India roll Proteas for 286 in first Test

India roll Proteas for 286 in first Test

India chose to go with three seamers in Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, a bowling all-rounder in Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin as the sole spinner.

India started the day like the world champions they are according to the Test rankings, but their nearest challengers finished on top, with India staggering at 28 for three at the close - losing skipper Virat Kohli for just five - after bowling out the hosts for 286.

After South African skipper Faf Du Plessis made a decision to bat first, they faced a blistering attack from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

With the experienced Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and du Plessis making up the batting core apart from Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram, South Africa look extremely strong in the batting department.

"It was just one over (when de Villiers score 17 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar) where AB (De Villiers) just changed the game really", Benkenstein said at the news conference after the end of Day 1's play.

However, De Villiers and Du Plessis came to the rescue with a 114-run partnership, during which De Villiers surpassed his fifty. The De Villiers-Du Plessis partnership was followed by a sixth wicket stand of 60 off 54 balls from Quinton de Kock and Philander, and there were useful contributions from the tailenders.

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Keshav Maharaj (35) and Kagiso Rabada (26) tried to give tough resistance to the Indian bowlers late in the innings. "But now the focus is on to do well tomorrow", Kumar, who scalped four wickets today, told mediapersons.

Dhawan was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was caught and bowled by Steyn for a quickfire 16.

Sharma spent more than an hour-and-a-half and 59 balls on his 11, which captured India's disciplined approach in the face of South Africa's miserly bowling.

Steyn in fact was getting into the groove as he had figures of 2 for 51 with wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha during his comeback Test.

In reply, India were reduced to 28/3 at stumps.

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