South Africa reached 65 for two in their second innings at stumps after dismissing India for 209 on the second day of the first test at Cape Town.
At the draw of stumps, Hashim Amla (4) was at the crease and giving him company was Kagiso Rabada (2) as Proteas lead by 142 runs.
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 led 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 hard work during the first hour.
Starting from an 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.
#South Africa 65/2 at stumps, lead India by 142 runs
#South Africa 65/2 after 20 overs, that's all for the day
#South Africa 61/2 after 18 overs, lead by 132 runs
#OUT!! South Africa lose second wicket, Hardik Pandya dismisses Elgar
#SCORE-CARD: South Africa 55/1 after 16 overs, lead by 132 runs
#Proteas 52/1 after 15 overs
#OUT!! Hardik Pandya STRIKES Markram, he is Caught Out by Bhuvneshwar
#SCORE-BOARD: South Africa complete 50 runs in 14.1 overs, lead by 129 runs
#South Africa opt for a cautious start, score 40/0 after 13 overs
#South Africa 27/0 after 10 overs, trail by 104 runs
#South Africa 21/0 after 7 overs, lead by 98 runs
#SCORE-CARD: South Africa 13/0 after 5 overs, lead by 90 runs
#Indian team opts for three slips and a gully
# Aiden Markram smashes two back to back FOURs in Bhuvneshwar Kumar's over
#SCORE-CARD: South Africa 2/0 after 2 overs, lead by 79 runs
#South Africa all set to start their second innings; they have a lead of 77 runs
#India all out for 209 in their first innings, trail South Africa by 77 runs
#OUT!! Rabada STRIKES Bumrah as India lose tenth wicket
#India 205/9 after 72 overs, trail South Africa by 81 runs
#India 201/9 after 71 overs, trail South Africa by 85 runs
#OUT!!: Rabada STRIKES Hardik Pandya, he is CAUGHT OUT by de Kock, India lose ninth wicket
#SCORE-CARD: India 199/8 after 69 overs, trail by 87 runs; Pandya batting at 92
#Dale Steyn leaves for scan to get his left heel checked
#Hardik Panya on the verge of completing his century
#India 196/8 after 68 overs, trail by 90 runs
#India in deep trouble at 191/8 at 67 overs
#OUT!! Morne Morkel STRIKES Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is caught out by de Kock; India loses eight wickets.
#Team India start their game after tea; Pandya and Bhuvneshwar at crease
#India 185/7 at tea, trail South Africa by 101 runs
# Maharaj to Hardik Pandya, FOUR.
# SIX! Spin is his favourite dish. Not just his, Most India batsmen love spin bowling. Pandya steps out and slog.
# Pandya gets the spin gift. Keshav Maharaj the only spinner comes out to bowl for the first time in the innings.
# FIFTY!! Hardik Pandya is proving out to be a tough nut to crack for South Africans, he scores 50 in style with a boundary over covers.
# Steyn now just two wickets short of breaking Shaun Pollock's record for most Test wickets by a South African bowler
# Score after 42 overs: IND 92-7, Hardik Pandya 20(18) Kumar 0(2)
#OUT!! Dale Steyn STRIKES once again, Saha departs early without scoring
# OUT!! Another wicket down and this Ashwin is the victim of Philander. South African's stuck to their strategy of bowling outside the off stump line. Ashwin was another Indian batsman who fell into the trap.
# Score after 38 overs: IND 81-5, Hardik Pandya 5(8) Ashwin 12(26)
Hardik Pandya 5(8) Ashwin 12(26)
# Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease
# OUT!!! Can you believe this.... Pujara the man who defended the entire first session without getting into too much trouble threw his wicket by playing the nothing shot. Pushes the bat wide and hard, the ball takes the edge and du Plessis was waiting for the big opportunity.
# Welcome back...Pujara and Ashwin would like to take India close to South Africa's total.
# India 76/4 at lunch. Ashwin 12(23), Pujara 26(91) Click HERE for full scorecard
# India have to defend but the flip side is that the game doesn't progress much and the loss of a wicket leaves you more vulnerable, tweets Harsha Bhogle.
India have to defend but the flip side is that the game doesn't progress much and the loss of a wicket leaves you more vulnerable— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 6, 2018
# Ashwin comes out to bat. With 4 Test hundreds to his name, he has proved his mettle with the bat. but the big question is: Can he do it in South Africa?
# Rohit Sharma out. A major blow to India. Rabada gets the better of Rohit Sharma. He reviewed but nothing helped. Well bowled Rabada.
# FOUR! Too full down the leg and Pujara guided it towards the fine leg. Scorecard after 28 overs: India: 57/3; Pujara 19(68); Rohit 11(57)
# Both Pujara and Rohit are Playing African bowlers quite patiently. They know the importance of their wicket. However, the runs are not coming and India has scored only 17 runs in the 13 overs bowled so far.
# Scorecard: IND 33-3: Rohit 5(27); Pujara 5(32) Click HERE for full scorecard
# Wonderful first over from Dale Steyn. He knows Rohit's weakness and kept his line outside off stump.
# Today is the birthday of India's greatest all-rounder and former captain Kapil Dev. We wish him a very happy birthday.
BCCI (@BCCI) January 6, 2018
# The players are now out in the middle. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara have taken to the crease. Dale Steyn will start the day for South Africa, Rohit will face the first ball.