At the foot of Table Mountain, the picturesque Newlands Cricket Stadium started as a happy hunting ground for the Indian seamers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was at the peak of the bowlers with 4 for 87. However, in the dying moments of the day, India slumped to 28 for 3 and are now trailing by 258 runs.
After Faf du Plessis invited India to bowl first on a tricky surface, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the opportunity with both hands. In his first three overs, he removed Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram,leaving the hosts tottering at 12 for 3.
Superman AB de Villiers counter-attacked by scoring a flurry of boundaries. The Proteas skipper at the other end looked solid with his defence as both ensured that they went to lunch without any more casualties.
#SAvIND— Berry 🍀 (@Berry_Gugu) January 5, 2018
Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers a perfect combo 💃💃..
The debutant Jasprit Bumrah joined the party when he got through the defence of de Villiers early in the second session. However, the turning point in the session was a rash shot from du Plessis against Hardik Pandya. Pandya, who was in the middle of a probing spell, was duly rewarded with the prized scalp. In at number six, Quinton de Kock looked dangerous with some lovely cricket shots but he was sent back by Kumar.
People may say any crap about Hardik Pandya they like, but to me, he has been one of the most improved cricketers in the world in recent times. Bowling quite beautifully at the moment. #SAvIND— Soumya Ranjan Dash (@dsoumyaspeaks) January 5, 2018
With the South African tail wagging, India needed a final push. It came from a man who was desperate to make a mark in the test match. Ravichandran Ashwin first inflicted a runout and then came back to clean up the tail, finishing with impressive figures of 2 for 21.
India will be hoping that the marathon man Cheteshwar Pujara, along with Rohit Sharma, stitch a partnership on the second day. On the other hand, with four frontline quicks, the hosts will certainly look to make life difficult for the opponents.
actually wouldn't mind sitting at home whole weekend and watching some test match cricket...... #SAvIND— John Michael Hsieh (@JMH713) January 5, 2018