Friday, 16 November, 2018

Run-outs, Ashwin give India edge against South Africa

Former cricketers including the likes of Allan Donald VVS Laxman and Sunil Gavaskar questioned India's think tank for the exclusion of Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the 2nd Test against South Africa Run-outs, Ashwin give India edge against South Africa
Theresa Hayes | 14 January, 2018, 15:57

Mohammed Shami (0-33) was haywire too, and India had to recall Ishant Sharma (0-27) and Ashwin back into the attack.

For his dismissal‚ Markram's review was unsuccesful as Ultraedge showed that the ball came off his bat and the decision remained that of the umpire‚ who originally had waved his finger for out.

Amla was handed a reprieve when Parthiv dropped him down the leg side but he and AB de Villiers (20) did well to ensure they did not lose any more wickets to end the session with a score of 182 for two.

This was after South Africa won the toss and opted to bat.

As the second session wore on, South Africa moved their catchers in front of the wicket - quite often stationing two short covers - and looked to dry up the scoring. Hence India has only played one spinner in both the tests. More than the wickets, he was the only bowler who kept applying pressure on the Proteas batsmen with his tight line and length.

The home team had resumed on 269/6 with the lower order seeking to atone after a disastrous last 40 minutes on Saturday had seen the Proteas lose three wickets for five runs in just 13 balls. Nevertheless, his runs at the top set-up an excellent platform for South Africa to push towards a big total.

"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 Centurion, if he fails to perform in Centurion", Sehwag told "India TV". It was clearly a lucky wicket for the visitors as Elgar jumped down the track and hit the ball straight at Vijay who somehow managed to hold onto that one after it hit his body.

But the first two sessions was all about chase the leather for the Indian fielders as the South Africa batsmen made hay. But the surprise of all stood out to be Ishant Sharma coming in for in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar. "I am just taking the confidence forward, and I am trying to get better as the day goes and by the end of this series I will be a far better bowler than what I started".

India's reply to that mediocre South African score on a good batting pitch at Centurion stuttered early when KL Rahul was out caught and bowled by Morne Morkel for 10, and Cheteshwar Pujara run out first ball he faced by a direct hit at the non-striker's end from debutant Lungi Ngidi. But pacers were cold as only Ishant Sharma among the Indian pacers was among wickets. The first culprit was Virat Kohli, who missed a low chance to his right at slip, and then Hardik Pandya at cover missed the next chance, a much easier one, with the ball looping off the outside edge.