Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022

India 231/7 after Day 1 against South Africa

Ajinkya Rahane (89*) pushes India's total after Dane Piedt (4/101) Kyle Abbott (3/23) show.

South Africa’s Dane Piedt returns with impressive figures of 4/101. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

India, after electing to bat first, got off to a slow start but the moment runs started coming the hosts lost wickets in a pack. It was mini collapse of sorts when Dane Piedt picked wickets in quick succession. Ajinkya Rahane, unbeaten on 89, was the star performer for India and he shared a fluent stand with skipper Virat Kohli (44). Exciting day of cricket at the Feroz Shah Kotla. (PHOTOS: BCCI honours Sehwag)

Scorecard: India vs South Africa

As it happened

1630 hrs IST: Stumps! India end day’s play at 231/7 against South Africa. Bad light forces early end. (Rahane 89*, Kohli 44; Piedt 4/101)

1610 hrs IST: SIX! Rahane hits one with the turn, and marches into the 80s. The right-hander playing a little gem

1555 hrs IST: Tahir leaking runs with regular looseners. Aakash Chopra is not happy with the effort

1544 hrs IST: India cross 200-run mark. They are 202/7

1543 hrs IST: WICKET! SA get Jadeja who departs after scoring 24, Abbott gets another

1509 hrs IST: FIFTY! Ajinkya Rahane has once again proved to be India’s saviour. Completes his eighth Test half-century

1450 hrs IST: Rahane showing confidence in the middle. He has moved into the 40s without much fuss

1440 hrs IST: Rahane has played a lone hand for India so far. Can Jadeja prove to be his able partner?

1430 hrs IST: India batsmen back in the middle

1409 hrs IST WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha drags this one back onto his stumps and India falling in a heap

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1403 hrs IST: And here are some of the reactions to ‘talented’ Rohit Sharma’s dismissal:

 

 

1354 hrs IST: WICKET! Careless shot by Rohit Sharma, he holes out to Tahir off Piedt

 

1337 hrs IST: WICKET! Delhi crowd goes silent as home boy Virat Kohli walks back to the pavilion after scoring a well-made 44.

1307 hrs IST: 18*–This is the highest so far by Rahane in the series. His previous best was 15 which came in Mohali in the first innings.

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1303 hrs IST: FOUR! Hundred comes up for India with that boundary off Ajinkya Rahane’s bat

1244 hrs IST; A couple of boundaries from Virat Kohli, looking solid on back-foot.

1224 hrs IST: WICKET! Dane Piedt has struck again. Shikhar Dhawan adjudged LBW for 31. India 62/2

1210 hrs IST: Players back on the ground after Lunch

1130 hrs IST: India 60/1 at Lunch against South Africa. Shikhar Dhawan 31* and Chesteshwar Pujara the nout out batsmen

1124 hrs IST: 50 score up for India. Has been fairly slow

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1110 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara will look to get some important runs under his belt today

1054 hrs IST: WICKET! Dane Piedt has Murali Vijay caught at slips for 12. India 30/1

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1050 hrs IST: Though India have not any wicket but the South Africa bowlers have been posing a lot of problems

1035 hrs IST: Uneven bounce at the Kotla surface. Vijay and Dhawan having some trouble

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1025 hrs IST: Murali Vijay caught but it is given as a no-ball. Vijay survives and India are 16/0

1018 hrs IST: Spin introduce by South Africa. India 14/0

1000 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay being watchful in the middle. South Africa bowlers have also kept it tight

0937 hrs IST: Two maiden overs to start with for South Africa

0928 hrs IST: India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay out in middle

0912 hrs IST: Virender Sehwag felicitated at the Kotla. All players present at the ceremony

0900 hrs IST: India win toss and elect to bat against South Africa at Kotla. Umesh Yadav replaces Amit Mishra in the playing XI

Build Up

Last Test, lasting legacy

In June, when Virat Kohli embarked on his first tour as India’s full-time Test captain — to Bangladesh — he made it clear he wanted his team to realign its focus from process to result. With each series, his commitment towards this philosophy seems to have only grown. While Hashim Amla talks about need of winning or losing honourably. Kohli, on the other hand, stresses that winning is the ultimate thing. Often, he seems to suggest it’s the only thing. He wants the team to be ruthless. “We are not satisfied with winning the series 2-0…we want to make it 3-0,” he said ahead of the fourth and final Test against South Africa.

‘Results don’t justify our preparation’

The South Africans are known to be unfussy travellers and that’s seen as the reason for their long unbeaten away streak. They aren’t the complaining kind. Even a day after the ICC called the Nagpur track “poor”, the touring captain Hashim Amla didn’t really join the pitch debate. “Whatever has happened in Nagpur has happened…it’s end of the story. Whatever the ICC says, we will leave it at that. The important thing is to finish this tour with a win,” he says ahead of the final Test in Delhi.

We want to be ruthless, says Virat Kohli

Not content with an unassailable lead in the four-match series, home captain Virat Kohli promised India will be “ruthless” against South Africa in the final match beginning at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Thursday.

Exploiting their home advantage, India beat South Africa inside three days both in Mohali and Nagpur, while also dominating the rained-out second Test in Bangalore.

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