INDIA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018
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South Africa 335-all out (113.5 Ovs)
Lungi Ngidi 1 (4)
Faf du Plessis holds the key for South Africa on day two © AFP
A comedy of errors!
What can Ashwin do? He was brought in to get rid of Kagiso Rabada, and in two balls he fashions two chances for India. The first one takes the edge with an away spinner, but the edge is missed by both Parthiv and Kohli. The very next ball, Ashwin lures Rabada into the big shot with a flighted delivery. This time Hardik and Shami combine to let another opportunity slip. How much will this cost them?
What more, South Africa go past 300, and Faf his fifty.
100 Test wickets
Finally, India have broken through with Shami prising out Maharaj. It was in that channel outside off, with Maharaj poking at it to edge behind the stumps. Yesterday, Shami looked out of sorts, but is bowling with better rhythm today. It also turns out to be his 100th Test wicket.
Solid start this for South Africa on day 2. Faf survives an early review for LBW, and takes a couple more on the body. Maharaj looks solid too at the other end. The hosts have moved to 280 for six now. India will hope to get them before SA reach 300.
It was the topsy-turvy kind of day the Indian team wouldn’t mind. They certainly didn’t bowl and field like they deserved to take six South African wickets, but by the end of the day, they had just that.
They will thank two men profusely. R Ashwin pulled out his b ag of tricks and bowled with the brilliance one would expect from one of the best in the world. Hardik Pandya, on the other hand, laid bare his X-factor to help effect two key run outs and break the back of the South African innings.
India still have the tail to wipe out, and they only need to look at the last game to get a sense of what it can do. South Africa will be hoping for just that, while India will pray they have more luck going their way on a vital Day 2 that promises to be another all-out entertainer.
Join me, @Vishaal_CB, with your expert and not-so-expert opinions, comments, rants and what-not as we go through Day 2 of the second Test. Keeping in trend what Virat Kohli so strongly advocates, let’s talk about the strangest selections for cricket matches.
Here’s an Alan Parsons Classic to start you off with. The ‘do do da, do do do’ song that always stuck in the mind, but never reaches the tongue.