Greetings! Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day One of the second Test of the Gandhi-Mandela series between India and South Africa at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you all the live cricket scores and updates of this match. India managed to pull off a resounding victory in the first Test at Mohali. India’s three spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Amit Mishra, took 19 of the 20 South African wickets, as the Proteas crumbled on a track that was not quite as treacherous as the scorecard suggested. With the bat, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were India’s saviours, as the duo scored one half-century each in either innings to ensure India got to 200 both times. AB de Villiers is playing his 100th Test, and for him it is almost like a home game given the love and appreciation he has received at the Chinnaswamy due to his past exploits with Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 2015, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

Live Cricket Score: India 80/0 | Overs 22 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 28(73), Shikhar Dhawan 45(62) | Murali Vijay has been slightly edgy today, which is surprising given how solid he usually is. On the other hand, Dhawan has looked remarkably comfortable. India go to stumps in complete control of the Test. Their spinners routed the South African batsmen, and now their openers have laid a solid platform. India will love to bat till tea on Day Three and bat South Africa out of the Test. That’s still a long way away though; for now they will be pleased with how things stand right now. LIVE CRICKET BLOG: India vs South Africa 2015, 2nd Test at Bengaluru DAY 2

Live Cricket Score: India 64/0 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 21(46), Shikhar Dhawan 36(47) | Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel have not done much. Hard to imagine this is the same pitch on which South Africa were bowled out for 214. JP Duminy comes into the attack as well. Surprisingly, no Imran Tahir yet.

Live Cricket Score: India 44/0 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 16(35), Shikhar Dhawan 22(33) | Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada are bowling for now, so still no sign of spin. Remember, the Indian spinners took eight wickets. Dhawan is looking good today. Much better than he has looked all tour.

Live Cricket Score: India 23/0 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 5(16), Shikhar Dhawan 12(22) | Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan have looked good. Dhawan has not played away from the body, he is instead letting the ball come to him and playing it late. He has looked markedly different from the man who bagged a pair at Mohali. Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel are doing a decent job, but they have not looked penetrative. Kagiso Rabada comes on now.

Live Cricket Score: India 13/0 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 5(12), Shikhar Dhawan 3(7) | Morne Morkel starts off for South Afirca. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan walk out for India. SHOT! Vijay drives one to long off for a boundary to get going. Dhawan meanwhile is trying to play as close to the body as he possibly can. Kyle Abbott opens bowling from the other end.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 214 | Overs 59 | BATSMEN: Imran Tahir 0(0) | Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are being dealt with quite nicely by the South African tail. Much better than the top order dealt with them. GONE! This is the end of Morkel, he tries to slog and only gets a top edge. AND ANOTHER! South Africa are bowled out. Terrible mix-up between two tailenders. OUT! Morne Morkel 22(20) c Stuart Binny b Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Abbott 14(40) run out. INNINGS REPORT: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin shine as South Africa bowled out for 214 vs India in 1st innings of 2nd Test at Bengaluru

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 198/8 | Overs 56 | BATSMEN: Kyle Abbott 7(29), Morne Morkel 13(13) | Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin trying to bowl out the tail, but these two have proven to be quite stubborn. India are missing Amit Mishra’s tail-sweeping abilities at the moment.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 177/8 | Overs 52 | BATSMEN: Kyle Abbott 0(17), Morne Morkel 0(1) | Ravichandran Aswhin and Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the last few overs before tea. OH GONE! AB doesn’t get a ton in his 100th match. Not yet anyway. And that is tea, with Jadeja having prised out the key wicket. AND ANOTHER! They are folding up again, this was caught at short leg! OUT! AB de Villiers 85(105) c Wriddhiman Saha b Ravindra Jadeja, Kagiso Rabada c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ravindra Jadeja. TEA REPORT: AB de Villiers takes South Africa to 177-7 vs India at tea on Day 1 in 2nd Test at Bengaluru

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 170/6 | Overs 49 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 78(96), Kyle Abbott 0(11) | Kyle Abbott doing a good job of defending. Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are bowling quite well at the moment, but AB de Villiers is on attack mode. And when AB is on attack mode then there is precious little the bowlers can do to stop him.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 159/6 | Overs 46 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 68(86), Kyle Abbott 0(2) | Ishant Sharma comes back into the attack, man bun and all. He keeps it tight. Ravindra Jadeja continues. OH GONE! Dane Vilas is guilty of trying to be too aggressive, he hits one straight back at Jadeja, who pouches it easily! Kyle Abbott is the new man in for the Proteas. OUT! Dane Vilas 15(32) c & b Ravindra Jadeja

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 150/5 | Overs 43 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 59(76), Dane Vilas 15(26) | Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue bowling in tandem. Vilas takes on Ashwin, slogs him over midwicket. It is a good shot, but he must not get too carried away. Meanwhile de Villiers is solid. He brings out the conventional sweep against Jadeja, goes against the turn, but pierces the minute gap with consummate ease!

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 140/5 | Overs 40 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 57(67), Dane Vilas 7(17) | Varun Aaron bowls one way outside leg in his last over, so he has been taken off. Ravindra Jadeja comes on to join Ravichandran Ashwin. This is probably India’s best pair at the moment. Ashwin already has three. And hometown hero AB de Villiers gets another 50! This has been a flawless innings from him so far.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 120/5 | Overs 35 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 44(54) | Varun Aaron and Ravichandran Ashwin have replaced Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. AB de Villiers looking a class apart, as he usually does. JP Duminy still poking and prodding. GONE! Caught at slip, wonderful set-up by Ashwin! JP has edged it and Ajinkya Rahane continues to bolster his reputation at slip! OUT! JP Duminy 15(39) c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 96/4 | Overs 30 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 33(47), JP Duminy 2(16) | Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are operating in tandem. AB de Villiers has looked fantastic. JP Duminy still coming to terms with the pitch. The dearth between the two batsmen seems enormous at the moment. De Villiers in top form in his 100th Test.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 81/4 | Overs 26 | BATSMEN: AB de Villiers 20(28), JP Duminy 2(9) | Ravindra Jadeja starts off after Lunch. BOWLED HIM! He strikes with his second ball! Dean Elgar’s vigil comes to an end, and South Africa are off to a terrible start! Elgar was trying to sweep, and he ended up playing it onto the stumps off his gloves. OUT! Dean Elgar 38(80) b Ravindra Jadeja

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 78/3 | Overs 24 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 38(79), AB de Villiers 19(27) | Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja come in to bowl just before lunch. Elgar and de Villiers hold firm. It is lunch now, and India will feel very good about how the morning session panned out! LUNCH REPORT: South Africa struggling at 78-3 at lunch vs India in 2nd Test at Bengaluru

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 68/3 | Overs 20 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 32(65), AB de Villiers 16(16) | In walks AB de Villiers, and the Bangalore crowd roar their approval! He will want to make his 100th Test a memorable one. He starts off well, takes on both Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 45/3 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 27(50) | Varun Aaron is bowling at good pace. He has sent down the odd loose ball, but by and large has been good. Ravichadnran Ashwin has been excellent as usual at the other end. A lot of pressure on the Proteas at the moment. OH BOWLED HIM! That was sheer pace from Aaron! Amla clean bowled by a zooter! OUT! Hashim Amla 7(18) b Varun Aaron

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 25/2 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 14(37), Hashim Amla 0(7) | What a game-changing over from Ravichandran Ashwin that was! Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar have to buckle down now. Ishant Sharma has been replaced by Varun Aaron in the attack. He nearly gets Elgar edging a wide one first ball! The pressure is quite clearly on the Proteas at the moment.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 15/2 | Overs 8 | BATSMEN: Dean Elgar 5(24), Hashim Amla 0(1) | Stuart Binny and Ishant Sharma have bowled unchanged so far, no sign yet of Varun Aaron. Ishant over-pitches twice in the seventh over, and van Zyl drives him for two boundaries! Here comes Ravichandran Ashwin now, in the eighth over. OH GONE! He gets his man with his second ball! After playing a couple of delightful drives in the last over, van Zyl has played down the wrong line. In walks Faf du Plessis. IS THIS ANOTHER!? Magnificent reflexes from Cheteshwar Pujara! Faf plays one with hard hands and Pujara has taken it centimeters off the ground. It went to the third umpire too, but it was declared a clean catch! OUT! Stiaan van Zyl 10(20) LBW Ravichandran Ashwin, Faf du Plessis 0(3) c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ravichadnran Ashwin

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 4/0 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: Stiaan van Zyl 0(13), Dean Elgar 4(17) | Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny are bowling beautifully. They have not bowled a single bad ball between them. Both are getting good carry, but they are not getting carried away and bowling short. India have got off to a good start. Elgar has scored all the runs so far (no that there have been too many).

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 1/0 | Overs 2 | BATSMEN: Stiaan van Zyl 0(6), Dean Elgar 1(6) | Stuart Binny starts off at the other end, ahead of Varun Aaron. Fair call. Binny getting a bit of swing immediately. Binny is getting the ball to curve in to the left-hander. No great pace, but he is keeping it tight and getting enough movement to be taken seriously. And Dean Elgar scores the first run of the match.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 0/0 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN: Stiaan van Zyl 0(6), Dean Elgar 0(0) | Ishant Sharma missed out on the last Test, but he is back now. Bengaluru is incidentally where Ishant took his maiden Test five-for. And he is bowling with a man bun. Brave choice. Bit of a delay to start things off, there is a problem with the sight screen. We begin now. Ishant keeps it full, van Zyl drives along the ground. Maiden to start with.

TOSS: Virat Kohli spins the coin, and Hashim Amla calls wrongly. India will bowl first. Kohli says he wants to make the most use of the overcast conditions. Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny come in to replace Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra. Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn have to sit out with injuries. Simon Harmer is out as well, so there are three changes for South Africa with JP Duminy, Morne Morkel, and Kyle Abbott coming in.

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma.

South Africa: Hashim Amla (c), Dane Vilas (wk), Stiaan van Zyl, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada.

 

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma.

South Africa: Hashim Amla (c), Dane Vilas (wk), AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl.

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