India v South Africa, 2nd Test: Mohammed Shami reaches 100 Test wickets

India v South Africa, 2nd Test: Mohammed Shami reaches 100 Test wickets

India v South Africa, 2nd Test: Mohammed Shami reaches 100 Test wickets

Knowing the conditions like the back of his hands ensured that Markram was happy to play out the first hour without trying too many aggressive shots.

At the break, Hashim Amla (35) and AB de Villiers (16) were at the crease. South Africa went into lunch with a score of 78 for naught in 27 overs.

With South Africa having gone from 246/4 to 251/6, Du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj halted the flow of wickets and guided the Proteas safely to stumps with an unbeaten 18-run partnership.

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Captain Faf Du Plessis‚ who won the toss in the morning and chose to bat first on a belter of a pitch that had something for the batsmen‚ made only one change‚ with Titans fast bowler Lungi Ngidi coming in for injured Dale Steyn on his home ground. While Kohli remained busy, Vijay brought the shutters down and played for the interval, leaving more balls outside off stump and getting right behind the line to defend.

The first wicket to fall shortly after lunch was that of a tentative Elgar‚ who was sent back to the pavilion when he was caught by Murali Vijay at silly point from the bowling of Ashwin having scored 31 runs from 83 balls. Aiden Markram, playing on home ground, made a classy 94, falling agonisingly short of a century at a venue that means much to him.

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The second new ball was due but Indian captain Virat Kohli persisted with Ashwin and was rewarded when De Kock edged Ashwin to Kohli at slip to be out first ball.

"Watching Virat Kohli excluding Shikhar Dhawan for just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test at Centurion, if he fails to perform in Centurion", Sehwag told "India TV". It did not take long for them to feel the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was dropped for Ishant Sharma.

But the first two sessions was all about chase the leather for the Indian fielders as the South Africa batsmen made hay. He is the seventh Indian pace bowler to achieve this distinction, behind Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, Ishant Sharma, Karsan Ghavri and Irfan Pathan. "I am just taking the confidence forward, and I am trying to get better as the day goes and by the end of this series I will be a far better bowler than what I started".

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Had Amla and du Plessis not attempted a suicidal single, the day could have still belonged to South Africa, but there was hesitation in the calling when Amla had tapped Pandya on the legside, and the fleet-footed and sure-armed Pandya swooped in to get the ball and hit the stumps to leave Amla a yard short. Also, two quick wickets after that gave India the edge.

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