Twitter Reactions: KL Rahul's gritty half century turns as a ray of hope in India's dismal batting show on opening day
KL Rahul stood up and played the role of the ‘lone ranger’ for India.
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It was a day when the ball dominated bat. At the close of play on Day 1, the South African scorecard read 35/1. The Proteas still trial the Indian total by 167 runs. Aiden Markram was caught plumb in front of the stumps by Mohammed Shami for just 7, as his poor run in the series continued.
But, after the departure of Markram, Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen played out 14.1 overs to prevent further damage. While Elgar is unbeaten on 11 having played out 57 deliveries, Petersen has helped himself to 14*.
Gritty KL Rahul keeps South Africa at bay
For India, KL Rahul once again stood up and played the role of the ‘lone ranger’. After deciding to bat first, the Indian opening duo of Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on a partnership of 36 runs. Agarwal looked good in his 37-ball stay out in the middle, but his innings came to an end in the 15th over of the Indian innings.
Marco Jansen bowled a delivery that pitched on a good length and came back a tad, Agarwal went for the drive, but only managed to nick the ball to the keeper. Cheteshwar Pujara struggled to get going in his 33-ball stay and contributed just 3 runs.
Duanne Olivier bowled a good length delivery that reared up after pitching, catching Pujara off guard. Pujara tried to defend it, but the ball took the leading edge of his blade and the fielder at backward point completed the catch. There was more misery for the Indian side as the next man who came in, Ajinkya Rahane lasted just 1 ball.
Rahane poked at a short delivery from Duanne Olivier that came in, the ball took the outside edge and Keegan Petersen gleefully accepted the offering in the slip cordon.
Hanuma Vihari and Rahul then steadied the ship with a 42-run stand, but just when things were getting back on track, Vihari was snaffled by Rabada.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul kept the South African bowlers at bay. Lungi Ngidi beat his bat a number of times, but Rahul hung on. He played 133 deliveries, was patient out in the middle, and scored a superb half-century for his side. He was severe on any loose delivery on offer, but at the same time respected the good deliveries that came his way. Rahul’s innings came to an end in the 46th over of the Indian innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin scores a quick 46 to take India past 200
Rahul’s patience finally gave way and he went for the hook shot off Jansen and holed out to deep square leg. Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur then departed in quick succession, and South Africa were all over India.
And, that was when Ravichandran Ashwin produced a superb counterattack with the willow. The right-hander scored a quickfire 46 and scored them at a strike rate of 92.00 as India were bowled out for 202. Also, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out of the Test match with a back spasm.
Here are the reactions from Twitter
Batsmen to bowlers looking at tough pitch: #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/N5uRZNy0PC
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 3, 2022
Irrespective of how many he gets, there is something very pleasant about the way Keegan Petersen bats.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 3, 2022
Keegan Petersen plays in lovely straight lines has a pleasing technique. Looks like he has a couple of test hundreds in him in the appropriate conditions.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) December 29, 2021
Regardless of current form Virat Kohli not playing is a huge boost for South Africa not just as a player but the aggressive leader!
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 3, 2022
Aiden Markram couldn't even surprise me with his dreadful batting display. yeah, talking about privilege's! #SAvIND
— Seni (@sseenie) January 3, 2022
Drop Pujara and Rahane. Don't hesitate. Legacy always not works. Take a que from Aussie's..
Most single-digit scores in Tests since 2020: (batting position 1-7)
14 – Sibley
13 – Crawley
12 – Brathwaite
12 – R Chase
12 – Pujara
12 – Rahane
11 – R Burns
10 – Ollie Pope#SAvIND
— Gajanan Kadam (@KadamGtk) January 3, 2022
SA's Day This, For Sure . They Need To Bat Big Tomorrow But Seeing Average Of Their Batting Line-up Just Makes Me Miss Again and Again;Old Days Of SA Cricket. Obv.. They Are Young And New To Tests Cricket. Let's Hope They Put A Solid Fight Tomorrow & Take a lead
— Aashis Kunwar (@AashisKunwar14) January 3, 2022
Proteas incredibly lucky to be only 1 down. Deck will become quicker, bounce more unpredictable. Battle of survival.
India ahead with runs on board, with Proteas to bat last. But if Siraj is ruled out, then more than an even chance for the Proteas. Game on.#SAvIND #INDvSA
— Sam Cricket (@SAmCric_) January 3, 2022
When is #Rahane and #Pujara getting injured?#INDvsSA #SAvIND
— Human (@Praveen_Bablu) January 3, 2022
Shardul looks useless to me in the playing XI much like Maharaj, hasn't contributed with the bat at all, doesn't get to bowl enough overs. Play an extra seamer instead #SAvIND
— Tanmay (@StanCric) January 3, 2022
Hopefully Siraj will be fine by tomorrow. Otherwise it will be a huge loss for #TeamIndia#savind
— abc12334 (@Abc78134968) January 3, 2022
Day 1 belongs to South africa #SAvIND
— harshit chauhan (@harshit181710) January 3, 2022
Marco Jansen 4-31 in 17. Just outstanding#SAvIND
— Riaz 🇿🇦🇵🇸🔰 (@RiazHamed2) January 3, 2022
Lost the toss, sent in to bowl first. Bowled out India for 202! And 35/1 at stumps. A really great day for South Africa at Wanderers #SAvIND
— Cric Trend (@crictrend_) January 3, 2022
Virat Aggression and Powerful Field Setup Missing 😒😒😒#SAvIND
— 🔸ᴋᴀʀᴛʜɪᴋ 🔸 (@LifeIsCruel124) January 3, 2022