But the first two sessions was all about chase the leather for the Indian fielders as the South Africa batsmen made hay. "The team management couldn't have possibly avoided that", a senior BCCI official, who is privy to team management's decision, told PTI. The two errors combined, it became one big tactical disaster. I think my experience of going to England and playing helped because this has been a sort of wicket which you get there especially where I played, at New Road, where it's pretty flat.
He said, "It looks like a really lively pitch". If players fit in in the kind of balance that we want to go in as a side then they will fit in.
India made two other changes.
The SuperSport Park pitch has a reputation for being one of the most hard places to bat but 39 centuries have been scored in the past and Indian batsmen need to show the required dedication and commitment to keep this three-match Test series alive.
Both teams showed batting fragility in Cape Town, with India's pace bowlers showing they too could take advantage of helpful conditions. South Africa were reduced to 12 for three. Ashwin's three wickets have already had some impact but exactly how much of a say both he and Keshav Maharaj will have on this game may ultimately affect the assessment of groundsman Bryan Bloy'smaiden Test strip.
And while he knew that things would be different this time around with groundsman Bryan Bloy asked to look after the fast bowlers, Markram still expects the Centurion wicket to be "less crazy" than what the batters were given at Newlands.
Starting from overnight 269/6, Faf du Plessis (63) and Maharaj (18) took their 7th wicket stand to 31 runs. In such a case, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could have come out with a clarification.
For this effort, the 22-year-old has collected five points, while James Anderson, who had entered the Sydney Test as the number-one ranked bowler, dropped by the same number of points following the last Ashes Test.
India however won't be taking any solace from its record at this ground, having played only one Test match and losing it by an innings and 25 runs. Raghu, the throw-down specialist employed with the Indian team, had a task up his sleeve. This is a pitch that is very subcontinent and Ravichandran Ashwin was turning the ball from the very first over.
"We would have liked not to have lost those clump of wickets at the end".
"He is a quality player, he has done well in South Africa, all conditions actually, away from home".
Kohli added that there were still a number of selection issues that needed resolving before play got underway on Saturday morning.