South Africa 78 for no loss at lunch on Day 1

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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. India 28/1 in the 10th over.

In one over before lunch, India scored four runs.

Talking about the South African pitches, Kohli emphasised that team needs to have intent because the kind of bowling attack South Africa has, especially on these pitches they get extra bounce and they get extra pace off the wicket.

With South Africa two down, in walked the crowd favourite de Villiers and along with Amla, the two took the hosts to tea at 182/2.

Du Plessis was at the centre of the next run-out, too, except this time he was the one not interested in a single.

Hardik Pandya was steadying himself to take the catch, but there was confusion as Shami also backed himself. Rabada departs for 11. South Africa 280/6 in 69.4 overs. By the next over, India had a deep point in place. However, in the second session, Ravichandran Ashwin finally got breakthrough India were looking for. But the offie is unlucky to not get the former. Despite Bhuvneshwar impressing with the ball - he was dropped by Kohli in favour of Ishant.

Seven runs later, Ashwin fashioned the first of his three what-should-have-been-wickets. SA 282/7 in 99 overs.

However, the Ishant-Bhuvneshwar swap is still not confirmed even though the other two changes are more or less certain.

Markram, who was raised just a few kilometres from the Centurion Park stadium, will resume after the interval on 51 along with a more cautious Dean Elgar, who has 26. "It could be a very good batting day tomorrow".

South Africa 78 for no loss at lunch on Day 1
South Africa 78 for no loss at lunch on Day 1

Du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj prevented further damage from being done, but they will return to the crease on Sunday morning with work to do.

If you want to beat the best team in the world, which India are, then maybe we have to do something slightly different to what we've done in the past.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli yesterday said that the players need to put in more efforts as the team can not afford to play loose shots.

No Indian top-order batsman made more than 28 in either innings in Cape Town.

Bumrah bowled AB De Villiers for his first Test wicket. Also, two quick wickets after that gave India the edge.

With Elgar back and an out of form Amla coming into bat, the Indians looked to attack.

"If every Test match finishes inside three days and we're on the right side of the result, then I'm okay with that", Proteas coach Ottis Gibson offered after the Cape Town Test.

South Africa made just one change, bringing in debutant fast bowler Lungi Ngidi for Dale Steyn who is out of the series.

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