South Africa vs India 2nd Test Day 1: Vijay and Pujara keep India firmly in control

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Vijay and Pujara both scored half-centuries

India’s batting duo of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara both registered half-centuries as they kept the tourists firmly in control against South Africa on a shortened first day of the second Test in Durban.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first.

India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan made 29 runs before being caught by Alviro Petersen at third slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

From that point on it was all India as Vijay and Pujara amassed an unbeaten 140-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before the umpires sent all the players back to the pavilion due to bad light.

After waiting for just over an hour, the umpires decided to bring the day to an end since the light was not getting any better.

Vijay finished on 91 off 201 balls, which included 17 boundaries, while Pujara remained undefeated on 58 off 117 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.

Morne Morkel, who sustained an ankle injury in the first Test, was the only South African bowler to take a wicket.

India ended the day on 181/1 and play is scheduled to start earlier tomorrow, meaning that the tourists will continue batting at 09:30 local time or 07:30 GMT.

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