Another pace test awaits India

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Welcome back as another intriguing day of Test cricket at Centurion awaits fans after India launched a late comeback to share honours with hosts South Africa on the opening day of the second Test. Stay tuned for live updates and scorecard from the sports team.

"Watching Virat Kohli excluding Shikhar Dhawan for just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test at Johannesburg, if he fails to perform in Centurion", Sehwag told India TV as quoted by CricTracker.

"India were in the game for 90 per cent of the match".

In 2013/14, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, some 50km away, Ashwin suffered a major career setback. It was Ishant and Pandya, who showed more Test-match discipline than India's two strike forces, who kept South Africa's run rate from getting out of hand. The first time it happened was in his debut innings against Bangladesh in September 2017, when he was run out for 97. Kohli has been the only constant in India's Test side since he took over from MS Dhoni in the middle of their series against Australia.

"KG (Rabada) is an incredible athlete - I think that's his strongest attribute".

Markram was unlucky to be given out on 94 after he edged the ball to be was caught behind by Parthiv Patel from the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin as India began to make inroads in the second session.

Ashwin said that the pitch was flat and hard work for all the bowlers.

Amla played a ball from Pandya to the on-side and was called for a sharp single by captain Faf du Plessis.

Credit has to go to Hardik Pandya for changing direction in his follow-through, fielding a ball nearly at square leg, turning around and going for and achieving a direct hit at the end that the batsman - Hashim Amla, slower of the two at that time - didn't expect action.

Markram's timing was crisp, and in front of his parents and his home crowd in his city of birth, he looked like he could bat all day.

Markram, playing in his fifth Test, looked set for a third century to go with hundreds he made against the modest opposition of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. First, it was an outside edge which brushed Parthiv Patel's gloves before Virat Kohli fumbled the deflection at the first slip.

In addition to his two centuries, he has now been out twice in the nineties. It was a bit of a nothing shot. Though India chose to review the on-field decision, the replays suggested that the ball would have gone over the stumps. I have seen a lot of cricket matches where people who haven't been in contention to play the match, come in and get those wickets. Markram praised the opposition captain for his gesture and said, "It was a great touch from him".