With the team reeling on 28 for 3, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara presented a brave resistance to a probing first hour on day two from South Africa’s formidable pace attack.
Both the players were tested to their limits as South Africa’s pacers did not give them even an inch to breathe. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander gave the duo all the problems in the world before Morne Morkel, and Kagiso Rabada only piled the pressure on them. In fact, India scored their first run of the day after five overs. However, the duo just managed to hold on and fight the relentless barrage of fast bowling. With South Africa pacers bowling with utmost discipline, Pujara and Rohit were also finding it tough to score.
And just when it looked like the batsmen had their eyes set in and will finally open their hands, Rohit was undone by a brilliant 144kmph delivery from Rabada. In the over before the one in which Rohit was dismissed, Rabada had given Rohit a testing time and even appealed for a caught behind. The right-arm pacer then finally had his man in the next over when his venomous delivery hit Rohit on the pads.
The India batsman shuffled across to defend the ball but was beaten by the pace as the ball went on to hit the pad before Rohit could bring the bat down. The umpires did not hesitate in raising his finger, but an unconvinced Rohit immediately reviewed it only to waste it. Rohit scored 11 off 59 while the scoreboard was reading 57 when he was dismissed.
Here is the clip of that dismissal: