2nd Test: Shami strikes, SA lose 7th wicket

15:13  Du Plessis falls for 63, SA 9 down:  

SA 323-9 (112.4 ovs) vs India
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Du Plessis attacks Ashwin as he comes down the track and heaves the off-spinner wide of the fielder at long-on for a four.

In the next over, Morne Morkel clips a short ball from Ishant off his hips through the leg side for a four. He then throws his bat a wide one but is beaten and immediately apologises to his captain for the loose shot.

Ishant bags the big wicket of du Plessis, who is bowled after a good innings of 63.

15:05  Rabada out for 11, SA 8 down:  

SA 324-8 (111 ovs) vs India
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India continue to miss chances. This time, du Plessis on 54, gets a lifeline as wicketkeeper Patel puts down a straightforward chance off Ashwin after the right-hander got the edge.

That’s already three chances put down by India in the morning session and all three have been off Ashwin.

Du Plessis leaves Ashwin more frustrated as he cuts the last ball for a boundary past point.

Ishant comes back and makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Rabada. The left-hander goes for the pull shot but can’t keep it down as Pandya does well to dive forward and take a splendid catch at deep square leg.

14:54  Du Plessis hits fifty to take SA past 300:  

SA 318-7 (109 ovs) vs India
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Du Plessis looking to get a move along. He hits a nice drive off the backfoot through the off-side for a four and then keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

In the next over, he takes a big stride down and sweeps Ashwin in front of square to bring up South Africa’s 300, in the 106th over.

He sensibly takes a single from the fifth ball to give Rabada strike for just one delivery, who defends it watchfully.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya comes into the attack, in place of Shami. Du Plessis takes a single from the first ball before Rabada gets an edge but it falls short of Kohli at first slip as the ball goes past him for a couple of runs. Maybe wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel could have tried to catch it with a full length dive to his left.

Du Plessis gets a thick outside edge off the fifth ball which beats Rohit’s dive at point for a boundary.

Ashwin gets one to turn and bounce as Rabada is beaten all ends up before he clips the off-spinner on the leg side for two runs.

In the next over, du Plessis clips Pandya to deep square for two runs to bring up his fifty, from 127 balls. He repeats the shot off the next ball for another couple of runs and then picks one to take the total to 318 for seven in 109 overs.


SA 292-7 (104 ovs) vs India
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Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack from the other end. He starts from round the wicket to du Plessis, who comes down the track to the second ball and is nearly beaten before he sees off the over with utmost caution.

Ashwin getting a lot of turn as Rabada watches it spin past well outside the off-stump. The left-hander is content to defend as Ashwin bowls another good over, his second maiden in a row.

Du Plessis makes most of a loose delivery from Shami as he punches it on the up, straight down the ground for a four. The pacer gets back off the next ball, beating the right-hander outside the off-stump before Faf picks a leg bye.

Rabada is dropped two balls in a row!

Ashwin is the unlucky bowler both times as first Kohli puts down a simple catch at slip as Rabada gets an outside edge. Off the next ball, he comes down the track but ends up skying it high on the off-side and what should have been an easy catch is put down as Shami collides with Pandya, who had taken the catch but ends up spilling after the clash.

How costly will those two lapses prove for India? Rabada is quite handy with the bat and even an innings of 30-odd could make the difference and could also help Faf build a partnership.

At the first drinks break, South Africa have reached 292 for seven in 104 overs, having scored 23 runs in 14 overs for the loss of one wicket.

Du Plessis has battled hard for his 34 from 113 balls.

14:16  Shami strikes, SA lose 7th wicket:  

SA 282-7 (99 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Faf plays a nice drive off Bumrah’s half-volley but the fielder at mid-off does well with a dive to his left to stop a certain boundary.

The next ball comes in sharply as du Plessis is again hit on the box, the second blow he has suffered there in the matter of a few overs.

Maharaj plays a nice drive through the covers for a four as Ishant gives him some width.

He has been beaten quite a few times but importantly he has hung out in the middle and the longer he stays the more frustrating it will be for the Indians.

Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack, in place of Ishant. He makes the breakthrough in his very first over, with the wicket of Maharaj.

The ball moves enough to take the edge as Parthiv takes the edge with Shami completing 100 wickets in Tests.

13:56  Du Plessis, Maharaj keep India at bay:  

SA 276-6 (95 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ishant Sharma opens the bowling on Day 2. Faf du Plessis offers no shot to the first ball which comes in and hits him high on the pads before he leaves the next two deliveries.

After defending the next few balls, he keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end. The ball keeps slightly low as du Plessis manages to clip it on the leg side for one. Keshav Maharaj defends the next few balls and nearly ends up edging the last ball, which goes straight on.

The ball is doing some tricks with some keeping low and the uneven bounce could get worse as the match progresses.

Bumrah has a confident shout for leg before wicket against du Plessis turned down. Captain Kohli takes his time as he consults the bowler before taking the DRS at the very last second. However, it turns out to be a waste as the ball hits him high on the pads and is going over the stumps as India lose their second and final review.

South Africa are looking to just to play out the first hour and just tire out the Indian bowlers.

Captain Faf du Plessis will hold the key, he is batting on a patient 28 from 91 balls, while Maharaj has made 13 from 39 balls.

13:32  India eye early wickets on Day 2:  

SA 269-6 (90 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between South Africa and India in Pretoria on Sunday.

India, who ended the first day on a high with a few late wickets, will be aiming to continue their good showing with the ball and bundle out South Africa cheaply in their first innings.

India surged back into contention against South Africa after two run outs late on Saturday, including the key wicket of Hashim Amla, saw the hosts slip to 269 for six at the close on the opening day of the second Test.

South Africa had seemed set for a big first innings total when they reached 246 for three but some brilliant fielding and poor decision making combined to rattle their middle order and leave the honours even after the first day.

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.

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