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Fifty for Mayank!
Yet another performance of note from the opener. A 50 off 112 balls now to go with his double ton in the first Test.
Post-Lunch: Early trouble for Maharaj
This session could ugly if Maharaj doesn't get his radar right quickly. He's tossed up a couple to Mayank, who has handsomely driven him down the ground and through mid-wicket to move into the forties. South Africa need their lead spinner to step up.
Philander from the other end. He's been very accurate without being incisive.
Nortje off; Rabada & Maharaj on
Spin for the first time this morning. Expected change as the early morning assistance for the seamers has now settled down. Nortje will have much to reflect on his first spell in Test cricket. 5-1-27-0. Pace without control means nothing.
Rabada on for another burst. He bowled six overs in the first spell. Have to time these spells right on a hot day.
Mayank cover drives his way back into control
Four boundaries off 7 Nortje balls since being hit on the head. Some sumptuous driving from Mayank. A straight drive followed by two more through extra cover. Nortje goes a little too full post the drinks interval.
Nortje hits Mayank on the helmet
143.2, 140.7, 143, 148.5, 147.5, 147 were the speeds (in kph) Nortje hit in his first over of Test cricket. After a nervous start, he even got his line right so much so that in the following over, he has hit Mayank Agarwal flush on the helmet with a pacy bumper. The ball raced away for four too.
By procedure, the physio checks for concussion. Mayank seems fine. The sucker full ball is then driven for four.
Persistence pays - Rabada takes out Rohit
The line does the trick for Rabada this time. He'd cut down on his pace by a few kms to get his swing going. But this time, it's a scrambled seam delivery that gets him the reward. It's much straighter and despite the bounce on offer, it forces Rohit to play it. The outside edge is snaffled by QdK.
It's taken 10 overs but the wicket has finally fallen. After two 100s in Vizag, Rohit is gone for a shaky 35-ball 14.
Outside edges and DRS relief
The slip cordon has been busy this morning but most of the times its personnel have been left wondering 'what if'. Balls have flown between the third slip and gully. That has brought the setup LBW and the surprise short ball into picture. Philander thought he had Mayank with the one that seamed back in. But it was umpire's call on impact and hitting.
Unlike Vizag, India's openers have been thoroughly tested. But they are unbeaten as yet, and that's what counts.
Spice, Spice, baby
Well... it's not Newlands or anything but this is about as good as it can get on the first morning in India. There's some swing and enough seam movement to give Rabada and Philander an extra spring in their step.
First big challenge for Rohit, the new opener. How does he play this? For starters he's batting well outside his crease, at least against Philander, who is testing both the edges.
Toss - Ninth successive toss loss for SA in Asia
Kind of explains the flip in their results, doesn't it. Faf can't help but give a wry smile (like he did in Vizag). He even jokes about having asked Kohli about the "hand tricks" that help him win so many tosses at home.
India elect to bat. Kohli expects best batting conditions for the first one and a half days. Faf says this is a harder surface than the one in Vizag and with the weather around, expects fast bowlers to have a say. He hands a debut to speedster Anrich Nortje at the expense of Dane Piedt.
India have gone the pacer route too. Umesh Yadav comes in and they've sacrificed a batsman, Hanuma Vihari.
Important to note that this has been a short turnaround between the two Tests and the four Indian bowlers had quite a workload in hot and humid Vizag!
^^ Bad luck for Vihari. Rohit's success at the top always meant Hanuma would be the first casualty when an extra bowler is sought.
Pitch in focus
The pitch will be in focus simply because of how the spinners took 31 off the 40 wickets in India's rout in 2017. There was a tinge of grass on THIS wicket a couple of days ago but that has since been shaved off. Will the rains around affect team strategies in any way? Allow Prakash G to explain in his preview.
What's happening in the South African camp. Faf du Plessis has once again endorsed the virtues of balancing attack and defence against spin.
How do you stop India in India? Playing a great first innings is just half the job done, as South Africa learnt in Visakhapatnam. Despite being in the game for a good part of four days, they ended up well beaten by 203 runs. Now they're contemplating combinations. Can an extra seamer do the trick? Remember, South Africa's success in India over the first decade of this century was down to Dale Steyn bowling fast and straight. But that is the highest of bars for Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje to jump to.
But pace is South Africa's strength and it is one they'll do well sticking to, especially given the fact that their spinners didn't give them any control in Vizag. Even if Keshav Maharaj steps it up, how do you thrown the Rohits, the Pujaras, the Mayanks and the Kohlis off their spin game?
So, how do you stop this India in India? Perhaps, play them in Pune and hope the baggage of the recent past plays tricks.
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