India 7 Down Vs South Africa In Day 1

Story Highlights
  • IND are 170/7 after 58 overs.
  • Duanne Olivier has a third as Shardul Thakur walks back.
  • Stand-in captain KL Rahul is the top-scorer from India till now.

South Africa: India has lost their seventh wicket as Duanne Olivier has removed Shardul Thakur early in the third session on Day 1 of the second Test at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Wickets keep collapsing for India.  Stand-in captain KL Rahul is the top-scorer from India till now with his 50-run knock in challenging conditions. Duanne Olivier and Marco Jansen picked three wickets each while Kagiso Rabada got one. A high on the confidence Indian side is hoping to seal their maiden series win in the Rainbow Nation as they lead the three-match series 1-0.

After electing to bat, openers Mayank Agarwal and Rahul have gotten off to a solid start against South Africa. Right after the drinks break, a well-set Mayank Agarwal was caught behind Marco Jansen on 26. Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t last long as he was dismissed by a sharp short ball from Duanne Oliver on 3. He then bagged two in two as Ajinkya Rahane was sent packing on a golden duck. At Lunch, despite KL Rahul’s unbeaten 19, India found themselves at 53/3.

In the second session, Huname Vihari and skipper Rahul steadied India’s ship with a 42-run solid stand. They failed to add more runs as Kagiso Rabada sent Vihari packing on 20. Rahul then went on to bring up 50 in the innings but was dismissed on the same score 5 balls later by Jansen. Soon after the resumption, their 40-run stand was ended by Jansen as he dismissed Pant on 17. Team India won the toss and opted to bat in Wanderers. In a shocking development, Virat Kohli was ruled out of this Test due to a back spasm and his VC, KL Rahul, was named captain for this game.

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