By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Dec 19, 2013
Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla have put South Africa in a good position at tea on Day Two of the first Test against India at Johannesburg. India were bowled out for 280 early in the day and South Africa were 118 for one when tea was taken .
South Africa resumed after lunch at 22 for no loss after bowling India out for 280 in the morning session. Runs flowed easily early on as both Smith and Alviro Petersen picked boundaries. Petersen had just pushed Ishant behind for four, but the speedster hit back by trapping him leg before.
Amla was welcomed to the crease with a barrage of short deliveries and he kept ducking. Smith survived a testing spell from Zaheer and also managed a few boundaries. He hit one down the ground to get some confidence and also picked one through the leg side.
However, the battle continued with Zaheer brushing past Smith’s outside edge a few times. On one occasion, he got the edge, but Ravichandran Ashwin wasn’t able to take a low catch to his left at first-slip. Smith was only on 19 then and was in trouble with Zaheer on top of his mark. Zaheer also had another edge off Smith’s bat and it went through to the third-man boundary for four.
Ishant also had Smith edging a few, but they too went into no man’s land and into the boundaries. Gradually, Smith grew in confidence and although he was tested a few times.
Amla too started stroking boundaries. When Zaheer returned in the 30th over, he was driven through the off-side for four and was also pushed past point.
Ravichandran Ashwin was brought into the attack late in the second session and was immediately hit over mid-on by Smith as he moved to his fifty. At the end of the session, Smith was on 62 and Amla remained unbeaten on 30.
India 280 (Kohli 119, Ajinkya Rahane 47; Vernon Philander 4 for 61, Morne Morkel 3 for 34) lead South Africa 118 for 1 (Graeme Smith 62*, Hashim Amla 30*; Ishant Sharma 1 for 32) by 162 runs.
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