South Africa vs India 2nd Test Day 1: Markram leads the way with 94, but India fight back with late wickets

Aiden Markram 94 South Africa India cricket

Aiden Markram fell six runs short of his third Test century

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South Africa opener Aiden Markram scored a brilliant 94 on the opening day in Centurion, but India battled back in the final session with a couple of late wickets.

Markram was well supported by veteran batsman Hashim Amla, who took advantage of two reprieves to make a glorious 82.

Coming into the match 1-0 up, South Africa chose to bat first and made an excellent start to their innings as Dean Elgar and Markram amassed an 85-run partnership, during which Markram brought up his fifty, before Elgar was caught by Murali Vijay off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 31.

Markram and Amla kept the runs flowing with a 63-run partnership before Markram was caught behind off the bowling of Ashwin for 94, which came off 150 balls and included 15 boundaries.

Amla and AB de Villiers added another 51 runs to the total before De Villiers was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma for 20.

Amla ended up scoring 82 off 153 deliveries, which included 14 boundaries, before he was run out by Hardik Pandya.

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Hashim Amla scored his 36th Test fifty

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Quinton de Kock failed to trouble the scorers as he was dismissed for a golden duck after being caught by India captain Virat Kohli at slip off the bowling of Ashwin.

Things went from bad to worse for the Proteas when an unbelievable lapse in communication saw Vernon Philander run out for a duck.

With South Africa having gone from 246/4 to 251/6, Du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj halted the flow of wickets and guided the Proteas safely to stumps with an unbeaten 18-run partnership.

Du Plessis finished on 25 off 77 balls, which included three boundaries, while Maharaj remained undefeated on 10 off 23 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Ishant claimed one.

South Africa ended day one on 269/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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