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Cape Town Test: India make slow progress in first session

Cape Town Test: India make slow progress in first session

"They are quality bowling attack".

"No, I am not disappointed at not taking five-wicket haul".

No play was possible in the morning or post-lunch sessions. Of the four, young Hardika Pandya is still trying to make his position secure as an all-rounder and the other, Jasprit Bumrah, is making his debut with a reputation of overstepping the line at critical times.

His opening partner, Aiden Markram, fell in Kumar's next over, leg before wicket for five, before Hashim Amla, on three, edged an attempted back foot drive and gave Saha a second catch. The tourists bowled out South Africa for 286 but the pacer felt the hosts scored 25-30 extra runs after electing to bat first here on Friday. They lost their three top-order batsmen for nearly nothing, two of these, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, are proven stroke-makers and the third Murali Vijay is known for his monumental patience, and one who knows where the off-stump is.

In their 11 over burst during the final hour, the South African trio of Vernon Philander (1/13 in 4 overs), Dale Steyn (1/13 in 4 overs) and Morne Morkel (1/0 in 2 overs) troubled the Indian top-order with bounce, seam and swing.

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India managed 209, courtesy Hardik Pandya who played a courageous knock of 93 and took the counter attack to the opposition. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match - and the series - is in doubt.

He showed intent from the start of his innings, hitting four fours off Kumar's fifth over. During the breaks also we were talking about bringing the run-rate down because in Test cricket four runs per over is huge.

"That one over from AB changed the game", said Benkenstein.

The South Africa team said he was sent for scans on the left heel to discover the exact extent of the injury and if there was more than just bruising. India is No. 1 in the world in test cricket after nine consecutive series wins, but has played outside of Asia just once in that run of success. The Indian batsmen have also done as well as their predecessors and the present lot of their fast bowlers are as good as Zaheer Khan and Shantakumaran Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma, who is not playing in the New Lands Test this time. He had only played eight Tests in three years before his return this week. Seeing how the team bounced back on the last two tours, the players can keep their chins up.


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