Johannesburg Test: 200 runs not even made by the Indian team- India vs South Africa 2018
It was just as expected. Wanderers ‘wicket also got a bounce and once again the fast bowlers’ horror was seen. On the first day, a total of 11 wickets fell The Indian team that returned to the pavilion early on Wednesday gave the initial shock to hosts South Africa before the end of the game on the first day. The hosts finished the day with six wickets in six overs with one wicket. Opener Dean Elgar is playing with four runs. Nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada did not open his account after playing 10 balls.
India was bowled out for 187 runs and their first innings was played by the host’s opening batsmen also bouncing the ball and swing. The first blow to the team, Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught Edin Markram (2) in the third over to Parthiv Patel behind the wicket.
Earlier, the host team’s bowlers got to see the flurry of which only three batsmen in India could touch the tenth position. Apart from Captain Virat Kohli (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50), Bhuvneshwar played valuable 30-ball innings. However, Kohli also got life guarantee.
The Indian team lost two or two wickets in the first and second session. In the last session of the day, he lost his remaining six wickets and returned to the pavilion. In the first session, India had lost two wickets on the total of 13, but Kohli played his natural game without screwing up the pressure and handled the team with Pujara sharing 84 runs for the third wicket. In the meantime, a ball from Lungi Nigid took the edge of Kohli’s bat and went straight to Abraham De Villiers in the slip, and this incident was not allowed by the De Villiers. Here’s the end of Kohli’s innings. He hit nine fours in 106 balls.
All of us were expecting Ajinkya Rahane, sitting out of two Test matches. In his place, Rohit Sharma was given the chance in the first two Test matches, which took a lot of fingers on Kohli’s team selection. However, Rahane could not take advantage of the opportunity, and on the total score of 113, Morne Morkel was bowled out leg before.
Rahane got life guarantee before being out. Rahane was caught on the fourth ball of the 49th over by Vernon Philander, while Rahane was giving catches to Quintan D.Cock behind the wicket, but the ball got no hair and Rahane got a life. However, Rahane could not take advantage of it.
Pujara, who was very slow and steady, completed his half-century but after that, the pavilion returned. His marathon innings ended at an idol of Andy Fahulkayo on a total score of 144 by Quinton de Kock.
In the end, Bhuvneshwar stood at one end and Parthiv Patel (2), Hardik Pandya (0), Mohammed Shami (8) and Ishant Sharma (0) returned to the pavilion early. Rabada bowled Bhuvaneshwar and ended the Indian innings.
Earlier, India won the toss and Kohli decided to bat first on this wicket, which is considered to be helpful for fast bowlers. His decision proved wrong in front of South African bowlers who were constantly bothering the opening pair of the team with their bounce and swing.
India felt the first shock in the form of Lokesh Rahul. A magnificent inswing ball from Philander took the inside edge of his bat and caught in the hands of wicketkeeper de Coke. Rahul could not make a single run. He was out on the total score of seven.
After that Pujara and Murali Vijay (8) tried to fight, but the conflicts of victory did not last long due to changes in the bowling changes made by host team captain Faf du Plessis. Vijay, Kagiso went out of Rabada to play cover drives on the ball, when the ball went into the hands of D. Coq taking the outer edge of his bat. The wicketkeeper did not make any mistake here and Vijay had to return to the pavilion.