South Africa showed great intent on the morning session of day one of the second Test against India posing difficult questions with the new ball. Debutant Anrich Nortje was the lethal of all bowling quick and to the body of the Indian batsmen. In the process, he hit Mayank Agarwal on his helmet although there was no casualty.
Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli won a great toss in Pune opting to bat first. Coming to this Test match, the home side has sacrificed Hanuma Vihari to add Umesh Yadav in their line-up. Similarly, South Africa also strengthened their bowling unit adding debutant Anrich Nortje with Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.
The Proteas fast bowlers used the moisture on offer to great perfection posing all sorts of difficult questions in front of the Indian batters. Vernon Philander was pitch-perfect with his line and length while Kagiso Rabada also swung the ball from a good length. After missing the edge for quite a few times, Rabada finally got Rohit Sharma nicking to an away swinger to draw the first blood.
Faf du Plessis played a masterstroke bringing in debutant Anrich Nortje into the attack. He bowled at a raw pace and targetted the body of Mayank Agarwal and in the process, struck his helmet.
It was a 142 km/h delivery from Nortje which rears up from a short length and went onto the helmet of the Indian opener. Agarwal, who stepped across too early, and was outside the crease got hit on the helmet trying to duck the ball. The ball bounces off the visor towards the fine leg boundary for four leg-byes.
Meanwhile, not a lot of damage done, but the Indian physio rushes into the centre to complete the protocol. Some routine concussion tests, perhaps, but things seem alright and Mayank Agarwal responded wth a swashbuckling boundary just off the next delivery to give it back to the bowler.
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