It has reached 14/0 in 5 overs, 321 behind South Africa. "If the pitch has variable bounce and fuller balls are coming past your head and shorter balls are staying down, then pace becomes more risky because you're thinking in the back of your head, 'I'm not sure what the pitch is doing.' Hopefully we can see that on this wicket towards the end of the Test match".
To be fair to Rahane, he's a classic Test match cricketer who deserves a place in the eleven, especially with India playing overseas when he averages close to 55.
South Africa already lead the three-test series against top-ranked India 1-0 after winning in Cape Town last week.
"I feel those wickets in the last session are a very valuable incentive for the team going into the second day, " Ashwin said.
But the first two sessions was all about chase the leather for the Indian fielders as the South Africa batsmen made hay.
Amla, on his back foot, was slow to start and Pandya raced to pick up the ball, turned and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end. On the other hand, Ishant will have the advantage of his height. Always asking the right questions and he sets smart fields.
When they resume on Sunday, Keshav Maharaj and skipper Faf du Plessis will resume on respective scores of 10 and 24 and add significantly on the scoreboard and to give India something to think about. "Possibilities are all open at the moment and we shall decide after practice", Kohli said, leaving much to speculation.
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Iowa wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 15 points from turnovers, compared to Illinois' 22. Iowa was masterful at the line, making 33 of 40 and with Bohannon and Garza combining to make 19 of 19.
On this tour of South Africa, for example, he has riled Proteas fans with his animated, possibly over-the-top wicket celebrations while his vocal appeals from slip, even when it is clearly not out, have also ruffled feathers.
Faf du Plessis won the toss again and not surprisingly chose to bat first.
So, going by the logic mentioned above that only in-form players should be played, there was no reason why Bhuvneshwar Kumar was dropped, who picked 6 wickets for India in the first Test and was responsible for wrecking havoc in the first innings in Cape Town Test.
Markram fell just short of a century on his home ground, but South Africa was building partnerships and in control at the break on a surprisingly tame pitch at SuperSport Park. "Ideally we would have liked to have it quicker but I don't think it's something bad".
The other notable contributor for South Africa was Hashim Amla, who continued with his good form here at Centurion in test matches, with a score of 82 off 153 runs before he was run out in the third session by Hardik Pandya. He struck the ball with authority, particularly off the back foot, before he tried to guide a ball from Ashwin towards third man and was caught behind by Parthiv Patel.
Talking about the missed hundred, Markram said, "Obviously, I am bitterly disappointed". He said: "Obviously, I am bitterly disappointed". I am not over it just yet.
Markram and Dean Elgar (31) put on 85 for the first wicket before Elgar was caught by Murali Vijay at silly point off Ashwin. Du Plessis was culpable too - in fact probably the most culpable given his part in the run out of Amla.