South Africa vs India 1st Test Day 2: Bowlers put India in commanding position

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Sharma dismissed Amla and Kallis in successive deliveries

India’s pace bowling attack ripped through South Africa’s batting line-up to put them in a commanding position at the end of the second day of the first Test in Johannesburg.

However, South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who smashed a sparkling half-century, and seamer Vernon Philander, who is currently unbeaten on 48, both deserve credit for putting up a valiant fight.

Starting out the day on 255/5, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane only managed to add nine runs onto their 36-run partnership before Dhoni was caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 19.

Rahane was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he too was caught behind, but only off the bowling of Philander.

Rahane’s solid knock of 47 came off 137 balls and included eight boundaries.

Philander claimed his second victim of the day the very next delivery as Zaheer Khan was given out lbw.

Ishant Sharma failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Philander for a duck.

Mohammed Shami failed to make a run either as he was cleaned up by Morkel.

Philander was the pick of the South African bowlers with four wickets, while Morkel snapped up three and Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis chipped in with one wicket apiece as India were bowled out for 280.

Trailing by 280, South Africa got off to a rocky start as opening batsman Alviro Petersen was given out lbw off the bowling of Sharma for 21.

Smith and Hashim Amla made up for the early loss of Petersen with a brilliant 93-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before Amla was clean bowled by Sharma for 36.

Jacques Kallis was on his way back to the pavilion the very next ball as he was given out lbw.

Things went from bad to worse for South Africa in the very next over as they lost their third wicket without scoring a run when Smith was given out lbw off the bowling of Khan for 68.

Smith’s outstanding knock of 68 came off 119 balls and included 11 boundaries.

Jean Paul (JP) Duminy only managed to score two runs before edging a delivery from Mohammed Shami to Murali Vijay at first slip.

Just as if things couldn’t get any worse, AB de Villiers was given out lbw just two balls later.

Philander and Faf du Plessis stabilised the innings with a vital 67-run partnership before stumps was called.

Philander finished on 48 off 76 balls, which included five boundaries, while du Plessis remained undefeated on 17 off 55 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Sharma was the most successful Indian bowler with three wickets, while Shami picked up two and Khan chipped in with one.

South Africa ended the day on 213/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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