South Africa 78-0, Markram on 51 in 2nd test against India

South Africa 78-0, Markram on 51 in 2nd test against India

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat on a slow wicket that is expected to speed up on the second and third days, as they seek to wrap up the three-match series after claiming a 72-run victory in the first test in Cape Town.

Cruising at 246/3, the Proteas then wobbled with two suicidal runouts plaguing what had been an impressive day at the office up until then.

"You will always find three bowlers playing one Test match, may be three-four Test matches, and then there will be a breakdown and that is an issue to be concerned about", he added. "He's a quality player, he's done well in South Africa, all conditions actually away from home".

The first wicket to fall in the opening session was that of Keshav Maharaj (18), who was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

To perform in South Africa, though, was even more satisfying.

The special fielding and the panic in South Africa's batting has given India a great chance in this Test, but this was a lifeline.

The 23-year-old opener confirmed his rich potential with a magnificent 94, showing off a wonderful ability to score heavily on both sides of the wicket. Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi was picked to make his test debut in place of injured paceman Dale Steyn. The shot from Elgar hit Murali Vijay in the mid-riff and lodged there, with the fielder acting quickly enough to catch it. He struck the ball with authority, particularly off the back foot, before he tried to guide a ball from Ashwin towards third man and was caught behind by Parthiv Patel.

AB de Villiers entertained briefly for his 20 before he chopped on from Ishant Sharma (1/32), who was the pick of the Indian seamers.

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India's last visit to South Africa brings back tough memories for spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.

Amla had carded scores of 3 and 0 in the first Test at Newlands, but on this surface he looked at ease from the beginning to the end of his knock, which came in unfortunate fashion. Amla got a reprieve at 30 when he was dropped by Parthiv Patel off Ishant in the 51st over, the ball going down leg side after the batsman edged it.

Kagiso Rabada (11) then hung around for nearly 12 overs with Du Plessis, adding 42 for the eighth wicket.

Quinton de Kock was out two balls later for a golden duck, bafflingly wafting at an Ashiwn delivery outside off without a hint of feet movement.

Du Plessis wasn't going to wait around.

After struggling to flick another shorter delivery from Pandya, Vernon Philander stupidly made a decision to "steal" a single as the ball lobbed up.

For large sections of the day, India continued to bowl poorly and the fielders didn't set the world on fire either.