India were about to play an all-seam attack, reveals R Ashwin

India were about to play an all-seam attack, reveals R Ashwin

South Africa were dismissed for 335 fourteen minutes before lunch on the second day of the second Sunfoil Test against India here on Sunday morning.

KL Rahul (o) and Murali Vijay (0) are now at the crease.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. Feet going nowhere, Rahul pushed well in front of his body at a full one and spooned a return catch, while Pujara, haring out of his crease after clipping his first ball to the right of mid-on, was run-out by a brilliantly athletic pick-up and direct hit from the debutant Lungi Ngidi.

The first session of play belonged to South Africa.

In South Africa the spinners were the underdogs as the pitches assist pace and bounce. Moments later, Parthiv Patel ran out Vernon Philander.

Earlier Rabada had pulled Sharma to square leg where Pandya held onto a good catch, with South Africa's fast bowler making 10.

Ishant Sharma chipped in with three wickets, while Mohammed Shami claimed one.

Amla, who looked set for a century to end a poor run of form which had brought scores of 5, 3 and 4 in his previous three Test innings, played a ball from Pandya to the on-side and was called for a sharp single by South African captain Faf du Plessis. A rash of missed chances frustrated India somewhat during a 42-run eighth-wicket stand between du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada, but they created enough chances in an improved bowling performance for the let-offs to not cost them too much. Twice in two balls, India's fielders let off Rabada.

Two balls later, Quinton de Kock edged his first ball to slip, giving Ashwin his third wicket.

Hardik Pandya was put off by an onrushing Shami from short third-man though and spilled the effort onto the latter, who also had a bite at the ball before it dropped to the floor. Then du Plessis, failing to get fully forward, left a gap between bat and pad and let a full indipper from Ishant sneak through. After the defeat in the first Test match, the Indian skipper replied that they chose to go in with players who are now in a better form and comfortable mindset to battle out the tough conditions in the African continent.