Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second day’s play between India and South Africa, in the first of their four-Test series at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you the updates on this cricket blog. India’s woeful form continue as they were off to a terrible start on the openiong day, getting bowled out for just 201 in the first innings, courtesy of a four-wicket haul from Dean Elgar, while Murali Vijay remained the highest scorer with 75 runs. However, South Africa too were off to a shaky start as they finished Day 1 on 28 for the loss of two, losing both their openers. The Indian spinners hold the key. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have already struck once each. Amit Mishra will want to join the party as well. Catch all the updates here. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 1st Test at Mohali

After a day and a half replete with wickets, India’s batsmen finally put in a good performance with the bat. Cheteshwar Pujara is unbeaten on 63, while Murali Vijay was dismissed for a well-compiled 47. But the day belonged to the Indian spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin’s five-for granted him 150 Test wickets in only his 29th Test — joint second fastest spinner to the landmark, tied with Hugh Tayfield and Saeed Ajmal. Ravindra Jadeja took three and Amit Mishra picked up a couple of wickets as well. India go to stumps with a substantial 142-run lead with eight wickets in hand. DAY REPORT: India’s lead surges to 142 at stumps vs South Africa on Day 2 of 1st Test at Mohali

Live Cricket Score: India 125/2 | Overs 40 | BATSMEN: Cheteshwar Pujara 63(100), Virat Kohli 11(27) | Dean Elgar comes on with three overs to go. Pujara picks up a boundary and moves to 50! This has been a top knock from him. Short ball, and Pujara picks up another boundary through square leg. Pujara stamps his authority over South Africa. Pujara’s average moves back over 50 (for now). Kagiso Rabada tries to bounce Kohli, who pulls to fine leg for four. Last over of the day, and it’s Tahir to bowl. SIX! Short ball, and Pujara sends it over cow corner for the first six of the match! India dominate Day Two completely, lead by 142 at stumps.

Live Cricket Score: India 102/2 | Overs 37 | BATSMEN: Cheteshwar Pujara 47(91), Virat Kohli 4(18) | Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir continue to bowl in tandem. Rabada is bowling tight lines and giving nothing away, but at this stage India are not looking for quick runs. Kohli plays a loose whiff outside off and is then hit on the shoulder by Rabada. He needs to tighten up.

Live Cricket Score: India 96/2 | Overs 34 | BATSMEN: Cheteshwar Pujara 44(86), Virat Kohli 1(3) | Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada bowling now. Rabada has bowled four overs, each of which have been maidens. He finally concedes a run. Tahir continues. GONE! Wonderful, wonderful catch! Vijay got an inside edge onto his pads, and substitute fielder Temba Bavuma took a superb catch at short leg. India two down. Virat Kohli walks in. OUT! Murali Vijay 47(105) c sub (Temba Bavuma) b Imran Tahir

Live Cricket Score: India 82/1 | Overs 30 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 45(95), Cheteshwar Pujara 37(77) | Imran Tahir and Vernon Philander in operation at the moment. Tahir has not caused too many problems. Vernon Philander is finding no seam or swing either. India closer and closer to the 100-run lead, it’s worth 99 now.

Live Cricket Score: India 70/1 | Overs 26 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 42(81), Cheteshwar Pujara 28(67) | Vernon Philander and Dean Elgar now come back on to bowl. Pujara and Vijay look solid as ever. India in an excellent position at the moment. The lead is closing in on 100, and with 9 wickets still in hand South Africa will start feeling a bit deflated.

Live Cricket Score: India 65/1 | Overs 23 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 39(69), Cheteshwar Pujara 26(61) | Kagiso Rabada and Simon Harmer are trying to keep things tight but neither of them have posed any tough questions to Pujara or Vijay. India looking set for a decent total at the moment.

Live Cricket Score: India 53/1 | Overs 19 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 33(58), Cheteshwar Pujara 20(48) | Simon Harmer and Kagiso Rabada in operation at the moment. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have been tight in defence and immensely patient in execution. Neither batsman is looking uncomfortable in the slightest.

Live Cricket Score: India 44/1 | Overs 14 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 28(44), Cheteshwar Pujara 16(32) | Both batsmen are watching the ball closely and finding picking off the bad balls. Pujara gets a full toss and sends it to midwicket, and Vijay drives a full one down the ground again. Imran Tahir comes into the attack, and bowls a tidy first over. Simon Harmer continues bowling.

Live Cricket Score: India 28/1 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 11(24), Cheteshwar Pujara 2(10) | Pujara and Vijay are batting solidly. India’s lead closes in on 50. The way the pitch is behaving at the moment, India will be very happy with even 250. One feels these two are the best equipped to get a big score on this pitch. Dean Elgar and Simon Harmer are bowling in tandem. Vijay and Pujara are running nicely as well.

Live Cricket Score: India 13/1 | Overs 7 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 11(24), Cheteshwar Pujara 2(10) | Dean Elgar has come into the attack now. This has been another wicket-filled session. India have lost Dhawan but Vijay and Pujara are solid as ever. Steyn being off the field will hurt South Africa. The ball is keeping quite low. This has been another engaging session, but it looks like we are heading to an early finish. Tea on Day Two and we are into the third innings of the match! India lead by 30 at tea. TEA REPORT: Shikhar Dhawan falls as India reach 13/1 at tea vs South Africa on Day 2, 1st Test at Mohali

Live Cricket Score: India 9/1 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 9(7), Cheteshwar Pujara 0(3) | Bad news for South African fans, Dale Steyn might not bowl today as he picked up a groin strain while batting. Vernon Philander will start things off. Murali Vijay gets India going with a couple of boundaries in the very first over. Simon Harmer opens bowling from the other end. It’s a maiden over. Vernon Philander continues. GONE! For the second time in the match Dhawan is out in innocuous fashion, edging a nothing ball to slip. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan 0(8) c AB de Villiers b Vernon Philander


So the three Indian spinners have shared all 10 wickets between them. Ravichandran Ashwin was as expected the star of the show with 5 for 51. He also got to 150 Test wickets. Ravindra Jadeja took 3 for 55 and Amit Mishra 2 for 35. To their credit, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron were economical and did not let the pressure ease up. INNINGS REPORT: Ravichandran Ashwin’s five-for bundles up South Africa for 184; India take 17-run lead on Day 2 of 1st Test at Mohali


Live Cricket Score: South Africa 184 | Overs 68 | BATSMEN: Kagiso Rabada 0(1) | Ravichandran Ashwin is back now. He has four wickets, can he take No. 5? Kagiso Rabadaon strike. He takes the single. Tahir on strike. If he tries to slog, I would have to back Ashwin. GONE! To his credit, Tahir did not try to slog, but he was never going to survive long on this track. Ash takes five, and with it gets to 150 Test wickets in his 29th Test. OUT! Imran Tahir 4(7) c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ravichandran Ashwin

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 183/9 | Overs 67 | BATSMEN: Kagiso Rabada 0(1), Imran Tahir 4(3) | AB de Villiers will be looking to go big now. Kagiso Rabada is no bunny, but de Villiers will know that any runs that come now are a bonus. Amit Mishra continues. BOWLED HIM! What a ripper! ABdV was looking good but he is done in by a peach from Mishra. Drifted into middle, spun enough to beat the edge and take out the off stump! Imran Tahir slogs and gets a boundary first ball! He ought to be out LBW off the final ball of the over, but he survives. OUT! AB de Villiers 63(83) b Amit Mishra

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 179/8 | Overs 66 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 63(80), Kagiso Rabada 0(1) | Dale Steyn is all at sea against the spinning ball. He is trying to play a few big hits, but he is lucky that he has not holed out or got stumped yet. Amit Mishra is squaring him up repeatedly. Ravindra Jadeja is back into the attack. AND GONE! This time Steyn steps out and misses, Saha whips off the bails. OUT! Dale Steyn 6(14) st Wriddhiman Saha b Ravindra Jadeja

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 170/7 | Overs 63 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 60(75), Dale Steyn 0(2) | Varun Aaron has come into the attack now, he is bowling alongside Amit Mishra. The Ashwin-Jadeja duo have finally been taken off. South Africa closing the gap slowly and steadily. Mishra again. GOT HIM! Mishra gets the perfect leg-spinner’s dismissal! Drift into the batsman, turn away. Harmer is struck plumb in front of off. Steyn is in. DROPPED! He smacks one back to Mishra, who puts it down! OUT! Simon Harmer 7(21) LBW Amit Mishra

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 160/6 | Overs 59 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 53(64), Simon Harmer 5(14) | Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin keep going. He has four wickets so far. But AB de Villiers is looking better with each passing over. He is backing himself now to taken on the spinners. He gets to a fine, but lucky, half-century.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 143/6 | Overs 55 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 38(53), Simon Harmer 3(1) | Ravichandran Ashwin keeps going. He has been superb as usual today. He is posing some tough questions to de Villiers. Ravindra Jadeja continues. AND HE GETS HIS MAN! Jadeja has been threatening to break through all morning, and he finally gets Philander to edge to slip! It’s a wonderful take by Ajinkya Rahane, but the umpires want to check with the third umpire once. OUT! Vernon Philander 3(27) c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 132/5 | Overs 53 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 33(50), Vernon Philander 3(22) | Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja start off after lunch. They continue to probe hard. AB de Villiers is looking less uncomfortable against Ashwin than he did at the start of his innings, but he is still looking out of sorts. Philander hangs on as well, but Ashwin and Jadeja are looking good.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 127/5 | Overs 49 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 26(38), Vernon Philander 2(7) | Ravindra Jadeja bowling wonderfully as well at the other end. He ought to have had de Villiers twice, but the first edge was turned down and the second was off a no ball. Ravichandran Ashwin bowling wonderfully at the other end, but de Villiers takes him on and gets a couple of boundaries in the over, one off a reverse sweep. Amit Mishra bowls the final over before lunch. And so it ends, another thrilling session of Test cricket. LUNCH REPORT: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja put India on top vs South Africa at lunch, in 1st Test Day 2 at Mohali

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 107/5 | Overs 46 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 7(26) | Ravichandran Ashwin continues from the other end. GOT HIM! This time there is no doubt! Amla steps out to Ashwin, misses the ball due to the extra bounce, the ball hits Wriddhiman Saha’s shoulder and goes on to hit the stumps! Amla is stumped off Saha’s shoulder! AND ANOTHER ONE DOWN! Dane Vilas departs as well, Ashwin is on fire! OUT! Hashim Amla 43(97) st Wriddhiman Saha b Ravichandran Ashwin, Dane Vilas 1(3) c Ravindra Jadeja b Ravichandran Ashwin

An interesting observation about the no-ball:

 

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 105/3 | Overs 45 | BATSMEN: Hashim Amla 43(95), AB de Villiers 7(26) | Ravichandran Ashwin is bowling a fantastic spell to AB de Villiers. These are two of South Africa’s best batsmen in the middle, but de Villiers is looking far from comfortable against Ashwin. Ravindra Jadeja is bowling a tight line from the other end. Amla looks secure, but Ashwin vs de Villiers is making for wonderful viewing. GONE! GONE! GONE! Ashwin was making de Villiers look all at sea, but it is Jadeja who reaps the benefits. AB edges, it flies off Saha’s gloves and Kohli ends up taking the catch at slip. NO BALL! Oh no no no, Jadeja what have you done? The replays were inconclusive, but third umpire Vineet Kulkarni has given the doubt to the batsman.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 95/3 | Overs 41 | BATSMEN: Hashim Amla 39(89), AB de Villiers 6(7) | Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin bowling in tandem, so that one over from Amit Mishra was just to change ends for Ashwin. OH IS THAT AN EDGE? India appeal massively for a caught behind against ABdV, but the umpire Kumar Dharmasena turns it down. That did sound like an edge though, I think de Villiers is lucky to survive.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 85/3 | Overs 38 | BATSMEN: Hashim Amla 35(76), AB de Villiers 0(2) | Amit Mishra comes back on now, but it seems to be just so that the spinners change ends. Ravichandran Ashwin continues from the end was bowling last evening. OH GONE! The change has worked for India, Elgar goes for a slog but gets a thick edge, the ball flies up, and he is caught at point! OUT! Dean Elgar 37(123) c Ravindra Jadeja b Ravichandran Ashwin

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 80/2 | Overs 36 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 36(116), Hashim Amla 31(73) | Ravindra Jadeja has come into the attack now. This will be an interesting contest; Jadeja bowls at a much flatter trajectory than Ashwin and Mishra, and is probably the most accurate of the three as well. Elgar and Amla are looking good, but the former looks just a bit fidgety.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 69/2 | Overs 33 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 33(108), Hashim Amla 23(63) | Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron are bowling now. Nothing much happening for the bowlers at the moment, despite the fact that this is not an easy pitch to bat on. Hashim Amla is playing a typically sedate but serene innings.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 56/2 | Overs 30 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 26(100), Hashim Amla 17(53) | South Africa are making steady progress now. Neither Amla nor Elgar is particularly fluent, but they are making sure there are no surprises. Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron are now bowling in tandem. Still no sign of Ravindra Jadeja today, but he is likely to get in soon.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 47/2 | Overs 27 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 24(88), Hashim Amla 15(47) | Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav have bowled well, but South Africa have picked up the runs as well. India will want to pick up a wicket soon.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 36/2 | Overs 23 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 21(75), Hashim Amla 9(36) | Umesh Yadav starts off from the other end. So Virat Kohli continues with his pace-spin combination, which is what he preferred even last evening. It is an interesting choice given how much the pitch is spinning. He bowls a steady over, just one off it. Mishra continues with a maiden over from the other end, that included an extremely sharp chance for caught behind that Wriddhiman Saha was unable to hold on to.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 35/2 | Overs 21 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 20(64), Hashim Amla 9(35) | So it’s Amit Mishra to start off for India on Day Two. And Dean Elgar takes him on! Swings him away on the leg side and picks up a boundary. So it seems that South Africa have modified their plans since last evening. Nicely played, Elgar cuts that one away and picks up three more.

TEAMS:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron.

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, Hashim Amla (c), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Dane Vilas (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada.

Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 1st Test at Mohali