The longer version of the game always asks to give the best of the player in order to survive in the game. On Thursday, South Africa’s fast bowler Anrich Nortje made his entry into the Test format of the game and straightaway impressed everyone with his brute pace mixed with consistency.

On a sporting wicket, the fast-bowling pair of South Africa Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje bowled with their heart out. However, riding on the luck factor, the Indian opening duo Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma survived the world-class line and lengths.

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Anrich Nortje made his Test debut:

During the course, Anrich Nortje looked lethal with the ball delivering brute pace on each of his deliveries. He also hit the ball on the Mayank Agarwal helmet, which caressed to the boundary. However, thankfully, no damage has happened for India, as Mayank is fine with his helmet.

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Anrich Nortje hits Mayank Agarwal on helmet. Credit: Twitter

Later, it was Kagiso Rabada, who found the perfect length to get the better off Rohit Sharma in the final delivery of the 10th over. Despite the wicket, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara continued their success story in the middle to make things fall in place.

Earlier in the day, it was once again Virat Kohli, who won the toss, opted to bat first. They asked Umesh Yadav to roll his arm in the Test match while the all-rounder Hanuma Vihari has been left out. Speaking of the exclusion, Virat Kohli feels that the change is mostly to get the balance right rather than anything else.

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On the other hand, South Africa also made only one change to the lineup that played in Visakhapatnam. They asked Anrich Nortje to make his debut, who replaced Dane Piedt. Anrich indeed stole the show during the morning session on Day 1 with his brilliant display of fast bowling.

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