The much awaited India vs South Africa Test series finally got underway at Newlands, Cape Town. On Day 2, Proteas reached 65/2 leading India by 142 runs. Nightwatchman Rabada is on 2* and Hashim Amla is on 4*. Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya took both the wickets with a spell of 2/17 after playing a brilliant knock of 93 to keep India alive in the game.
In reply to South Africa’s 286, India’s first innings folded for 209 on the second day of the first cricket Test in Cape Town. Hardik Pandya scalped two wickets in the form of Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar. Hardik Pandya also scored a strokeful 95-ball 93-run innings to emerge as the highest scorer for the visitors. He added 99 runs along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25) for the eighth wicket to keep India afloat in the match.
Hardik Pandya lead India’s counter-attack against South African pacers and scored a blistering fifty. The star bowler was playing his natural game of hitting the loose ball out of the park and never looked under pressure. Only 48 runs were scored off 25 overs during the first session in which Rohit Sharma (11, 59 balls) was trapped leg before by Kagiso Rabada after he did all the hardwork during the first hour. Starting from overnight score of 28 for 3, Pujara and Rohit were ready to show patience and frustrate the opposition bowlers.They were content playing out deliveries and preserving wickets rather than scoring runs.