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Thu, 10 October 2019
2nd Test: India 273 for 3 at stumps on Day 1 vs SA

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16:42   Bad light stops play



Ind 273-3 (85.1 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard




That is stumps on Day 1 after bad light stops play.  

Rabada continues, he bowls a short ball, pacy one. Rahane pulls, miscues, gets hit on the glove but the ball runs to the fine leg boundary.

With the light fading the umpires call it stumps. 

Philander continues and he is leaking the runs as Kohli finds the boundaries and the batsmen take the singles while Rabada gives just singles at the other end. 

Rabada back in the attack and gives just one in the over.


The 2nd new ball is taken as Philander comes back into the attack.

After two dots, including a shout for LBW, Kohli plays a cracking shot through mid-wicket and after a dot, gets to his 23rd Test 50 with another boundary. 8 come off the over.
16:17   Part-timer Elgar punished



Ind 249-3 (80 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Elgar continues and that is a full toss that Kohli gets to the pitch to and plays it to sweeper cover for a couple.

Kohli then gets a single to point. After a dot, Rahane gets a couple to third man to bring up the 50-run partnership. Two dots to end the over.


Muthusamy continues and that is a maiden. 


Left-arm orthodox bowler Elgar comes into the attack and he is welcomed with a four through mid-wicket by Kohli.

After three dots, the batsmen take a single each as 6 come off the over. 



Muthusamy continues and Kohli takes a single off the first ball of the over.

After a dot, width ball and Rahane cuts it past backward point for a four.

Muthusamy then bowls a no ball.

Three dots to end the over as 6 come off it. 

16:04   Maharaj again leaking runs



Ind 232-3 (76 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Maharaj continues. After a dot, short ball, Kohli goes back and across and cuts the ball down to third man for a four.

After two dots, Kohli then whips the ball past mid-wicket for a four. 

Bavuma misfields at cover and Kohli takes a single to end the over as 9 come off the over.


Muthusamy continues. Just two runs come in the over. 


Spin from both ends now as Maharaj continues. After two dots, Kohli gets a single to square leg. 

Rahane then plays out three dots as just a single comes in the over. 


Muthusamy back in the attack and he is having Kohli on the edge with his quicker ones. Kohli takes a single off the 4th ball of the over. 

Rahane plays out two dots as just one comes in the over.
15:46   Batsmen challenged



Ind 219-2 (72 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard



Drinks on the field now.


Maharaj has done well, bowling four maidens since the wicket of Agarwal and has given good support to Rabada and Nortje at the other end. 

Maharaj continues and Rahane plays him well. That is back-to-back maidens for Maharaj.

Nortje continues and he is bowling with pace and fire as Kohli plays out a maiden.



Maharaj continues and Rahane blocks. And that is a maiden.



Nortje continues, short ball and Kohli pulls it past mid-wicket and mid-on for a four.

After a dot, Kohli gets a single to backward square leg. 

Rahane finally gets off the mark with a shot off his pads, making the most of a half-volley, for a four.

A dot later, Rahane pulls off the toe end for a single to mid-on. 


Maharaj continues and Rahane still stuck on a duck after 16 deliveries. That is a maiden.



Nortje comes back in the attack and after two dots, Kohli plays an uncontrolled pull to fine leg. Lucky escape for the Indian captain.

Three dots to end the over as 4 come off it. 
15:23   Rabada ups the pace



Ind 205-2 (66 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Maharaj continues and he is bowling well to Kohli. After a dot, Kohli steals a single and then Rabada gives 4 overthrows. 

Two dots to end the over.


Rabada continues and he is keeping it in that line as Kohli lets the ball go to the keeper.

Rabada is doing well here, getting it to seam and then he bowls a yorker.

Kohli then just taps the ball down to the leg side and takes single to bring up India's 200. 

Rahane then plays two dots as just the single comes in the over.


Maharaj continues and after a dot, Kohli tries to pull but for no runs.

Kohli then blocks. Kohli ends the over with a single to the off side.


Rabada continues and he is firing in as Rahane does well to see off the challenging over as he gets hit on the grille off the last ball of the over. 
Rahane looks alright as that is a maiden.





Rahane is the new man in as Maharaj continues and Kohli plays out a maiden.
15:06   Rabada gets his 3rd wicket


Ind 198-3 (61 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Rabada picks his third as India lose Agarwal for 108.


Rabada finally comes into the attack post tea. 

After a dot, Rabada bowls short and a little wide and Agarwal plays it past backward point for a couple.

Agarwal then blocks and then lets one go as he plays watchfully. 

After a dot, Rabada does what he was brought on for. He bowls in that channel, gets Agarwal to play, the batsmen gets the outside edge and is caught in the slips. Agarwal goes for 108. 


Maharaj continues. Agarwal gets a single. A dot later, Kohli cuts the ball through backward point for a four.

Two dots to end the over. 5 come off it.

Philander continues and bowls a maiden.
14:52   Back-to-back tons for the Bangalore boy



Ind 191-2 (58 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard




Maharaj continues and Agarwal starts the over with a single.

After a dot, Kohli is dropped as Maharaj fails to collect the return catch. 

Agarwal then plays out three dots as 2 come in the over.

Philander continues and Kohli starts with a dot.

Kohli then gets a single bringing Agarwal on strike.

Agarwal gets to his century after cutting the ball past slips for a four. 

Back-to-back 100s for the Bangalore boy.

A single off the next ball and then a dot to end the over as 6 come off it.


Maharaj continues and Kohli blocks the first two balls before playing the ball to mid-on for a single. Muthusamy does well to cut the runs and field the ball. 

Next ball, Agarwal comes down the track and smacks the ball over the bowler for a six. 

Back-to-back sixes for Agarwal as he repeats the shot and gets to 99 with a shot into the stands.




Philander back in the attack and he starts his new spell with a maiden.




Maharaj continues after tea and after a dot, Kohli gets off the mark with a single  to the leg side.

Agarwal then gets a single to sweeper cover.

Kohli then safely plays out three dots as just 2 come off the over.
14:23   Agarwal going strong on 86


Ind 168-2 (53 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard



India go into the tea break with their tails up after getting the better of the South African bowlers.

India go into tea at 168 for 2 with opener Agarwal still going strong and having new man Virat Kohli for company.

India lost just the one wicket of Pujara for 58 just before tea. But the Indians had the measure of spinner Maharaj taking him for 51 runs in his 17 overs so far.



Rabada continues and after three dots, Agarwal gets the outside edge but the ball goes past the vacant second slip for a four.

Two dots to end the over as just 4 come off it.




Kohli is the new man in as Maharaj continues.

Agarwal gets a single off the second ball of the over and Kohli plays out the over safely. 

Just the single comes in the over. 

Rabada continues and just when Pujara was looking like he was finding the gaps more freely, he is gone.

Rabada bowls in that corridor, inducing an outside edge. Du Plessis takes a good low catch at first slip and India lose their second wicket. 

A ball before Pujara struck a four through cover. 7 runs and a wicket come in the over.
13:58   Maharaj gets a tonking


Ind 156-1 (50 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Maharaj continues and after 2 dots,  Pujara comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and he whips the ball through mid-wicket for a four. 

After a dot, Pujara cuts the ball through backward point for a four to bring up his half-century.

Dot to end the over as 9 come off it.




Rabada back in the attack and after 5 dots, Agarwal gets a couple square of the wicket on the off side.


Maharaj continues and after three dots, Agarwal gets a single to deep backward point.

After a dot, Maharaj gets some turn as Pujara is beaten! Good bowling that. Just a single comes in the over.



Muthusamy continues and after three dots, Agarwal pulls the ball to mid-wicket for a four.

After a dot, Agarwal gets a single to end the over.



Spin from both ends as Maharaj continues. Three dots to start the over. 

There is some turn on pitching. Maiden over.




Left-arm orthodox bowler Muthusamy now comes into the attack and after a dot, he bowls a little wide and Agarwal takes a single.

After a dot, the ball grips and turns. Good ball.

Next one, Muthusamy then drags one short and Pujara pulls it over mid-wicket for a six!

After a dot, short and wide ball next and Pujara gets a single. 8 come off the over. 
13:35   Nortje punished for bowling short


Ind 132-1 (44 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard



Maharaj continues and he gives just two runs in the over. 


Nortje continues and is bowling short. Agarwal pulls the ball to square leg to start the over with a four.

Dot later, Agarwal sets himself up and pulls it to square for a four. That brings up the 100-run partnership.

Another short ball from Nortje and Agarwal gets a single to mid-wicket.

After a dot, Pujara ends the over with a single to fine leg. 


Maharaj continues and after 5 dots, Pujara gets a boundary down to fine leg.


Nortje continues and he is bowling short and gives just one in the over. 
13:18   Batsmen in control



Ind 115-1 (40 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Drinks are out and India clearly dominated that first hour of play after lunch. They saw off the quicks and have creamed Maharaj all over the park. 

Maharaj continues and he bowls a maiden.




Nortje continues, he bowls  short, Agarwal takes evasive action.

Next ball, Agarwal pulls and that is a four to fine leg. 

After a dot, Agarwal takes a single to the leg side. 

Dot to end the over. 5 come off it.
13:06   Nortje bowling short after lunch



Ind 110-1 (38 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard



Maharaj continues and the batsmen rotate the strike and take 5 runs in the over.

Nortje continues and a misfield at mid-wicket gifts Agarwal a single. 

Nortje then bangs one short, Pujara takes evasive action. 

After three dots, Pujara plays the fuller ball to the off side and the batsmen run just two. Agarwal wants three but is sent back. 

Dot to end the over as 3 come off it.





Maharaj continues and after four dots, Agarwal cuts the ball to point for a single. 

A dot to end the over as just the single comes off it. 


Nortje brought back in the attack and he starts his new spell with a maiden.


12:48   100 up for India


Ind 101-1 (34 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Maharaj continues and after three dots, Agarwal gets a boundary through point and cover to get to his half-century. 

Two dots to end the over as India get to 100.




Philander continues and Agarwal playing him  to merit. 

After four dots, one ball takes the edge off Agarwal's  bat and goes to fine leg for a single. 

A dot to end the over. 



Maharaj continues and he finally looks like getting some turn. He has now gone past Agarwal's outside edge twice.

Agarwal then takes a unsure single off the 5th ball of the over.

Pujara goes on the back foot now and cuts the ball past backward point to end the over with a four. 



Philander keeps it good and Pujara is up to the challenge as a maiden is bowled.
12:34   Maharaj unimpressive for SA



Ind 91-1 (30 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


India have come out strongly after lunch with both Agarwal and Pujara findinf the boundaries. Already 14 runs have come off 5 overs.

Maharaj is unable to get much assistance off the pitch and that is not so good for the Proteas still searching for their second wicket.


Maharaj continues and after three dots, there is a big shout for LBW but that was an inside edge.

That is a maiden over. 


Philander continues and after a dot, Pujara goes on the backfoot and punches the ball through backward point for a four. 

Four dots to end the over as four come off it.



Maharaj continues and after three dots, Agarwala drives it past the bowler for a four.

Another half-volley on the leg side and Agarwal gets another boundary, this time through mid-wicket. 

Dot to end the over as 8 come off it.
 

Philander back in the attack and Pujara is happy to block and that is a maiden.



Maharaj continues after lunch and Agarwal takes two runs in the over.
11:38   Pujara, Agarwal in good touch



Ind 77-1 (25 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

India are 77 for 1 at lunch on Day 1 of the 2nd Test against South Africa in Pune.


The South African pace duo of Philander and Rabada bowled their heart out in the morning session,  the latter bowling ten overs in sultry conditions got the only reward of the morning with Rohit Sharma's wicket.

Agarwal (34 batting) and Pujara (19 batting) took time to find their feet, but are looking good at the crease now.

Rabada continues, on to bowl his 10th over. After two dots, Pujara times the ball well and just clips it through mid-wicket for a four. 

That brings up the 50-run partnership. 

Two dot balls later, Agarwal gets lucky as his edge falls short of the man at gully. That is lunch!  


Maharaj continues and Agarwal plays out a maiden.


Rabada continues and after some bad fieldigng by Muthusamy, Pujara gets three runs. Just the three come in the over. 

Maharaj continues and after a dot, Pujara comes down the track and whips the ball off his pads to mid-wicket for a single. Just two come in the over.

Rabada continues and he bowls a maiden.
11:16   Nortje taken to cleaners


Ind 68-1 (20 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Pujara has now raced to 14 runs off 29 balls, he took 13 balls to get off the mark but has since scored 13 runs in 16 balls. Agarwal also looking in good touch.


Spin in the attack now as left arm spinner Maharaj given the ball and Pujara takes him on with back-to-back boundaries to the leg side. Dot to end the over. 8 come off it.





Rabada back in the attack and starts with a no-ball, his fourth today. 

Pujara takes a single to start the over as Agarwal plays out 5 dots. Two come off it.



Philander continues and after two dots, Pujara gets a single to the leg side.

Two dots to end the over as a single comes off it. 


Nortje continues. Some sawdust has been called for to put on the pitch. After 4 dots, fuller delivery and Pujara drives it through covers for three. Lovely timing on that one.

Another lovely shot, this time Agarwal goes harder at it and punches the ball through covers for a boundary. Seven come in the over.

10:53   Good fortune for Pujara, gets a life on zero



Ind 50-1 (16 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


Philander continues and Pujara finally gets off the mark after 13 balls and half-an-hour of being on the crease. 

Philander bowls the fuller length and Agarwal is happy to play them to merit. Just the single in the over. 


Nortje back in the attack, he bowls fuller and Agarwal punishes him with back-to-back boundaries -- first one a straight drive and then the next one he just opens the face of the bat, leans in and drives the ball wide of cover.

Two dots follow that up. 

Again, pitched up and Agarwal drives it beautifully through cover for another four. 

Dot to end the over as three fours come off it. 




Philander back in the attack. He mixes his length and after 5 dots, Agarwal gets a single to square leg. Just a single comes in the over.

Nortje continues and Pujara happy to just block. 

That is a maiden.




Rabada continues and he starts the over with a no-ball overstepping.

Good fortune for India here as Bavuma drops a sharp chance at forward short leg. Pujara gets a life. 

A dot later, Pujara takes a single. Leg bye signalled. 

Another no-ball here as Rabada putting in the extra effort here. 

Big shout for LBW off the last ball of the over. Umpire not interested as 3 runs, all extras -- 2 no-balls and 1 leg bye come in the over.


Pujara is the new man in. 

Nortje continues and he is quick and short, one ball Agarwal is hit on the helmet and the ball flies behind the keeper for a boundary. Agarwal looks fine after getting hit on the helmet. The medical staff comes out to speak to him and it's an all clear as the proceedings continue. 

Next ball is full and Agarwal drives it through cover-point for a boundary.

Dot to end the over.
10:17   Rabada takes out Rohit



Ind 25-1 (10 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard


India lose their first wicket as Rabada's persistence pays off as Rohit is caught behind for 14.


Rabada continues and he starts with two dots before beating Rohit outside off. But he is not bowling full enough to induce the drive and the edge.

Rohit then clips the next ball to the leg side for a couple.

After a dot, Rabada gets a bit of bounce, makes Rohit play, gets the edge and the batsmen is gone, caught behind for 14.  


Debutant Nortje into the attack and he starts with two fiery balls, fast paced, to Agarwal.

He then bowls a short one that takes off the edge of Agarwal's bat and goes past the keeper and first slip for a four.

Three dots to end the over. That was an exceptional over with pace.
10:08   Rabada, Philander keep it tight



Ind 19-0 vs SA (8 ovs) | Scorecard



Rabada continues and he is bowling the short length to Agarwal.

The batsmen then takes a single off a leg bye. 

Rabada is bowling that testing line, flying past the edge of Rohit's bad.

Boundary to end the over as the ball goes off Rohit's bat past the slip cordon for a four. 5 come off the over. 


Philander continues and the ball is seaming into Rohit, challenging the batsman no end. 

A maiden that.





Rabada continues and he continues to test the batsmen by bowling that teasing line and the ball seaming away.

The last ball of the over is banged in short, Rohit is lured into the hoick, lucky for him the ball falls short of the square leg fielder. A single to end the over.




Philander continues and after two dots, Rohit gets a single to fine leg. 

Next ball, big shout for LBW as Agarwal gets hit on the pads right in the middle. Umpire not interested, the South Africans take the DRS but it says umpire's decision, not out. Review retained. Two dots to end the over.
09:52   Rabada, Philander accurate



Ind 12-0 vs SA (4 ovs) | Scorecard


Nice early battle between bat and ball. Rabada and Philander bowling with good speed and in the right areas, making the batsmen play and miss. The Indian openers happy to play the ball to merit without much risk.

Rabada continues and after two dots, Agarwal edges the ball and it flies past the gully fielder to the boundary. First boundary of the innings.

Rabada follows that up with a no ball. 

Three dots to end the over.

Philander continues and after a dot, Rohit gets a couple to fine leg.

Three dots to end the over as just the two come off it.


Rabada opens from the other end. After three dots, Rohit clips the ball to the cow corner for 3.

Two dots to end the over as 3 come off it.


India's in-form openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal come out to bat as Philander opens the bowling for South Africa.

And Agarwal gets off the mark with a single to the leg side.

Next ball, Rohit lets it go. Streaky shot next and he gets off the mark with a single to backward point.

Philander then makes Agarwal play and miss. Well beaten! 

Philander testing Agarwal as he plays and misses again. Two come off the opening over. 
09:14   Umesh in for Vihari


India captain Virat Kohli wins the toss and elects to bat first against South Africa in the 2nd Test in Pune on Thursday.

This is Kohli's 50th Test as Indian captain.

India bring in Umesh Yadav for Hanuma Vihari.

Win toss and bat first is what the experts suggested at the pitch report. The pitch is dry and will help the spinners. Day 1 it is going to help batsmen. 

Virat Kohli's men ticked almost all the boxes during their 203-run win in the opening encounter in Visakhapatnam and they would like to maintain the same intensity in their bid to seal the series in Pune itself.

It was at this very ground that the Indian Test team endured its last batting collapse at home, against Australia in 2017 on a rank turner where off-spinner Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe made lives miserable for the hosts.

Ashwin, with a match haul of eight wickets, and Jadeja, with his all-round solidity, give this team a menacing look in home conditions.

One can only hope that Shami remains niggle-free as he was seen hobbling on his run-up in the first innings in Visakhapatnam even though it became better in the second innings.

Ishant Sharma was also steady during both the innings without being spectacular.

Such was their impact that Jasprit Bumrah was hardly missed despite his phenomenal presence in red ball cricket over the last 18 months.



Rohit Sharma 2.0's blockbuster re-entry into Test arena as an opener with twin hundreds was a calculated punt, that worked wonderfully well first up for Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri.

With Mayank Agarwal also showing signs of making every chance count, as he did with his maiden double hundred in Visakhapatnam, India's opening woes at least (in home conditions) for the next four Tests (two vs Bangladesh next month) could be history for the time being.

The heavy duty batting line-up that also includes Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari would look to make a heftier contribution if the pitch at the Gahunje Stadium aids batsmen.


Playing XI: 

India: R Sharma, M Agarwal, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, W Saha, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, I Sharma, U Yadav, M Shami

South Africa: A Markram, D Elgar, T de Bruyn, T Bavuma, F du Plessis, Q de Kock, S Muthusamy, V Philander, K Maharaj, K Rabada, A Nortje 

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