Kohli, Vijay steady India's reply in second test v S Africa

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India was hoping for a quicker end to South Africa's first innings after three swift wickets at the end of the first day had the home team wobbling on 269-6 at stumps. By tea, he had hit six fours and played the lead role in an unbroken partnership of 52 with Murali Vijay, who was 31 not out.

India has scored four runs for the loss of no wicket in heir first innings till lunch.

India had to bat out one over before Lunch, surprisingly bowled by Maharaj, and they did so without any alarms.

Brief scores: South Africa 335 all out in 113.5 overs (Markram 94, Du Plessis 63, Amla 82; Ashwin 4/13, Ishant 3/46).

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On the second morning, a half-century from Faf du Plessis enabled them to add 66 to their total by the time India got through the last four wickets.

The South African batsmen took a bit of momentum out of those two misses, with Du Plessis turning up the aggression as the hosts surged past 300.

Kagiso Rabada (11) then hung around for nearly 12 overs with Du Plessis, adding 42 for the eighth wicket. He pushed Rabada back with a quicker one, and turned it away from the left-hander.

The second new ball was due but Indian captain Virat Kohli persisted with Ashwin and was rewarded when De Kock edged Ashwin to Kohli at slip to be out first ball.

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Hardik Pandya was put off by an onrushing Shami from short third-man though and spilled the effort onto the latter, who also had a bite at the ball before it dropped to the floor.

Ashwin then induced a thin edge off Du Plessis that was spilled by Parthiv as the frustration grew for the visitors. It was bowler Mohammed Shami's 100th Test wicket, making him just sixth Indian pace bowler to achieve that landmark, though it must be noted that his strike rate was better than anyone else, who's done so for that country.

The very next ball, Ashwin drew Rabada into a big shot with a flighted delivery. After the defeat in the first Test match, the Indian skipper replied that they made a decision to go in with players who are now in a better form and comfortable mindset to battle out the tough conditions in the African continent.

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