At the end of first day, nothing was predictable in the Johannesburg Test between India and South Africa. While, India was all out for 187 runs with a largely ineffective batting lineup, South Africa lost is first wicket within six overs of the day’s final session play. India batsmen were futile in the inning following the same lethargic pattern they have been though in previous games. Inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane in the middle order did not bring any better results. It was the Skipper, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara salvaging India with their careful and patient strike.
Winning the toss, Virat Kohli displayed a sheer courage to bat first, despite knowing that the green pitch is perfect for bowlers. Within the first 10 overs, both openers, Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul were removed at a mere score of 13 runs. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara forged a partnership of 134 runs playing around 35 overs together in the inning. The player played through several catch misses and unattempt reviews. The contest was on until both the players were on the pitch. Kohli scored 54 runs playing until the 43rd over. Pujara played until the 62nd over scoring 50 runs. Between their wickets, Rahane came to add 9 runs.
Pujara’s wicket was the breakthrough for South Africa bowlers. From 144 for 5 in 61.3 overs, India plummeted to 187 all out in 76.4 overs. Thus, it was only a matter of 43 runs for India hitting the complete wobble. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, meanwhile added 30 runs playing 49 balls. He was the last wicket to return.
South Africa started its second inning in the final session of the day. The team played six overs until the game was called off. In the stretch, Aiden Markram nicked the delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Parthiv Patel. His wicket came up as the first attack of India in the inning. At the day’s end, the home team was at 6 for 1 with Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada was overnight batsmen.
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