SA lose three quick wickets to leave India with momentum in Centurion

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after claiming a wicket in Cape Town Test

The wicket has also shown some variable bounce already and is expected to break up on days four and five.

The ongoing second Test between India and South Africa in Centurion has already bagged a lot of headlines. Both, however, missed their tons.

After slumping to a moral-sapping defeat in the opening Test, India will look to bounce back when they take on South Africa in the penultimate second Test of the three-match series here at the SuperSport Park on Saturday. The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, kept looking for ways to get wickets on the day.

Captain Faf du Plessis (24 batting) and Keshav Maharaj (10 batting) were at the crease at the end of the day's play.

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The poor half-hour undid the excellent work of opener Aiden Markram earlier as he compiled an eye-catching 94 before being caught by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel off Ashwin, denied a third test century in seven innings.

Centurion: Cricket is a amusing game; the deserved at times do not get what they deserve. Markram had stated before this match that playing India is a "massive" step up from playing Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, the two sides he has scored his Test centuries against.

The all-rounder then completed the routine task of dislodging the bails to run out Philander after the South Africa seamer's brain-fade had left him and Du Plessis at the same end.

Markram was the aggressor, while Elgar batted with steely resolve and backed his defensive techniques to the hilt as the hosts reached 78/0 till the lunch session. Jasprit Bumrah's 18 overs were the second highest of the day, which spoke of how much load the offspinner had taken, having come on in the 20 over of the day.

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Quinton de Kock failed to trouble the scorers as he was dismissed for a golden duck after being caught by India captain Virat Kohli at slip off the bowling of Ashwin. He was in a punishing mood but with a sensible approach.

For large sections of the day, India continued to bowl poorly and the fielders didn't set the world on fire either. Tall, elegantly lazy, authoritative, equally balance both front and back-foot, Markram played shots all round the park.

Gujarat wicket-keeper Parthiv later, however, dropped a half chance on Amla when he was batting on 30. South Africa managed to score 104 runs in the afternoon session to go into Tea with 182 on the board. Pandya bowled a short delivery to Hashim Amla that rose up a little awkwardly. "So, hopefully over the next few months, we will get a lot of runs from him", said du Plessis. Du Plessis, though, set off for the quick single.

Pandya went short at Vernon Philander, who didn't look comfortable but somehow fended it off to a heavily-packed on-side field.

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