Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

As Ravichandran Ashwin Wreaks South Africa, Twitter Celebrates

As Ravichandran Ashwin Wreaks South Africa, Twitter Celebrates

It got worse for South Africa when Vernon Philander set off for a suicidal run and found himself at the same end as Du Plessis to be run out without scoring.

In the 24th over, Elgar survived a review from India for a caught behind as the bat had hit the pad but Markram looked extremely confident as he reached his second half-century with two more fours. Knowing the conditions like the back of his hands ensured that Markram was happy to play out the first hour without trying too many aggressive shots.

Following Markram's wicket, A.B.de Villiers (20) chipped in and along with Amla took the team to 199 until the swashbuckling batsman was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma.

Bhuvneshwar picked up four wickets in the first innings and added another two to his tally to finish with match figures of 6/120 in the opening Test in Cape Town.

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. Kohli has been the only constant in India's Test side since he took over from MS Dhoni in the middle of their series against Australia. Amla dropped a delivery from him at his feet and was called through by skipper Faf du Plessis who easily made his ground but Pandya turned and threw to the other end hitting the stumps and running Amla out.

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The home team had resumed on 269/6 with the lower order seeking to atone after a disastrous last 40 minutes on Saturday had seen the Proteas lose three wickets for five runs in just 13 balls. Two more wickets fell in the next 14 balls. KL Rahul replaced Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order in an expected move, while Parthiv Patel was handed the wicketkeeping gloves with Kohli informing at the toss that Wriddhiman Saha had a hamstring niggle.

In South Africa the spinners were the underdogs as the pitches assist pace and bounce.

All told, each session got better for India.

Ishant Sharma justified his selection ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar by taking 3-46, which included the wicket of du Plessis. They had managed to keep things relatively tight, even though the advantage was with South Africa, and Ishant got the big wicket of de Villiers, who slashed at a shortish ball only to chop it onto his stumps.

The all-rounder then completed the routine task of dislodging the bails to run out Philander after the South Africa seamer's brain-fade had left him and Du Plessis at the same end. The Indian spin ace then returned during the final overs of the day to dismiss Quinton De Kock for a golden duck with a sharp dipping delivery that took the batsman's outside edge on its way to Kohli at slip.

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