India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Centurion

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Talking to reporters on the eve of the second Test at the Centurion, the South Africa captain said: "Sitting here as a batsman, the first priority is to win games". In between those two dismissals, Quinton de Kock was out first ball off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Ishant Sharma coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was their most successful bowler in Newlands, may have surprised some but it was a perfectly justifiable decision given the conditions.

Amla, who looked set for a century to end a poor run of form which had brought scores of 5, 3 and 4 in his previous three Test innings, played a ball from Pandya to the on-side and was called for a sharp single by South African captain Faf du Plessis. As a bowler you look to get the first wicket early and I got AB de Villiers.

Credit has to go to Hardik Pandya for changing direction in his follow-through, fielding a ball nearly at square leg, turning around and going for and achieving a direct hit at the end that the batsman - Hashim Amla, slower of the two at that time - didn't expect action.

Although there has been no word on the bowling combination, Ishant was seen sweating at the nets giving indications that Kohli might be tempted to give him a go.

"It's all part of the game". Keshav Maharaj was with him on 10 not out but South Africa had only tailenders left to come on a pitch where they would have been targeting a score of 400 plus after that start.

South Africa lost their first wicket in the 30th over, their second in the 48th and their third in the 63rd and partnerships of 85, 63 and 51 underlined how infrequently India's bowlers struck in the first two sessions of play on day one of the second Test at Centurion.

Former South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan has made the equation for Virat Kohli-led Team India pretty simple if the visitors want to bag their maiden Test series win.

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But on Saturday he went some way towards redemption as his three for 90 from 31 overs enabled India to restrict the hosts to 269 for six.

Bumrah said he would rather pick the positives, including getting A B de Villiers as his first Test wicket.

"Hindsight is a very easy teacher", said Ashwin when asked if he missed Jadeja.

Hundred per cent. I absolutely think we do. He struck the ball with authority, particularly off the back foot, before he tried to guide a ball from Ashwin towards third man and was caught behind by Parthiv Patel. The first 25 overs belong to the pacers.

"Massively disappointed", he said.

"Firstly my apologies, I don't like doing lives, just happy to speak to you". The ball is not expected to swing as much and so, Ishant Sharma, who gets better bounce, was preferred.

But Markram and then Amla played South Africa into a position of dominance, with Amla stroking 14 fours and appearing to be on the way to another century at a ground where he has his best record.

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