Ashwin Bags 4, South Africa 335 All Out
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
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.
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.
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:
14:18 IST: Mohammed Shami completes 100 wickets in Tests.
Mohammad Shami completes 100 Test wickets – only the 7th Indian fast bowler to do so and 3rd quickest among them.
No. of Tests to 100 wkts by India fast bowlers:
25 Kapil Dev
28 Irfan Pathan
29 MOHAMMAD SHAMI
30 Javagal Srinath
33 Ishant Sharma
36 Karshan Ghavri
37 Zaheer Khan
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) January 14, 2018
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.