Hosts South Africa stamped their authority on the second Test in Johannesburg as they bundled out India for a paltry 202 on Day 1. The Proteas reached 35/1 at the end of the day’s play and trail the visitors by 167.
KL Rahul stood in as captain for Virat Kohli after the latter was ruled out due to an upper back spasm. Rahul opted to bat after winning the toss and the openers set out to get India off to a good start once again. They raced away to 36/0 at the end of the first hour with Mayank Agarwal scoring most of the runs.
The trouble began after the drinks break as Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane all fell in the second hour which was dominated by the hosts. Rahul and Hanuma Vihari began a partnership but Rassie van der Dussen pulled off a stunner to send the latter back.
Rahul also fell after reaching his fifty. Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant got the innings going but the final session was where India capitulated quite poorly. If not for some lower-order resistance, they would have ended with a total of less than 170.
When South Africa came in to bat, there was still movement on offer and the pitch also had variable bounce. In-form bowler, Mohammed Shami, provided the early breakthrough when he trapped Aiden Markram plumb in front of the stumps. It was the third time that Shami had dismissed Markram.
Luckily for the Proteas, skipper Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen saw the rest of the day through albeit surviving some close calls. Heading into the second day, things are well in favor of South Africa.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to South Africa vs India, Day 1:
— Mallieswaran (@mallieswar85) January 3, 2022
India lost the momentum in day 1 gained after 1st test win . Batting collapsed completely….now only bowlers can bring back team in game #INDvsSA
— vande matram (@krishna_Mohan_k) January 3, 2022
The bragging rights go to South Africa, who survive a testimony 18-over period in the 3rd season of the first day.#INDvsSA
— N______Pandey (@nitesh___007) January 3, 2022
— Troll Kohli (@ChokerKohli) December 30, 2021
Eighteen overs of relentless wickets pace/seam bowling by India in the last session but luck hasn’t favoured them. It’s the Batting that’s put Indian on the back foot. Fully, South Africa’s day #IndvsSA
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) January 3, 2022
In Southafrica Tests!
Jasprit Bumrah now has more 6s than
Inzamam ul haq
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) January 3, 2022
Trolls want a reaction from me on Virat missing this match due to injury, for them 1 match = several series.
They are comparing Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma's fitness. Lol 😂#INDvSA #INDvsSA #CricketTwitter #ViratKohli #RohitSharma
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) January 3, 2022
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 3, 2022