If South Africa would have been given the option of restricting India for 223 runs in the first innings, they would have happily taken that. India at one point were on 165 for four and then lost Pujara and Pant in quick successions. Virat Kohli was the lone fighter and seeing wickets going on the other end, he took to try to tickle with the ball which he would have normally left, and eventually got out after scoring valuable 79 runs. Unlike the Centurion first test, South African bowlers were on point right from the start of the innings and many balls missed the edges of the Indian batters.
Rabada after the game said that the entire team were “relentless and resilient” but warns that the home team would have to bat well in order to take advantage that the bowlers have created for them. “Obviously, we would have liked to win the toss, but I think we did well to restrict them to 220 (sic), but I think we are going to have to bat well” said Rabada. The bowler also commented that the team would have loved to win the toss. In all three test matches, India has won the toss and has opted to bat first.
At the end of the day, Shaun Pollock commented that South Africa may have their noses slightly ahead. Indian pacers however looked on point too and Bumrah removed the inform batsman Dean Elgar. The home team then send Keshav Maharaj as the night watchmen and he will resume the innings on day 2 along with Aiden Markram, who too has been in good touch throughout the series.
This is Rabada’s 50th test match and the bowler has scalped 226 wickets till now. India on the other hand are desperate to win their maiden test series in South Africa. This series has already witnessed some new records. India created history when they won the first test match in the series, the only win at Centurion. They however lost the game at Johannesburg where they have never lost before.