Ishant, Ashwin restrict S Africa to 335

Ishant, Ashwin restrict S Africa to 335

On day 2 of the Centurion Test, South Africa were all out for 335 in their first innings.

South Africa's Aiden Markram is caught behind by India's Parthiv Patel for 94.

Considering the ongoing form of the TeamIndia in the series overseas against South Africa, there are various prominent people who are showing some serious concerns about the team's performance in foreign pitches.

Continuing with overnight score of 269/6 the hosts started their play with Fa du Plessis (24) and Keshav Maharaj (10) were unbeaten.

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. But India's bowling unit, spearheaded by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/90), took four wickets in the final session to show the team's intent of making a strong comeback after the defeat in the opening Test in Cape Town. He was in punishing mood whenever the Indian bowlers erred in line and was happy to pick the singles when they bowled in the right areas. Citing that Ishant might benefit with his height, Virat Kohli has hurt Bhuvneshwar Kumar's self-confidence.

The new ball bowlers failed to create any chances, and Ishant came on as first-change in the eighth over. Aiden Markram scored 94 and Hashim Amla made 82. It only helped that this is his home ground. Markram's wicket came against the run of play. But once that was done with, he was at his stroke-playing best.He had the flawless foil in Elgar as the southpaw kept at it and blocked one end up with his defence.

Openers Murali Vijay (four) and Lokesh Rahul will resume in the afternoon on a slow wicket that is uncharacteristic of the venue, but will provide bounce and is likely to quicken up over the next two days. But the move did not pay much dividend as even though there was turn on offer, it wasn't anything drastic to bother a batsman of Amla's class. It was finally a good ball from Ashwin that once again broke the back of the second-wicket partnership.

The Indian team had begun their innings, at the time of filing this report. Bowling the fourth stump line, he got ABD to go for the cut and the ball was too close to the body, thereby ensuring that the inside edge got the ball to drag onto the stumps. He had also inside-edged onto his pad, slashed and missed, driven in the air and gave Hardik Pandya a chance to take a screamer at midwicket, defended so softly that he had to kick the ball away as it rolled towards off stump and tried a few premeditated sweeps that just looked a little ugly. Quinton too didn't bother the scorers as he was out cutting Ashwin straight to Kohli at first slip. Given how South Africa were going at that point, the heat Amla had batted in for most of the day and the illogicality of trying anything silly, it was a mistake that opened the door for India.

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