SA vs IND | 2nd Test, Day 1: KL Rahul departs to leave India in danger of poor 1st innings score

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Jan 3, 12:51 PM

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India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari resurrected the innings after twin strikes from Duanne Olivier right before lunch on the first day of the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg. The duo batted with superb control and patience around off stump to lead India’s fightback in the afternoon session on the first day.

However, the partnership could not trouble South Africa significantly as Kagiso Rabada found an awkward bounce and got the splice of Vihari’s bat. Rassie van der Dussen, who has had to go through many close moments in the first session plucked the catch with one hand to dent India’s recovery.

The next man in, Rishabh Pant, started off his innings on the typical note and punished Rabada through the off side. 

Rahul carried on his merry way and brought up yet another fifty to lead from the front. However, he could not stretch his innings to a three-figure mark like in the first Test and perished in the process of attempting to hook a short ball of Marco Jansen through another spectacular catch by Rabada at the fine leg boundary.

India had won the toss and elected to bat first and the pair of Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin carried them to 146/5 at the tea interval. Ashwin is unbeaten on 21 runs while Pant has been watchful for his 32-ball 13.

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