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14 January 2018, 04:27 | Charlene Valdez

Runouts spoil SA party

Late wickets give India advantage on day one

The visitors trail by another 255 runs.

Markram continued his impressive start to his Proteas career, striking 15 boundaries in a well-crafted 94 and Amla made 82, having been dropped by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel on 30, but India hit back after tea at Centurion.

Markram and a struggling Dean Elgar (31) put on 85 for the first wicket before Elgar went down the wicket and was caught by Murali Vijay at silly mid-off, checking a drive when Ashwin bowled a bit shorter so that Elgar could not reach the pitch of the ball.

Ashwin too probed Elgar, and in the 24th over, had a caught-behind appeal turned down. Though things did turn back for the visitors by the evening as a couple of run outs in the third session and good consistent bowling from R Ashwin saw the Indians claw back into the game. He set off with a flurry of boundaries and quickly outscored Vijay. He has the most runs by any batsman in Centurion where his haul of scoring 50 or more 12 times in 17 innings includes four hundreds and one double-hundred.

Ngidi (0-6) bowled a fiery first four-over spell on Test debut, egged on by the home crowd, but he couldn't etch out a breakthrough before tea.

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has achieved the milestone of 100 Test wickets, getting there with the scalp of Keshav Maharaj during day two of the second Test between against South Africa at Centurion.

Ashwin and Sharma were the two outstanding bowlers for the Indians; with the off-spinner picking up 4/113 in 38.5 overs, while Sharma, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, claimed 3/46 in 22 overs.

Faf du Plessis (63) spearheaded the South African attack today, helping his team cross the 300 mark. He used a review but the hotspot clearly showed an edge. Rabada departs for 11.

Quinton de Kock failed to trouble the scorers as he was dismissed for a golden duck after being caught by India captain Virat Kohli at slip off the bowling of Ashwin.

Du Plessis meanwhile was being asked tough questions.

Debutant Lungi Ngidi's first contribution in this match was to face four balls, but he managed to get off the mark nudging Ashwin to long on for a single, following which Morne Morkel was out slogging to long-off. Sharma clean bowled the home captain to make sure South Africa was kept in check.

In an innings that needed an anchor even after opener Markram, who has now passed the test of playing against a top-eight attack, Amla held South Africa together. Bhuvi had grabbed six wickets conceding 120 runs in all and also batted with ample patience in the Cape Town Test, especially the one alongside Hardik Pandya in the first innings.

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