It was an eventful Day 2 at the first Test match between India and The Republic of South Africa. It is definitely an uphill task for the Indians as South Africa is at 140 plus runs at the end of the second day. Earlier on the first day, India surprised the host with three early wickets taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his hattrick overs.
The innings was much under control for India but the next bating duo AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis kept the run score going.Bhuvneshwar Kumar came out shining on the first day. However, RSA managed to put 286 runs on the board as their first innings score. Ravichandran Ashwin did remarkable towards the end of the innings. Though, India checked RSA under the 300 marks, but they too easily loosed themselves to the RSA bowling. With Philander claiming the wicket of M Vijay and Steyn dismissing Dhawan, both of them moved in to the top-10 wicket-takers in Test history. That was not sufficient and Morkel grabbed the wicket of Virat Kohli into a familiar trap behind the wicket. India were at 28 for 3 at the end of the first day.
The second day was entirely captured by Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Pandya added 93 runs valuable made at One-day speed. He did it with just 95 balls. In his 93 runs score, there were 14 fours and one six. Cheteshwar Pujara and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added 26 and 25 runs respectively. Much of credit goes to Bhuvneshwar Kumar as well, as he stood as a wall for the entire 86 deliveries he faced. During his time on the field, Pandya built up his innings and added the valuable 93 runs. Both of them together added 99 runs to the total score. The entire team shed their wicket in the 74th over for just 209 runs on the board.
In the bowling department, Hardik Pandya came out shining on Day – 2. He took both the wickets of Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar in the fifteenth and seventeenth over.
South Africa: 1st Innings 286 – 10 (73.1)
AB de Villiers – 65 Runs
Faf du Plessis – 62 Runs
Quiton de Kock – 43 Runs
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 4 Wickets
Ravichandran Ashwin – 2 Wickets
India: 1st Innings 209 – 10 (73.4)
Hardik Pandya – 93 Runs
Cheteshwar Pujara – 26 Runs
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 25 Runs
Vernon Philander – 3 Wickets
Kagiso Rabada – 3 Wickets
South Africa: 2nd Innings 65 – 2 (20)
Aiden Markram – 34 Runs
Dean Elgar – 25 Runs
Hardik Pandya – 2 Wickets