South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 2 – 5 Talking Points
The second Test's fortune has been fluctuating either side but South Africa remained slightly ahead at stumps on day 2.
Published - Jan 14, 2018 9:44 pm | Updated - Jan 16, 2018 1:42 pm
India has invariably been performing poorly whenever they traveled to the Rainbow Nation, but this time around, people had different hopes. They showcased great commitment and spirit in the first Test but eventually lost the game. The second Test’s fortune has been fluctuating either side but South Africa remained slightly ahead at stumps on day 2.
After losing few quick wickets towards the end of the play yesterday, South Africa got bowled out for 335. The Indian batsmen got off to a shaky start, but Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay steadied the ship with a decent partnership. The bowlers chipped back with a few wickets in the final session and the game very much is hanging in balance.
Here are the five talking points from Day 2.
1. Skipper leading from the front
Virat Kohli needed a big score in South Africa very badly and he is on his way towards getting one. The Indian skipper stood firmly at one end, with fortune favoring him on occasions. He kept flirting the ball on the fifth stump line occasionally, but the pitch behaved more generously towards the batsmen. He remained unbeaten on 85 off 130 balls alongside Hardik Pandya at stumps.
2. Vijay getting dismissed at the wrong time
Just when the Indian hopes were igniting and escalating, Maharaj picked up the prized scalp of Murali Vijay. He was looking solid in the middle, but out of the blue, he opted a wrong shot. Indian fans couldn’t digest a fact that a Proteas spinner provided such a crucial breakthrough, but that is exactly what happened. It really looked his day to own the field, but he eventually got dismissed for 46 off 126 balls.
3. Ishant Sharma proved the critics wrong
As Kohli said during the toss, Ishant was brought in to extract more bounce. He did exactly that and picked up 3 crucial wickets, including the scalp of AB de Villiers. He bowled around good channels and kept troubling the batsmen. His selection was criticized horrendously because he replaced India’s best player from the previous game, but the way he reciprocated was worth appreciating.
4. Pujara dismissed for a run out off the very first ball
One of the game-changing moments of the day was the 10th over, where the Proteas picked up two big wickets. After getting Rahul’s wicket, Pujara walked in as he always at number 3. He nudged the ball to mid-on and called for a quick single. Some silly hesitation between Vijay and Pujara paved way for Pujara’s run out. It was horrendous running from both of them just after losing a wicket.
5. Another low score for Rohit Sharma
If there’s anyone in the side right now who is feeling the heat, it is Rohit Sharma. After being criticized brutally for replacing the technically solid Ajinkya Rahane, he registered three consecutive low scores. The only way he can turn things around is with a good inning in the next innings and we have no clue as to how the match will pan out.