Rahul, Pant take India past 100January 21, 2022 15:56
Medium pacer Andile Phehlukwayo comes into the attack as he replaces Maharaj, who took 1/27 in five overs in his first spell.
Pant clips the second ball through the leg side for a couple of runs before he takes a single off the fifth ball as just three runs come from the over.
Markram continues from the other end, bowling his eighth over on the trot.
He continues to keep things tight, bowling five dot balls in a row to Pant, who clips the last ball fine on the leg side for a four.
In the next over, Rahul hits the first two balls from Phehlukwayo square on the off-side but both times can't find the gap.
Four singles from the next four balls as the medium pacer does well to concede just four runs in his second over.
Left-arm chinaman spinner Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the attack, replacing Markram, who bowled a good spell of 1/34 in eight overs.
Pant immediately targets the spinner, sweeping the first ball over midwicket for a four.
He again sweeps the next ball this time for another boundary through square leg.
Two balls later he manages to run the spinner fine on the off-side for another four and then takes a single to long-off.
Shamsi bowls a wide down the leg side before Rahul blocks the last ball, as 14 come from the over.
In the next over, Pant hits Phehlukwayo through the covers for a single to bring up his fifty from 43 balls.
Rahul takes a single off the next before Pant helps a short ball down the leg side, swiping it fine for a four.
Pant has cut loose -- hitting four boundaries in the last seven balls faced as India get back on track and on course for a total in excess of 300.
India have recovered to reach 141/2 in 25 overs, with Pant on 55 and Rahul on 45, with the duo putting on 77 from 74 balls so far for the third wicket.