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Late wickets leave India on top

Late wickets leave India on top

India endured a difficult opening to day one of the second Test against South Africa but thanks to some late wickets will feel well in the contest.

Aiden Markram put the hosts on top early with his strokeplay in a morning session where India looked to keep things tight.

The tourists surprisingly left out their Newlands star Bhuvneshwar Kumar in favour of Ishant Sharma while Wriddhiman Saha was injured and replaced by Parthiv Patel.

Markram was fluent while Dean Elgar struggled to 31 off 83 balls and then hit Ravichandran Ashwin straight to Murali Vijay who caught the rebound off his stomach leaving the Proteas 85 for 1 just after lunch.

Hashim Amla joined Markram at the crease and was dropped twice before notching his 36th Test fifty.

Markram (93) was out in the 90s for the second time in his short Test career getting a faint edge to an Ashwin delivery and burning a review having not felt the nick. South Africa were 148 for 2.

AB de Villiers joined Amla at the crease and took the home side through to tea on 182 for 2 and well in charge.

But things fell apart towards the end of the day with De Villiers (20) chopping on before Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis looked like they would milk the bowling until the close.

It was a moment of magic from Hardik Pandya that sparked a batting collapse from the hosts with Amla a little too casual having been called through for a quick single. The quick picked up the ball and turned hitting the stumps back at the bowlers end to run the number three out.

Quinton de Kock (0) was undone by offspin again as Ashwin had him caught at slip first ball.

If the first run out was magic from Pandya the second was madness by the Proteas as Vernon Philander (0) set off for a run as the ball looped just beyond short leg, it ended with him at the same end as Du Plessis and on his at back to the changerooms.

Du Plessis (24*) and Keshav Maharaj (10*) saw their team through to the close on 269 for 6 but the tourists ended the day buoyant with the Proteas at one stage being 243 for 3.

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