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  • 9:04 PM IST

    That’s the end of the day’s play. India trail by 152 runs and they have 5 wickets in hand. Here’s the day report.

  • 8:47 PM IST

    On-drive from Pandya. A textbook stroke for a boundary. He can be exciting yet orthodox. This was classic. Both Pandya and Kohli are walking across.

  • 8:32 PM IST

    Short from Morkel and Pandya whacks it through midwicket for a boundary. This is the intent Kohli loves. India needed to see off the remaining over of the day. Pandya is aggressive but he will need to play for time here.

  • 8:24 PM IST

    Short of length and Ngidi moves it way, Parthiv nicks it to QDK. This is Ngidi’s maiden Test wicket. Good job, youngster. Parthiv fails with the bat after spilling 2 catches early on.

  • 8:20 PM IST

    An interesting phase in the match. Parthiv is unperturbed by the barrage of short balls. He will take his chances. Steps out to Maharaj and targets deep midwicket for a boundary.

  • 8:06 PM IST

    All of a sudden Kohli is looking tentative. Almost poked one behind.

  • 8:03 PM IST

    Is Kohli Ngidi’s first Test wicket? That is close. Kohli moves across and looks to flick it and is trapped on the pad. South Africa review and Kohli has got a nick. A faint edge.

  • 7:56 PM IST

    Rohit Sharma’s overseas batting average read 24.55 now. In South Africa, it further drops down to 10.85. This is his fourth Test here, mind you!

  • 7:52 PM IST

    50+ scores by India captains in South Africa:

    169 – Sachin Tendulkar, Cape Town, 1997
    90 – MS Dhoni, Centurion, 2010
    60 – Mohammad Azharuddin, Port Elizabeth, 1992
    67* Virat Kohli, Centurion, 2018
  • 7:47 PM IST

    Rohit departs. The dismissal is reminiscent of the one in first innings of the Newlands Test. The ball nipped in and he is plumb. India reviewed the decision, only to lose it.

    OUT! Rohit Sharma lbw b Kagiso Rabada 10 (27)
  • 7:39 PM IST

    Rohit breaks the shackles by stepping down the wicket and finding the long-on boundary. Well that’s the intent Kohli demands.

  • 7:34 PM IST

    The chatter continues. It’s a duel between the bat and ball, also the tongues have participated here. This time Kohli has a lot to say to Rabada.

  • 7:30 PM IST

    Rohit has got a good boundary. Cuts Maharaj for a boundary. Kohli survived a LBW appeal off Rabada. These two have now batted over 5 overs, adding just 11. Rabada and Kohli are having a bit of chatter. Kohli needs to be fired up to score. Perhaps
    this is the fuel he needed. Kohli, meanwhile, cuts it late past first slip for 3.

  • 7:12 PM IST

    Vijay goes for a cut, gets an outside edge and QDK takes a sharp catch. Maharaj has got the breakthrough. Kohli is disappointed. It was such a good partnership building. He chose the wrong length there, Vijay.

    OUT! Murali Vijay c Quinton de Kock b Keshav Maharaj 46 (126)
  • 7:03 PM IST

    Morkel bowls round the wicket, angles it away, pulls it away for two to reach to his fifty. It’s his 16th Test fifty.

  • 7:00 PM IST

    Vijay is batting beautifully at the moment. He is looking very confident against the spinner. He sweeps Maharaj for a boundary. He is in some sort of discomfort at the moment. Maybe a pull in the leg.

  • 6:38 PM IST

    Morkel angles one in, and Vijay flicks it beautifully through midwicket for a boundary. Kohli ends the over with a trademark on-drive.

  • 6:38 PM IST

  • 6:37 PM IST

    Some interesting facts here:

  • 6:35 PM IST

    Keshav Maharaj starts proceedings after tea…

  • 6:15 PM IST

    That’s Tea. A 52-run stand between Kohli and Vijay. The Indian captain has been the aggressor. India lost the wicket of Pujara to a needless run out but the second half of the session belonged to India.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    Vijay is gaining in confidence. Philander drops one slightly short, Vijay plays it late, past gully for a boundary.

  • 5:45 PM IST

    Kohli drives Rabada past cover. He is looking in ominous touch. These are good signs for India. India need to make full use of this wicket.

  • 5:29 PM IST

  • 5:21 PM IST

    Vijay executes a cover drive off Rabada for a boundary. He looks in the zone today. Kohli too has quicky raced to 17.

  • 5:10 PM IST

    Ngidi into the attack. Bowls his first delivery in international cricket at 138 kph to Kohli.

  • 5:02 PM IST

    Two gorgeous strokes from Kohli. A drive through cover, followed by a delightful on-drive. Is it a trap? Is Morkel helping Kohli get into a rhythm before he explores the off-stump weakness?

  • 5:00 PM IST

    An eventful first over from Rabada. Kohli off the mark with a quick single and the bowler troubles Vijay with brilliant lines.

  • 4:56 PM IST
    Suicidal, absolutely. What a shame! Pujara dabs to the mid-on and runs for a quick single, Ngidi rockets a throw to the non-striker’s end. He isn’t even in the frame. The momentum shifts to South Africa.

    OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara run out (Lungi Ngidi) 0 (1)

  • 4:52 PM IST

    First blood for South Africa. Rahul is caught in the crease and plays it back to the bowler. Morkel in his follow through makes no mistake. Rahul falls. Vijay and Pujara like batting with each other and this is the track for them. We will have to wait and see the intent part.

    OUT! KL Rahul c & b Morne Morkel 10 (21)
SA are 269-6 at stumps © Getty Images
SA are 269-6 at stumps © Getty Images

Good morning/afternoon! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of India in South Africa series. This is the second day of second Test and here you will get all the scores and live updates from the match. India shocked one and all on the opening day with their team selection, dropping Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Ishant Sharma for what Virat Kohli said ‘extra pace’. The decision did not go very well, as Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla notched up 80 plus scores on a Day One pitch at Centurion. South Africa were 269 for 6 at stumps on Day One.

Mohammed Shami led the pace attack but could not taste any success on Day One. Dean Elgar, along with 4-Tests old Markram, stitched an 85-run partnership before getting out for 31. Markram then continued with Amla, building a 63-run partnership but missed on his century by 6 runs. Another effective partnership was formed between de Villiers and Amla of 51 runs. Ashwin struck thrice on Day One, creating as many opportunities as possible as ball started turning. This barred the South Africa middle-order from scoring runs in bulk after a steady start. Ishant removed de Villiers. Another Indian cricketer who impressed a lot was Hardik Pandya. He bowled impressively, and effected two run outs.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis in unbeaten with Keshav Maharaj, who is a decent lower-order batsman. India would want this partnership not to grow and use the early-morning track to the fullest.