Ashwin Gets Rid Of Markram, Hosts Two Down


India will aim to bounce back after their defeat in the opening Test against South Africa when the second match of the starts at the SuperSport Park with the focus on its batsmen. The hosts bundled out India for 209 and 135 in the two innings, registering a 72-run victory at Newlands, Cape Town. Though the visiting bowlers thrived on the lively pitch, the technique and approach of the batsmen was questioned as they failed to chase down a target of 208. India would have suffered more embarrassment if all-rounder Hardik Pandya had not come up with an audacious 93 in the first innings. But such counter-attacking and full-of-risk knock does not not pay off always and captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Ravi Shastri know that. Bounce, seam and swing were all there to see at Newlands and SuperSport Park is expected to be no less lively. The hosts have not lost at this venue since 2014. South Africa head coach Otis Gibson has already expressed his desire to stick with a four-pronged pace attack. The hosts went into the Newlands Test with their strongest quartet of seamers — Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. Veteran Steyn injured his left heel midway through the match and has been sidelined for four to six weeks.

Live updates between India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1, straight from Centurion

17:49 IST- Amla dropped on 14 by Hardik Pandya and 30 by Parthiv Patel. Both chances were difficult though. Will this haunt India later, we need to wait and watch. South Africa 166/2

17:34 IST- OUT! Big blow. Markram departs. Change of angle from Ashwin has done the trick. Decision reviewed. Caught behind for Markram. A brilliant innings comes to an end. He departs for 94 runs. Misses on ton by 6 runs. South Africa 148/2 after 47.3 overs

17:28 IST- Partnership of 63 runs from 101 balls. Amla and Markram have steadied their ship after Elgar’s departure. South Africa 148/1

17:12 IST- DRINKS. Time to regroup and strategise for both the teams. South Africa 140/1 in 43 overs

17:10 IST- FOUR! Markram is utilising his skills to hit the poor deliveries. Just pushes the ball to the offside. He has now reached 83 off 133 balls. Markram has played some exquisite shots. His wagon wheel suggests he has cored all over the park. He has played some intelligent cricket today. South Africa 135/1

16:59 IST- Amla is taking on Ashwin now with a boundary. He seems to be growing in confidence. Pandya had a chance, tough one though, to take Amla’s catch on 14. South Africa 126/1

16:45 IST- 100 up for South Africa in the 35th over. Amla gets to the team’s 100 with a superb drive to the boundary. The host have shown resilience throughout their first innings. Markram will look to convert his fifty into a hundred. South Africa 101/1

16:35 IST- FOUR! Poor delivery by Ishant. Too straight. Markram gives it the treatment it deserved. He has been wonderful in this innings. If he stays like this, South Africa could end up posting a huge total. He has been strong on the leg side throughout his innings. South Africa 92/1

16:21 IST- OUT! Elgar departs for a gritty 31. Murali Vijay takes a good catch at silly point. Finally, India get the breakthrough. Danger man Hashim Amla is next. South Africa 85/1

16:13 IST- FOUR to end the over with. Straight drive over the bowler’s head for a four. Elgar is now bating on 30. South Africa 83/0

16:10 IST- Day 1, Session 2 begins

And we are back with the live updates. Ashwin begins the proceedings.

15:31 IST- Lunch. Good first session for South Africa after Markram’s fifty. Elgar, with his 26, also played a good knock for the hosts. India will look to regroup at the lunch break. South Africa 78/0 after 27 overs. (Markram 51*, Elgar 26*, Ishant 0/12)

15:24 IST- FIFTY! Markram shows his class after his fifty. This is his 2nd Test fifty. Looked in control right from the outset. 50 runs off 81 balls with 9 fours. South Africa 72/0

15:17 IST- NOT OUT! Big appeal for caught behind off Ashwin’s ball. Decision reviewed. Good relex catch by Parthiv…

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