India start well v Sth Africa, second Test

Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 52 runs in a second-wicket partnership as India reached 1-77 at lunch on the first day of the second Test against South Africa on Thursday.

At the break, Agarwal was 34 not out while Pujara was unbeaten on 19 runs after India won the toss and decided to bat in Virat Kohli’s 50th Test as skipper.

South Africa’s new-ball pairing of Vernon Philander (0-8) and Kagiso Rabada (1-26) bowled a testing first spell to the Indian openers. Philander was exceptional in his seven-over spell and used the pitch’s hardness as well as slightly grassy conditions to his benefit.

Rohit Sharma (14) was caught behind off Rabada in the 10th over.

India has a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after winning the first Test in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs.

India made one change, bringing in pace bowler Umesh Yadav in place of middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari. Yadav last played a test at Perth in December 2018 during India’s tour of Australia.

South Africa handed fast bowler Anrich Nortje his first test cap. Offspinner Dane Piedt, who had a poor outing in Visakhapatnam, was left out.


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Publish date : 2019-10-10 06:43:20

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