the ball kissing the bat.

Markram was the aggressor, while Elgar batted with steely resolve and backed his defensive techniques to the hilt as the hosts reached 78/0 till the lunch session.

Elgar fell three overs into the second session. The experienced left-hander stepped out of the crease but his uppish drive to a rising delivery from Ashwin went to close-in fielder Murali Vijay.

But an unflustered Markram joined hands with Amla and the pair continued to control the Indian bowlers. Markram even though fell six runs short of his third career century in five game, gave a good accout of his talent. He was in a punishing mood but with a sensible approach.

He dealt with disdain whenever the Indian pace bowlers erred in line and length and was also good against Ashwin.

Ashwin moved round the wicket to force a faint edge of the 23-year-old’s bat for an easy catch for Parthiv, bringing an end to a 67-run stand.

(With inputs from IANS)

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