R Ashwin’s four-wicket haul and Ishant Sharma’s 3/46 helped India restrict South Africa to 335 on Day 2 of the second Test at Centurion on Sunday. South Africa went from the comfort of 246-3 to 269-6 in the last 10 overs before stumps on Day 1 and R Ashwin and Co. would be hoping to close the Proteas innings in the first session Sunday. Get live updates and live score of the India vs South Africa, second Test, Day 2 from SuperSport Park in Centurion here. (LIVE STREAMING | LIVE SCORECARD) (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA U-19 WORLD CUP SCORES) (AUS vs ENG SCORES)
17:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Rabada and Kohli flicks it past midwicket. Moves to 24 off just 27 balls. India are 56/2. Ngidi to continue.
17:18 hrs IST: Solid show from Rabada and Ngidi. No margin for error. Get a feeling something is going to happen here.
17:12 hrs IST: Lungi Ngidi starts with a maiden. Tough task for India. Either of Vijay or Kohli need to get a big century. India are 45/2. Time for drinks.
17:04 hrs IST: Good over for India, nine runs off it. They are 38/2, Vijay 18*, Kohli 10*
17:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Full delivery, on off stump, and Kohli times it sweetly past the non-striker. Stupendous!
16:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Morkel, Kohli leans forward and just helps it through cover point region for his first boundary.
16:52 hrs IST: WICKET! And suddenly, India’s hopes of posting a big first innings total are fading. Pujara gone. Worked a full delivery from Morkel towards mid-on for a quick single but Ngidi is even ‘quicker’ and the Indian is run out. Kohli is in at No.4. The visitors need a big partnership here.
16:49 hrs IST: OUT! Morne Morkel strikes, gets KL Rahul. The South African takes a good catch in his follow through! Rahul would be gutted. Pujara is the next man in.
16:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Second boundary for Rahul. Looks in good touch. Needs to keep going though. India are 28/0.
16:39 hrs IST: Meanwhile, riding on Jason Roy’s record-breaking 180, England have defeated Australia by five wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-ODI series. What a knock from him! Certainly one of the best at the ‘G.
16:35 hrs IST: Two runs off the last ball for Rahul, moves to six. India are 19/0.
16:28 hrs IST: Have to say this is India’s best chance of making it 1-1. Bat once, bat big should be the mantra. Anything around 450-500 would be more than enough. Ashwin would love to bowl on Day 4 and 5.
16:24 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK – Mohammed Shami is the 7th India fast bowler and 3rd quickest (among them) to complete 100 Test wickets.
16:20 hrs IST: Not much help for fast bowlers. Both openers should look to get a big one here.
16:16 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Morkel. India are 8/0 after 2 overs. Vernon Philander comes into the attack.
16:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Morkel, down leg on Rahul’s pads, and the Indian flicks it to long leg boundary.
16:11 hrs IST: Welcome back! Rahul to take strike. Morkel to start the proceedings.
15:31 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. What a session for India! Needed those four wickets and they took them without any delay. Time for batsmen to step up to the plate. We’ll be back in 40 minutes time. Stay tuned!
15:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Gentle loosener from Maharaj and Vijay drives it past extra over for his first boundary of the day.
15:27 hrs IST: Time for India’s innings. Murali Vijay and KL Rahul to open. Keshav Maharaj to start the proceedings, surprisingly!
15:18 hrs IST: WICKET!And that’s it. South Africa have been all out for 335. Ashwin finishes with a four-wicket haul. Good performance from India. But it’ll all come down to how they bat.
15:10 hrs IST: OUT! What a delivery from Ishant. Pitches it up, gets some inswing and it crashes onto the middle-stump of du Plessis. South Africa 333/9. Debutant Lungi Ngidi is in at No. 11.
15:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Ashwin, du Plessis comes down the track and hits it well past the fielder at long on. Moves to 63.
15:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Ishant strikes, gets rid of Rabada. Pandya dives full length to complete a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket. Morne Morkel is the next batsman.
14:56 hrs IST: And Parthiv Patel drops Faf du Plessis. India missing a certain name – Wriddhiman Saha. South Africa are 324/7.
14:50 hrs IST: Two runs and that’s fifty for Faf du Plessis, 17th in Tests. An important innings from the South Africa captain. Needs to convert it into a big one. But he needs support from the other end.
14:45 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant registered the fastest T20 century hit by an Indian as he slammed a 32-ball ton against Himachal Pradesh in the zonal stages of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, helping his side to a 10-wicket win. Read full report here
14:42 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s 300 up for South Africa. The hosts need another 100 runs to put themselves in a comfortable position. du Plessis, who is nearing his fifty, holds the key here.
14:38 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Shami and du Plessis hits it through cover region. As good as it gets! South Africa are 298/7
14:33 hrs IST: An eventful over. Unlucky Ashwin, should have got his fourth scalp. South Africa are 292/7, du Plessis 34*, Rabada 4*
14:29 hrs IST: Kagiso Rabada dropped twice off consecutive deliveries. While Kohli puts one down at first slip, a mix-up between Pandya and Shami at backward point hands the South African an extra life. This is sloppy stuff from the visitors.
14:23 hrs IST: Two maidens in a row from Ashwin. This is turning out to be another excellent period for Virat Kohli’s side. South Africa are 283/7, du Plessis 29*, Rabada 1*
14:17 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Jason Roy is well on course to hit a century in the first ODI. England, in chase of 305, are 119/2 in 17 overs. Joe Root is unbeaten on 26. Can the visitors register their first win on the tour?
14:11 hrs IST: WICKET! And Shami has struck. 100th Test wicket for him. Maharaj has to depart for 18(54). Kagiso Rabada comes to the crease.
14:07 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. He is one short of completing 100 Test wickets.
14:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Short from Ishant, a bit of width, Maharaj gets into position early and cuts it past the point region for the first boundary of the day.
13:57 hrs IST: Maiden over from Bumrah. Continues to maintain pressure. South Africa 276/6. Ishant again.
13:51 hrs IST: Only five runs in the first four overs. The hosts need quick runs or else India will get the remaining wickets without any difficulty.
13:46 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK – Former South Africa captain Hashim Amla has the most Test runs (1284) by a batsman at Centurion.
13:42 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India have beaten Australia by 100 run to secure of their first win in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. What a way to start the tournament! Skipper Prithvi Shaw’s 94 — highlight of the match.
13:38 hrs IST: Bumrah continues to keep it tight. Just one run off it. South Africa are 271/6, du Plessis 26*, Maharaj 10*
13:34 hrs IST: Steady start from Ishant. Single off the last ball for du Plessis. South Africa are 270/6. Jasprit Bumrah now.
13:30 hrs IST: Time for live action. Faf du Plessis to take strike. For India, Ishant Sharma will start the proceedings.
13:20 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK – 3/90 – This is R Ashwin’s best figures in a Test in South Africa. Can he take a five-wicket haul today?
13:12 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Australia have put on a big score at the ‘G, courtesy Aaron Finch’s century and Marcus Stoinis’ late assault. Follow live score here
13:07 hrs IST: It’s going to be an exciting day. Four quick wickets and the visitors will look to bat out the day. On the other hand, Vernon Philander will have to bowl out of their skin to stop the Indian batting. The pitch doesn’t have anything in it for fast bowlers but left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj will definitely find some purchase.
13:00 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between South Africa and India at Centurion.
After toiling for more than two sessions on Saturday, India found themselves suddenly on top on the proceedings as South Africa threw away wickets in the fag end of the final session of the first day of the Test. Hashim Amla got run out on 82 and his dismissal started the late slide. Vernon Philander also ran himself out for 0 and in between those two dismissals, Quinton de Kock was out first ball to Ashwin, who took three wickets for 90 runs and was the pick of the Indian bowlers.
The late drama and South Africa’s careless end to the day have given Virat Kohli and Co. a way back into the second Test as well as the three-match series. The visitors are down 0-1 in the series after going down to SA in Cape Town.
Of course, India will now have to capitalise on the small good fortune that has come their way — the bowlers should terminate the South African innings without conceding too many runs and then the famed Indian batting line-up should get their act together.