Late wickets give India advantage on day one

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It looked to be a dominant day for the hosts before a mini-collapse came by. In between those two dismissals, Quinton de Kock was out first ball off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Pandya went short at Vernon Philander, who didn't look comfortable but somehow fended it off to a heavily-packed on-side field. In Centurion, the openers have to take a lot of responsibility to see the new ball off. On 94, Markram pushed at Ashwin with a loose bat and was caught behind by Parthiv.

Markram and Amla though, continued unruffled, and looked nearly immovable when Ashwin struck again, getting a snick off Markram that Parthiv held on to well to end the second-wicket stand at 63 runs. The quick picked up the ball and turned hitting the stumps back at the bowlers end to run the number three out.

Mohammed Shami (0-46) was haywire too, and India had to recall Ishant and Ashwin back into the attack.

That piece of good fortune spurred the home side on and they managed another 36 runs in the next seven overs up to the lunch break, the shackles seemingly broken. He asked for DRS review and was a tad unlucky as the edge was doubtful. But the umpire's decision remained with the snickometer giving no sign of the ball kissing the bat. Understandable though, Virat Kohli and the head coach, Ravi Shastri asserted that this is the best squad ever visited South Africa and were pretty confident of turning the tables.

The world's top Test bowler Kagiso Rabada says it is his ambition to open the bowling for South Africa, but he will likely have to wait for his chance ahead of the second Test against India starting in Pretoria on Saturday.

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Kohli made it clear he would welcome another no-holds-barred battle in conditions as tough as they were in Cape Town, where South Africa won the first Test by 72 runs.

India skipper Virat Kohli has said that this team is happy to fight fire with fire and the lively track on offer at the SuperSport Park in Centurion is no deterrent for his boys and they weren't just mere words and the batsmen backed it with action as they kept facing short pitched deliveries at the nets. Lokesh Rahul replaced Shikhar Dhawan as an opening batsman and fast bowler Sharma came in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

This injury has created further headaches for the selection panel, as they try to decide who should replace the "Phalaborwa Express".

Mumbai: The one silver lining in India's humiliating defeat by South Africa in Cape Town was the performance of India's fast bowling attack.

The other notable contributor for South Africa was Hashim Amla, who continued with his good form here at Centurion in test matches, with a score of 82 off 153 runs before he was run out in the third session by Hardik Pandya. It is only the second match in India's 12-Test long overseas schedule in 2018-19, and already they are faced with a must-not-lose situation in a bid to keep this series alive.

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