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India v South Africa, 2nd Test: Mohammed Shami reaches 100 Test wickets

14 January 2018, 03:54 | Dale Webster

India v South Africa, 2nd Test: Mohammed Shami reaches 100 Test wickets


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.

Before that passage of play, it was South Africa all the way.

Opener Aiden Markram (94), playing on his home ground, missed a well-deserved century by a whisker after he was caught behind off Ashwin (2-53). While Kohli remained busy, Vijay brought the shutters down and played for the interval, leaving more balls outside off stump and getting right behind the line to defend.

An ineffective bowling attack and a batting wicket is all former skipper Hashim Amla needed to roar back into form with a classy 82.

Sehwag was unhappy with Kohli's selection decisions for the Centurion Test, in which he excluded wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make way for Parthiv Patel and Ishant Sharma. respectively.

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. Rahul and Vijay were at the crease when the break was taken.

Ashwin found some joy instantly on the Centurion track and put Elgar through some uncomfortable moments before lunch. With Amla set by then and AB de Villiers walking out, there was still no respite for the Indians, and a tea-time score of 182 for 2 in 56 overs spoke of how dominant South Africa had been.

Markram edged a delivery from spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel on 94 coming from 150 balls as he was denied a third test century in his seventh innings.

Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin produced splendid spells on Sunday to bowl South Africa out for 335 runs in the first innings of second Test being played at Centurion. 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.

All told, each session got better for India. De Villiers had to leave for 20, and the Indians were jubilant.

The all-rounder then completed the routine task of dislodging the bails to run out Philander after the South Africa seamer's brain-fade had left him and Du Plessis at the same end. Ashwin returned back into the attack to have Quinton de Kock (0) caught in the slip while Vernon Philander (0) had himself run out to leave the Proteas reeling at 251 for six.

The South African captain held firm though, and Keshav Maharaj showed his batting chops once again to lend some stability to the score.

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