Test Cricket: India-South Africa, 2nd Test - South Africa humiliated; India set new world record

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Bad light cost the first day its third session. This is a mixed bag for SA. On the one hand, it brought their torture to a premature halt, but on the other hand they come back tomorrow in the worst possible situation, with the batting side -0 on the start of the second days play. Bowling figures are very grim with Rabada's 35-0 the least horrible.

202-0 and 600 firmly in Indian sights.
 

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Bad light cost the first day its third session. This is a mixed bag for SA. On the one hand, it brought their torture to a premature halt, but on the other hand they come back tomorrow in the worst possible situation, with the batting side -0 on the start of the second days play. Bowling figures are very grim with Rabada's 35-0 the least horrible.

202-0 and 600 firmly in Indian sights.
This will be a very one sided test series. SA don't have the batting, nor the spinners to challenge India in India.

Post AB and Amla, i doubt SA could even beat India in South Africa. AB was the biggest difference between them last time.
 

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India are 324-1 approaching lunch on the second day. Sharma gone for 176, Maharaj gets him behind, finally, after 35 overs of toil in the heat.

To the crease: Pujara. Pretty depressing stuff. Also a bit of an odd move - the run-rate has gone off a cliff since Sharma departed. Kohli has missed an opportunity there, an opportunity to introduce himself at three. I suppose it shows the limits of Kohli's power - Pujara is kind of a national treasure too.

If India get turn when they (eventually) come to crease, this may be career ending for Muthusamy, 42-0, and the writing may already be on the wall for Piedt, 63-0 at 9 off 9. Captain not even bowling him any more if he can avoid it.

Rabada bowling well.
 

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South Africa are rallying.

A disastrous end to day two saw them reduced to 30 odd for three, which is a disastrous figure after conceding over 500. Worse, the Indian bowlers were finding cracks and spinning the ball for their wickets.

But this morning, SA have added 120-1 and the two senior batsmen are at the crease and batting beautifully.

Elgar 76
Faf du Plessis 48

Neither one of them are hiding - I think it's four sixes between them. So from the jaws of disaster (for the viewer) this test has snatched some real excitement. The draw is priced at around 20% currently. These two need to re-emerge from lunch and dominate another session at the very, very least, but there's a glimmer for SA here.
 
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SA save the follow on and crack 300 in the same over, but the wicket is showing a bit for Sharma, bouncing.

308/5

Elgar 146
de Kock 72

Elgar mounting a thrilling rescue mission.
 

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South Africa got got for 431, 70 short, which is an epic effort. de Kock finished on 111, Muthusamy added a very handy 30. Superb effort.

Now SA are bowling and the ball is turning alarmingly. They won't be pleased with this - the fear is that India will spin them out tomorrow. India are 61/1. Sharma is godlike in grabbing 45 off 59 balls and still going. Pujara, pretty funny, just playing test cricket, making 8 off 50 :lol:

Imagine how cross Kohli is sitting waiting to come lash it. That's what you get for not batting at #3 buddy.
 

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Pujara absolutely launched his bat in the end, for 81 runs before being plundered by Philander (Who has been getting a little swing out of the Kook ball). Meanwhile Sharma is not out 93 and about to become the second Indian to make a century in each innings.

India are 190/2 and have a lead of 261. I guess Kohli, who has sent in Jadeja rather than come out himself, will be looking for 325ish as a lead, so will hope to get 10 overs at SA tonight. I'm watching the Indian broadcast and you can't overstate how keen they were to lose a wicket so he would bat. In the studio, anyway. They'll be hurt he passed.

This is going to be a tough and excellent final day of cricket tomorrow.
 

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Well done Rohit Sharma - dropped in to the toughest spot in test cricket, opening, and becomes the first cricketer in history to get to three figures twice the first time he opened the batting in tests.

This second innings has been glorious, 100 of 133 balls, hardly a sniff given.
 
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Well done Rohit Sharma - dropped in to the toughest spot in test cricket, opening, and becomes the first cricketer in history to get to three figures twice the first time he opened the batting in tests.

This second innings has been glorious, 100 of 133 balls, hardly a sniff given.
Will be interesting to see him opening away. Think he will be even more exposed than he already has been.

The disparity between his averages home and away is huge.
 

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Sharma hits three consecutive sixes and is then dismissed, much to his disappointment.

An absolutely sensational performance by the Nagpur man.

7460
 

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Will be interesting to see him opening away. Think he will be even more exposed than he already has been.

The disparity between his averages home and away is huge.
They're not going away for a while, they're putting the emphasis on the T20 for a bit and it's fucking everything up. February I think in New Zealand.
 
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That is the end of the day's play, India packed up at a lead of 390 and SA drop a wicket to fall to 11-1 at the end of play. Jadeja (who looks good) took Elgar on appeal.

Going to be a tough day for SA tomorrow, but it's not a stretch to see them holding on. I just think with the Indian spinners bitting the turf, cracks opening, bounce still in the pitch, they'll struggle.

Makram 3
de Bruyn 5

The first session holds the key and they will be batting time, not runs.
 

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That is the end of the day's play, India packed up at a lead of 390 and SA drop a wicket to fall to 11-1 at the end of play. Jadeja (who looks good) took Elgar on appeal.

Going to be a tough day for SA tomorrow, but it's not a stretch to see them holding on. I just think with the Indian spinners bitting the turf, cracks opening, bounce still in the pitch, they'll struggle.

Makram 3
de Bruyn 5

The first session holds the key and they will be batting time, not runs.
without Elgar, expect India to wrap it up in 50-70 overs. Unless Faf, Markram, De Kock bat out of their skins.
 

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without Elgar, expect India to wrap it up in 50-70 overs. Unless Faf, Markram, De Kock bat out of their skins.
Yeah, you're not a million miles off either.

India emerge after lunch requiring just two wickets for the wins.

Five wickets fell in about fifteen balls of absolute carnage inflicted by Sharmi (3) and Jadeja (4).

This ninth wicket partnership is fun though, Muthusamy (19) and Piedt (32) putting their suffering as spinners behind them and making a dig of it at the crease.

It's all but over though.
 

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It's ovaaahhhh! Second innings collapse by SA costs them defeat by the miserable margin of more than 200, Ashwin the chief tormentor taking 5-35.

Ashwin is the headline though, he has just become joint with Muralitharan as the speediest man to 350 test wickets, which is fucking crazy.
 
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It's ovaaahhhh! Second innings collapse by SA costs them defeat by the miserable margin of more than 200, Ashwin the chief tormentor taking 5-35.

Ashwin Jedeja is the headline though, he has just become joint with Muralitharan as the speediest man to 350 test wickets, which is fucking crazy.
It's ovaaahhhh! Second innings collapse by SA costs them defeat by the miserable margin of more than 200, Ashwin the chief tormentor taking 5-35.

Ashwin Jedeja is the headline though, he has just become joint with Muralitharan as the speediest man to 350 test wickets, which is fucking crazy.
Decent comeback by SA but not enough. I expect SA to lose 3-0.

I am more looking forward to NZ-AUS a couple of months from now. Should be a good series.
 

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Second test is imminent! India won the toss and have elected to bat, so the second test is also basically over :lol: but it's not the who it's the why, maybe when India play more than any other side.

South Africa looking to bounce back please after what was a pretty tragic bowling performance, but the India in a pillaging mood is never particularly easy to tame.

This is Kohli's 50th test as Captain and he needs a century I think - I'm pretty sure he doesn't have one this year.

Umesh is in for India, so they must look for it to seam a bit, SA bring in just one man, Nortje, a player I don't know but also a seamer I believe. I hope these boys are up to longer spells in humidity.
 

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Rabada's been bowling with great skill this morning, moving the ball in air and off seam but he's' also been been bowling a little too short I think...despite that, there have been chances. Now one has been taken behind, Sharma, a monster wicket, for 14.

25-1, the game is on.
 

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It's that familiar sinking feeling for SA as having had the Indians at 25-1 they've batted their way to 200/3, not disastrous but not what they were dreaming of at 11. Agarwal's second century in as many tests (108) made sure of it. Rahane added a careful fifty and now a weirdly reticent Kohli (15) and Rahane (0) are occupying the crease.

Rabada has taken all three wickets though Philander is pitching in by holding his end at just 1.36.
 
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