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Markram shines as Proteas make solid start to second test

The one silver lining in India’s humiliating defeat by South Africa in Cape Town was the performance of India’s fast bowling attack led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami Indian cricket team made its entry in Nehru jacket during their India House visit in Johannesburg
Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2018, 01:38

Bounce apart, there wasn't a whole lot of help for the seam bowlers, and perhaps this was why India went in with Ishant ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who picked up 4 for 87 and 2 for 33 in Cape Town.

India endured a wicketless morning session as the second Test got underway at Centurion's SuperSport Park on Saturday, with South Africa's openers seeing out the first hour and then cashing in on a period of wayward bowling to take the score to 78/0 at lunch.

South Africa finished on 269-6, but at one point they had been cruising at 246-3 and seemed set for a big total after winning the toss and batting on an easy-paced pitch.

Recently when du Plessis was asked whether Virat Kohli was on a par with AB de Villiers or better in the longest format of the game, he said with a wink: "Anyone who gets judged on being the best in the world, whether it is a bowler, batsman or team, I feel should get judged all around the world".

The ability to attack the short ball or at least look at ease in facing it will be key for both sets of batsmen with India having already shown a willingness to bounce out the Proteas.

Watch day two of the second Test between South Africa and India, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 7.55am on Sunday.

"We have to get stuck in and be tough with the bat and the ball; get in their faces a bit and use our physicality in terms of our pace".

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Du Plessis held his team together until stumps and was 24 not out.

At the close of play, Faf du Plessis (24*) was at the wicket with Keshav Maharaj (10*).

In the first test at Newlands, India had a decent opportunity to start the series with a victory as South Africa produced one of the spiciest pitches which was sure to favour a good Indian pace attack. We are pretty happy to see the wicket how it behaved in Cape Town that gave us many opportunities to stay in the game and make comebacks whenever we were put under pressure also. But I don't think he has ever led from the front and that has been a problem with him. I have had a great time over the last two-three years.

Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out of the match due to hamstring injury, Parthiv Patel was picked to replace him. Meanwhile, Markram reached his second Test half-century off 81 balls, just before the break.

"Massively disappointed", he said. I like to believe I was just dogged enough.

In 38 Tests since being dropped, Ashwin has taken 205 wickets at an average of 23.82, proving himself one of the best spinners in the history of the game.

"He (Ishant Sharma) has played 78 (79) Test matches, to play 78 (79) Test matches for India is unbelievable". He has four centuries and a double-century at Centurion and was on course to add to that when du Plessis called him through for a quick single and Pandya pounced brilliantly.

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