S. Africa's Markram falls short of century in second India Test

AB de Villiers’ knowledge of Indian players mostly of Virat Kohli due to the time he spent at Royal Challengers Bangalore makes him a special asset in the South Africa side

S. Africa's Markram falls short of century in second India Test

South Africa enjoy a winning spree at Centurion like no other venue across this country with 17 wins, 2 defeats.

Pandya went short at Vernon Philander, who didn't look comfortable but somehow fended it off to a heavily-packed on-side field. In between those two dismissals, Quinton de Kock was out first ball off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Citing that Ishant might benefit with his height, Virat Kohli has hurt Bhuvneshwar Kumar's self-confidence. The previous one was touch and go but all the stats are in favour of the team batting first out here.

Credit has to go to Hardik Pandya for changing direction in his follow-through, fielding a ball nearly at square leg, turning around and going for and achieving a direct hit at the end that the batsman - Hashim Amla, slower of the two at that time - didn't expect action.

Indian captain Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to "show intent" when they come up against South Africa's fast bowlers again in the second Test starting at Centurion on Saturday.

However, two run-outs and a wicket by Ashwin within 13 balls saw South Africa slump from 246/3 to 251/6 as India sought to wrest control of the match.

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"It's all part of the game". Rohit Sharma got a chance in the first game and he failed miserably, rather he threw away his wicket.

Du Plessis held his team together until stumps and was 24 not out.

Du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj prevented further damage from being done, but they will return to the crease on Sunday morning with work to do.

With conditions in Centurion looking likely to be less lively than in Cape Town Gibson and skipper Faf du Plessis may gamble on the raw pace of young Lungi Ngidi, who also has experience of playing on the Supersport Park wicket this season.

SuperSport Park was expected to be fast and bouncy and replicate the Cape Town pitch where India's batsmen struggled against the home quick bowlers and the top-ranked test team lost by 72 runs to fall behind in a series against its closest challenger in the rankings.

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"I don't think we need to panic because of collapses". "It could have so easily been a game where they could have run away with it after the second session". Amla, batting on 30 then, was lucky to survive as Parthiv Patel dropped him off Ishant in the 51st over, the ball going down leg side after the batsman edged it.

Markram brought up his half-century off 81 deliveries. "I am not over it just yet".

# R Ashwin appeals for caught behind.

This was India's best period of play all day, with Ashwin finding dip and bounce at one end and Ishant bowling tightly at the other.

Markram and then Amla played South Africa into a position of dominance, with Amla stroking 14 fours and appearing to be on the way to another century at a ground where he has his best record. In all, he hit nine fours during the course of his innings.

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