India bowlers knocked out South Africa for 335 runs in the morning session of Day 4 as Ravichandran Ashwin finished with four wickets while Ishant Sharma registered three wickets besides his name. India started off well but lost two wickets in quick successions as KL Rahul, and Cheteshwar Pujara departed.
However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli showed great determination as wickets tumbled on from the other side. Kohli played some great shots and looked in total control of the game. Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, and Morne Morkel shared a wicket each.
Brief Score: India 183/5 (Virat Kohli 85*) trail by 152 runs SA 335/10.
Here are the statistical highlights from day 2 of the second Test:
1) Both South Africa and India’s No. 3 batsman got run out in the first innings – Hashim Amla and Cheteshwar Pujara. This is only the 17th instance overall and first since 2010.
2) Mohammad Shami becomes the 7th Indian fast bowler to bag 100 Test wickets and 3rd quickest among them.
The others are Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan, Javagal Srinath, Ishant Sharma, Karshan Gharvi, and Zaheer Khan.
3) India’s Cheteshwar Pujara has got run-out five times, the most by any batsmen in Test cricket since 2012. He is followed by Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath and Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor who got run-out four times.
4) Keshav Maharaj is the first South African spinner in over 100 years to bowl the first over in the first innings.
He is also the third South Africa spinner to bowl first over in an innings. George Rowe did it thrice, once in 1896 and twice 1902, while Paul Adams did it against England at Cape Town in 2000.
5) Ravichandran Ashwin is now the first Indian spinner to take a 4-wicket haul in the first innings of a Test match in South Africa.
6) Virat Kohli is the fourth Indian batsman to score fifty plus score in South Africa after Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Mohammad Azharuddin.
7) Since 2016, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has converted 9 of 12 fifties into daddy hundreds.
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