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Man dies due to early dismissal of Virat Kohli in Cape Town Test

Man dies due to early dismissal of Virat Kohli in Cape Town Test

Hardik Pandya then effected two run-outs of Amla and Vernon Philander as India came back strongly into the game.

In the 24th over, Elgar survived a review from India for a caught behind as the bat had hit the pad but Markram looked extremely confident as he reached his second half-century with two more fours. However the 42 runs he shared for the eight wicket with Du Plessis, may yet prove crucial in this match.

Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin produced splendid spells on Sunday to bowl South Africa out for 335 runs in the first innings of second Test being played at Centurion.

We really shouldn't be surprised that Virat Kohli made changes from the XI that lost at Newlands given that in his 34 Tests as captain he is yet to name the same team twice.

Dhawan failed against bouncers in both innings of Cape Town Test and thus Rahul, who has fared better against rising deliveries in the past, was included in Centurion. The course of this Test may be determined by which team takes it chances the best and on day one India let far too many opportunities slip away and were at times a little too casual in the field.

Captain Faf Du Plessis‚ who won the toss in the morning and chose to bat first on a belter of a pitch that had something for the batsmen‚ made only one change‚ with Titans fast bowler Lungi Ngidi coming in for injured Dale Steyn on his home ground.

The opener was looking good for his third Test ton in only his fifth match but fell agonizingly short by six runs after getting caught behind to Ravichandran Ashwin.

The home team had resumed on 269/6 with the lower order seeking to atone after a disastrous last 40 minutes on Saturday had seen the Proteas lose three wickets for five runs in just 13 balls.

Sehwag was unhappy with Kohli's selection decisions for the Centurion Test, in which he excluded wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make way for Parthiv Patel and Ishant Sharma. respectively.

But the first two sessions was all about chase the leather for the Indian fielders as the South Africa batsmen made hay.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Ishant claimed one. It was clearly a lucky wicket for the visitors as Elgar jumped down the track and hit the ball straight at Vijay who somehow managed to hold onto that one after it hit his body.

The all-rounder then completed the routine task of dislodging the bails to run out Philander after the South Africa seamer's brain-fade had left him and Du Plessis at the same end. It was particularly satisfying for him to have contributed with the wickets of Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock on a day that for a long duration looked like it was going ominously wrong for India.

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