India 80-2 at tea on day two


80 for 2 in 28 overs (Murali Vijay batting 31, Virat Kohli batting 39; M Morkel 1/24). South Africa were at 269-6 in their first innings when stumps were called on day one.

Centurion: India bowled out South Africa for 335 in its first innings before reaching 4/0 till lunch on the second day of the second cricket Test at the SuperSport Park here on Sunday.

All told, each session got better for India. Sharma bagged three wickets in the first innings, while Ashwin was the lead wicket taker of the match and clinched 4 wickets. However, South Africa lost their composure in the final 10 overs of the day as two inexcusable run-outs brought India right back into the game.

Interestingly, having said that he was excited by the lively look of the wicket, Virat Kohli did raise his eyebrows when he saw that most of the grass had been shaved off. While Ishant bowled fairly well on the first day some felt Jasprit Bumrah should have made way for the lanky seamer given his patchy display at Newlands.

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Markram was well supported by veteran batsman Hashim Amla, who took advantage of two reprieves to make a glorious 82.

Markram looked in complete control until his dismissal. It only helped that this is his home ground.

For his dismissal‚ Markram's review was unsuccesful as Ultraedge showed that the ball came off his bat and the decision remained that of the umpire‚ who originally had waved his finger for out.

Having dropped Shikhar Dhawan after just one failure in Cape Town, Kohli should drop himself if he fails to perform in Centurion, according to the batting great. It was a slightly slow innings from the otherwise aggressive de Villiers, but with four days of cricket still left after this, it wasn't a cause for concern. Ishant landed a short delivery outside off and De Villiers ended up getting an inside edge to it that went straight to the stumps. Amla was on 82 and looked to steal a quick single after negotiating a shortish delivery from Pandya. Quinton too didn't bother the scorers as he was out cutting Ashwin straight to Kohli at first slip. The pressure was on the senior Proteas stalwart when he came out to bat on Saturday and he grinded his way to 30 runs before presenting a chance to Parthiv Patel. In the end he had to run back straight to the dressing room without scoring. More than four years after that Wanderers debacle, Ashwin found a pitch that gave him some turn, and he has not just kept India alive but in partnership with Hardik Pandya he has given India the upper hand despite losing the toss and watching their main fast bowlers give away runs like millionaires. Obviously, if you don't take wickets you don't get bull headed and believe things will get better from next time.