Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

South Africa pack up India for 209 in post-tea session

South Africa pack up India for 209 in post-tea session

Virat Kohli was left with egg on his face after he gave Faf du Plessis an almighty send-off in the first South Africa-India Test.

In the only cricket since his injury, Steyn bowled 18 overs in five Twenty20 matches for his franchise, the Titans, as well as 12 overs in a low-key appearance for an Invitation XI against the touring Zimbabweans in December.

South African paceman Kagiso Rabada said, "We bowled short from round the wicket and the ploy worked for us". Australia beat South Africa despite conceding a 101-run lead in the first innings at Port Elizabeth in 1997.

India had been reduced to 92 for seven in reply to South Africa's 286 and Pandya had been tormented by a testing spell from Steyn at the start of his innings.

He was dropped by Dean Elgar in the gully off Steyn when he was 15 and should have been stumped by Quinton de Kock off Keshav Maharaj when he was 69.

While addressing a press conference, Pujara said, "He batted really well, showed a lot of character". "He's bowling well and he's batting well and he balances the team combination". However, in one such instance, Dale Steyn was seen admiring the tattoos inked by Umesh Yadav on his body after the end of first day's play.

Even though Pandya looked on course, a bouncer from Rabada hit him on the upper abdomen and he was never the same.

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Pandya, 24, confirmed the reputation he earned as a dashing stroke player, first in limited overs cricket and more recently when he scored 178 runs off 168 balls in three Test innings in Sri Lanka previous year, including 108 off 96 deliveries in the third Test in Kandy.

The big wicket, however, went to Morne Morkel, bowling his first ball of the Test.

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Pujara said India were confident.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya (93) rekindled India's hopes of a fightback with a classic counter-attacking half century but fell shy of seven runs to reach his second Test century.

"But knowing Dale like we know him and you know him, he understands that he is going to try his best to recover as quickly as he can because he wants to be out there", he added.

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