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SA vs Ind 1st Test 2018 : India in early soup after bowling out hosts for 286

SA vs Ind 1st Test 2018 : India is in early soup in the opening Test match at Cape Town at 28 for 3 having bowled out hosts South Africa for 286 during the first day’s play.

At stumps, India’s surviving batsmen are Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma on whom the team’s fortunes would depend on Day 2 of the SA vs Ind 1st Test 2018 at Newlands.

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India lost its openers Murali Vijay, caught at gully for 1 after playing an expansive drive off Vernon Philander and Shikhar Dhawan, caught and bowled by Dale Steyn in a top edged pull shot. Skipper Virat Kohli was bounced out outside off stump by Morne Morkel.

Electing to bat first, South Africa was in similar sorts of trouble at 12 for 3 owing to a terrific new ball spell from Bhuvneshwar Kumar who struck in the very third ball of the Test match by forcing the left-handed Dean Elgar to nick a good length to the keeper.

Newlands, Cape Town

Newlands, Cape Town

Bhuvneshwar Kumar followed it up with an inducker to have Aiden Markram lbw and then got the prized wicket of Hashim Amla whose backfoot drive could only yield an edge to the keeper.

India seemed to have lost the plot after that as AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis ran away with a busy partnership. Fortunately, the visitors recovered as AB de Villiers dragged a drive onto his stumps to present Test debutant Jasprit Bumrah his maiden wicket.

AB de Villiers scored 65 from 84 balls with 11 fours while adding 114 runs with skipper Faf du Plessis who departed soon, caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Hardik Pandya for 62 (from 104 balls with 12 fours).

India failed to complete the knock-out job after having SA at 142 for 5. The South African lower order made useful contributions to stretch the total to nearly 300. Luckily for India, R Ashwin chipped in with two wickets with clever variations in pace to wrap up the South African innings.

For the Proteas, Quinton de Kock blazed his way to 43 from 40 balls while Keshav Maharaj scored 35.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar did take four wickets but gave away 87 runs in 19 overs at an economy rate of 4.57. There was a wicket each for Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya with the latter two leaking plenty of runs.

Going into the SA vs Ind 1st Test 2018 at Cape Town, India made strange selection moves by dropping Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane to include Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. The onus will be on Rohit Sharma to prove that his selection is justified even though Ajinkya Rahane has clearly been the best batsman in recent times for India outside the sub-continent. Another selection mistake was having Jasprit Bumrah, who is more of a one day type of bowler, ahead of Umesh Yadav.

Posted by on January 6, 2018. Filed under India, India Tour of South Africa 2018, South Africa. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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