South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who will be playing on his home ground, however expressed his surprise at the presence of brown grass on the pitch in the pre-match press conference. I was talking to Vernon (Philander) in terms of game plans on how to get that wicket.
"Watching Virat Kohli excluding Shikhar Dhawan for just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test at Johannesburg, if he fails to perform in Centurion", Virender Sehwag was quoted as saying by India TV. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back.
The very next ball, Pujara took on Lungi Ngidi at mid-on, thinking that the debutant fast bowler was on his heels, but Ngidi reacted the quickest and ran the Indian batsman out for a duck.
The dismissal of Pujara introduced the mightily risky Kohli to the crease and he did not waste too much time to start the rebuilding process with Vijay against South African fast bowlers Morkel and Vernon Philander.
Luckily Ashwin, who in the past had struggled in overseas conditions, came good and that, along with Hardik Pandya's momentary brilliance to run out Hashim Amla, saved the day. On other occasions, they bowled short and wide, desperately hoping for South Africa's batsmen to make a mistake. Vijay scored a fighting 46 but Keshav Maharaj sent him back.
While Vijay was cautious without being too circumspect, Kohli was off in a style. It was another brain fade from a solid Indian batsman on a day underlined by lapses in concentration. It was another classic example of Rohit's front-and-across shuffle, and also wasted a review.
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India made three changes to the XI that lost the first Test at Cape Town last week.
Hello and welcome to India.com's live updates of India vs South Africa South Africa second Test. Just one run is scored off it, as the topsy-turvy day comes to a quiet end. His working over of Rohit - away, away, away and the in-cutter - proved brilliant and he so almost had Kohli. It was quite slow, as it was two paced.
Earlier, the Indian bowlers started poorly on the second morning and the first hour saw South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj continue from where they had left on Saturday and kept picking the runs.
Mohammed Shami (1/58) bowled a lively spell and got the breakthrough with Maharaj caught behind in the 99th over. Ashwin first looked on in frustration as catches went down off successive deliveries, both time giving Rabada chances. In the 17th over, against Kagiso Rabada, Kohli was beaten while trying to defend outside off, but that didn't stop him from going past midwicket the moment Rabada pitched up and close enough to the off stump. So might as well be ready when I get an opportunity. Through the drama, du Plessis continued to find the gaps.
The opener put on 85 with Dean Elgar (31) and then 63 with Amla, before Amla shared stands of 51 and 47 with AB de Villiers (20) and Du Plessis (24no) ahead of the evening chaos, during which Quinton de Kock (0) snicked Ravichandran Ashwin (3-90) behind first ball. It was a good catch from Hardik Pandya as he ran in from the deep square-leg boundary.