India fought back late to reduce South Africa to 269 for six wickets in their first innings on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the SuperSport Park here on Saturday. People need to apply themselves much better whether we are playing five batsmen or six, you still need to apply yourself. Ashwin was hard to face.
"I would actually like to believe I have gathered a lot more respect", he said.
"You still have to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face".
Despite the brown grass on the pitch, du Plessis was of the opinion that the spinner might not have much to do in this Test. He dislodged England's Jimmy Anderson, a man 13 years his senior, with match figures of 5-75 that only tell half the story of a display brimming with pace, aggression and control.
Markram, who missed out of a century after being dismissed by Ashwin, heaped praise on the bowler. What India needed on such a pitch was for their fast bowlers to create pressure from one end and let Ashwin strike from the other. In that over, Kohli could be heard asking his fielders for more.
"They would have expected something similar".
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Perhaps out of panic, Philander set off for the single while Du Plessis was unmoved at the bowler's end. However, they failed to grasp the situation later in the day. "I thought we showed good fight, winning the toss and batting first, especially after how last week played out". India were then looking down the barely with both Amla and AB de Villiers (20) ooking well-settled in the middle.
It left both batsmen at the same end, and India were gifted the easiest of comebacks.
He said the game was pretty even as this point.
The Proteas lost three wickets in just 14 balls to give India the upper hand, Quinton de Kock edging the impressive Ashwin to Kohli at first slip from his first delivery before Vernon Philander was run out for a duck.
Most importantly, Elgar is still there and should be hopeful to continue to build a platform as the Indian attack tires in the heat. It was a bit of a nothing shot. I am not over it just yet. "Probably be on in a positive space", he added. Virat Kohli too said he would have liked to bat first after sounding puzzled at the way the pitch had changed in the last two days. "It is still there but it lacked the extra pace that the usual wicket at Supersport is like", Markram said.
With turn from day one, this usually spin-free surface has done the one thing captain Faf du Plessis did not want and has already brought India's spinner R Ashwin into the game. We would like to push to 400. Bhuvneshwar had Keshav Maharaj tickling a catch to Saha and Morne Morkel undone by a sharp bouncer, also pouched by Saha for his tenth dismissal.